The Goanna Band was formed as an Australian folk rock group by singer-songwriter and guitarist Shane Howard in Geelong, in 1977.
According to Howard, the inspiration for Solid Rock came on a ten day camping trip to Uluru (Ayers Rock) during 1980 where he had a spiritual awakening which brought “the fire in the belly” to the surface over injustices to Australia’s indigenous peoples.
WEA was at first reluctant to issue it as a single and even Shane initially had a few doubts about whether commercial radio was ready for such a weighty political subject but he insisted on its release.
Solid Rock peaked at No. 2 on the Australian Singles Chart, remaining in the Top 50 for 26 weeks.