Military Strongmen

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"Military Strongmen"
Jeb Military.jpg
Single by Jebediah
from the album Slightly Odway
Released11 October 1997 (1997-10-11)
RecordedApril 1997
GenreAlternative rock
Songwriter(s)Chris Daymond, Kevin Mitchell, Vanessa Thornton, Brett Mitchell
Producer(s)Neill King
Jebediah singles chronology
"Leaving Home"
"Military Strongmen"

"Military Strongmen" is a song from the debut album, Slightly Odway, by Australian alternative rock band, Jebediah. It was written by band members, Chris Daymond, Kevin Mitchell, Vanessa Thornton and Brett Mitchell. It was released as a single on 11 October 1997 and peaked at No. 65 on the ARIA Singles Chart[1] and was voted in at number 33 in Triple J's Hottest 100 music poll for 1997.[2]

Single version[]

The CD single release was slightly different from the album version as it was remixed with heavier guitars. The song was mixed by American audio engineer, Chris Lord-Alge.[3] The cover image is of the 1915 art deco style Astor Cinema on the intersection of Beaufort and Walcott Streets in Mount Lawley, Western Australia.

Music video[]

The music video was filmed at the Astor Cinema in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley. The video featured the band playing in front of the cinema's screen while dressed in costumes.[4] In a documentary, Jebediaries (2000), the band's then-manager, Heath Bradby, stated that "Military Strongmen" is his favourite music video.[5]

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by Chris Daymond, Brett Mitchell, Kevin Mitchell and Vanessa Thornton,[6].

1."Military Strongmen"3:27
2."Weekend Away"4:36
3."Slightly Odway"2:56
4."Slow Down"4:23


Jebediah members
  • Chris Daymond – guitar
  • Brett Mitchell – drums
  • Kevin Mitchell – vocals
  • Vanessa Thornton – bass guitar
Recording details
  • Chris Lord-Alge – mixer
  • Ben Steele – photography, layout, design
  • Neill King – producer
  • Laurie Singara – recording ("Weekend Away", "Slightly Odway", "Slow Down")


Chart (1996) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[1] 65


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b Ryan, Gavin (26 June 2011). "Chart Positions 51-100 Post 1989 Part 1 – Jebediah singles". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 19 October 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
  2. ^ triple j (2012). "Hottest 100 1997". Triple j. ABC. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  3. ^ Discogs (2012). "Jebediah – Military Strongman". Discogs. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  4. ^ MAX452AU (21 January 2007). "'Military Strongmen' Jebediah". YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  5. ^ Jebediah (2000). "Jebediaries / Jebediah. [videorecording]". Sony Music Video Enterprises. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  6. ^ "'Military Strongmen' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015. Note: User may have to click 'Search again' and provide details at 'Enter a title:' e.g Military Strongmen; or at 'Performer:' Jebediah

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