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Howzat! Archive - August 14th 2013

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HALL MONITOR
As a new era in street press starts, Howzat! is banging on about a favourite old topic - who should be in the ARIA Hall of Fame. The sad death of Bill Putt prompted us to revisit the subject. We recall asking Dave Graney many years ago who should be in the Hall; he replied: "Mike Rudd and Bill Putt." Bill's death also had us thinking about the greatest partnerships in Australian music. Mike and Bill were musical partners since they started working together in Spectrum 44 years ago. It's a relationship that ranks alongside Vanda & Young, Robert Forster & Grant McLennan, Chrissy Amphlett & Mark McEntee, Andrew Farriss & Michael Hutchence, and Dave Graney & Clare Moore.

But we digress. Who should be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame this year? Recently we wrote that Kim Salmon's time had surely come. In recent years, ARIA has tended to induct bands and not members of bands who have fronted more than one band. Yet, they inducted Nick Cave and not the Bad Seeds or The Birthday Party or The Boys Next Door. Similarly, Kim's remarkable body of work should also be recognised. Stephen Cummings' induction is way overdue. Rick Springfield, The Go-Betweens, Died Pretty, Dave Graney & Clare Moore and The Black Sorrows should also be in there. And '80s pop and rock has been unfairly ignored - let's not forget bands such as Pseudo Echo, Uncanny X-Men and Real Life.

There is an online petition urging ARIA to induct the late Ted Mulry. Hush should also not be forgotten. And a Facebook page has been trying to get the Warumpi Band inducted since 2011. One supporter recently emailed ARIA, but posted that the band would not enter the Hall this year. "Apparently the choice has been made for 2013," she revealed.


PRIMARY PRODUCERS
If ARIA wants to have a truly credible Hall of Fame, they need to recognise the immense work of the other creative people who contribute so much to the industry - producers, songwriters and video directors. Howzat! was saddened to hear the news of Mike Shipley's death. Mike was one of the world's greatest mix engineers. Born in Sydney and educated in Melbourne, Mike formed a potent partnership with producer Mutt Lange, working with Def Leppard, Shania Twain, Aerosmith and many others. He also engineered Uncanny X-Men's debut single, How Do You Get Your Kicks? (written and produced by Skyhooks' Greg Macainsh), and mixed two Taxiride albums and Jimmy Barnes' underrated Love and Fear. As one publication stated in 1999: "Mike Shipley's work is practically a fixture on the Billboard charts." Mike was nominated for eight Grammys, winning three. He should be in the ARIA Hall of Fame.


KEAYS, IGNITION
Howzat! is pleased to report that the mighty Jim Keays is back where he belongs - on stage. Jim has had donor stem cell transplant treatment to combat myeloma. He returns to the stage with his great mate Russell Morris with a gig at the Montmorency Football Club on Saturday.


GRAPE EXPECTATIONS
With the return of The Darling Downs and The Grapes, it's been a great year for rootsy duos. In 1999, The Grapes issued their sparkling self-titled debut; 14 years later, they've delivered their second album, Western Sun (out now through Fuse Music). Things have changed between records - both Ashley Naylor and Sherry Rich are parents, and the new album addresses parenting pressures. But growing old has never sounded so cool. Ash's amazing guitar work is a highlight. It's expressive but sounds effortless. It feels gloriously loose, yet there's not a note out of place. "We love the same kinds of music," Sherry says. "I'm a little bit country, he's a little bit rock and roll. We're both redheads and vegetarians. It all adds up."


CHART WATCH
Jessica Mauboy - Artist of the Year at the National Indigenous Music Awards -
leaps from 32 to 21 with her latest hit single.

Riptide VANCE JOY (number seven)
Parachute TIMOMATIC (15)
Resolution MATT CORBY (17)
To The End Of The Earth JESSICA MAUBOY (21)
Fire Starter SAMANTHA JADE (23)
Sheppard EP SHEPPARD (27)
Time Of Our Lives WHAT ABOUT TONIGHT (31)
Reload SEBASTIAN INGROSSO & TOMMY TRASH (34)
Act Your Age BLISS N ESO (38)

Snakadaktal have a Top 10 debut.

King Amongst Many HORRORSHOW (number two, debut)
Circus In The Sky BLISS N ESO (eight)
Sleep In The Water SNAKADAKTAL (nine, debut)
Asymmetry KARNIVOOL (11)
The Great Country Songbook TROY CASSAR-DALEY & ADAM HARVEY (12)
More Than A Dream HARRISON CRAIG (14)
A Time For Us LUKE KENNEDY (21)
If I Want To JASMINE RAE (23, debut)
Departures BERNARD FANNING (27)
Flume FLUME (31)
Sharkmouth RUSSELL MORRIS (34)
Hobo Rocket POND (37, debut)
Glorious Ruins HILLSONG LIVE (39)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Lily Darling THE GRAPES
Dark Side Of The Morning KATIE BRIANNA
Wish In My Dish SUSY BLUE
Everything Is Everything MAJOR CHORD
Young Girls DON WALKER

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