Art Politic Enclyclopedia - music of Australia

The Stems, Yothu Yindi, Men At Work, INXS, Midnight Oil, AC/DC, Dead Can Dance, The Go-Betweens[?], Paul Kelly and Kylie Minogue all found wide audiences at home and abroad. While most Australian bands from the 80s remained cult acts outside of Australia, some, including INXS and AC/DC, found wide success for years, while others, like Men at Work, became one-hit wonders throughout most of the world.
Throughout the developed world, indie rock of various kinds became more popular during the 1990s, especially grunge music. Notable Australian independent acts included the Falling Joys[?] from Canberra; Regurgitator[?], Powderfinger[?] and Custard[?] from Brisbane; RatCat[?] and The Clouds[?] from Sydney; and Silverchair[?] from Newcastle.

Some electronica artists also gained limited international fame, including Southend[?], Boxcar[?] (which had several 12" dance singles in the Billboard magazine Dance Top 10) and Itch-E and Scratch-E[?] (whose track "Sweetness & Light" gained the award for the best dance single from the Australian Recording Industry Association [ARIA] in 1995). Also part of rising popularity of electronic music in the late 1990s were the The Avalanches[?] which became widely known outside their native Australia. Less well-known internationally, but nonetheless important Australian electronic acts included the The Lab[?] active in the early to mid-1990s and Infusion[?], Wicked Beat Sound System[?] and The Bird[?] in the late 1990s, early 2000s.

Directions in Groove[?] from Sydney began in the early 1990s as a groove jazz (sometimes referred to as "acid-jazz") outfit but towards the end of that decade had introduced elements of live drum and bass to their music. This fusion approach to jazz and electronica performed live was extended in the late 1990s and early 2000s by The Hive (renamed The Bagsmen in 2002 to avoid confusion with a Swedish-based band with a similar name).