Australiana iTunes Release

Available to preorder now on iTunes:

“Australiana” released for the first time digitally on iTunes!
Australia Day – 24th JANUARY 2014

To celebrate the 30th anniversary since its release, Universal Music is proud to announce the first ever single digital release of “Australiana” by Austen Tayshus on iTunes.

Performed by Austen Tayshus (aka Sandy Gutman) and written by Billy Birmingham (The 12th Man), “Australiana” was an Aria #1 Single in 1983 for eight weeks.

At the time, “Australiana” broke all kinds of records for an Australian single – first spoken word record to get to #1 on the charts, the first spoken word recording to receive a high rotation airplay on FM radio and highest grossing Australian single ever.

Described by Rock Historian, Glenn A. Baker, as “a bunch of outrageous puns, some fair, some foul, but all very funny”, “Australiana” is the fictitious tale of an Aussie backyard BBQ and is told through a monologue series of ridiculous plays-on-words, which are sourced from Australian place names, products, flora, fauna and iconography etc.

The Australia Day weekend would seem an appropriate time to make this classic piece of Australian recording history available to a whole new audience of people on iTunes for the very first time. With very little airplay or media exposure since it’s original release in 1983, “Australiana” is a record that many younger Australians have never heard or been given a chance to hear. And that just will not do. I mean really, how much can a koala bear?!!

“Australiana” was Austen Tayshus and Billy Birmingham’s only ever recording collaboration and launched the careers of both men in 1983. Tayshus went on to pursue stand-up comedy, writing and acting, while Birmingham’s enduring success as The 12th Man over the past 30 years has just seen him deliver his 8th consecutive ARIATop 3 album with the release of “Willy Nilly – The 12th Man’s Biggest Hits” in December 2013. The album has now gone Platinum, selling over 70,000 copies.

For those who loved it back in 1983 and for those who have never heard of it, the legendary story of “Australiana” will be made available, for the first time ever, as a single download on iTunes, this Australia Day weekend. To not take immediate steps to pre-order your download could be considered by some people as….un-Australian….a?!!


Available to preorder now on iTunes:

The full track “Australiana” is available for media on PLAYMPE:

*For further information please contact:*

Director Promotions – Australian Artists
Nicole Richards (02) 9207 0609

National Promotions & Publicity Manager
Diana Caruso (02) 9207 0683

_State Offices:_

Dan Baker (02) 9207-0615
Claire Fleming (02) 9207-0401

Julia Hill (03) 8646 0711
Jules Delemare (03) 8646 0710

Brent Hampstead (07) 3252 4354

Pat Garoffolo (08) 9381 7863

Jordan Wiggins (02) 9207 0693


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