PM responds to playlist uproar



SCOTT Morrison faced a backlash from music fans last night after producing a Spotify playlist that snubbed Australian artists.



The list, called Eighties Plus, featured 146 songs and only one of themStimulation by Wa Wa Nee — was Australian.


There was no sign of INXS, AC/DC, Midnight Oil, Jimmy Barnes, Nick Cave, John Farnham or even Kylie Minogue.


I know. Outrageous.


Labor certainly thought so, as frontbencher Tony Burke leapt on the rather glaring omissions after the St George Shire Standard reported Mr Morrison’s omission.



His reputation as a fan of Australian music under threat, this morning the Prime Minister responded, sharing another playlist full of Aussie rock songs (and a handful of Kiwi ones).


Mr Morrison said he had used it during the three-hour drive between Sydney and Canberra for years.


You can check out and judge his song choices below.



She isn’t part of the rock playlist, but in an interview with radio host Mike Crichton last month, Mr Morrison confirmed he was a massive fan of Tina Arena as well.



“My interest is bordering on unhealthy, but she’s great. I’ve met her quite a few times actually,” he said.


“I’ve seen heaps of her shows. I saw her at Evita in Sydney the other week and she’s stunning in that. She’s, you know, a great theatrical talent, not just obviously a performing artist from a singing point of view.”



Arena is aware Mr Morrison is her biggest fan in parliament.


“He’s a man, regardless of his job,” she said of the then-treasurer in 2015.


“He’s a husband, he’s a father and he enjoys my music, which is a beautiful compliment. He’s got a big gig. That’s a tough gig. I wouldn’t want that job.”


So there you go. Scott Morrison does like Australian music. I’m glad we cleared that up.


The PM’s Australian Rock playlist


The One Thing, INXS


To Look At You, INXS


Don’t Change, INXS


What You Need, INXS


Never Tear Us Apart, INXS


King Of The Mountain, Midnight Oil


Best Of Both Worlds, Midnight Oil


Icehouse, Flowers


Love In Motion, Flowers


Great Southern Land, ICEHOUSE


Take Me Back, Noiseworks


Too Many Times, Mental As Anything


The Nips Are Getting Bigger, Mental As Anything


Counting The Beat, The Swingers


Dirty Creature, Split Enz


One Step Ahead, Split Enz


I Hear Motion, Models


Rain, Dragon


April Sun In Cuba, Dragon


Wide Open Road, The Triffids


You’re Just Too Hip Baby, Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes


Night of the Wolverine 1, Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes


Cheap Wine, Cold Chisel


Take A Long Line, The Angels


The Honeymoon Is Over, The Cruel Sea


Black Stick, The Cruel Sea


Better Get A Lawyer, The Cruel Sea


Metropolis, The Church


Under The Milky Way, The Church


The Unguarded Moment, The Church


Almost With You, The Church


I Am An Island, Richard Clapton


Deep Water, Richard Clapton


When The River Runs Dry, Hunters & Collectors


Be Good Johnny, Men At Work


No Lies, Noiseworks


Errol, Australian Crawl


Turn Up Your Radio, The Master’s Apprentices


You Shook Me All Night Long, AC/DC


The Boys Light Up, Australian Crawl


Don’t Dream It’s Over, Crowded House


Alone With You, Sunnyboys


Who Can It Be Now, Men At Work


Opportunity, Pete Murray


Better Be Home Soon, Crowded House


Throw Your Arms Around Me, Hunters & Collectors


It’s a Long Way to the Top, AC/DC


Living in the 70s, Skyhooks


Just Keep Walking, INXS


No Secrets, The Angels


Eagle Rock, Daddy Cool


Power And The Passion, Midnight Oil


Out Of Mind Out Of Sight, Models


Girls On The Avenue, Richard Clapton


Don’t Go Now, Ratcat


We Can Get Together, Flowers


Message To My Girl, Split Enz


Oh No Not You Again, Australian Crawl


Six Months In A Leaky Boat, Split Enz


Computer Games, Mi-Sex


Pressure Sway, Machinations


Short Note, Matt Finish


Happy Man, Sunnyboys


Send Me An Angel, Real Life


Blue Day, Mi-Sex


Weather With You, Crowded House


Four Seasons In One Day, Crowded House


No Say In It, Machinations


Hey Little Girl, ICEHOUSE


Chained To The Wheel, The Black Sorrows


I Send A Message, INXS


What About Me, Moving Pictures


Howzat, Sherbet


Shape I’m In, Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons


Summer of ’81, Mondo Rock


Don’t Tear It Down, V.SPY V.SPY


Echo Beach, Martha and the Muffins


No Time For Games, Midnight Oil


Hercules, Midnight Oil


Brave Faces, Midnight Oil


Distant Sun, Crowded House


Ain’t Gone And Open, You Am I


Mean To Me, Crowded House


Lines, Pete Murray


Fall Your Way, Pete Murray


Back In Black, AC/DC


Electrical Storm, Ed Kuepper


Shoot To Thrill, AC/DC



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