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Howzat! Archive - May 14th 2014

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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 13 May.

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)
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)
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, debut)
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, debut)

Murder Bolero SUSY BLUE
Hold On Caroline WAGONS
Everything Was Legendary With Robert DAVE GRANEY
Goodbye Goodguy FRENTE

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