7 episodes

If you could make the soundtrack to your life, a mixtape, what songs would you choose? Welcome to Almost a Mirror, a podcast about Australian music from the late 1970s and 80s, where the post-punk world of the Crystal Ballroom collides with the pop icons of Countdown. Come with me, Kirsten Krauth, on a personal journey through music and memory where each episode is sparked by a song. 
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Almost a Mirror Kirsten Krauth

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    • 5.0 • 72 Ratings

If you could make the soundtrack to your life, a mixtape, what songs would you choose? Welcome to Almost a Mirror, a podcast about Australian music from the late 1970s and 80s, where the post-punk world of the Crystal Ballroom collides with the pop icons of Countdown. Come with me, Kirsten Krauth, on a personal journey through music and memory where each episode is sparked by a song. 
Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/AlmostAMirror.

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    Episode 1 - Nick the Stripper by The Birthday Party & Nick Cave

    Episode 1 - Nick the Stripper by The Birthday Party & Nick Cave

    In Episode 1, we enter the strangely alluring landscape of Nick the Stripper, a song by Nick Cave and The Birthday Party. We look at the Crystal Ballroom scene in Melbourne’s St Kilda and head to the set of the chaotic Nick the Stripper video clip.
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    • 54 min
    Episode 2 - Zoo Music Girl by The Birthday Party & Nick Cave

    Episode 2 - Zoo Music Girl by The Birthday Party & Nick Cave

    We enter the dirty jungle rhythm of Zoo Music Girl, a song by The Birthday Party. We look at crushes, animal magnetism, the seduction of performance, and ask: Nick Cave – is he a man or a myth? We meet the fans, the friends, and we remember Anita Lane.
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    • 59 min
    Episode 3 - (I'm) Stranded by The Saints & Chris Bailey & Ed Kuepper

    Episode 3 - (I'm) Stranded by The Saints & Chris Bailey & Ed Kuepper

    We enter the wasteland of Joh Bjelke Petersen-era Brisbane and meet a band, The Saints, who went from playing in Petrie Terrace to London and Paris because they had the audacity to make and distribute their own record. Features interviews with Chris Bailey and Ed Kuepper from The Saints, Tex Perkins ...
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 4 - Wide Open Road by The Triffids & David McComb

    Episode 4 - Wide Open Road by The Triffids & David McComb

    We enter the mirage, the heat haze of Perth and the Australian interior. We look at drive, in cars and as creative impulse, the loss and longing of touring, and long-distance love, and remember the devotion and faith of David McComb in poetry, lyrics, and friendship. Features interviews with Alsy MacDonald, Jill Birt, Martyn Casey, Rob McComb and Graham Lee from The Triffids.
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode 5 - The Unguarded Moment by The Church & Steve Kilbey

    Episode 5 - The Unguarded Moment by The Church & Steve Kilbey

    We enter the bright lights of Countdown and look at overnight success, jangly guitars, paisley shirts and explore life deep, deep without a meaning. Features interviews with Steve Kilbey and Peter Koppes from The Church.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Bonus Episode - Interview Chris Bailey, The Saints

    Bonus Episode - Interview Chris Bailey, The Saints

    Deliciously provocative as always, I spoke to Chris Bailey in December 2021 about early Saints, being down and out in Paris and London, murals and working with Nick Cave and Tracy Pew.
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    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

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Crafted excellence

If you were around the punk scene in the late 70s early 80s in Australia, this is for you. She takes you back to the places you knew, interviewing for history, rather than to massage musician’s egos. If you weren’t, but are a fan of the (specific) music of the time, you’ll learn more about the minds of the people that made it.

John M Lambert ,

Awesome Podcast!

I hang for each episode in this podcast … a journey through my own musical landscape so the familiarity is in my bones. It’s possibly the best podcast I’ve tapped into. Kirsten’s song choices, interview subjects and the great balance between spoken word

Taciana FL ,

Brilliiant podcast

The Wide Open Road episode about David McComb and The Triffids was very thorough, insightful and quite moving. I loved the inclusion of David's poems and of some old interviews with him. Listening to him speaking honestly gave me chills. Also so good to listen to all of the other Triffids. Beautifully produced podcast.

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