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Howzat! Archive - June 14th 2017

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STARING AT THE SUN
Underground Lovers are a band that defies description and cuts across the political divide. Greens MP Adam Bandt introduced the Undies at a Toff in Town gig a couple of years ago, and now 3AW's Tom Elliott has written the bio for the band's cracking new album, Staring At You Staring At Me. John's son even takes a shot at the Labor Party when writing about one of the new songs: "The Rerun sees 'Faceless users come undone'. Clearly a reference to either drug addiction or ALP factional politics!" Undies singer Vince Giarrusso seems unfazed. "Well, everyone is entitled to their political opinions. Personally, I can take or leave politics. My uncle reckons that politics is just showbiz for fuglies, which I don't think is true." The new Undies album comes 27 years after guitarist Glenn Bennie named the band. "He was a drama student and there is an Italian futurist play about lovers that meet in the underground in Rome called L'amorati sotto terra, which roughly translates to underground lovers," Vince explains. Have relationships and the decision-making process within the band changed much over the years? "Nope, it's pretty much the same," Vince laughs. "Some people argue that Glenn and I run a benevolent dictatorship, but we see it more like a socialist democracy with dance opportunities." The Undies planned to call the new album "Melbournism", but "as Glenn and I were putting the songs together, we realised the album's original rationale wasn't quite right. Melbourne figures strongly, as it does on all our records, but at the end of the day it's an album about relationships and making sense of a world that's chaotic and unbalanced." After a sold-out launch, the Undies are returning to the Northcote Social Club on Sunday, 11 June. It's also 25 years since the band's second album, Leaves Me Blind, which ended up in The 100 Best Australian Albums book, sandwiched between Cold Chisel's East and You Am I's Hourly, Daily. Any plans for an anniversary edition? "We're not that caught up in the nostalgia thing. Fans are telling us they love our new stuff better than our old stuff, which is fantastic. Though, yes, it would be great to do a deluxe vinyl."


GLITTER US
The Fauves played their 1000th show 10 years ago this week. They're doing another gig, at the NGV, on Friday.


CIAO LYNNE
We remember the wonderful Lynne Randell, who died 10 years ago this week, aged 57.


HOT LINE
"With all the thinking that you've done, did the answers ever come?" - Bernard Fanning, In The Ten Years Gone.



CHART WATCH
No Australian singles in the national Top 20.

Waves DEAN LEWIS (number 22)
Moments BLISS N ESO (33)

Bernard Fanning's Brutal Dawn matches the number two chart peak of Civil Dusk.

Brutal Dawn BERNARD FANNING (number two, debut)
Ark IN HEARTS WAKE (three, debut)
Hi-Vis High Tea FRENZAL RHOMB (nine, debut)
Off The Grid BLISS N ESO (15)
Half Mile Harvest THE TESKEY BROTHERS (18, debut)
Song On My Sleeve CAITLYN SHADBOLT (26, debut)
The Great Country Songbook Vol II ADAM HARVEY & BECCY COLE (29)
A Tribute To Mario Lanza MARK VINCENT (30)
Night Thinker EP AMY SHARK (31)
Greatest Hits & Interpretations TINA ARENA (32)
Civil Dusk BERNARD FANNING (35)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (36)
The Records Were Ours PIERCE BROTHERS (37)
Notion TASH SULTANA (38)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
The Rerun UNDERGROUND LOVERS
I'll Forget Yr Name DAVEY LANE
In The Ten Years Gone BERNARD FANNING
Every Little Sting HELEN SHANAHAN
Ciao Baby LYNNE RANDELL

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