When NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met the Royals last week, she gifted Harry and Meghan a Shapeshifter album. When she discussed which songs soundtracked her election campaign at a music conference in August, she made sure to include Neil Finn and Don McGlashan.
Yet, and this should come as no surprise at this stage in his current run as the 30th Prime Minister of Australia, when Scott Morrison sat down to create a playlist on Spotify, he thought it would be a great opportunity to shit all over the nation he’s running.
The playlist, titled ‘Eighties plus’, features 146 songs. That’s 11 hours of music. But, of all the artists he could have highlighted in the playlist, albeit constricted to the ’80s, Scott Morrison could not think of more than one Australian song he’d like to feature.
That’s right, 92 artists, and only one of them Australian: Wa Wa Nee’s funk-pop gem ‘Stimulation’.
It’s not as if Australia didn’t have much to contribute to the global sound of the ’80s. It’s not as if seminal acts INXS, AC/DC, The Church, Men At Work, The Divinyls, Hoodoo Gurus, Nick Cave, Olivia Newton John, Kylie Minogue or Little River Band hadn’t practically soundtracked the era for so many.
Check out Scott Morrison’s unpatriotic ’80s playlist below:
The playlist was brought to our attention by Tony Burke MP, Member for Watson, New South Wales.
If you love and care about Australian music consider this. Scott Morrison released a play list on Spotify today. 146 songs, 92 artists, 11 hours of music. Guess how many Australian bands?#auspol #music #saveozmusic #laborloveslivemusic
— Tony Burke (@Tony_Burke) November 5, 2018
It’s been more than two months since Scott Morrison took on the prime ministership and while he’s managed to frustrate almost every sector, his likeness to Trump has largely been polarised, until now. Perhaps Scott Morrison is actually more patriotic than Donald Trump himself; as this playlist suggests, he’s the best Prime Minister the United States of America could ever hope for.