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Howzat! Archive - January 11th 2017

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HERE WE GO AGAIN
It's the Year of the Rooster, which had Howzat! thinking of that classic Rolling Stones lyric, "Once upon a time I was your little rooster, but am I just one of your cocks?" Not sure what that means for the coming year, but here are our 17 predictions, hopes and wishes for 2017:

After the Civil Dusk comes the Brutal Dawn. And if Bernard Fanning's sequel is as good as the original, it will be a classic.

Stardom for Alex Lahey, Alex the Astronaut and Gretta Ray.

The long-awaited second album by The Ronson Hangup. This record is almost Avalanches-like, with eight years since the band's debut. Will it happen in 2017? "I promise," singer Steve Pinkerton said at the band's Christmas gig at the Workers Club.

The return of the Espy.

More homegrown hits in the charts, after just 12 Aussie singles reached the Top 10 in 2016 - the fewest in living memory.

The Turnbull Government reversing its decision and allowing Channel 31 to stay on air forever.

A new edition of Ian McFarlane's seminal The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop.

A tonight show on free-to-air TV, showcasing live music.

The triumphant return of Midnight Oil.

A musical by one of our most intriguing pop stars, Darren Hayes.

A Died Pretty tour with Radio Birdman.

Deluxe reissues and a Hall of Fame induction for Mondo Rock, making Ross Wilson our first triple Hall of Famer.

The Australian Music Vault showcasing Melbourne pioneers such as DJ Stan Rofe, studio boss Bill Armstrong, journalist Ed Nimmervoll and artists Normie Rowe, Lynne Randell and The Thunderbirds.

A restored and resurgent Palais Theatre.

A new Michael Hutchence album, 20 years after his untimely death. It's already been much hyped, with the 1999 posthumous album seemingly forgotten. What more can there be? Well, apparently there's a new album, doco and book.

The Nylex Clock switched back on by Paul Kelly, revealing it's 11 degrees.

Plus new albums from Perry Keyes, Missy Higgins, Helen Shanahan, Kasey Chambers, Sophie Koh, Colin Hay, Ruby Boots, The Woodland Hunters, Tina Arena, Bad//Dreems, Nighthawk and The Fauves.


CHART WATCH

ARIA has released its year-end charts for 2016. The year's biggest Aussie single was Flume's Never Be Like You (number four overall), and the biggest album was Keith Urban's Ripcord (two). The year's 100 biggest singles included just 14 homegrown hits. The Top 100 albums featured 33 Aussie albums (including the Molly soundtrack and Triple J's Like A Version, which ARIA does not classify as Australian albums).

Meanwhile, this week's chart sees Peking Duk's Stranger jump into the Top 5.

Stranger PEKING DUK FEATURING ELLIPHANT (number five)
Call On Me STARLEY (eight)
Chameleon PNAU (22)
Catch 22 ILLY FEATURING ANNE-MARIE (26)
On Your Side THE VERONICAS (30)
The Greatest SIA (32)

The Christmas albums drop out of the Top 40 this week, but it's a strong week for best-ofs from Crowded House, INXS and Chisel.

Ripcord KEITH URBAN (number six)
The Secret Daughter JESSICA MAUBOY (12)
Triple J's Like A Version 12 VARIOUS (15)
The Very Very Best CROWDED HOUSE (16)
The Very Best INXS (19)
Skin FLUME (21)
The Best of COLD CHISEL (23)
This Is Acting SIA (37)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Already Home ALEX THE ASTRONAUT
Drive GRETTA RAY
Ivy League ALEX LAHEY
Satellite THE HARLOTS
River of Gold THE WEEPING WILLOWS

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