You’ve still got time to haul butt and grab Dad some vinyl for Father’s Day this Sunday – here are a few pointers!

Split Enz, True Colours (1980)

Available in a spunky range of reissued colourways, True Colours is more than ready for its 40th anniversary celebration this year. It was the breakout record for NZ legends Split Enz, and features the surprise (to the band, according to all reports) hit I Got You, penned by Neil Finn.

Leonard Cohen, Greatest Hits (2009)

The late singer-songwriter-poet-novelist Leonard Cohen left no stone unturned when it came to inspiration for his beautiful folk-rock stylings, and this collection is precisely the way to go to get Dad involved. It includes The Partisan, Take This Longing, Sisters of Mercy and So Long, Marianne amongst several other perennial gems.

Midnight Oil, Diesel & Dust (1987)

The sixth album from The Oils isn’t just about burning beds, although that’s certainly a keystone. On Diesel & Dust, Peter Garrett & co. investigate the ongoing systematic problems in remote Aboriginal communities of Australia as well as environmental issues, all with the thumping vision of an inimitable rock act at the peak of its powers.

The National, I Am Easy To Find (2019)

I Am Easy To Find was met with boundless, ecstatic acclaim upon its release last year. It sees the NYC band colour frontman Matt Berninger’s soul-soaked voice with guest spots from a litany of superlative female vocalists, including Sharon Van Etten, Gail Ann Dorsey, Lisa Hannigan and more.


Think dads don’t dig Billie? Tell that to Dave Grohl – he must have missed the memo. The Fooeys frontman is just one in a sea of rabid fans, who ensured the young singer-songwriter’s debut album roared up the charts in early 2019. Because who’s too cool to enjoy solid gold pop?

Cold Chisel, The Best Of Cold Chisel (2018)

Crazy to think that the ultimate Chisel anthology hadn’t been released on vinyl until 2018, but that’s the truth of it – and it’s a sure fire pick for your Pops, with 26 hits spread over two lush 180-gram discs.

Kasey Chambers, The Captain (1999)

Another in the only-very-recently-pressed-to-vinyl camp, Kasey Chambers’ The Captain is as timeless as the wind. Winning the 1999 ARIA Award for Best Country Album, enthusiasm for The Captain quickly spilled over from that genre and into the hearts of all music fans, marking Kasey as a pillar of the Australian scene.

INXS, The Very Best Of INXS (2017)

This essential collection spans the entirety of INXS’s illustrious career, and let’s face it: dads love to passionately shriek along to Never Tear Us Apart as if their own ribcage houses Michael Hutchence’s aching heart as much as the next person.