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Howzat! Archive - February 12th 2014

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I, RON & WINE
It's Valentine's Day. Howzat! needs help. Dating advice. Who do we turn to? The redoubtable Ron S. Peno. Only problem is, Ronnie says: "Valentine's Day means nothing to me, it's just another day to this old fool. Why pick just one day to say I love you? I like to say it any time - and I'm more likely to say it after a couple of Sauv Blancs." Still, we need an Agony Aunt, so Ronnie is it (and Ron S. Peno & The Superstitions are doing a special Valentine's Day show at the Spotted Mallard on Friday). We have 17 questions: What's the perfect date? "Being left alone with an expensive bottle of white wine." The most romantic thing you've done? "Buying myself a nice bottle of expensive wine." Favourite love song? "I do love love songs. I really love I Only Have Eyes For You and Andy Williams' Can't Get Used To Losing You." Favourite romantic movie? "Probably Eraserhead." Pick-up lines? "'Have you ever seen one like this?' But it's all bullshit. I'd never say something like that. Actually, I have. 'Short jockey, long whip.'" Has love inspired many of your lyrics? "Died Pretty's The Love Song was about a real relationship. But I write better when I'm not in love. And I'm constantly writing." When should you say "I love you"? "They're fairly strong words, aren't they? Of course, there are different types of love. I tell my son that I love him daily. And he came from a loving relationship. He's the light of my life. He inspires me every day." The best way to get over a break-up? "A nice expensive bottle of wine by myself, and Townes Van Zandt." Who should pay on the first date? "The other person." Can men and women be friends, or does someone always want more? "Of course we can - I have lots of female friends." Can you be friends with your exes? "Definitely yes. I'm friends with all my exes, I love 'em." Is cheating a deal-breaker or can you recover? "It's a deal-breaker. I'm a faithful fellow. Why go into a relationship if you're going to cheat? It's really cruel." Can you date a best friend's ex? "No." Should you ever talk about exes with your partner? "No." Is "taking a break" in a relationship ever a good idea? "No, I don't think so. See it through to the end - no breaks." A moral dilemma: You kissed your best friend's partner when drunk. Do you keep it secret? "Um, that's happened. And, no, don't keep it a secret. Honesty is the best policy. I was drunk, I had no control over my tongue." Finally, complete this sentence: Love is "Free wine."


SILVER RAY DAY
Ron Peno's Superstitions' compadre Cam Butler has reunited with Julitha Ryan and Brett Poliness to do Silver Ray's first show in seven years, this Sunday at the Old Bar.


HOT LINE
"Her face was moonlight and her eyes were stars/ She was the most beautiful thing in his world" - Died Pretty, The Love Song.


CHART WATCH
Just one Aussie act in the Top 10, while Kylie's new single, Into The Blue, debuts at 46.

Swing JOEL FLETCHER FEATURING SAVAGE (number three)
Riptide VANCE JOY (11)
Drop The Game FLUME & CHET FAKER (23)
My Life BLISS N ESO FEATURING CEEKAY JONES (26)
Like A Drum GUY SEBASTIAN (29)

The Jezabels score their second number two album.

The Brink THE JEZABELS (number two, debut)
The Very Best INXS (four)
The Greatest Hits AUSTRALIAN CRAWL (11)
Atlas RUFUS (16)
Flume FLUME (23)
Triple J Like A Version 9 VARIOUS (24)
Taylor Henderson TAYLOR HENDERSON (25)
Goin' Your Way NEIL FINN & PAUL KELLY (34)
Circus In The Sky BLISS N ESO (35)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Let It Be Now THE ALTERNATIVE
Dulcify HALFWAY
Round Here LIVINGSTONE DAISIES
Rocktown KINGS OF THE SUN
Say It Isn't So RON S. PENO & THE SUPERSTITIONS

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