Throwback Thursday: ARIA Award hits & misses


Remember the time Silverchair's drummer knocked himself out at the ARIA Awards? We do. Come with us as we stroll down the red carpets of yesteryear and relive the most memorable hits and misses of Australian music’s night of nights. And yes, it does include David Hasselhoff.

Silverchair perform with Tim Rogers, drummer knocks himself out (1995)

How's this for an awesome collaboration? Silverchair riding high on the success of their knock-out debut ‘Frogstomp’ joined on stage by You Am I’s Tim Rogers ripping through a searing cover of Radio Birdman’s ‘New Race’. Just as memorable, drummer Ben Gillies finished the song by ramming his head into bass drum, temporarily knocking himself out. Apparently, he’d meant to cut a small slit in it beforehand but forgot. Ouch.

INXS' show-stopping performance… and fashion (1993)

Watching live footage of INXS and their late frontman Michael Hutchence in action is always a thrill. This 1993 performance saw them cap off a huge year which saw their album ‘Welcome to Wherever You Are’ hit number one in the UK and number two in Australia. It also boasted some questionable fashion choices too – check out bassist Garry Gary Beers’ rocking out in a skirt!

Missy Higgins goes Hoff! (2005)

The sight of Missy Higgins leaping into the arms of guest presenter David Hasselhoff is a hard one to forget. Obviously she's a massive Baywatch fan. “I’ve had a couple more champagne glasses than at the beginning of the night,” the usually demure singer gushed as she accepted the Album Of The Year for her debut ‘The Sound Of White’.

The Presets’ monster mash of 'My People' (2008)

With its thrilling mix of beats and melody, The Presets’ second record 'Apocalypso' owned 2008, firmly establishing them as the vanguard of Australia’s electronic revolution. It was the first ‘dance’ record to take out the ARIA for Album of The Year, a feat the duo celebrated on stage with a storming, seriously bizarre performance of their monster hit ‘My People’. Flanked by maniacal Mickey Mouse goons, Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes looked like future-shamans who’d been dressed in a toy shop and it was excellent.

Madison Avenue’s thirst-quenching performance (2000)

Madison Avenue’s sugary pop medley will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. As if the questionable vocals and wooden dancing weren't enough, the moment when singer Cheyne Coates pauses for a drink of water at 3:11 is still baffling after all these years. We’re guessing dancing in massive boots and a nappy makes for thirsty work.

Yothu Yindi's all-star Hall Of Fame induction (2012)

Last year saw seminal Aboriginal band Yothu Yindi finally enter ARIA’s Hall Of Fame and boy, did they know how to make an entrance. Alongside an emotional acceptance speech from frontman Mandawuy Yunupingu (who was battling kidney disease at the time), the band was joined on-stage by Jessica Mauboy, Paul Kelly, INXS’ Andrew Farriss, Dan Sultan and former Midnight Oil singer and politician Peter Garrett to perform a rousing version of the band's iconic hit ‘Treaty’. Sadly, Yunupingu died earlier this year from kidney failure. The video doesn't allow embedding but you can watch it here on YouTube.

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