Living in the 70's

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Living in the 70's
Studio album by Skyhooks
Released 28 October 1974
Recorded June 1974 at TCS Studios, Melbourne
Genre Rock, glam rock
Length 38:48 (original version)
Label Mushroom Records
Producer Ross Wilson
Skyhooks chronology
Living in the 70's
Ego Is Not a Dirty Word
(1975)Ego Is Not a Dirty Word1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Living in the 70's is the debut album by Melbourne band Skyhooks. Released in October 1974 on the Mushroom Records label, the album achieved relatively little success until early 1975. It spent 16 weeks at the top of the Australian album charts from late February 1975, and became the highest-selling album by an Australian act in Australia until that time, with sales of 240,000. In October 2010, it was listed at No. 9 in the book 100 Best Australian Albums.[2]


The album was produced by former Daddy Cool lead singer Ross Wilson.

Two singles were lifted from the album: "Living in the 70's"/"You're a Broken Gin Bottle, Baby" and "Horror Movie"/"Carlton (Lygon Street Limbo)". The latter spent 2 weeks at the top of the Australian singles chart in 1975. Six tracks from the album were banned on commercial radio in Australia; in defiance of this, however, the ABC's new youth station in Sydney, 2JJ, played the track "You Just Like Me 'Cos I'm Good in Bed" as their first ever song when they began broadcasting in January 1975.

"Broken Gin Bottle", the B-side of the original "Living in the 70's" single, was included as track 11 on the 2004 CD remaster.

In 2011 the album featured at number 75 on the Triple J Hottest 100 Albums of All Time.[3] In the same year, the album was added to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Sounds of Australia registry.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Greg Macainsh, except where noted.

Side One

  1. "Living in the 70's" – 3:42
  2. "Whatever Happened to the Revolution?" – 4:08
  3. "Balwyn Calling" – 3:44
  4. "Horror Movie" – 3:47
  5. "You Just Like Me 'Cos I'm Good in Bed" – 3:44

Side Two

  1. "Carlton (Lygon Street Limbo)" – 3:56
  2. "Toorak Cowboy" – 3:45
  3. "Smut" (Red Symons) – 5:19
  4. "Hey, What's the Matter?" – 2:47
  5. "Motorcycle Bitch" – 3:56

Bonus track on CD remaster[edit]

11. "Broken Gin Bottle" – 4:14
  • Earlier CD versions contain a live version of "Saturday Night" and a version of "Why Don'tcha All Get Fucked", but the above version is today's standard.

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1975 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1


  • Shirley Strachan - lead vocals (all but 8)
  • Red Symons - guitar, backing and lead (8) vocals, mandolin
  • Bob "Bongo" Starkie - guitar, backing vocals
  • Greg Macainsh - bass, backing vocals
  • Imants Alfred "Freddie" Strauks - drums, backing vocals, percussion


  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9. 
  3. ^ "Countdown - All 100 | Hottest 100 Australian Albums Of All Time | triple j". 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  4. ^ National Film and Sound Archive: 'Living in the 70s' on the Sounds of Australia registry
Preceded by
Elton John's Greatest Hits by Elton John
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
24 February - 15 June 1975
Succeeded by
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
by Elton John