Decades: 2000s


This Australian quintet is one of their country’s top rock bands, having scored several hit albums and singles from the mid-90s into the new millennium. Taking their name from a Neil Young song, Powderfinger was originally formed in Brisbane, Queensland, during 1989 by high school friends Ian Haug (21 February 1970; guitar/vocals), John Collins (bass) and Steven Bishop (drums). By 1992, Bishop had been replaced by Jon Coghill (b. 26 August 1971), and Bernard Fanning (b. 15 August 1969; vocals/guitar) and Darren Middleton (b. 4 October 1971; guitar, keyboards, vocals) completed the line-up. Originally more hard rock-orientated, the quintet let their roots rock/classic rock influences reflect in their sound after signing with Polydor-Australia in 1993. Their second and third albums, Double Allergic (1996) and Internationalist (1998), rocketed into the Top 10 and racked up impressive sales (Double Allergic eventually went triple platinum, while Internationalist...

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