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Howzat! Archive - August 12th 2015

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GUD ONLY KNOWS
There's only one true mogul in Australian music. The man Deborah Conway dubbed "God-inski". Michael Gudinski could do a cracking autobiography, but he's not interested, saying simply: "What goes on the road should stay on the road." The next best thing is Stuart Coupe's excellent new book, Gudinski, The Godfather of Australian Rock 'n' Roll. Stuart has a unique insight, having toured with Gudinski as a journalist, worked with Mushroom when he was managing Paul Kelly, and he also understands the record business, running his own label, Laughing Outlaw Records. Gudinski didn't want this book to be written, but it's no hatchet job. It's a warm account of a "vibing" life. It doesn't gloss over Michael's misfires (The Daily Planet, passing on Cold Chisel and Men At Work, Alternative Nation, failed forays overseas, and the punk label Suicide Records), but it also depicts a streetwise and savvy music man. Frontier's Michael Harrison once asked Gudinski why he didn't have an email inbox. "Why would I want an inbox?" his boss replied. "I want to keep my mind free to think." Harrison adds that Gudinski "doesn't come across as the smartest guy in the room, but he is. People always underestimate him." And anyone who outsmarts Rupert Murdoch is a formidable businessman.


BACK ON BOARD
The Badloves get just a passing mention in the Gudinski book, but they were a big part of his empire in the '90s. He booked 'em, published their songs, released their records, and managed them. They had a smash hit, The Weight, with another Mushroom act, Jimmy Barnes, and their debut album, Get On Board, went double platinum. The Badloves were Australia's classiest band in the '90s, standing out in a sea of grunge. When other bands were wearing shorts, they were "the brown corduroy boys". The Badloves were always beautifully timeless, and it's great to have them back. They're playing at Memo Music Hall on 14 Aug.


HELLO HALOES
Stuart Coupe documents Michael Gudinski's dream - having a US number one. A dream that remains unfulfilled. It could have been Split Enz's I Got You. But management and label dramas in the US saw the song stall, inexplicably, at number 53. The Ice Haloes have now done an a cappella cover of I Got You on their debut EP, Cover Stories, produced by Kavisha Mazella. They're playing at The Boite on 15 Aug.


NICK OF TIME
Howzat! has been thinking lately about acts who haven't released enough albums, artists such as Michael Spiby and Suze DeMarchi. No such problem with Nick Batterham. He's released four solo albums in less than five years, and he launches his latest, Self Inflicted, No Sympathy, at Wesley Anne on 15 Aug.


HOT LINE
"I cried and turned up the radio, so no one would hear I was down" - The Badloves, Lost.


CHART WATCH
Just one homegrown hit in the national Top 20.

Fire And The Flood VANCE JOY (number 14)
Wings DELTA GOODREM (26)
Start Again CONRAD SEWELL (32)
She's Kinda Hot 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (38)
You Don't Own Me GRACE (40)

Josh Pyke has been remarkably consistent, but he's yet to have a number one album. His fifth solo set is his highest-charting effort so far, debuting at two.

But For All These Shrinking Hearts JOSH PYKE (number two, debut)
The Gospel Album GURRUMUL (three, debut)
Currents TAME IMPALA (10)
Two Strong Hearts Live JOHN FARNHAM & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN (11)
Node NORTHLANE (12)
1000 Forms Of Fear SIA (17)
When The Storms Would Come HOLY HOLY (31)
The Very Best INXS (34)
Empires HILLSONG UNITED (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Valerie TIM WHEATLEY
Let Me Imagine You ROBERT FORSTER
You Got Fever BEK-JEAN STEWART
Liar NICK BATTERHAM
I Got You THE ICE HALOES

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