Ego Is Not a Dirty Word

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Ego Is Not a Dirty Word
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1975
RecordedJanuary–May 1975
StudioTCS Studios, Melbourne
ProducerRoss Wilson
Skyhooks chronology
Living in the 70's
Ego Is Not a Dirty Word
Straight in a Gay Gay World
Singles from Ego Is Not a Dirty Word
  1. "Ego Is Not a Dirty Word"
    Released: 9 Apr 1975
  2. "All My Friends Are Getting Married"
    Released: June 1975

Ego Is Not a Dirty Word is the second studio album released by Australian pop rock band, Skyhooks, in July 1975. The album was the follow-up to their highly successful debut album, Living in the 70's (1974). 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 Kent Music Report Albums Chart and sold 180,000 copies.[1] Two singles were lifted from the album, "Ego Is Not a Dirty Word" and "All My Friends are Getting Married". 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.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [2]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
1."Ego Is Not a Dirty Word"Greg Macainsh2:58
2."Love on the Radio"Macainsh, Steve Hill4:20
3."Saturday Night"Macainsh2:45
4."Love's Not Good Enough"Macainsh7:15
5."The Other Side"Macainsh3:12
Side B
1."Smartarse Songwriters"Macainsh4:09
2."Mercedes Ladies"Macainsh4:29
3."All My Friends Are Getting Married"Macainsh4:50
4."Every Chase a Steeple"Red Symons3:41
5."Private Eye"Macainsh3:00


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart[1] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1975) Position
Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart[1] 4


  • Shirley Strachan – lead vocals
  • Red Symons – guitar, backing vocals
  • Bob "Bongo" Starkie – guitar, backing vocals
  • Greg Macainsh – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Imants Alfred Strauks – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Additional musicians
  • Peter Jones – Fender Rhodes piano (tracks 2,8), marimba and vibes (1), chimes (3), boo bams (4)
  • Greg Sneddon – Arp synthesiser (10)
  • Andy Cowan – Mini Moog (10)
  • Col Loughnan – tenor and baritone saxophones (6)
  • Pat Wilson – finger cymbals (1)
  • Ross Wilson – Yamaha synthesiser (1), vocal harmonies
  • Ian Mason – harmony vocals (8)
  • Jenny Keath – harmony vocals (1)


  1. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  2. ^ Ego Is Not a Dirty Word at AllMusic