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Odyssey Number Five
Odyssey Number Five
is the fourth studio album by the Australian rock band Powderfinger, produced by Nick DiDia and released on 4 September 2000 by Universal Music. It won the 2001 ARIA Music Award for Highest Selling Album, Best Group and Best Rock Album. The album was the band's shortest yet, focusing on social, political, and emotional issues that had appeared in prior works, especially Internationalist. The album produced four singles. The most successful, "My Happiness", reached #4 on the ARIA Singles Chart, won the 2001 ARIA Music Award for "Single of the Year", and topped Triple J's Hottest 100 in 2000. The album also featured "These Days", which topped Triple J's Hottest 100 in 1999. The album was also ranked at number 1 in Triple J's Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time poll in 2011. Many critics lauded the album as Powderfinger's best work; one stated that the album was "the Finger's Crowning Glory", however, others were critical of the "imitation" contained in the album. Overall, the album won five ARIA Music Awards in 2001 and was certified platinum seven times, and earned an eighth in 2004. Odyssey Number Five
Odyssey Number Five
was Powderfinger's first album to chart in the United States, and the band toured extensively around North America to promote its release.

Contents

1 Background, recording, and production 2 Album
Album
and single releases 3 Reception 4 Charts and certifications 5 Awards and nominations

5.1 ARIA Awards 5.2 Other accolades

6 Track listing 7 Personnel 8 See also 9 References

Background, recording, and production[edit] In a 1997 interview, Powderfinger
Powderfinger
bassist John Collins hinted that the group's next album would be similar to their previous album, Internationalist,[11] while frontman Bernard Fanning
Bernard Fanning
said in September 2000 that the lyrics on the album, like those on "Waiting for the Sun", were his "most personal and direct yet".[12] Fanning said his lyrics were based on the "obstacles in the way of being in a relationship, especially in our work situation".[12] Powderfinger
Powderfinger
worked with producer Nick DiDia on Odyssey Number Five, as they had done on Internationalist, finishing the album in August 2000 after six weeks of recording.[13] The band spent this time ensuring higher quality songs than on Internationalist, which had featured out-of-tune guitars on "Passenger".[13] Odyssey Number Five
Odyssey Number Five
was Powderfinger's shortest album when recorded, running for approximately 45 minutes. The focus of the album was on restraint, with more simplistic lyrics than previously, and with a plain and simple message intended.[12] Fanning said of his songwriting ethic: "You try and make it something that’s got some substance, but also, you can never do that at the cost of it having relevance to what you’re singing."[12] Powderfinger
Powderfinger
manager Paul Piticco commented that "their ethos is to be pushing the limits of their songwriting ability".[12] Like Powderfinger's previous album Internationalist, Odyssey Number Five commented on social and political issues heavily, with the primary point of focus being Aboriginal affairs.[12] The lyrics of "Like a Dog" attacked former Prime Minister of Australia
Prime Minister of Australia
John Howard's Liberal government for its treatment of Indigenous Australians, and for breaking the "relaxed and comfortable" promise he made in the Australian federal election, 1996.[13][14] Lead singer Bernard Fanning related this to the band's other ethical stances—refusing to appear on Hey Hey it's Saturday, for its anti-gay commentary, or not allowing Powderfinger
Powderfinger
songs to be used in jingles, amongst others—stating, "We're not here to set an example. We just want to be happy with ourselves and not end up with a guilty conscience."[15] Fanning said that despite "Like a Dog" being about a political issue, it was not a political song, rather just Powderfinger
Powderfinger
"voicing our opinions".[16] The band worked with boxer Anthony Mundine
Anthony Mundine
on the song's music video, whom Fanning praised as "the perfect lead, in terms of what the song is about and the fact that he’s prepared to speak up for what he believes in."[16] As well as providing social commentary, Odyssey Number Five
Odyssey Number Five
also discussed love, a recurring motif in Fanning's songwriting. Fanning noted that one of the causes of this was his passion for soul and gospel music, stating that he "listen[s] to a lot of soul music that's unashamedly about love and how good it makes you feel".[17] Lead guitarist Ian Haug
Ian Haug
agreed, and also noted that the band as a whole were fully committed to Fanning's lyrics, stating "It's really important for us to agree with what Bernard is singing."[17] Odyssey Number Five
Odyssey Number Five
marked Powderfinger's first successful attempt to enter the United States market. Fanning told Billboard in a 2001 interview that the band were not taking anything for granted, however, stating, "In America, we haven't really done any work yet to deserve any major popularity",[18] with the "vibes" on previous albums failing to reach the American mainstream.[19] Powderfinger
Powderfinger
toured extensively around the country, performing in 22 cities. As a result of these efforts, "My Happiness" was briefly placed on rotation on KROQ-FM and several other radio stations. The song ultimately peaked at #23 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.[18][20] This success was assisted by the band appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman, and by supporting Coldplay
Coldplay
on tour.[21] Guitarist Darren Middleton
Darren Middleton
summarised their work in the United States by stating "This year has been a bit of a blur."[21] Album
Album
and single releases[edit]

