Sights of Old Melbourne Town – as seen in music videos

Dragon: Are You Old Enough (1978) — around Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, including the now-gone behaviour of riding the running board on a tram, and a Silvertop taxi back when they really did have a silver top.

John Paul Young: Yesterday’s Hero (1975) — around Swanston Street

Paul Kelly: Leaps and Bounds — mostly the Nylex sign, of course

Everyone knows this one… AC/DC: It’s A Long Way To The Top (1975) — Swanston Street again

More recent… The Living End: All Town Torn Down (1998) — various spots, including Citylink and Parliament station

What others are out there?

Update lunchtime

Suggested by Scott: Skyhooks — This is my City (1976) (sorry, can’t embed)

And of course I should have thought of this obvious one: The Whitlams — Melbourne (1997):

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12 thoughts on “Sights of Old Melbourne Town – as seen in music videos”

  1. 1
    Jen says:

    In the Dragon one, “see the lady in the street car lights…” at about 42 seconds – didn’t know Kristen Stewart had been reincarnated!

  2. 2
    PaulK says:

    Some good ones there Daniel, I also found this one of AC/DC’s Longway to the Top. It has some similar scenes from the other one, but this has better views of Melbourne as the truck they were playing on travels down Swanston St.

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  4. 4
    Jackie says:

    Noooooo! It’s “All torn down” not “All town down” !!!

  5. 5
    Kath Lockett says:

    *sniffle* as someone who is now in a different hemisphere and ever-so-slightly homesick, I think I’d better go and play some Paul Kelly….. *sob*

  6. 6
    ozzmosis says:

    Things of Stone & Wood – Happy Birthday Helen:

    D-Generation – Melbourne Cliches:

  7. 7
    enno says:

    Ah bleeve this video must have been made in Melbourne, although it must be a long time ago, when did you give up coal-gas there ?

  8. 8
    Mark says:

    At the end of Elvis Costello’s clip for “I Wanna Be Loved”, he can be seen exiting a photo booth at Flinders St Station. Near the main entrance under the clocks.


  9. 9
    Jackaroo says:

    What’s JPY doing getting out of (what I think is) a Commonwealth of Australia “Z” Car? From 41sec into Yesterday’s Hero?

  10. 10
    Charlotte says:

    All I can think of is an old Bachelor Girl video that was shot entirely at the Glen shopping centre in Glen Waverley!

  11. 11
    Jackaroo says:

    @Charlotte – Thank goodness we have Wikipedia – lol!
    Apparently that was “Lucky Me”.
    Here’s the link to the video

  12. 12
    Tim Chuma says:

    JVG (from RRR) has hosted two separate events named “Stopping All Stations (Except Each Richmond)” including the songs Spotswood by the Orbweavers

    The also released an album “LOOM” with songs about the northern suburbs including one for their dog Fern.

    The song list from this year’s event:
    Song List:
    Poem – Ian Bland
    Watsonia – Ben Birchall
    Merri – The Orbweavers duo
    Lancefield – Gary Adams
    Thomastown – David Bridie
    Glen Waverly – Mic Conway
    Grey Skies over Collingwood – Mick Thomas
    Upfield Line – Lucie Thorne
    Spotswood – The Orbweavers duo
    Waverly – Marcel Borrack cover of Wagons song
    Mont Albert Blues – JVG Guitar Method
    Poem – Ian Bland (about trying to get to Oakleigh)
    Punt Rd Traffic – JVG Guitar Method
    Over side of the river – JVG Guitar Method
    Punt Rd Breakdown – JVG Guitar Method
    Epping train to Northcote – Mick Thomas
    25 Stations – David Bridie
    Footscray – Gary Adams
    Alamein Train – Gary Adams
    Regent to Ruthven – Marcel Borrack
    Luna Park’s Smile is Frowning on St Kilda – Wes and Horse
    Toorak Cowboy – Skyhooks
    Balwyn Calling -Skyhooks
    Lygon St – Skyhooks
    Suburban Boy – Dave Warner
    North Mentone – All

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