Five in a Row (song)

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"Five in a Row"
Single by The D-Generation
from the album The Satanic Sketches
B-side "Pissweak Quiz Show Sketch"
Released 1989 (1989)
Format 7" 45 rpm, Cassingle
Genre Comedy
Label Mushroom
Songwriter(s) Santo Cilauro, Tony Martin, Rob Sitch, Tom Gleisner

"Five in a Row" was a 1989 single by Australian comedy team, The D-Generation. It reached a peak position of number 12 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[1] It was co-written by The D-Generation members, Santo Cilauro, Tony Martin, Rob Sitch, and Tom Gleisner.[2] Music written and produced by Colin Setches and John Grant.

The song and its accompanying music video parodied five Australian musicians: John Farnham (played by Rob Sitch), Jimmy Barnes (played by Santo Cilauro), Little River Band, Kylie Minogue (played by Jane Kennedy), and James Reyne (played by John Harrison). On the recording, the voice of Farnham was taken by a very young Jack Jones (Irwin Thomas), the voice of Barnes was John Brown, all of LRB's voices were Colin Setches, with Jane Kennedy doing Kylie, and John Harrison singing James Reyne. Drums by Angus Burchall (Farnham band), bass by Roger McLachlan (LRB, Pyramid, Farnham), guitars by Irwin Thomas, and all keyboards, programming and arrangements by John Grant. Recorded at AAV Studio 1, South Melbourne, engineered, mixed and co-produced by Ross Cockle.

It was followed in 1990 by "Five More in a Row" which peaked at number 37.[1] Like the original this version also parodied five Australian music acts. They were: Max Q (Jason Stephens playing Michael Hutchence), Dragon (Mick Molloy playing Marc Hunter), Daryl Braithwaite (played by Sitch), Kate Ceberano (played by Kennedy), and Midnight Oil (Sitch playing Peter Garrett).


  1. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography The D-Generation". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "'Five in a Row' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 12 December 2013.