Flour, salt, a little red wine and don't forget a dollop of tomato sauce, a gravy recipe burnt into the memories of Aussies around the country. Paul Kelly’s iconic Christmas song How To Make Gravy follows a prisoner who won’t be home with his family for Christmas. As of last week Kelly now has four #1 Albums on the ARIA Albums Chart, has also previously won 16 ARIA Awards and in 1997 was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame!
Australian comedy duo Colin Buchanan and Greg Champion also known as Bucko and Champs released Aussie Christmas in 1995. The album includes Aussie Jingle Bells, a song describing the quintessential Australian Christmas. With Buchanan being nominated for five ARIA Awards and Champion being nominated for two, Bucko and Champs truly a power duo.
Dropping alongside their tongue in cheek Christmas original, I Hate You But You Gotta Stay (On Christmas Day), in 2017 Polish Club gave us the gift of Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, Aussie all star edition. The official video features a slew of talent including; DZ Deathrays, Northeast Party House, Anthony Albanese, Lindsay 'The Doctor' McDougal, WAAX and Josh Pyke to name a few.
In 1992 ARIA Hall of Fame inductees, Hoodoo Gurus released their version of the classic carol Little Drummer Boy, with a surf rock spin on it. Now over 30 years since release, the video’s accompanying video clip still embodies the hot, summery, beach culture of an Australian Christmas. The outfit have previously won two ARIA Awards with three additional nominations.
The Wiggles 1996 album, Wiggly Wiggly includes a Wiggle original Christmas song, Go Santa Go. Being one of their most popular Christmas songs, Go Santa Go was revisited in 2017 by a new cast and features original member, Greg as a guest star. The Wiggles have accumulated an impressive ARIA repertoire over the years with 16 ARIA Awards, a Hall of Fame induction and an Outstanding Achievement Award.
Australian country artist Amber Lawrence’s Aussie Aussie Christmas is the title track from her 2017 children's album. The track describes the non-traditional aspects of having Christmas in an Australian climate and is accompanied by a music video featuring an Aussie backyard Christmas. Lawrence has two ARIA Award nominations under her belt and landed a top #5 debut on the ARIA Albums Chart earlier this year with her record Living for the Highlights.