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The demographic cohort born between early-to-mid 1960s to the early 1980s have today been called upon to apologise for the music of Australian ska and jazz band, The Cat Empire.

This follows an entire week of nostalgic music journalism, as Australians begin comparing this year’s Triple J Hottest 100 favourites with years gone by.

One particular era that has caused great confusion for the youth music audience is the 2003 self titled album by The Cat Empire, that saw their lead single reach number six on the charts – just below The White Stripes, Powderfinger and Outkast.

“I don’t get it?” says one millennial, a Betoota-based online analyst by the name of August Echo Chamberlain.

“It sounds like a Caribbean world music band, but they are just a bunch of Melbourne guys”

“What even is Ska? I thought Smashmouth was Ska. You know the guys who did the Shrek soundtrack”

Federal Member For Sydney, Tanya Plibersek, the unofficial spokesman for Generation X has today revealed plans to apologise to Australian music audience for the popularity of The Cat Empire in the early 2000s, live on Triple J, if Labor are elected.

“Some would call this a hollow election promise, but there is no point apologising unless it comes straight from the Australian government”

“Bill Shorten is verging on Boomer – so the apology will be made while he is out of the country”

However, conservative commentators believe that an apology for The Cat Empire could lead to a slippery slope.

“What’s next?” asks Tony Abbott, during an interview on Radio 2GB with Ray Hadley yesterday.

“If there is an apology for The Cat Empire, the next thing to come from it will be calls for an apology for John Butler Trio”

“What about Jet? or Coldplay? It’s a slippery slope”


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