We love going down a good YouTube rabbit hole here at Newcastle Live.
Of course, given the breadth of creative talent in this town, a Newcastle music rabbit hole is one you’re likely to be burrowing through for some time.
We spent a fair chunk of the weekend down that very hole and here are some of our favourite clippy nuggets we brought back to the surface.
1. Partyhard – Main Guy and the Other Guys
This love letter to looseness casts Main Guy and the Other Guys frontman “The Duke” as the party prince of Newcastle.
Sauntering around the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, ruining every punter’s evening with his powerful partying, our hero then takes it to the streets (after being kicked out of the pub), stealing bikes, hassling taxi drivers, annoying swimmers – it looked like a hell of a night.
Great song, great choreography, great clip!
2. Native Tongue – Mojo Juju
While technically now a Melbournite, Mojo Juju once called Newcastle home, thus definitely qualifying for this list.
This evocative clip, featuring Indigenous dance troupe Djuki Mala, picked up an Australian Music Video of the Year gong at the 2018 J Awards, and Best Music Video award at the 2018 First Nations Media Awards.
It’s not hard to see why.
Mesmeric. Ethereal. Important. Brilliant.
3. Newcastle, This Place is Pretty Good – Rob Bukey
Novocastrian funnyman Rob Bukey well and truly taps into the Newcastle psyche with this hilarious song and clip.
While some of the references are now dated (The big…tower, and the Laman Street Figs debate, for example) this rap remains relevant with more Newcastle in-jokes than you can poke a stick at.
“We ain’t going nowhere,” Rob declares in the chorus. “We’re from Newcastle, this place is pretty good.”
We think so, too and it’s also heaps better than that “cesspit the Central Coast.” (Sorry, Central Coast)
4. Tomorrow – Silverchair
Ahh, the song that started it all. Just seeing a cherub-faced Daniel Johns interspersed with moody shots of Merewether at dusk was enough to transport this writer back to the heady days of 1995.
Sometimes unfairly tagged as “Nirvana in Pyjamas” back in those days, this clip, showing these future world-beaters doing their thing in a grungy warehouse (including a shirtless Chris Joannou swinging his bass around with abandon) definitely still holds up.
Has it really been 24 years?
5. Ask Me Why – The Gooch Palms
This clip for The Gooch Palms 2016 track Ask Me Why is three minutes of unabashed fun.
The clip follows Terry the Dog, running around Los Angeles with a donation bucket trying to raise money for the very Gooch Palms video he is actually appearing in (meta!).
Terry’s quest for funds sees him jamming with legendary Venice beach rollerskating boardwalk busker Harry Perry, hanging out with Mickey and Minnie Mouse on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, and soliciting high fives from unsuspecting Angelinos.
Oh, and the song is pretty darn good, too.