Say you happen to be writing an Australian crime/black comedy to rival ‘Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels’ or ‘Snatch’? Funnily enough I just happen to be. Well, I’ve been doing that on and off for nearly a decade and lately one of the best ways I’ve found to ‘set the mood’ is through music.

What captures the era your story is set in? What sort of music would your characters listen to? And while we’re answering rhetorical questions… how awesome was Aussie rock in the 90’s?

To help me stay in the zone, I’ve slap together this awesome 90’s playlist of local alternative rock:

  1. Better Get A Lawyer – The Cruel Sea
  2. Black Friday – Grinspoon
  3. Buy Me A Pony – Spiderbait
  4. Calypso – Spiderbait
  5. Captain (Million Miles An Hour) – Something For Kate
  6. Cry – The Mavis’s
  7. Dirty Jeans – Magic Dirt
  8. Dog’s Are The Best People – The Fauves
  9. Don’t YouKnow Who I Am? – Happyland
  10. Down Again – The Superjesus
  11. Enter, Space Capsule – Gerling
  12. Exerciser – Rhubarb
  13. Frontier Psychiatrist – The Avalanches
  14. Girls Like That (Don’t Go For Guys Like Us) – Custard
  15. Greg! The Stop Sign!! – TISM
  16. (He’ll Never Be An) Old Man River – TISM
  17. Home – Skunkhour
  18. I Sucked A Lot Of Cock To Get Where I Am – Regurgitator
  19. Israel’s Son – Silverchair
  20. Just Ace – Grinspoon
  21. Kung Foo Sing – Regurgitator
  22. Leaving Home – Jebadiah
  23. Naughty Boy – The Mavis’s
  24. Never Had So Much Fun – Frenzy Rhomb
  25. One More Time (Sunshine Song) – Groove Terminator
  26. Passenger – Powderfinger
  27. Prisoner Of Society – The Living End
  28. Pulse – Front End Loader
  29. Punch In The Face – Frenzal Rhomb
  30. Pure Massacre – Silverchair
  31. Second Solution – The Living End
  32. Shut My Eyes – The Superjesus
  33. Sweater – Eskimo Joe
  34. Theophilus Thistler (An Exercise In Vowels) – Sonic Animation
  35. Tomorrow – Silverchair
  36. Turn That Shit Up – The Testeagles
  37.  Turn Up Your Stereo – Eskimo Joe
  38. Vinegar Stroke – Sunk Loto
  39. You Shit Me To Tears – The Tenants

If that doesn’t sum up Australia in the late-nineties and early naughties (urg – I hate that term ‘naughties’) then I don’t know what does. Okay, I left out ‘You Am I’ and ‘The Whitlams’… well, because they kind of shit me.

But you get the idea.