Twentieth Century turns 40 with a special vinyl release

Cold Chisel’s fifth studio, the bedazzled, bedraggled and the intended kiss-off album, Twentieth Century, celebrates its 40th birthday on April 12, 2024 and Cold Chisel marks its anniversary with a special vinyl reissue of the album. Pressed on Ultra-Clear 180g vinyl and accompanied by two unique postcards, designed by the album’s artwork designer Eduardo Guelfenbien, this reissue of Twentieth Century is strictly limited to one-thousand copies. First in, best dressed for the party so brilliantly depicted on the album’s inside poster…

Twentieth Century was recorded as the band was in the process of breaking up and farewelling the world on their incredible Last Stand tour. All of the emotions are laid out bare on this incredible album – by turns its angry, heartbreaking, snarly, jumpy, sentimental (without that bullshit), poetic, speed-driven – and full of love, lust and beauty.  A fitting farewell (at the time) for Australia’s best known and best loved band. After Twentieth Century, there would be no new Cold Chisel album for some 14 years.

Featuring the Jimmy/Ian vocals on the woozy gem “Saturday Night”, the speed-reggae single “No Sense” and the heartbreaking farewell song “Flame Trees”, Twentieth Century is one of the deepest, darkest albums in the Cold Chisel canon.

Tim Rogers put it brilliantly back in 2011: “for all their massive success and acknowledgement, there’s so much not understood (about Twentieth Century). Poetry, pugilism, brotherhood and braggadocio. Lust, loss, insight and insidiousness. Twentieth Century is honest in its aspirations: the full tilt boogie, the solicitous torch songs, the kiss-offs, the less successful double-upped workouts. Cold Chisel are like no other band. And this record isn’t like their other records. The gang, the family, the boardroom, the game, the gutter. It’s the band at their most sentimental, and their most cynical.” Rogers, 21st Century

Happy Birthday Twentieth Century.
The album will also be available on CD and streaming as it has been for some time.

You can pre-order the album via JB Hi Fi, via the band’s official Universal store, and with a T-shirt via the Love Police ATM store.


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