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Songs About Brisbane – 14: Powderfinger

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I’ve never been a huge Powderfinger fan, but when I first moved to Brisbane they were just starting to become popular on the back of Internationalist [1998]. Not longer after I moved, Odyssey Number 5 [2000] was released and about half of Brisbane owned that album. Nowadays, people don’t seem have a lot of nice things to say about the band, but you can’t really argue that they’ve been an important part of the history of Brisbane music. [Some mishtake, surely? – Ed.]

I’m not sure if these lyrics were written specifically about Brisbane, but to me it fits. It reminds me of the general unhappiness people have with Brisbane. The fact that a lot of young people (including myself) often feel like they can only get so far in this city compared to cities like Sydney of Melbourne, where the options seem endless. The lyrics “It’s not my kind of scene/Footprints on the other side remind me where I’ve been” make me think of the amount of times friends have come back from a holiday down south with the line, “when I was in Sydney/Melbourne it was so much better because everyone was so much more open-minded…”

Powderfinger – My Kind Of Scene (embedding disabled by request)

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