Buy Me a Pony


About Buy Me a Pony

"Buy Me a Pony" is a song by Australian alternative rock band, Spiderbait and was released in September 1996 as the lead single from the band's third studio album Ivy and the Big Apples. "Buy Me a Pony" peaked at number 45 on the Australian chart. The song ranked at number 1 on Triple J's Hottest 100 in 1996. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1997, the song was nominated for Single of the Year, losing out to "Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden.


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Don't you want to be
A personality
An ocean in the sea
But you'll never make it if you can't shake
So don't mistake it, just try and fake it
And I want you to know
You don't have far to go
So we'll use all your dough
To buy new clothes and see what flows
And powder your nose for photos
You're almost on your way
To popularity
And we'll teach you to play
With icy stare and punk rock hair
And beatnik flare, we'll take you there
'Cause there's nobody else like you
And we sure care just what you're doing
After we have gone our separate ways
Hey, yeah, yeah

So don't you want to be
A big time entity
Your place in history
But don't be scared of what we said
'Cause there's no end to being your friend
But wait out in the hall
We just received a call
We'll have to dump you all
But don't you try and pass us by
'Cause we own you until we're through
And there's so many round like you
And we don't care just what you're doing
After we have gone our separate ways
Hey, yeah, yeah

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Spiderbait are an Australian alternative rock band formed in Finley in 1989 by bass guitarist Janet English, singer-drummer Mark Maher (better known as Kram), and guitarist Damian Whitty. In 2004 the group's cover version of the 1930s Lead Belly song "Black Betty" reached number one on the ARIA Singles Chart. They have five top 20 albums: The Unfinished Spanish Galleon of Finley Lake (1995), Ivy and the Big Apples (1996), Grand Slam (1999), Tonight Alright (2004), and Greatest Hits (2005). The group have won two ARIA Music Awards with the first in 1997 as 'Best Alternative Release' for Ivy and the Big Apples and the second in 2000 as 'Best Cover Art' for their single "Glokenpop". Since late 2004, the band has been on hiatus to concentrate on solo projects and… more »

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Album Details
"Buy Me a Pony" is a song by the Australian alternative rock band, Spiderbait. It is from the band's fourth studio album, "Ivy and the Big Apples".
Popular Recognition
Surprisingly, "Buy Me a Pony" reached monumental popularity and was actually voted as the number one track in the Triple J Hottest 100, 1996, one of Australia's largest annual music polls.
Chart Success
In addition to its success in the poll, "Buy Me a Pony" also secured the 44th spot in the Australian ARIA Singles Chart.
Musical Style
The track upholds the band's signature alternative rock style. It barely surpasses a minute and a half, making it one of Spiderbait's shortest songs.
The song's lyrics seem to satire the music industry, as suggested by its lines about "rock and roll" and "dollars". It could be interpreted as the band's response to their increasing success and the pressures associated with the music industry.
Band Members
Spiderbait, the trio responsible for "Buy Me a Pony", consists of Janet English, Mark Maher (better known as Kram), and Damian Whitty.
Live Performances
Despite its short duration, "Buy Me a Pony" proved to be a favorite during live performances, often providing an energetic start to the band's concerts.
Release Date
This iconic song was released on October 14, 1996, under the label Polydor.
Multiple Formats
"Buy Me a Pony" was available in different formats, like CD and Vinyl, and could be bought as a single in Australia.
Other Achievements
Amazingly, the album that houses "Buy Me a Pony," "Ivy and the Big Apples" won the 1997 ARIA Music Award for Best Alternative Release.

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