I love music and my favourite kind of book is one that features music in some way. I get so excited when I can make playlists from them.

LFA, SF, OTJR and TPS all make references to both songs that I know and love and songs that I had never heard before, which I really enjoyed discovering while I was compiling these playlists. We had so much fun listening to them on our drive up to Sydney, singing our lungs out to old favourites and pretending to know the words to others.

They now remind me of two things whenever I listen to them:

1. One of the best holidays of my life.

2. The books and characters (duh) – How To Make Gravy and Danke Schoen in particular will forever remind me of Thomas Mackee. For me, falling in love with the music from their stories and sharing something as simple as a love for the same song allows me to feel close to the characters that I love so much.

Every song that was in each book has made it on to these playlists, whether it’s mentioned more than once (Peace Train) or only given a brief reference to that you can only pick up on if you know the song (To Her Door and The Sound Of Silence).

I hope you enjoy these playlists as much as Annette and I did. – Rachel

Looking For Alibrandi (book)

At Seventeen – Janis Ian

Crocodile Rock – Elton John

Blowin’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan

Peace Train – Cat Stevens

Vogue – Madonna

With only 5 songs, the playlist for LFA (book) is our shortest playlist, which we find interesting as the other books are much longer. We’ve wondered why this is but can’t really come up with anything, so if you have any thoughts on this, let us know!

Looking For Alibrandi (movie)

Weir – Killing Heidi

Tintarella Di Luna – Mina

Blue Moon – Endorphin

Dinnertime – Spiderbait

Non Stop Let’s Rok – beXta

No Surprises – Even

I’m The Problem With Society – Frenzal Rhomb

Passage – Endorphin

10-4 – Antenna

Supernova – Magic Dirt

Anguish – Endorphin

Cuiri Cuiri – Rick Daniele (traditional)

Never Said – Sister Madly

Don’t Say – Stella One Eleven

With Or Without You – Hamish Cowan

Piove (Ciao Ciao Bambina) – Domenico Modugno

Unguarded Moment – The Church

Hymn For A Jubilee – courtesy of Kincoppal-Rose Bay, school of the Sacred Heart

Volare – Dean Martin

Divine – Antenna

Teenager Of The Year – Lo-tel

Veda Rhyddum – POCKET

Miss You Love – Silverchair

So this is the full soundtrack for Looking For Alibrandi.  Like I said, since some of the songs were simply background, traditional or choir music, so we decided to pick and choose what songs we wanted to listen to. Although, it should be noted that we didn’t do this with any of the books.

Saving Francesca

I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

Don’t Give Up – Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush

Dancing Queen – ABBA

These Boots Were Made For Walking – Nancy Sinatra

Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus

Disco Inferno – The Trammps

Luka – Suzanne Vega

My Favourite Things – The Sound Of Music

Edelweiss – The Sound Of Music

On My Own – Les Miserables

The Sound Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel

Macarena – Los Del Rio

You Sound Like Louis Burdett – The Whitlams

Heavy Heart – You Am I

A Slow Song – Joe Jackson

Venus – Shocking Blue

Saturday Night Fever – The Bee Gees

Endless Love – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross

Summer Nights – Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta

Ten Years – One Dollar Short

Nutbush City Limits – Ike & Tina Turner

It’s Now Or Never – Elvis Presley

Bad To The Bone – George Thorogood

My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion

Peace Train – Cat Stevens

Imagine – John Lennon

Let It Be – The Beatles

Don’t Worry Baby – The Beach Boys

Kind & Generous – Natalie Merchant

On The Jellicoe Road

Crystal – New Order

The Twist – Chubby Checker

The Time Warp – The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Zorba – Mikis Theodorakis

