The APRA finalists

APRA announced yesterday the nominees for Song of the Year.  They are:

Sarah Blasko – “All I Want
Abby Mandagi and Lorenzo Sillitto (Temper Trap) – “Sweet Disposition
Troy Cassar-Daley – “Big Big Love
Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall – “The Last Day on Earth
Luke Steele, Jonathan Sloan and Nick Littlemore – “We Are The People

Bearing in mind that this a peer-voted award, and that thousands of APRA-registered songwriters voted for these nominees, I have one question:

ARE WE ALL ON CRACK?

Sure, sure, I’ll admit that my preferred songs aren’t up there, but it’s not about that.  Here is the opening of Empire of the Sun’s “We Are the People“:

We can remember
Swimmin’ in December
Headin’ for the city lights
In nine seven five

That’s a pretty good opening, although few well-lit coastal cities existed in the tenth century.

We share in each other
Nearer than farther
The scent of a lemon
Drips from your eyes

This should be re-written as:

platitude
self-evident
cliché
nonsense

Next:

We are the people that rule the world
A force running in every boy and girl
All rejoicing in the world
Take me now
We can try

Is really:

hubris
non-rhyming cliché
another cliché, using previous non-rhyming word
Ewww

non-sequitir

I can only assume that a great many APRA-registered songwriters went swimming somewhere in the mid-’70s, and this evocation of that time made ’em feel all mushy.  But geez, guys, the future will judge us.

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