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Howzat! Archive - December 17th 2014

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DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR
It was the year we remembered Countdown, which illustrated how much our industry had changed. Long gone are the days when one music show could unite a nation. But the more things change We still love music. Thirteen Aussie albums topped the 2014 charts, from acts as diverse as Kylie, AC/DC, Chet Faker and Hilltop Hoods. The year's biggest local release came from a band that formed 37 years ago. Defying the critics, this was INXS's year. Credit to Chris Murphy; he resurrected his band. More than two million viewers tuned in to the mini-series, five INXS albums hit the Top 50, and they scored their first number one album in 24 years. Shove it, brother, just keep walking.


SONG OF THE YEAR
If it were a Coldplay single, it would have been a smash hit. Instead, it was the best song you never heard this year - The Evening Cast's Questions, a remarkable piece of work.


BIG GIGS
The NSW Police Minister, Mike Gallacher, told parliament: "I'm sorry, but the live music industry is dead." We politely disagree. So many 2014 highlights: Perry Keyes and Kings Of The Sun returned to Melbourne. Ron S. Peno sang the songs of Died Pretty. Skipping Girl Vinegar played at a church in St Kilda. Huxton Creepers did a secret show at Cherry. Frente re-formed. Ben Lee previewed new songs at Howler. Hunters & Collectors rocked the Palais. Melody Pool was magical. And The Ronson Hangup were awesome (where is that next album?).


CHART ATTACK
It was our biggest year for international chart success since the glory days of Men At Work, with 5 Seconds Of Summer scoring a UK number one single and US number one album; Iggy Azalea having a US number one single, and Sia's 1000 Forms Of Fear topping the US album charts.


ROCK IN PEACE
Forget the 27 Club. Sadly, this year's cursed rock 'n' roll age was 67. We lost three legends - all of them aged 67: Doc Neeson, Jim Keays and pioneering music journalist Ed Nimmervoll. Their work lives on. Indeed, Jim has a posthumous album, the wonderfully titled Age Against The Machine.


DECK THE HALLS
Lots of talk about Halls of Fame. Molly and Countdown were inducted; Rolf Harris was removed. The Labor Party committed to establishing a real Hall of Fame, which The Basics' Kris Schroeder foolishly described as a waste of time, seemingly oblivious to the fact that if we don't respect the past, we won't have much of a future. Author and music fan Jessica Adams spearheaded the campaign for a Chrissy Amphlett Lane, and then started the Australian Music Museum Project, a virtual museum, which can be found at www.ammp.tv. From little things


CHART WATCH
Peking Duk leap from 12 to six.

Cosby Sweater HILLTOP HOODS (number five)
Take Me Over PEKING DUK (six)
Ah Yeah So What WILL SPARKS (11)
Freaks TIMMY TRUMPET (12)
If You Love Someone THE VERONICAS (19)
Stand By You MARLISA (20)
Talk Is Cheap CHET FAKER (31)
You Ruin Me THE VERONICAS (34)
Geronimo SHEPPARD (36)
Can I Get A Moment? JESSICA MAUBOY (37)

AC/DC spend just one week on top.

Rock Or Bust AC/DC (number four)
Jukebox HUMAN NATURE (five)
The Veronicas THE VERONICAS (10)
Walking Under Stars HILLTOP HOODS (11)
Dean Ray DEAN RAY (17)
Madness GUY SEBASTIAN (18)
Triple J's Like A Version, Volume 10 VARIOUS ARTISTS (19)
The Christmas Album HUMAN NATURE (20)
The Very Best INXS (22)
Live By The Words JUSTICE CREW (23)
30:30 Hindsight JIMMY BARNES (25)
5 Seconds Of Summer 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (26)
Built On Glass CHET FAKER (28)
Marlisa MARLISA (29)
Another Land WILL SPARKS (35, debut)
Beautiful JESSICA MAUBOY (36)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Questions THE EVENING CAST
Everything Was A Sign ELLA HOOPER
Driftin' ANDY WHITE
Rock The Blues Away AC/DC
Thank You PAUL KELLY

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