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Howzat! Archive - May 11th 2016

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ALYCE'S WONDERLAND
Pete Farnan had a lovely description of Alyce Platt's new album, Funny Little World. About to go on stage with Alyce at Basement Discs, he remarked that it was a record "you could easily find amongst a collection of classic '70s albums. Rummaging through the classics, you stumble across Funny Little World and think, 'How did I miss this one?'" This is sophisticated pop. Stylish and alluring. "We wanted to paint sounds like a film score," Alyce explains. Of course, Alyce found fame acting in Sons And Daughters and co-hosting Sale Of The Century, but music was her first love. She started playing guitar at the age of eight, writing songs at 12, and in Grade Six she formed a band. "I played guitar and sang and we all wore roller skates and sang Melanie's Brand New Key." David Cassidy at the MCG - with her mum - was Alyce's first concert. And her first record? "When I was about five or six, I was given a portable record player, which I still have, and it came with a black Barbie doll who stood in the middle and turned around on an orange single as it played a very funky tune! The first single I ever bought, however, was Da Doo Ron Ron by Debbie Byrne. I loved her and Young Talent Time and used to sing along with her through a microphone attached to our record player." As well as her own songs, Funny Little World features captivating covers of The Velvet Underground's Pale Blue Eyes, Mike Nesmith's Different Drum ("I was a huge Linda Ronstadt fan") and Tar And Cement, a '60s hit by one-hit wonder Verdelle Smith. The songs were road-tested at Claypots in St Kilda, where Alyce had a Friday residency for four years. The venue inspired the name of her band, the Fish Shop Collective, which includes Clare Moore, Jack Howard, Claude Carranza, Bruce Haymes, Stephen Hadley and Roger Bergodaz. They're playing at The Flying Saucer Club on Saturday, 14 May.


BABY ANIMALS GROW UP
Baby Animals released their self-titled debut album in September 1991, the same month as Nirvana's Nevermind. It spent six weeks at number one, with Nevermind stalled at two. A special 25th anniversary edition is out on 20 May, with Baby Animals playing at the Forum on 21 May.


HOT LINE
"City evenings, lost in my head" - The Evening Cast, Gangs of Fools.


CHART WATCH
Still just four homegrown hits in the national Top 40.

Say It FLUME (number seven)
Cheap Thrills SIA (13)
1955 HILLTOP HOODS (19)
Never Be Like You FLUME (22)

A Top 20 debut for King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. And a Top 50 debut for Melody Pool, with Deep Dark Savage Heart landing at 49.

Classic Carpenters DAMI IM (number four)
Together MARINA PRIOR & MARK VINCENT (five)
60 Summers GRAEME CONNORS (11, debut)
Molly Soundtrack VARIOUS (13)
Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (16)
If This Is All We're Going To Be LUCA BRASI (18, debut)
Nonagon Infinity KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD (19, debut)
This Is Acting SIA (20)
Telluric MATT CORBY (23)
Waco VIOLENT SOHO (24)
Seven Sonnets And A Song PAUL KELLY (25)
Self Talk OLYMPIA (26, debut)
Bloom RFS (33)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
The Colour Red ALYCE PLATT
Send Me Your Love MIA WRAY
Gangs of Fools THE EVENING CAST
Mariachi Wind MELODY POOL
Everything Changes SWEET JEAN

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