An Album Released In 1996 Just Made Its Debut On The Aus Music Indie Charts

16 December 2015 | 1:08 pm | Staff Writer

Chet Faker & Marcus Marr make a very strong entry at #3, but who the hell are Bucko & Champs?

It's something of a Christmas miracle for veteran Australian musos Greg Champion and Colin Buchanan, aka Bucko & Champs — their 1996 festive album, Aussie Christmas With Bucko & Champs, just made its chart debut, 19 years after its release, clocking in at #16 on this week's Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts.

This guuuuyyyyy.

It's an especially impressive effort from the long-toothed pair considering their belated recognition is the sole new entry on the full-lengths ladder for the week, though it's all about baby Jesus at the top of the tree too, where The Ten Tenors are back on top with Our Christmas Wish. All-star artist Courtney Barnett's Sometimes I Sit & Think, & Sometimes I Just Sit remains the gift that keeps on giving, staying strong at #2 for another week, while Aussie old salt Russell Morris enjoys a spike for Red Dirt Red Heart, climbing three spots to #3.

Sia (1000 Forms Of Fear, #4) and Hermitude (Dark Night, Sweet Light, #5) round out the top five, while venerated singer-songwriter Gurrumul climbs his way up from #10 last week to have his Gospel Album settle in at #6. The top 10 also takes in Seth Sentry (Strange New Past, steady at #7), You Am I (Porridge & Hotsauce, up a notch to #8), Flight Facilities (Down To Earth, down to #9) and The Waifs (Beautiful You, up two to #10), while a little way down the rankings The Smith Street Band cough up the week's sole re-entry with Throw Me In The River at #17.

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The top debut comes higher, but markedly less wackily, on the Singles chart, where A-list team-up Marcus Marr & Chet Faker add to their still-#1 single The Trouble With Us with the Work EP stepping out at #3. 

The Bennies (Party Machine, #17) and Boo Seeka (Fool, #19) also have new entries in this week, but otherwise it's familiar faces keeping things relatively constant in the lead-up to Christmas; Vance Joy keeps four entries on the chart with Fire & The Flood (#2), Riptide (#6), Georgia (#7) and Mess Is Mine (#9), while Sia matches that effort with Alive (#4), Elastic Heart (#11), Chandelier (#13) and Bird Set Free (#16). Rounding out the top 10 are The Rubens (Hoops, #5), Urthboy (Long Loud Hours, feat. Bertie Blackman, #8) and Hermitude (The Buzz, feat. Mataya & Young Tapz, #10).