Ego Is Not a Dirty Word

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Ego Is Not a Dirty Word
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Studio album by Skyhooks
Released July 1975
Recorded January–May 1975 at TCS Studios, Melbourne
Genre Pop/Rock
Length 40:09
Label Mercury
Producer Ross Wilson
Skyhooks chronology
Living in the 70's
(1974)Living in the 70's1974
Ego Is Not a Dirty Word
Straight in a Gay Gay World
(1976)Straight in a Gay Gay World1976

Ego Is Not a Dirty Word was the second 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". Greg Macainsh penned (or in the case of "Love on the Radio", co-wrote, with original singer Steve Hill) every track 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.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Greg Macainsh, except where noted.

Side One

  1. "Ego Is Not a Dirty Word" – 2:58
  2. "Love on the Radio" (Greg Macainsh, Steve Hill) – 4:20
  3. "Saturday Night" – 2:45
  4. "Love's Not Good Enough" – 7:15
  5. "The Other Side" – 3:12

Side Two

  1. "Smartarse Songwriters" – 4:09
  2. "Mercedes Ladies" – 3:29
  3. "All My Friends Are Getting Married" – 4:50
  4. "Every Chase a Steeple" (Red Symons) – 3:41
  5. "Private Eye" – 3:00


  • 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. ^ 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 Australian Recording Industry Association (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
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