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Howzat! Archive - March 18th 2015

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DAN THE MAN
A year ago, Dan Lethbridge was doing a gig, "Stand By Your Dan", with his fellow Dans - Dan Flynn, Dan Parsons and Dan Waters. Now, Dan has delivered a superb solo single, I Want You With Me. But he's not singing about his Dan buddies. "The song is about realising that life is better when you have that special someone around," he explains. "The first line is a direct reference to that moment when you walk on stage and how having your loved one in the room makes it a little bit easier." The beautifully crafted song is like a masterclass in classic guitar pop. "The chord progression had this natural staccato rhythm and it could have easily turned into something much heavier. But I recorded it clean on a Telecaster, which naturally has a nice jangly tone, and then played a second part on an electric 12-string. Before long, we had a chiming Byrds thing happening and I remember thinking we should definitely embrace that." I Want You With Me sees Dan continue his recording relationship with Shane O'Mara. "We are probably too comfortable in the studio," he smiles, "because we spend more time laughing than actually recording. But I think most musicians are only willing to stretch themselves or try something different when they feel truly comfortable. It won't happen if you feel like someone is judging you." If you were to judge I Want You With Me, you'd call it one of 2015's great singles. It's deliciously dark, but could also be a wedding song. It's the first single from Dan's third album, Inner Western, due in June. Unfortunately, there are no other Dans on the album. "And that's no easy feat," Dan laughs, "considering one in every three Melbourne musicians is called Dan." He doesn't discount a second Dan gig. "We talk about it every day, but it hasn't happened yet. We're still waiting for Dannii Minogue to come on board." Dan now has a new band, The Campaigners, and they're launching I Want You With Me at the Spotted Mallard on 21 Mar. So what are they campaigning for? "The truth. Whatever that means."


JACK AND BACHARACH
It's this town's most tasteful tribute - Jack Howard & The Ambassadors of Love Play Bacharach & David. It started with Jack doing Burt Bacharach's Reach Out as part of Pure Pop's summer of classic albums in 2012. Now, they've done a mini-album, The Look Of Love, to be launched at The Flying Saucer on 20 Mar.


RAMSAY STREET ROCKS
No other non-music show has provided so many hits. Howzat! salutes Neighbours, which has given the world Kylie, Jason, Delta, Holly Valance, Craig McLachlan, Natalie Imbruglia, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Stephanie McIntosh, Guy Pearce and The Twins, Gayle and Gillian Blakeney. The first episode of Neighbours went to air 30 years ago today, 18 Mar.


HOT LINE
"Time is ticking and they ain't giving out any more" - The Heartache State, Clockstar.


CHART WATCH
Iggy Azalea's Trouble jumps from 13 to 10.

Trouble IGGY AZALEA (number 10)
Elastic Heart SIA (11)
Do You Remember JARRYD JAMES (17)
Georgia VANCE JOY (30)
Cosby Sweater HILLTOP HOODS (31)
Talk Is Cheap CHET FAKER (33)

San Cisco's second album arrives at number two, just behind Madonna.

Gracetown SAN CISCO (number two, debut)
Friday Night JASON OWEN (nine, debut)
Walking Under Stars HILLTOP HOODS (12)
1000 Forms Of Fear SIA (13)
Built On Glass CHET FAKER (22)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (25)
Madness GUY SEBASTIAN (30)
The Veronicas THE VERONICAS (31)
Angus & Julia Stone ANGUS & JULIA STONE (34)
Triple J's Like A Version, Volume 10 VARIOUS ARTISTS (36)
The Very Best INXS (39)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
I Want You With Me DAN LETHBRIDGE
Clockstar THE HEARTACHE STATE
Shanie Love FAMILY FOLD
Dance Again SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR
I'll Never Fall In Love Again JACK HOWARD & THE AMBASSADORS OF LOVE

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