Powderfinger’s Internationalist was released on this day… 20 years ago.
Just take that in.
While their first breakthrough album Double Allergic hooked us with ‘Pick You Up’, ‘Living Type’ and ‘DAF’,it was Internationalist which cemented Powderfinger as an Australian standard.
It was the third album for the ‘Finger, and immediately hit the #1 spot on the ARIA chart, spending six weeks in the Top 10 with ‘The Day You Come’ – which set the tone for the whole record – followed by the second single sucker-punch of ‘Don’t Wanna Be Left Out/Good Day Ray’ then ‘Already Gone’.
Then, almost an entire year after the album was released, the fourth single, ‘Passenger’, sent Internationalist back into the Top 10 for another 12 weeks.
It spent 101 weeks in the ARIA Top 50, one of only two Aussie albums to have achieved over 100 weeks in the Top 50.
At the ARIA awards in 1999, Internationalist took home the awards for Album of the Year, Best Rock Album and Best Cover Art (by Kevin Wilkins), and The Day You Come won Single of the Year.
‘Passenger’ was nominated for three additional categories the following year.
So why bring all this up now?
Well, set for release on Friday, October 12, is the 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Internationalist.
It won’t just feature the original 13-track album, as well as all the B-sides…it’ll also includes previously unreleased demos and the never-before-heard track ‘Feels Like Something’.
The Deluxe Edition will be available on 2LP purple vinyl, 2CD Deluxe and digitally.
Powderfinger Internationalist 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
The Day You Come
Don’t Wanna Be Left Out
Over My Head
Live At The Wireless: 12th October 1998
Don’t Wanna Be Left Out *
Already Gone *
Over My Head *
Celebrity Head *
Good Day Ray *
Smithy (Private Man Demo) *
On The Day You Come (Demo) *
Feels Like Something (Demo) *
The Day You Come – B-Sides
Don’t Wanna Be Left Out – B-Sides
Already Gone – B-sides
Passenger – B-Sides
Pick You Up (Live)
Maxwell’s Great Mistake
That Old Trick