Almanac Music: The Music of 1997

Every fortnight on a Wednesday I volunteer with Orange Sky Laundry at St Marks in Fitzroy. OSL is a fabulous charity that supports homeless and disadvantaged with laundry services and importantly companionship.


It’s only a two hour shift however to help the vibe my shift buddies and I take turns at pulling together a music play list which is played over a portable speaker. Recently we have been setting each other themes. My latest theme was the music of 1997.


Well back then I turned 40 in that year and my recollection was that I had started to lose contact with what might be termed popular music. So my first point of research was Triple J’s Hottest 100 as I was an occasional listener back then. I was surprised to find I recalled many of the top songs.



No.1 was The Whitlams ‘No Aphrodisiac’ followed by The Verve’s ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’. There are offerings from Aussie icons Nick Cave, Silverchair and Spiderbait to name a few and Internationals Faith No More, Foo Fighters and more. My personal favourite is the version of ‘I Will Servive’ by Cake.


I have found myself using the attached Spotify playlist which I compiled on some of my daily Covid walks. You will note an absence of anything resembling rap, except for Skunkhour. It’s a rocking set. Enjoy!


Keiran’s playlist can be found at Spotify HERE.


Cheers, Keiran


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About Keiran Croker

Keiran is a lifelong Swans supporter, despite a brief dalliance with the Cats and Tigers in primary school years. Family connections to Port Melbourne and South Melbourne demanded loyalty to the Swans. The long wait for success was worth it.


  1. Luke Reynolds says

    Excellent list Keiran.

    I turned 18 in 1997 so these songs mostly all have meaning for me. “Prisoner of Society” is in my top handful of songs of all time, the self titled Living End debut album was a constant in my CD player that year. Spiderbait another favourite from 1997.

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