When you had to consider an Australian band or performer from the previous three a long time worthy of being added to the pantheon of our best ever artists – alongside the likes of Kylie Minogue, INXS and Yothu Yindi – who involves thoughts?
Silverchair? Powderfinger? The Presets? Delta Goodrem? The Avalanches? All appear worthy, however all are but to be inducted into the ARIA Corridor of Fame, essentially the most prestigious prize an Australian musician can obtain.
How about Jet, the Melbourne band who launched their debut album Get Born in 2003 to huge business success, adopted it up with two less-than-stellar information, disbanded in 2012 and reformed in 2017 to play reside exhibits? Um, actually?
This week, Jet grew to become the primary musicians since Archie Roach to affix the Corridor of Fame, information that neatly coincides with their upcoming twentieth anniversary tour which is but to promote out. The announcement has drawn a blended response, particularly because the band is being inducted forward of many different acts who had an even bigger affect on the Australian music scene and peaked across the identical time.
The query of whether or not Jet “deserves” to be thought-about alongside Midnight Oil, Divinyls and Paul Kelly actually comes all the way down to what the ARIA Corridor of Fame is recognising. The primary argument in favour of the popularity: Get Born offered over 4 million copies worldwide, a rare feat for an Australia band. Its lead single, Are You Gonna Be My Lady, was ubiquitous, hitting primary on the Hottest 100 and that includes in a world iPod business. Past that, although, the arguments for his or her entry are fairly slim.
Jet’s sound, which they’ve admitted is by-product, in addition to their follow-up albums that didn’t excite critics and audiences, make it arduous to see the band’s affect on the generations of Australian artists who’ve adopted of their wake.
Given how notoriously insular and petrified of criticism the Australian music business is, I’m certain there are Jet followers sharpening their pitchforks proper now. However the argument isn’t that the band is objectively unhealthy (although many have made that case), or that they don’t deserve recognition for being wildly common within the early 2000s, it’s that the Corridor of Fame is definitely about one thing greater than acknowledging a band that had one profitable file 20 years in the past.
Because the Corridor of Fame was launched in 1988 it has celebrated greater than 80 iconic Australian bands and artists. Solely 11 have been girls, or women-fronted bands. In the meantime, 11 males have featured twice, of their capacities as solo artists and individually as members of an inducted band. There are three Indigenous acts and just one girl of color (Marcia Hines).