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Susy Blue's new album, Nobody's Somebody, features a classic
song called Cheer The Fuck Up. "Your troubles are your teachers,"
Susy sings, "your storm's just in a cup, so cheer the fuck
up." It's a message song. "It was definitely a bit of a
pep talk to myself," Susy reveals, "at a time when I was
being indulgently melancholy. It was inspired by this Buddhist
nun telling us that sometimes you have to be firm with your
mind, like you would a child about to hurt themselves. Hence
the expletive to snap me out of it." Susy actually had a
lot of fun making the album with producer Shane O'Mara.
She'll never forget Shane smashing 40 op-shop glasses in
a wheelie bin to get samples for Fell From A Wall. "Shane
was great at arranging the parts in an unpredictable way,
so it stayed fresh and interesting." Nobody's Somebody follows
Susy's self-produced debut, Curly Girl. "I think it's good
to relinquish a bit of control to someone who can be objective
about your little song babies, as sometimes when you've
written them and played them live a zillion times, it's
hard to change them." Susy also relies on advice from her
biggest fan - her mum. She's given Susy some zingers over
the years, including, "Don't get pregnant so a man will
stay with you." Mrs Blue is always spruiking Susy's music
- she even sold a CD to her dentist. And when Susy borrowed
her mum's car, it had just two CDs in the stereo - the Susy
Blue EP and Curly Girl. Susy initially intended to call
the new album "Songs For No One", before her violinist's
boyfriend suggested Nobody's Somebody, which comes from
a line in the opening track, Murder Bolero. "It's about
a psychotic, jealous lady who warns her lover she'll kill
him if he leaves her: "I'd rather be alone than know you're
nobody's somebody." Susy Blue launches the album at The
Toff In Town on Sunday afternoon [18 May].
The new Wagons album, Acid Rain and Sugar Cane wasn't a
breeze to make. While recording at Mount Martha's Goldview
Studio, Henry Wagons' pregnant wife, Mel, broke her leg.
But it was a happy ending, with a beautiful baby girl, Casper,
and a cracking album, which is out this week.
A belated Happy Birthday to singer, author and the second
Australian Idol winner, Casey Donovan, who turned 26 on
MARVIN, THE REUNION
Fresh from launching the fab Four Hours Sleep album, Angie
Hart, Bill McDonald and Peter Luscombe now focus on the
Frente reunion (at the Arts Centre's Playhouse on 22 & 23
May). Frente's debut, Marvin The Album, entered the US charts
20 years ago this week. It peaked at just number 75, but
spent five months in the Top 200.
"If you venture far enough, you'll come back to the start"
- Susy Blue, Messy'n.
Justice Crew score their second number one single.
Que Sera JUSTICE CREW (number one, debut)
Geronimo SHEPPARD (four)
Fancy IGGY AZALEA (seven)
Chandelier SIA (nine)
High PEKING DUK (15)
She Looks So Perfect 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (20)
Never Be The Same JESSICA MAUBOY (27)
Live It Up 360 FEATURING PEZ (32)
Up! SAMANTHA JADE (36)
All We Need Is Love RICKI-LEE (39, debut)
Hip hop group Thundamentals land at number three.
So We Can Remember THUNDAMENTALS (number three, debut)
Earthwalker IN HEARTS WAKE (five, debut)
L.O.V.E HARRISON CRAIG (seven)
The Very Best INXS (nine)
Built On Glass CHET FAKER (10)
The New Classic IGGY AZALEA (14)
Best So Far MARK VINCENT (15)
Van Diemen's Land RUSSELL MORRIS (19)
40 Years of Rock - Greatest Studio Hits THE ANGELS (21,
Black Rat DZ DEATHRAYS (23, debut)
Beautiful JESSICA MAUBOY (25)
Blackbird DAN SULTAN (26)
Reset TINA ARENA (36)
40 Years of Rock - Greatest Live Hits THE ANGELS (38, debut)
My Baby Just Cares For Me DAVID HOBSON & RACHAEL BECK (39,
Murder Bolero SUSY BLUE
Hold On Caroline WAGONS
Let It Be Now THE ALTERNATIVE
Everything Was Legendary With Robert DAVE GRANEY
Goodbye Goodguy FRENTE
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