“77%” was a prominent song that featured the line: “77% of Aussies are racist”; the lyric was in reference to Australians survey results in response to the Australian Federal Government‘s response to the Tampa affair.
Burn Down the Parliament, which was to be interpreted metaphorically, was released in the same week as the Canberra bushfires of 2003.
“77%” scored well on the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2003, coming in at #46, and, as of October 2004, the album had remained in the Australian alternative charts for over 80 weeks.
It’s been 10 years and the message is still the same, the country is still the same, and the same media and radio shock jocks still dominate our society. We really do need a shake up.