Grinspoon did pretty okay when they released their debut album 20 long years ago, but it seems that people are in a nostalgic mood right now, with the new deluxe edition currently charging its way to the top of the ARIA charts – and on track to do even better this time around than it did back then.
As The Music reports, the ARIA chart midweek report has the album on track to hit the top five, as opposed to the #11 peak it managed in 1997.
A big national tour, a spot at the State of Origin, and frontman Phil Jamieson’s appearance in the Green Day musical have probably all helped to bring the record back to the front of people’s minds, not to mention the typically entertaining interviews Phil’s been giving.
“Do we really have to glorify it because it’s old, and even if it is old shouldn’t it just be good?” he asked us in a recent interview. “If something 15 years old was crap… it shouldn’t be revered all of a sudden.”
“I don’t care how old you are – I just turned 40, but that doesn’t mean shit,” he added. “If Guide to Better Living was a bag of dicks, there’s no way I’d even think about doing a 20th anniversary for it.”
Clearly, plenty of people don’t believe that the album is at all a bag of dicks, and are more than happy to pick up a fresh copy, having probably left their original cassette in the glovebox of the Corolla they sold a decade ago.
The tour’s just kicked off, so check out the dates below.
GUIDE TO BETTER LIVING NATIONAL TOUR DATES
FRI 23 JUN | KAY ST ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX, TRARALGON VIC | 18+
FRI 30 JUN | MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE, VIC | LIC AA
SAT 1 JUL | VILLAGE GREEN HOTEL, MULGRAVE, VIC | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
THURS 6 JUL | ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY, NSW | LIC AA **JUST ANNOUNCED**
FRI 7 JUL | ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY, NSW | LIC AA **SOLD OUT**
SAT 8 JUL | THE TIVOLI THEATRE, BRISBANE, QLD | 18+ ** SOLD OUT**
SUN 9 JUL | THE TIVOLI THEATRE, BRISBANE, QLD | 18+ **JUST ANNOUNCED**
SAT 29 JUL | ONE TROPICAL DAY @ DARWIN SKI CLUB, DARWIN, NT | LIC AA ***
THU 3 AUG | THE WOOL EXCHANGE, GEELONG, VIC | 18+
FRI 4 AUG | PIER BANDROOM, FRANKSTON, VIC | 18+
SAT 5 AUG | GRANADA TAVERN, HOBART, TAS | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
SUN 6 AUG | GRANADA TAVERN, HOBART, TAS | 18+ **JUST ANNOUNCED**
THU 10 AUG | THE JACK, CAIRNS, QLD | 18+
FRI 11 AUG | DALRYMPLE HOTEL, TOWNSVILLE, QLD | 18+
SAT 12 AUG | MAGNUMS, AIRLIE BEACH, QLD | 18+
THU 17 AUG | VILLA NOOSA, NOOSAVILLE, QLD | 18+
FRI 18 AUG | REDLAND BAY HOTEL, REDLAND BAY, QLD | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
SAT 19 AUG | SHAKA FEST – MIAMI TAVERN, GOLD COAST, QLD | 18+ ***
THU 24 AUG | DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN, DUNSBOROUGH, WA | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
FRI 25 AUG | METRO CITY, PERTH, WA | 18+
SAT 26 AUG | ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, ADELAIDE, SA | AA
THU 31 AUG | THE CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE, NSW | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
FRI 1 SEP | LISMORE CITY HALL , LISMORE, NSW | 18+
SAT 2 SEP | RACEHORSE HOTEL, IPSWICH, QLD | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
THU 14 SEP | THE ENTRANCE LEAGUES CLUB, BATEAU BAY, NSW | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
FRI 15 SEP | WAVES, WOLLONGONG, NSW | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
SAT 16 SEP | UC REFECTORY, CANBERRA, ACT | 18+
WED 20 SEP | CSU, WAGGA WAGGA, NSW | 18+
THU 21 SEP | BAROOGA SPORTS CLUB, BAROOGA, NSW | 18+ **JUST ANNOUNCED**
FRI 22 SEP | BEER DELUXE, ALBURY, NSW | 18+
SAT 23 SEP | NEX NEWCASTLE, NEWCASTLE, NSW | 18+ **JUST ANNOUNCED**
***Hockey Dad not appearing