These days, it’s so easy to go back and relive some of these moments thanks to the Internet. But it’s also worth remembering that the awards’ early days are less easy to remember, with the awards not being televised until 1992.
Well, sort of. See, we know exactly who the winners of that year are, and plenty of people have managed to rediscover who some of the nominees were, but for many of the awards, we’ve got no idea about the other artists who were in the running.
So, while it’s great to know that Midnight Oil won Single Of The Year thanks to ‘Beds Are Burning’, wouldn’t it be great to know which songs – apart from Dave Dobbyn’s ‘Slice Of Heaven’ and Icehouse’s ‘Crazy’ – were also in contention?
Likewise, we know approximately none of the other nominees for Album of The Year. Clearly Icehouse’s Man Of Colours was such a well-deserved win that the rest of that year’s nominated releases were quickly forgotten.
The nominees for some categories have survived though, and while know who was up for the Best Group, Best New Talent, and Best Female Artist, we couldn’t tell you anything about Best Male Artist, except for the fact that John Farnham took home the statue.
Logically though, there would have to be some record of these nominees out there somewhere.
Maybe you’ve got a copy of your local street press magazine from 1988 tucked away in the closet somewhere, or maybe you were there and have a memory that many of us could only dream of. If that is the case, then you could hold the key to solving a mystery that has plagued Australian music archivists for some time.
In the meantime, scroll on to learn the winners of the 1988 ARIA Awards, and some of the nominees.
Check out Midnight Oil’s ‘Beds Are Burning’:
1988 ARIA Awards Winners
Album Of The Year
Winner: Icehouse – Man Of Colours
Single Of The Year
Winner: Midnight Oil – ‘Beds Are Burning’ Dave Dobbyn with Herbs – ‘Slice of Heaven’ Icehouse – ‘Crazy’
Highest Selling Album
Winner: Icehouse – Man Of Colours
Highest Selling Single
Winner: Kylie Minogue – ‘Locomotion’ Dave Dobbyn with Herbs – ‘Slice Of Heaven’
Winner: Crowded House Hunters & Collectors Icehouse INXS Midnight Oil
Best Female Artist
Winner: Jenny Morris – Body And Soul Anne Kirkpatrick – Come Back Again Kate Ceberano Sharon O’Neill Shona Laing
Best Male Artist
Winner: John Farnham
Best New Talent
Winner: Weddings Parties Anything – Scorn Of The Women Dave Dobbyn James Reyne Lime Spiders Painters And Dockers
Best Country Album
Winner: Flying Emus – This Town Anne Kirkpatrick – Come Back Again
Best Indigenous Release
Winner: Gondwanaland – Gondwanaland Australia all Over – Australia All Over Flying Emus – This Town Midnight Oil – Diesel And Dust Warumpi Band – Go Bush
Best Adult Contemporary Album
Winner: John Farnham – ‘A Touch Of Paradise’
Best Comedy Release
Winner: The 12th Man – Wired World Of Sports Garry Who – Life’s Just A Routine
Fine Arts Awards
Best Jazz Album
Winner: Vince Jones – It All Ends Up In Tears The Don Burrows Quintet with the Adelaide Connection – Nice ‘n’ Easy
Best Classical Album
Winner: Voss (Australian Opera) – Voss Dave Loew and the National Arts Orchestra Australia – Debut
Best Children’s Album
Winner: Peter Combe – Toffee Apple
Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Recording
Winner: Original Australian Cast Recording – Nine Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Mario Millo) – The Lighthorsemen
Song Of The Year
Winner: Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst & Jim Moginie – ‘Beds Are Burning’ (Midnight Oil) Dave Dobbyn – ‘Slice of Heaven’ (Dave Dobbyn with Herbs) Icehouse – ‘Crazy’
Producer Of The Year
Winner: Mark Opitz Andrew Farriss Jon Farriss
Engineer Of The Year
Winner: David Nicholas – Richard Clapton – Glory Road, INXS – Kick
Winner: Claudia Castle – Paul Kelly – ‘To Her Door’
Best Cover Art
Winner: Ken Duncan, Creative Type Wart, Gary Morris, Midnight Oil – Midnight Oil – Diesel And Dust
Outstanding Achievement Award
ARIA Hall of Fame inductees
AC/DC Slim Dusty Col Joye Johnny O’Keefe Dame Joan Sutherland Vanda & Young