"My Happiness"

A 23-second sample from "My Happiness", which went on to become Powderfinger's most successful single, and helped break into the American market.[20] Allmusic's Dean Carlson commented that in the song, Powderfinger
Powderfinger
"drowns a hip-hop-inspired guitar riff better than most bands of their stature".[1]

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"Like a Dog"

A 13-second sample from "Like a Dog", which aggressively attacks the Howard government, asking "why the hell won’t John Howard
John Howard
say sorry to the Aboriginal people!"[22] The song's riff was written by Haug, and was influenced by his love of Iggy Pop.[23]

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Odyssey Number Five
Odyssey Number Five
was released on 4 September 2000, on the Grudge/Universal record labels. The album was released in the United Kingdom on Polydor, with 15 minutes of video and an additional track Nature Boy, at a later date. A sampler version was released in the United States in 2001, containing five tracks.[24][25] Four singles were released from the album. "My Kind of Scene" was the first; released as a promotional single in June 2000. The track was written for the 2000 film Mission: Impossible 2, and appeared on its soundtrack. Collins and Middleton recalled that the song was written and produced with photos of Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
and Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
on the wall of the band's studio "as inspiration". They noted that the band made three songs in response to the Mission: Impossible 2 request, and that "My Kind of Scene" was chosen over "Up & Down & Back Again" and "Whatever Makes You Happy".[13] The second single from the album was "My Happiness", released on 14 August 2000 in Australia.[26] "My Happiness" entered the ARIA Singles Chart at #4, and spent 24 weeks on the chart, making it Powderfinger's highest charting single in Australia.[27] It peaked at #7 on the New Zealand singles chart, and spent 23 weeks in the top 50. Furthermore, "My Happiness" was Powderfinger's first single to chart in the USA, reaching #23 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.[20] "Like a Dog" was released as the third single on 15 January 2001. The song was heavy in political sentiment, akin to "The Day You Come" on Internationalist.[16] The riff for the song was written by Ian Haug, and the song's music video featured Australian Aboriginal boxer Anthony Mundine, and was based on the 1980 Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
film Raging Bull. Drummer
Drummer
Jon Coghill
Jon Coghill
said the song revolved around the question of "why the hell won’t John Howard
John Howard
say sorry to the Aboriginal people!"[22] "Like a Dog" spent one week on the ARIA Singles Chart, at #40.[27] Two songs from the album, "The Metre" and "Waiting for the Sun", were released as a double A-side
A-side
to form the final single. The single was released on 21 August 2001, and included a cover of Iron Maiden's "Number of the Beast".[28] "Waiting for the Sun" was written by Fanning as a devotional, gospel style song. He said of the song; "It’s about being in a relationship and being really heavily happy with it."[12] "The Metre" spent one week on the ARIA Singles Chart, at #31.[27] Reception[edit] Odyssey Number Five
Odyssey Number Five
mostly gained positive reviews, and was more successful than its predecessor, Internationalist. Entertainment Weekly reviewer Marc Weingarten gave the album a B+. He stated that album entered new "terrain" in guitar rock, complimenting the "scratching and clawing guitars", drawing comparisons to Travis ("prim") and Oasis ("mock-grandiose").[4] Allmusic reviewer Dean Carlson disliked the album, giving it a rating of one and a half stars. He described it as "little more than a slightly off-base perspective into the world of mid-90s American grunge", and described it as highly similar to Neil Young.[29] Carlson's only praise was for songs "Odyssey #5" and "My Happiness", stating that "[t]oo often, Powderfinger
Powderfinger
is too earnest, a bit too careful in their career". Carlson noted that despite his critique, the album achieved some success in the American market.[29] Devon Powers of PopMatters
PopMatters
complimented Fanning's vocals, and said the focus of the album was "meaty, rolling ballads".[9] Powers said that many of the songs on the album were "the kind of songs you put on repeat for hours, or days".[9] The main critique was for the "faster numbers", stating that "Like a Dog" "sounds mostly a little bored".[9] The review concluded by noting that the best songs on Odyssey were those not available as "fleeting radio singles and background music".[9] Odyssey Number Five
Odyssey Number Five
won the 2001 ARIA Awards
ARIA Awards
for " Album
Album
of the Year", "Highest Selling Album", "Best Rock Album", "Best Cover Art", and "Best Group". "My Happiness" won the award for "Single of the Year", while "Like a Dog" was nominated for "Highest Selling Single" and "Best Video". At the 2002 ARIA Awards, "The Metre" was nominated for "Best Group".[30] The album was named " Album
Album
of the Year" by Rolling Stone Australia readers, with "My Happiness" taking out "Song of the Year" and Powderfinger
Powderfinger
receiving "Band of the Year".[31] Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart Peak Certification

