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Howzat! Archive - April 12th 2017

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RETURN OF THE KING
Kings Of The Sun are one of the great Australian rock bands. They toured with KISS, shared management with Madonna and were kicked off a Guns N' Roses tour. When Richard Wilkins asked Aerosmith on MTV in 1990, "Who do you see as the next breed coming up?", bass player Tom Hamilton replied, "How about Kings Of The Sun?" Steve Tyler later revealed he played the Kings' Full Frontal Attack album in his dressing room to get ready to rock. Kings Of The Sun were a cock rock band - with balls. Having grown up on classic pub rock, like AC/DC and Rose Tattoo, they made American hair rock bands sound like pussies. Songs such as Serpentine, Drop The Gun and Black Leather are as thrilling as rock can be. Put simply, the Kings should have conquered the world. But grunge hit, and the Kings' brand of flash and crash was no longer "cool". After they called it quits, the Hoad brothers, singer Jeffrey and drummer Clifford, released three underappreciated albums as The Rich and Famous. Cliff has since resurrected the Kings Of The Sun name, to release two acclaimed albums, and now Jeff is back making music under The Rich and Famous name, with bass player Dean Turner and drummer Dean Reeson. After taking 10 years off, Jeff wasn't sure if he could write another song. Then he came up with Blast Off, and he was "rockin' and rollin' like thunder". Jeff says he felt "elated and invigorated" when he wrote Blast Off, which is exactly how Howzat! felt when we heard it. As he declares, "You can't keep a good man down." Rock will never die while the Hoad brothers are making music. "It ain't hard to tell," Jeff sings in another new song, Dirty Music, "we're going to hell." That's probably true. But it's gonna be a fun ride.


BROTHERS, ANGELS & DEMONS
Speaking of great rock bands, Rick and John Brewster have done an Angels book with Bob Yates, to be published by Penguin on 31 July.


SIMPLY THE BEST
Happy Birthday to Aussie producer and songwriter Mike Chapman. He's 70 on April 13. Why isn't this guy in the ARIA Hall of Fame?


STAYIN' ALIVE
The Bee Gees released their first international single, New York Mining Disaster 1941, 50 years ago this week. The ad campaign called them "The Most Significant Talent Since The Beatles".


HOT LINE
"The future looks so exciting" - The Rich and Famous, Blast Off.


CHART WATCH
Just three Aussie entries in the national Top 40.

Call On Me STARLEY (number 25)
Chameleon PNAU (27)
Adore AMY SHARK (30)

And there's just one Aussie album in the Top 10, though Jon Stevens scores his highest-charting solo album, with Starlight landing at 16.

The 25th Anniversary Album LEE KERNAGHAN (number 10)
Starlight JON STEVENS (16, debut)
Alright Already POLISH CLUB (19, debut)
Mesmer NORTHLANE (21)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (22)
Ironbark THE WAIFS (25)
The Very Best INXS (29)
The Secret Daughter JESSICA MAUBOY (33)
Och Aye The G'Nu JIMMY BARNES & THE WIGGLES (34, debut)
The Best Of THE WIGGLES (35)
Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (37)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Blast Off THE RICH AND FAMOUS
Shape & Line RAISED BY EAGLES
Two Hearts PHEBE STARR
I Only Hide HELEN SHANAHAN
Weekends AMY SHARK

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