Good Times (the Easybeats song)

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"Good Times"
Single by the Easybeats
from the album Vigil
B-side"Lay Me Down and Die (Instrumental)" (UK)
Released18 July 1968 (Australia)
13 September 1968 (UK)
RecordedJune to August 1967
StudioOlympic Studios, South West London.
LabelParlophone A-8406 (Australia)
United Artists 67127 (Germany)
UP 2243 (UK)
Songwriter(s)George Young, Harry Vanda
Producer(s)The Easybeats, Mike Vaughan & Glyn Johns (uncredited).
The Easybeats singles chronology
"Land of Make Believe"
"Good Times"
"Lay Me Down and Die"

"Good Times" is a song by the Easybeats released as a single in Australia 18 July 1968, and which appeared on their Vigil album with guest vocals by Steve Marriott of Small Faces. It was written by George Young and Harry Vanda.

When broadcast on BBC radio it was reputedly heard by Paul McCartney on his car radio; McCartney apparently rang the station immediately to request a repeat playing.[1]

Notable cover versions[edit]

"Good Times"
Good Times INXS.jpg
Single by Jimmy Barnes and INXS
from the album The Lost Boys: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
ReleasedDecember 1986
Songwriter(s)George Young, Harry Vanda
Producer(s)Andrew Farriss
INXS singles chronology
"Listen Like Thieves"
"Good Times"
"Need You Tonight"
Jimmy Barnes singles chronology
"Ride the Night Away"
"Good Times"
"Too Much Ain't Enough Love"

Shocking Blue[edit]

"Good Times" was covered by Dutch rock band Shocking Blue, on their seventh album released in 1974.


The NWOBHM heavy metal band Quartz released a live cover version of this song on their 1980 released live album Live Quartz. In 2013 the band also released a studio version of the song on their self-produced compilation Back in the Band – Live and Revisited.

INXS & Jimmy Barnes[edit]

Australians INXS and Jimmy Barnes released a version in December 1986, which was engineered by Al Wright and appeared in the Joel Schumacher film The Lost Boys. This version reached number one in New Zealand and number two in Australia, as well as obtaining chart positions in both the US (where it peaked at number 47) and UK (where it peaked at number 18 in 1991). A video clip was produced featuring INXS and Jimmy Barnes performing the song, with scenes intercut from The Lost Boys. This version was also used to promote the national Australian Made series of concerts that took place between Boxing Day 1986 and Australia Day 1987.

Barnes later said, "We spent a day and a half in the studio. Michael Hutchence and myself didn't sleep the whole time we were there. It was a booze- and drug-fuelled couple of days."[2]

Australian Idol 2004 cover[edit]

The song was performed on the Top 12 Results Show of the second season of Australian Idol in 2004. This version of the song was then released by the Top 10 finalists nearly four months after the live show. It was released as a one-track CD single and reached a peak of #53 on the ARIA singles chart.

Meat Loaf cover version[edit]

"Good Times" was covered by the American rock singer Meat Loaf on his 1995 album Welcome to the Neighbourhood. This new version, credited to Vanda/Young/Durkee/Loaf/Russo, was titled "Runnin' for the Red Light (I Got a Life)" and featured significantly different lyrics.

Hindu Love Gods cover version[edit]

Hindu Love Gods covered the song on a 1986 single, but under the title "Gonna Have a Good Time Tonight". The members of Hindu Love Gods were Mike Mills, Bill Berry and Peter Buck of R.E.M., Bryan Cook, and Warren Zevon. The 7" single was released on I.R.S. Records.

Jimmy Barnes featuring Keith Urban[edit]

Jimmy Barnes reprised the song on his 30:30 Hindsight release in 2014, with Keith Urban on guitar and vocals

Jessica Mauboy version[edit]

Jessica Mauboy covered the song on her 2016 album, The Secret Daughter: Songs from the Original TV Series.


The Easybeats version[edit]

Chart (1968) Peak
Australian Go-Set Charts 22

INXS/Jimmy Barnes version[edit]

Chart (1986/87) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 2
New Zealand Singles Chart[3] 1
UK Singles Chart 18
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 47

Australian Idol version[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 53


  1. ^ Glenn A. Baker, liner notes to The Easybeats: Absolute Anthology (LP version), Albert Productions, 1980
  2. ^ Jimmy Barnes (2017). Working Class Man. HarperCollins. p. 305. ISBN 978-1460752142.
  3. ^ Hung, Steffen. " – New Zealand charts portal – INXS AND JIMMY BARNES – GOOD TIMES". Retrieved 31 October 2016.