The Whole Of The Moon – The Waterboys

Without You – Badfinger

Not Pretty Enough – Kasey Chambers

Don’t Leave Me This Way – Thelma Houston

I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself – Dusty Springfield

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls

Coward Of The County – Kenny Rogers

The Gambler – Kenny Rogers

Islands In The Stream – Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton

Khe Sanh – Cold Chisel

Paradise City – Guns ‘N Roses

Flame Trees – Cold Chisel

The Piper’s Son

What’s Up Pussycat – Tom Jones

Space Oddity – David Bowie

Surfing With The Alien – Joe Satriani

Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel

Here If You Want – The Waifs

London Still – The Waifs

The Blower’s Daughter – Damien Rice

If I Had A Boat – Lyle Lovett

Danke Schoen – Wayne Newton

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

How To Make Gravy – Paul Kelly

If I Could Fly – Joe Satriani

Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors – Editors

Samson – Regina Spektor

Set Fire To The Third Bar – Snow Patrol

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

Crazy Train – The Waifs

To Her Door – Paul Kelly

This Year’s Love – David Gray

The Final Countdown – Europe

Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan

Viva Las Vegas – Elvis

Sk8r Boi – Avril Lavigne

I Don’t Know How To Love Him – Jesus Christ Superstar

I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing – Aerosmith

Your Ex-Lover Is Dead – Stars

32 Flavours – Ani DiFranco

Union  City Blues – Blondie

Girl Defective

Wishing Well – The Millionaires

Spooky – Dusty Springfield

Urge For Going – Tom Rush

Cortez The Killer – Neil Young

She’s Leaving Home – The Beatles

Fancy – Bobbie Gentry

Orange Skies – Love

Norwegian Wood – The Beatles

Gloria – Them

Somethin’ Stupid – Frank & Nancy Sinatra

Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones

Secret Agent Man – Johnny Rivers

Pocketful Of Rainbows – Jan & Dean

The Boxer – Simon & Garfunkel

It’ll Never Happen Again – Tim Hardin

Where The Boys Are – Connie Francis

Kentucky Rain – Elvis

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Tijuana Brass

The Crying Game – Dave Berry

In The Jailhouse Now – Jimmie Rodgers

Some Velvet Morning – Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra

Graffiti Moon

Okay. So this playlist is a little different from our previous ones. With the exception of Looking For Alibrandi, all the other books we’ve toured have had plenty of musical references, making their playlists 15 songs + at least. In Graffiti Moon, I only found mention of two songs (as well as a few references to bands/musicians). So what I’ve done is split it into 3 parts consisting of: the 2 songs from Graffiti Moon, 8 songs we heard/listened to on our 3 part book tour and 5 of our own picks! I hope you like it.


Today – The Smashing Pumpkins

Ironic – Alanis Morissette


Addicted To Love by Robert Palmer – This was playing in Savers. While Annette was studiously trying to find the perfect outfit, I was walk-dancing down the aisle behind her, being a creep while also trying to find the perfect outfit

Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers – As mentioned in a previous post, we heard this playing live in a pub in Anderson Street in Yarraville. He sounded good, but I can’t get fully behind someone who chooses to cover it, but doesn’t include ALL of the 27 I know, I know’s in that one really annoying part of the song.

Thrift Shop by Macklemore feat. Wanz – We blasted this in the car after leaving Savers, a THRIFT SHOP. What what what what, what what what what….

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen – Annette decided she needed to listen to this at some point while driving around during book tour 2. So we did.

Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio feat L.V. – One of my picks, even though I still go to sing Amish Paradise more often than not when I hear this song…

Slide by Goo Goo Dolls – I distinctly remember putting it on while driving on the freeway on the way home from the CBD on book tour 1. Goddamn, I love this song.

Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye – I took control of Annette’s iphone and chose this cos why the fuck not.

I Want You To Want Me by Letters To Cleo – Another of Annette’s I NEED TO HEAR THIS NOW songs


The Sound Of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel – ♪♫ And the sign said the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls ♫♪  For Shadow and Poet

Riot Van by Arctic Monkeys – ♪♫ Up rolls a riot van and sparks excitement in the boys ♫♪– For Leo

Northern Wind by City & Colour – ♪♫ If I could just find you tonight ♫♪ – For Lucy

Feel Again by OneRepublic – ♪♫ But with you I feel again yeah with you I can feel again ♫♪ – For Ed

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2 – ♪♫ But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for ♫♪ – For Ed, Lucy, Leo and Jazz, the awesome foursome.


2 thoughts on “Playlists

    • thesideofwonder says:

      Hi Linda
      I’ll be honest, of the songs The Piper’s Son introduced me to, I can’t really say I’ve fallen in love with Samson as I did with This Year’s Love (David Gray), Smoker’s Outside The Hospital Door (Editors) and Here If You Want (The Waifs). It seems a bittersweet song to me so I do understand how Tom compares the story that Samson tells to the relationship between him and Tara. Thank you for taking the time to comment, we love hearing from other Marchetta fans 🙂
      – Rachel

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