‘Stuck on the 90s’ is the 2nd Volume in the Sound As Ever Compilation series, showcasing the Australian indie scene 1990-1999. It follows on from the successful ‘The Shoebox Diaries’ (Volume 1, released May 2020).

‘Stuck on the 90s’ features 20 rare or previously unreleased recordings including high profile artists Moler, Klinger, SPDFGH, The Glory Box, The Mavis’s, Rail, Holocene and Autohaze, plus an array of underground acts such as Raw Nerves, Yolk, Carbine and Braids (featuring Ross McLennan of Snout and Sound As Ever founder Jane Gazzo).

Reflecting on the success of the Sound As Ever Facebook group and the new Volume #2 compilation, Gazzo says, “I’m really proud of the work Scott Thurling has done to get this far and grateful that our humble little Facebook page has been embraced by so many people. As I write, we are almost at 14,800 members in just 7 months, we’ve been featured in the Rolling Stone magazine and interviewed about the group and the CDs by all the local community radio stations around Melbourne. Who knew the 90s indie alternative music scene would bring so many people together? It’s been inspiring to see the posts, the chats between bands and fans and watch the page evolve over time. Thanks to all the bands who helped make this possible”


Mary Mihelakos, a well-known name in the Australian music scene, managed bands, booked venues and edited Music Magazines in the 90’s. She looks back fondly at the golden era of Australian indie in her hometown of Melbourne:“When Rich Moffat began booking the Punters Club, I took over duties at the Evelyn Hotel across Brunswick St. The Mavis’s, Greenhouse, Holocene, Incursion, The Glory Box, Rail, The Dead Salesmen, Dirty Three, Snout, Even and Moler regularly filled the room. Polyester Records in the next block was like my second office. Record stores weren’t just peddling new and used vinyl, CDs and cassettes, they were music hubs. Gaslight, Greville, Augogo, Missing Link, Heartland, Collectors Corner and others also sold magazines, fanzines, comics, posters, T-shirts, stickers, patches, badges, posters, collector’s items and concert tickets.

Watch the Stuck On The 90s teaser video.

… There was a visible increase in diversity with musicians from different backgrounds and more females on stages. Rock n Roll High School empowered women to learn instruments, write their own music, assemble bands and produce events.


Iconic Melbourne indie label Au-go-go boomed when Spiderbait and Magic Dirt albums charted, and major labels came after both acts with their cheque books. As Tim Rogers sings in Pizza Guy on Hi Fi Way, “Never bother with FM radio, Pop a compilation tape and we’ll go…”

Releases October 1, 2020
Compilation concept and curation – Scott Thurling
Album artwork by Chris Rees
Mastered by Ernie O at his Urban Fringe Compound
Cat number : SAE:02