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Howzat! Archive - September 16th 2015

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AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE
If it's good enough for Baz Luhrmann, it's good enough for Billy Miller. The former Ferret has called his new album Australia. Billy's fourth solo album follows 1993's Yarraville and 1998's Victoria. "I'll continue the sequence of album titles with Earth, Solar System, Galaxy, Universe," Billy laughs. "It'll keep me writing, singing, playing and recording until the end of my days." Australia is as grand and as unpredictable as the land itself. Opening with an 11.42-minute epic, We Are Everywhere (Howzat! has always said that Billy should write a rock opera), the album also features the soul gem Sold, an ode to the western suburbs called Footscray, a strangely hypnotic piece called Amnesia, and two cracking songs Billy wrote with Paul Kelly during rain breaks in the cricket, Rising Moon and Don't Let A Good Thing Go. Billy, one of the great blokes of Australian music, made Australia in his living room in Yarraville with some help from his old buddy Tony Cohen and a band featuring bass player Bill McDonald and Model Andrew Duffield. Billy Miller & the Love Brothers are launching Australia on Sunday, 20 Sep at the Caravan Music Club with special guests including Paul Kelly, Rebecca Barnard, Andrew Duffield and James Black. Billy dedicates the album to his wife, Lucy, who died a year ago this week. Billy and Lucy were married for 32 years, together for 43. "Lucy was my wife, best friend and a constant source of knowledge and inspiration," Billy says. Australia is very much a family affair, with the album also featuring Billy's son, Eddie, on vocals and guitar.


NOT SO GRAND
The West Coast Eagles are a good chance to make this year's Grand Final. Imagine Ross Wilson performing Eagle Rock on the big day. Can you believe Ross has never performed at the Grand Final? If you think the AFL should spend more than $500,000 on entertainment when the crowd doesn't really want it, it doesn't sell a single extra ticket, and it looks and sounds ordinary in a huge stadium in broad daylight, then surely the day should showcase local talent? Seven other Aussie legends also yet to appear at the AFL Grand Final: AC/DC, Cold Chisel, James Reyne, Hoodoo Gurus, Icehouse, Rick Springfield and Kylie Minogue.


P.S. We remember the great Slim Dusty (who sang at the 1984 Grand Final). Slim died 12 years ago this week.


HOT LINE
"All of the hearts I've held in my grasp, but I only break them" - Dan Lethbridge, Love Is The Only Thing Left.


CHART WATCH
A big week for YouTube sensation Troye Sivan. The title track of his new EP has a Top 20 debut, while the EP tops the album charts.

Fire And The Flood VANCE JOY (number six)
Wings DELTA GOODREM (15)
Wild TROYE SIVAN (16, debut)
Feels Like Heaven REIGAN (37, debut)
Ghost ELLIE DRENNAN (38)


Wild TROYE SIVAN (number one, debut)
Best Of The Soul Years JIMMY BARNES (10)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (12)
Two Strong Hearts Live JOHN FARNHAM & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN (15)
Currents TAME IMPALA (17)
Hoops THE RUBENS (24)
Spirit Of The Anzacs LEE KERNAGHAN (34)
Nobody's Business MAUNDZ (36, debut)
Beautiful You THE WAIFS (37)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Rising Moon BILLY MILLER
Love Is The Only Thing Left DAN LETHBRIDGE
Pot of Gold FAMILY FOLD
Burning The Midnight Oil TIM WHEATLEY
Running Away From Love THE FASCINATED

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