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Adelaide, Australia (1973 – 1984, 2011 – present)

Cold Chisel produced the canonical example of Australian pub rock, with a string of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and they are acknowledged as one of the most popular and successful Australian groups of the period, although this success and acclaim was almost completely restricted to Australia.

The band formed in Adelaide in 1973 as a heavy metal band called Orange around keyboard player Don Walker and original bassist Les Kascmarek and while hard rock remained at the core of their sound Cold Chisel displayed a remarkable versatility. When Kascmarek left in 1975, Walker became the major creative force of the band. Built around Walker’s superb songwriting, the group also featured the dazzling guitar and vocal talents of Ian Moss and the enormously powerful lead vocals of Scottish immigrant Jimmy Barnes.

While typically classified as a hard-driving rock and roll band, the Chisel repertoire included such Australian anthems as the landmark Vietnam War song “Khe Sanh”, “Bow River”, “Flame Trees” and “Saturday Night”, but also included thoughtful ballads like “Choir Girl” (written about the subject of abortion), pop-flavoured love songs like “My Baby” and caustic political statements like “Star Hotel”, an attack on the late-70s government of Malcolm Fraser and inspired by a riot at a Newcastle pub. The music was not political in context, however Walker’s songs were observations of everyday life within the Australian society and culture. One song from this period, “Misfits”, which featured on the b-side to “My Baby”, was written in the same vein as Chuck Berry, and was about homeless kids in the suburbs surrounding Sydney.


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  • trustyjunkie

    Cold Chisel are brilliant, we grew up listening to their music & going to many of their amazing live shows. They would have to be without doubt, the biggest music influence on us out of any other band. What else can be said here, WE LOVE COLD CHISEL!

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • BeNgEE4

    nicked this from youtube "Cold Chisel will always be Australias favourite band, and this song proves how beautiful they were, anyone who downs them deserves a a punch in the head, simple as that"

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Dr_Van_Nostrand

    No Plans is pretty good. 'Everybody' is a great song, and 'Summer Moon' is vintage Mossy. Steve's track is phenomenal only as a demo.

    7 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Alnico

    Looking forward to seeing Chisel next Saturday in Auckland.................Auckland concert sold out and by the looks of the pics on the Chisel website Hobart went off! They ain't played in New Zealand since 28 years!!!

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Dr_Van_Nostrand

    Fantastic show tonight in Brisbane. Still as good as ever. Was pleasantly suprised to hear Barnesy in such good shape.

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Sarsparilla1

    Going to see them in Rockhampton tomorrow night! Gonna be awesome!

    25 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Dr_Van_Nostrand

    'All For You' is a grower. I didn't like it at first, but am really digging it now. It's not fantastic, but an enjoyable listen nonetheless.

    4 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Brett_1989

    there new song All For You is quite good

    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • JukeBoxHero48

    Love 'em ~ just found out about them today :-)))

    4 Aug 2011 Reply
  • egotripping44

    RIP Steve :(

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • lihei

    Vale Steve

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • DPsoia

    R.I.P. Steve

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • BeNgEE4

    RIP Steve Prestwich so many aussie rock legends succumbing to the C

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • cool301

    RIP Steve..

    16 Jan 2011 Reply
  • BeePositive

    Live in Canberra '87.....Incredible ! <3

    28 Dec 2010 Reply
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    19 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Dr_Van_Nostrand

    Saw Mossy solo night, great gig! Pulled out Cheap Wine and Breakfast at Sweethearts, f*ckin' awesome.

    3 Dec 2010 Reply
  • supergeorgia

    Im a teenager and i vote Cold Chisel one of the best bands EVER. I saw them at the Deniliquin Ute Muster last week and it was by far the best experience i've had at a concert.

    9 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Saberthug

    Who's going to go to Cold Chisel on the 2nd of October?

    25 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Dill863

    best band

    8 Sep 2010 Reply
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