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Classic South African
Pop And Rock Songs

A collection of classic pop and rock songs from
the history of South African music.

1939-1975 | 1976-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2002


  • Sittin' (Take Me Home) - Toxic Shame (Buckley/ du Toit) [5.31]
    Jon Buckley: guitars, vocals, bass, keyboards/ Deon du Toit: vocals, guitars, bass

    This song needs to be played in front of 50 000 bic-waving fans - its that kind of song. This 5-minute plus track builds slowly into an epic stadium crowd pleaser. The chorus of "I'm tired and take me home" would make an ideal show closer. This is a song that I could quite easily imagine Bon Jovi, the Scorpions or Aerosmith singing... The original demo version was recorded in April 1999 and was over 6 minutes long. Universal Music signed Toxic Shame in early 2000 and they re-recorded 'Sittin' (Take Me Home)'. The album 'Full Circle' was released in December 2000.


  • Crazy Over You - Zen Arcade (Cleland/Donaldson/McKenzie/Mathie) [4.28]
    Andrew Cleland: drums/ Alistair Mathie: bass/ James Donaldson: guitar/ Ian McKenzie: vocals, guitar/ Lizzie Rennie: viola/ Jacqueline Finlay: cello
    Soaring, soulful and touchingly vulnerable vocals on their addictively melodic first single, which stood tall among the many other worthy contributions on the 'Showcase 3: Unearthed' new SA Class of '01 rock mixture CD. - Stephen Segerman, August 2001
  • Set Of Wheels (Karoo Anthem) - Karen Zoid (Zoid) [2.51]
    Karen Zoid: vocals, guitar/ Jono Hall: drums/ Don Reinecke: guitars/ Woody Swart: bass

    The remarkably mature and consistently unboring album 'Poles Apart' opens in stirring rock style with the rough, dramatic guitar chords of 'Set of Wheels (Karoo Anthem)', which drove off with the SA Rock Digest 'Song Of The Year'for 2001. Our new favourite South African road song warns us that we're off on a Zoidian journey through contemporary SA. - Stephen Segerman, December 2001


  • Gasoline - Seether (Seether)
    Shaun Morgan (neé Welgemoed): vocals, guitar/ Dale Stewart: bass, vocals/ Nick Oshiro: drums

    Saron Gas became Seether and 'Gasoline' stormed to the top of the SA Rock Digest charts.
    Searing grunge guitars clash head on with Cobain-inspired vocals, spouting disturbed lyrics that bubble up in a pool of boiling anger.
    - Stephen Segerman, December 2002 on SAfm

Index | 1939-1975 | 1976-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2002



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