No Aphrodisiac

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"No Aphrodisiac"
Single by The Whitlams
from the album Eternal Nightcap
Released February 18, 1998
Format CD
Genre Piano rock
Length 4:20 (album version)
3:29 (single mix)
Label Black Yak Phantom
Producer(s) Rob Taylor and Tim Freedman
The Whitlams singles chronology
"No Aphrodiasiac"
"Thank You (for Loving Me at My Worst)"

"No Aphrodisiac" is the third single on The Whitlams third album Eternal Nightcap. It was written by Tim Freedman, with Pinky Beecroft (Matt Ford) and Chit Chat Von Loopin Stab (Glen Dormand) (from the band Machine Gun Fellatio) helping with the lyrics. The single is the band's most successful and well known, voted the #1 song in the Triple J Hottest 100, 1997. Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, for whom the band was named, announced the winning news on air.


"No Aphrodisiac" won Song of the Year at the 1998 ARIA Awards and was also nominated for Single of the Year, losing out to Natalie Imbruglia's Torn. The song was performed by the band at the ceremony before the Millennium. The song was performed live during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.

The song was written for Freedman's girlfriend of the time, who was living in Melbourne. "We were growing apart, not writing to each other so much," Freedman has said. "Pinky Beecroft and Chit Chat had just played me a demo of theirs, which consisted of very funny personal classifieds, and we used 6 lines of that to finish the song."[1]

The single mix adds more electric guitar to the song and is a minute shorter than the album version. It does not appear on the band's 2008 best-of; instead the album version was used, which was also the preferred radio version.

Track listing[edit]

There are 4 releases of the No Aphrodisiac single, one that consists of different mixes of No Aphrodisiac and 3 of which have different bonus tracks as below.


  1. No Aphrodisiac (Single mix) – 3:29
  2. No Aphrodisiac (Room for your Dog mix) – 5:54
  3. No Aphrodisiac (Machine Gun Fellatio mix) – 4:23
  4. No Aphrodisiac (Headspace Caisidorpha mix) – 5:25
  5. No Aphrodisiac (Album mix) – 4:20

BYO-E8 (A)

  1. No Aphrodisiac (single mix) – 3:29
  2. Gough – 3:16
  3. Met My Match – 3:36
  4. Up Against the Wall – 5:28
  5. No Aphrodisiac (edit#1 mix) – 3:28

BYO-E8 (B)

  1. No Aphrodisiac (single mix) – 3:29
  2. Where is She – 4:17
  3. I Make Hamburgers – 3:36
  4. You Sound Like Louis Burdett – 4:01
  5. No Aphrodisiac (edit#1 mix) – 3:28

BYO-E8 (C)

  1. No Aphrodisiac (single mix) – 3:29
  2. Winter Lovin' – 3:18
  3. 1995 – 4:40
  4. Charlie No.3 – 4:22
  5. No Aphrodisiac (edit#1 mix) – 3:28

Awards and nominations[edit]




  1. ^ Jeff Jenkins (2007). 50 Years of Rock in Australia. Melbourne: Wilkinson Publishing. p. 295. ISBN 9781921332111. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Buy Me A Pony by Spiderbait
Triple J Hottest 100 Winner
Succeeded by
Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) by The Offspring