Look, I wasn’t even a twinkle in my parents’ eye when Gough Whitlam came and went in his blaze of glory. But, like punk rock and the original Star Wars trilogy, just because I wasn’t there in the flesh doesn’t mean that it didn’t have an overwhelming affect on my upbringing. Indeed, Whitlam’s time in power is probably one of the most momentous shapings of contemporary society.
Which is why this fun little, harpischord-laden ditty from Sydney’s original janglers The Cannannes is such a wholesome and warm send-off. Gough was a legend, and will always be remembered as such, so it makes sense that a band of the same calibre of awesome created a genuinely heartwarming goodbye to the bloke. A great song, an even better man.