ARIA Albums Chart #1[32][33]

8× Platinum[34]

RIANZ Albums Chart #15[35] –

Top Heatseekers #35[36] –

Awards and nominations[edit] Main article: List of Powderfinger
Powderfinger
awards ARIA Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result[30]

2001 Odyssey Number Five Album
Album
of the Year Won

Highest Selling Album Won

Best Rock Album Won

Best Cover Art Won

Best Group Won

"My Happiness" Single of the Year Won

"Like a Dog" Highest Selling Single Nominated

Best Video Nominated

2002 "The Metre" Best Group Nominated

Other accolades[edit]

Year Provider Nominated work Accolade Result

2000 Triple J "My Happiness" Hottest 100 Inductee No. 1[37]

"My Kind of Scene" Hottest 100 Inductee No. 3[37]

2001 APRA "My Happiness" Song of the Year Won[38]

2010 John O'Donnell, Toby Creswell, Craig Mathieson Odyssey Number Five 100 Best Australian Albums No. 43[39]

2011 Triple J Odyssey Number Five Hottest 100 Australian Albums No. 1[40]

Track listing[edit] All songs written by Powderfinger:[32]

"Waiting for the Sun" – 3:54 "My Happiness" – 4:36 "The Metre" – 4:33 "Like a Dog" – 4:20 "Odyssey #5" – 1:44 "Up & Down & Back Again" – 4:24 "My Kind of Scene" – 4:37 "These Days" – 4:58 "We Should Be Together Now" – 3:42 "Thrilloilogy" – 6:10 "Whatever Makes You Happy" – 2:28 "Nature Boy" (UK release) – 3:37

Personnel[edit]

Powderfinger

Bernard Fanning – guitars and vocals[41] Darren Middleton – guitars and backing vocals Ian Haug – guitars John Collins – bass guitars Jon Coghill – drums and percussion

Production

Nick DiDia – production, engineering and mixing[41] Matt Voigt – assistant engineering Anton Hagop – assistant engineer Stewart Whitmore – digital editing Stephen Marcussen – mastering Anton Hagop – assistant production Kevin Wilkins – art direction and photography

Additional musicians

Nick DiDia – percussion[41] Alex Pertout – percussion Matt Murphy – Hammond organ, Wurlitzer electric piano, Prophet-5
Prophet-5
synthesizer Daniel Denholm – string arrangements Jun Yi Ma – violin Naomi Radom – violin Fiona Ziegler – violin Jacob Plooij – violin Mandy Murphy – viola Felicity Wyithe – viola Peter Morrison – cello Maxime Bibeau – contrabass guitar Damien Bennett – backing vocals

Tiddas

Lou Bennett – backing vocals Sally Dastey – backing vocals Amy Saunders – backing vocals

See also[edit]

Music of Australia portal

Powderfinger
Powderfinger
discography

References[edit]

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John Howard
won by promising not a conservative revolution but to govern "for all of us" and to make Australians feel "relaxed and comfortable".  ^ Eliszer, Christie (September 2000). "Five Easy Pieces". Sain.  ^ a b c Munro, Kelsey (February 2001). " Powderfinger
Powderfinger
2001 - The Odyssey Continues". Esky.  ^ a b Dennison, Pennie (September 2000). " Odyssey Number Five
Odyssey Number Five
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Powderfinger
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Powderfinger
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Preceded by 33⅓ by John Farnham Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album 11–24 September 2000 30 October - 5 November 2000 Succeeded by The Games of the XXVII Olympiad 2000: Music from the Opening Ceremony by Various artists

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Studio albums

Parables for Wooden Ears Double Allergic Internationalist Odyssey Number Five Vulture Street Dream Days at the Hotel Existence Golden Rule

Extended plays

Powderfinger Transfusion Mr Kneebone The Triple M Acoustic Sessions

Other releases

These Days: Live in Concert (Live album) Fingerprints: The Best of Powderfinger, 1994–2000 (Compilation album) Sunsets (DVD single) Footprints: The Best of Powderfinger, 2001-2011 (Compilation album) Fingerprints
Fingerprints
& Footprints: The Ultimate Collection (2 CD Compilation album)

Singles

"Tail" "Grave Concern" "Save Your Skin" "Pick You Up" "D.A.F." "Living Type" "Take Me In" "The Day You Come" "Don't Wanna Be Left Out/Good-Day Ray" "Already Gone" "Passenger" "My Happiness" "My Kind of Scene" "Like a Dog" "The Metre/Waiting for the Sun" "(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind" "Love Your Way" "Sunsets" "Since You've Been Gone" "Stumblin'" "Bless My Soul" "Lost and Running" "I Don't Remember" "Nobody Sees" "Who Really Cares (Featuring the Sound of Insanity)" "All of the Dreamers "Burn Your Name" "Sail the Wildest Stretch"

Other songs

"These Days" "Black Tears"

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