Derryn Hinch reveals that he advised John Farnham not to release one of his most iconic anthems

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It reached number one on the ARIA charts, and was a smash hit around the world. 

But John Farnham’s iconic 1986 single You’re The Voice may never have been released, if Derryn Hinch had his way. 

The journalist, 76, told his singer pal John, 71, that the song’s lyrics didn’t make sense, and advised him against it.  

Not a fan! John Farnham's iconic 1986 single You're The Voice may never have been released if Derryn Hinch (pictured) had his way.  Derryn told The Herald Sun on Saturday that he told John he didn't like the song's lyrics

Not a fan! John Farnham’s iconic 1986 single You’re The Voice may never have been released if Derryn Hinch (pictured) had his way.  Derryn told The Herald Sun on Saturday that he told John he didn’t like the song’s lyrics 

John played Derryn the song at the Melbourne studio where it was recorded and asked, ‘What do you think?’ Derryn told The Herald Sun on Saturday. 

The TV star replied, ‘You can’t release that!’ before explaining that he didn’t understand the lyrics. 

‘You’re The Voice, try and understand it?’ It’s try TO understand it. It’s not even bloody English!’ Derryn told the paper. 

Nope! John played Derryn the song at the Melbourne studio where it was recorded and asked, 'What do you think?' The TV star replied, 'You can't release that!' Pictured: John Farnham

Nope! John played Derryn the song at the Melbourne studio where it was recorded and asked, ‘What do you think?’ The TV star replied, ‘You can’t release that!’ Pictured: John Farnham 

What's he saying? 'You're The Voice, try and understand it?' It's try TO understand it. It's not even bloody English!' Derryn told the paper

What’s he saying? ‘You’re The Voice, try and understand it?’ It’s try TO understand it. It’s not even bloody English!’ Derryn told the paper

Worked out: John ignored the former Beauty and the Beast star, and went ahead to record what became his most iconic hit - and Derryn even appeared in the music video (pictured)

Worked out: John ignored the former Beauty and the Beast star, and went ahead to record what became his most iconic hit – and Derryn even appeared in the music video (pictured)

John luckily ignored the former Beauty and the Beast star, and went ahead to record what became his most iconic hit – and Derryn even appeared in the music video. 

Another Australian crooning superstar, Daryl Braithwaite, had a similar situation with his massive hit, The Horses.    

The 71-year-old singer recently told The Herald Sun it was almost never recorded. 

Horsing around: Another Australian crooning superstar, Daryl Braithwaite (pictured), had a similar situation with his massive hit, The Horses. The 71-year-old singer recently told The Herald Sun it was almost never recorded

 Horsing around: Another Australian crooning superstar, Daryl Braithwaite (pictured), had a similar situation with his massive hit, The Horses. The 71-year-old singer recently told The Herald Sun it was almost never recorded

The star presented the track to record company head honchos in 1989, hoping he could record it for his 1990 album, Rise.

 ‘As I recall, they heard it, looked at me and thought: ‘I wonder why he’s picked this one?” he said. 

Daryl added: ‘But I convinced them that we should record it, and the rest is history.’ 

Hard sell: The powers that be were less than impressed - leaving Daryl to go to bat for the track. 'As I recall, they heard it, looked at me and thought: 'I wonder why he's picked this one?'' Daryl is pictured in the 1990 video for The Horses

Hard sell: The powers that be were less than impressed – leaving Daryl to go to bat for the track. ‘As I recall, they heard it, looked at me and thought: ‘I wonder why he’s picked this one?” Daryl is pictured in the 1990 video for The Horses 

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