Goanna

Real Name:
Shane Howard, Marcia Howard, Rose Bygrave
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Goanna is an Australian band, notable in integrating social protest with popular music.

Formed by singer-songwriter Shane Howard in the late 1970s, they produced three full albums, and a very rare four song EP record. The original name of the band was "The Goanna Band", which was the name used on the EP release in 1979. However, the original name was soon shortened to simply "Goanna" by the time that the album Spirit of Place was released in the early 1980s. They were signed to WEA Australia.

Goanna's début album Spirit of Place won the ARIA Best Album of the Year for 1982, with their first major hit, "Solid Rock", winning Best Single of the Year. This song touched on the displacement of aboriginal tribes by the encroaching European settlers. It became a worldwide hit, and was the first rock record to feature extensive use of an Australian didgeridoo, one of the world's oldest wood instruments. Goanna also recorded "Let the Franklin Flow", a song about the ecological damage to be caused by damming Tasmania's Franklin River for hydroelectricity, and "Sorry", a song about Australia's "stolen generation" of aborigines.

The band performed three songs for the 1985 Oz for Africa concert (part of the global Live Aid program) - "Common Ground", "Song for Africa", "Solid Rock". It was broadcast in Australia (on both Seven Network and Nine Network) and on MTV in the US.

Shane Howard and his bandmates, including sister Marcia Howard and friend Rose Bygrave, have all recorded solo projects in addition to their time in Goanna.

The members of the group do not rule out future Goanna recordings and have never officially disbanded. The 1998 album "Spirit Returns" is reportedly a result of the group's members desire to "get together" again and make a musical statement.

In October 2006, a number of Goanna's songs have been featured in the Triple M Essential 2006 Countdown of songs (which was voted and chosen by the listeners) including:

* Solid Rock (ranked 427 out of 2006 songs)
* Razor's Edge (ranked 1232 out of 2006 songs)
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WIC 5055 Spirit Of Place — Goanna Goanna Spirit Of Place (Album) WEA WIC 5055 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
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251556-1 Oceania — Goanna Goanna Oceania (Album) WEA 251556-1 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
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7243 4 98212 2 4 Spirit Returns — Goanna Goanna Spirit Returns(CD, Album) ABC Music 7243 4 98212 2 4 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

PRS-2747 The Goanna Band — Goanna The Goanna Band* The Goanna Band(12", EP) His Master's Voice PRS-2747 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
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79 98957 Solid Rock — Goanna Goanna Solid Rock (Single) WEA 79 98957 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
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7-259963, 7259963 Razor's Edge — Goanna Goanna Razor's Edge(7", Single) WEA, WEA 7-259963, 7259963 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
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7.259726, 7-259726 That Day Is Comin' Sooner — Goanna Goanna That Day Is Comin' Sooner(7", Single) WEA, WEA 7.259726, 7-259726 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
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0.259222, 0-259222 Common Ground — Goanna Goanna Common Ground (Single) WEA, WEA 0.259222, 0-259222 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
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7-258931 Song For Africa — Goanna Goanna Song For Africa(7", Single) WEA 7-258931 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
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7-259072 Dangerous Dancing — Goanna Goanna Dangerous Dancing(7", Single, Pic) WEA 7-259072 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
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7243 8 86425 2 1 What Else Is A Life (Come On Come On) — Goanna Goanna What Else Is A Life (Come On Come On)(CD, Maxi) EMI (Australia) Limited 7243 8 86425 2 1 Australia 1998 Sell This Version