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Howzat! Archive - January 18th 2017

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, BABY
"We are in a world where strange things happen," Ben Lee said in his 2017 video message to his fans. Fortunately, as Paul Keating notes in his new biography by Troy Bramston, "If you're looking for spiritual essence here on earth, it's in the music." We're celebrating some major milestones in 2017:

It's 60 years since Johnny O'Keefe's debut single. And it's 50 years since Johnny Farnham's Sadie, the Bee Gees left Australia, Normie Rowe was drafted to Vietnam, The Masters Apprentices released their debut album, and The Loved Ones broke up.

It's 40 years since INXS's first gig, Red Symons quit Skyhooks, Neil Finn joined Split Enz, Radio Birdman and The Saints released their debut albums, Molly interviewed Prince Charles, and The Go-Betweens and X formed.

It's 30 years since the final Countdown, the first ARIA Awards, the start of Rage, Kylie's Locomotion, INXS's Kick, Icehouse's Man of Colours and Midnight Oil's Diesel and Dust.

It's 20 years since Mark Seymour's debut solo album and Savage Garden won 10 ARIA Awards. And it's 10 years since The Palace closed and Peter Garrett became a federal minister.


HIP HIP
Celebrating big birthdays in 2017: Normie Rowe (70 on 1 Feb), Debra Byrne (60 on 30 March), Jamie Redfern (60 on 9 April), Nikki Webster (30 on 30 April), James Reyne (60 on 19 May), Katie Noonan (40 on 2 May), Tim Finn (65 on 25 June), Brian Canham (55 on 3 July), Angry Anderson (70 on 5 Aug), Mark "Cal" Callaghan (60 on 20 Aug), Michael Gudinski (65 on 22 Aug), Nick Cave (60 on 22 Sep), Keith Urban (50 on 26 Oct), Tina Arena (50 on 1 Nov) and Ross Wilson (70 on 18 Nov).


RIP
"Our cultural obsession with celebrity deaths is not a tribute to these artists," Ben Lee believes. "There's nothing wrong with getting old and dying. We can respectfully have gratitude for these artists and their contribution without getting hysterical and making ourselves the centre of a drama." In 2017, we'll celebrate the life of Michael Hutchence, who died 20 years ago. It's 10 years since the passing of Billy Thorpe, Lobby Loyde and Lynne Randell. And it's five years since we said goodbye to Sherbet's Clive Shakespeare, The Valentines' Vince Lovegrove, Chocolate Starfish's Zoran Romic, Men At Work's Greg Ham, Crowded House's Peter Jones, Bee Gee Robin Gibb, Darryl Cotton and Jimmy Little.


CHART WATCH
Shark sighting! After more than one million Spotify spins, Gold Coast artist Amy Shark scores her first Top 40 hit on the ARIA charts with her triple j fave.

Stranger PEKING DUK FEATURING ELLIPHANT (number nine)
Call On Me STARLEY (12)
Chameleon PNAU (15)
Catch 22 ILLY FEATURING ANNE-MARIE (32)
The Greatest SIA (37)
Adore AMY SHARK (40, debut)

Just one Aussie album in the national Top 10.

Ripcord KEITH URBAN (number six)
The Secret Daughter JESSICA MAUBOY (12)
Triple J's Like A Version 12 VARIOUS (17)
The Very Very Best CROWDED HOUSE (18)
The Very Best INXS (22)
Skin FLUME (24)
The Best of COLD CHISEL (25)
This Is Acting SIA (33)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Satellite THE HARLOTS
Already Home ALEX THE ASTRONAUT
Adore AMY SHARK
What's Good Is Good BEN LEE
River of Gold THE WEEPING WILLOWS

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