Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Chisel Hits Ingrained in Fabric of Australian Life

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Chisel Hits Ingrained in Fabric of Australian Life

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EVERYBODY has a favourite Cold Chisel song.

The basic facts of Cold Chisel's career need no retelling. Since their initial heyday in the late '70s and early '80s their music has been embraced by subsequent generations, as shown just last week by the appearance of two of their albums in a new Triple J listener poll of Australia's 100 greatest albums of all time.

Hearing their classic album East played in full on the national youth broadcaster 31 years after it caused the band to trash the set at the Countdown Awards is testament to their special place in our musical landscape.

The songs of the band are now utterly ingrained in the fabric of Australasian life.

Khe Sanh was released as a 45rpm single in May, 1978 and named after the Battle of Khe Sanh (1968) during the Vietnam War. The song, performed by Cold Chisel, having been written by pianist Don Walker and featuring the vocals of Jimmy Barnes, is about a bitter and disillusioned Australian Vietnam veteran. …

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