The song "Number Aphrodisiac", co-written by Freedman, was their break-through hit in 1997. Their top four ARIA albums are Love This City (1999), Torch the Moon (2002), Little Cloud (2006) and compilation, Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You: Best of the Whitlams in 2008. A highlight of his career was receiving an ARIA Music Award for "Song of the Year" in 1998 from the former Australian prime minister, Gough Whitlam—after whom his band is named.
Tim Freedman was born in 1964 in Sydney and was raised in Collaroy, in Sydney"s Northern Beaches region, and was educated at the prestigious Shore School in North Sydney.
Prior to co-founding, Freedman was the front man of ska band Itchy Feet, and later the indie popular bands Penguins on Safari and The Olive Branch. In an interview, which aired on 612 American Broadcasting Company Brisbane on Friday 29 September 2006, Freedman said he became a pianist "by mistake" after quitting law school.
He later completed a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Sydney. Since late 2006, Tim has been the host of the music chat show The Tim Freedman Sunday Session 6pm Sunday nights on Sydney radio station Vega 95.3fm.