Ego Is Not a Dirty Word

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Ego Is Not a Dirty Word
Studio album by Skyhooks
Released July 1975
Recorded January–May 1975 at TCS Studios, Melbourne
Genre Pop/Rock
Length 40:09
Label Mercury Records
Producer Ross Wilson
Skyhooks chronology
Living in the 70's
Ego Is Not a Dirty Word
Straight in a Gay Gay World
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Ego Is Not a Dirty Word was the second album released by Australian band Skyhooks in mid-1975. The album was the follow-up to their highly successful album, Living in the Seventies. As with the former album, it was also produced by Ross Wilson.

The album spent 11 weeks at the number one spot in the Australian album charts in 1975 and sold 180,000 copies. Two singles were lifted from the album, "Ego Is Not a Dirty Word" and "All My Friends are Getting Married". Greg Macainsh penned (or in the case of "Love on the Radio", co-wrote, with original singer Steve Hill) every song except "Every Chase a Steeple", which was written by guitarist Red Symons. Unlike on other Symons-written tracks "Smut" and "Mumbo Jumbo", lead singer Shirley Strachan provided vocals.

The American release of the album contained "Horror Movie" and "You Just Like Me 'Cause I'm Good in Bed" from their first album in place of tracks 9 and 10.

The album was re-released by Mushroom Records in 1997.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Greg Macainsh, except where noted.

  1. "Ego Is Not a Dirty Word" – 2:58
  2. "Love on the Radio" – 4:20 (Greg Macainsh, Steve Hill)
  3. "Saturday Night" – 2:45
  4. "Love's Not Good Enough" – 7:15
  5. "The Other Side" – 3:12
  6. "Smartarse Songwriters" – 4:09
  7. "Mercedes Ladies" – 3:29
  8. "All My Friends Are Getting Married" – 4:50
  9. "Every Chase a Steeple" – 3:41 (Red Symons)
  10. "Private Eye" – 3:00


  • Graeme "Shirley" Strachan – lead vocals
  • Redmond Symons – guitar, backing vocals
  • Bob "Bongo" Starkie – guitar
  • Greg Macainsh – bass
  • Imants Alfred Strauks – drums, percussion, backing vocals


  • Peter Jones – Fender Rhodes piano (2,8), marimba and vibes (1), chimes (3), boo bams (4)
  • Greg Sneddon – Arp synthesizer (10)
  • Andy Cowan – Mini Moog (10)
  • Col Loughnan – tenor and baritone saxophones (6)
  • Pat Wilson – finger cymbals (1)
  • Ross Wilson – Yamaha synthesizer (1), vocal harmonies
  • Ian Mason – harmony vocals (8)
  • Jenny Keath – harmony vocals (1)


Preceded by
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
by Elton John
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
21 July – 5 October 1975
Succeeded by
Sherbet's Greatest Hits by Sherbet