Summer time in the early 80's, living in the nice part of Sydney as I did, were THE halcyon days for me.
I had a fast motorbike, the best of buddies and a great girl. The nights were always warm and there was a great band playing somewhere not too far away - just about every night of the week.
Australian music had really only just found its Mojo. Up until then the local bands were mainly covering UK or US artists - or were country acts. The Easybeats and the punk era Saints - and a few others are exceptions.
But by around the turn of the decade, all of a sudden it exploded, the pubs were packed and the songs became about Australia, rather than the Bee Gees warbling-on about Massachusetts, Local bands loving Arkansas Grass or some sad copy of Penny Lane.
The music scene blossomed and saw that having an Aussie identity and style was a good thing after all.
Another factor was the the State-owned National Broadcaster began televising music clips and pop music content. Later in the decade 'Rage' was non-stop Rock music clips from midnight to dawn every Friday and Saturday night - and they had a mandate to feature local bands. We'd come home from watching gigs and the party was ready for Rage as round two.
It also helped that we were riding on the back of a minerals boom, work was plentiful and we enjoyed some of the highest living standards anywhere. The mood of the place was party, but the quality and quantity of outstanding bands that came of those circumstances has never been repeated - in any of the ensuing decades.
I know this isn't a uniquely Antipodean phenomena for the era either.
Best thing is with You Tube and the other video platforms - I still live in 80's a lot.
Hunters & Collectors were the staple sound of the Eastern Suburbs. The hardest working band of the era.