England’s ‘blue plaque’ system is great when it comes to celebrating the heritage of significant areas of the country, marking notable birth-places, work-places, and basically anywhere that something cool and important once happened.
Historical markers, they are known as, and they help weave a narrative thread through the immense fabric of a city, making one feel more connected to the transient and historically-rich nature of an area. Plus, they look pretty.
The City of Brisbane have announced they are naming a park in the suburb Oxley ‘Ed Kuepper Park‘, in honour of The Saints founder, and in 2010 they renamed the Hale Street Link in Brisbane ‘Go Between Bridge’, although the fact this is a toll bridge may also act to sour the band’s name in the minds of stingy commuters.
Sydney has an incredible musical heritage, and we’re not just talking about the time you found a vinyl copy of Ratcat’s ‘Tingles’ for $2 in the Salvos on King St.
But let’s take that group for example. Ratcat were the first Australian band to have a simultaneous #1 album and single, building on the momentum from their hooky, fuzzy song ‘That Ain’t Bad’ which was a surprise commercial radio hit, also hitting #1 on the singles chart (as the aforementioned ‘Tingles’ EP). They are widely acknowledged as the first Australian alternative band to breakthrough to the mainstream. Richard Kingsmill credits them, more than Nirvana, for the influx of alternative music that hit Australian airwaves throughout the following few years.