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Howzat! Archive - November 18th 2015

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"Some things are best left dead," Davern White declared in Stormy World, the opening cut on The Bo-Weevils' final album, Burn. But here we are, 20 years after that album and 15 years after the band's last gigs, and The Bo-Weevils are back, to play at the Northcote Social Club on Sunday afternoon (22 Nov). So what prompted the reunion? "We signed all of our material over to Rubber Records late last year," explains bass player Neil Rogers. Their albums have been remastered for iTunes and Burn has been re-released with bonus tracks. So Rubber head honcho David Vodicka said, "Why don't you play a show?" It's been a long, strange trip for The Bo-Weevils. They toured New Zealand, Neil and Davern did a promo trip to Europe, Neil was hit by a beer bottle on stage in Geelong, and they recorded a live album at their favourite venue, The Punters Club, only to discover the tapes were blank after an "incendiary set".?The story started with a gig at St Kilda's Grosvenor Hotel 30 years ago. "We played six songs supporting The Pizza Sluts [featuring Mia Stone and Ian McFarlane]," recalls Neil, who was so nervous, he threw up pre-gig. The band got an encore, but only knew six songs, so they simply played them again. Neil fondly recites the advice of then singer, Ian Hill: "Make sure we all start and finish the songs at the same time - whatever happens in the middle, no one will care." Ian left the band the following year, replaced by Davern, and The Bo-Weevils released their debut album in 1989, Where Particular People Congregate. The first track, a 10-minute wig-out called Past Lives, featured the line, "You say we're at the end." Sunday's show is the band's first since two gigs in 2000. "We thought they might be the last gigs," Neil smiles, "but we left it open. We never officially broke up, we just stopped playing."?

Four other great gigs this week: The Woodland Hunters (featuring Sand Pebbles singer Andrew Tanner) launch their debut EP, So Far To Travel, So Far To Go, at the Yarra Hotel on Saturday; Mike Brady plays songs from his brilliant Bloodlines album at the Celtic Club on Friday; Sal Kimber launches her beautiful single, Hell and Highwater, at The Toff in Town on Saturday, and Amphlett Lane hosts its first gig, with a 12-member choir, The Amphlett Lane Stirrers (including Mark Lang, Clare Moore and Jess Ribeiro), performing five Divinyls songs by candlelight on Friday.

"The thing about the future is it hasn't happened yet" - The Woodland Hunters, The Future.

Marcus Marr and Chet Faker hit the Top 10, jumping from 14 to 10.

The Trouble With Us MARCUS MARR & CHET FAKER (number 10)
I'd Go With You Anywhere BIRDS OF TOKYO (19)
Alive SIA (21)
Fire And The Flood VANCE JOY (25)
Who You Lovin CONRAD SEWELL (35)
Bird Set Free SIA (36, debut)
Hoops THE RUBENS (40)

Birds Of Tokyo land at number four.

Playlist BIRDS OF TOKYO (number four, debut)
A Thousand Lifetimes JOE MOORE (five, debut)
Eternal Return SARAH BLASKO (six, debut)
Triple J Like A Version Vol. 11 VARIOUS (eight)
Eleven TINA ARENA (11)
Open Heaven/River Wild HILLSONG WORSHIP (14)
Our Christmas Wish THE TEN TENORS (17, debut)
Porridge & Hotsauce YOU AM I (20, debut)
Sounds Good Feels Good 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (21)
The Perfect Crime COLD CHISEL (24)
In A Restless House CITY CALM DOWN (25, debut)
Currents TAME IMPALA (28)
Rock Or Bust AC/DC (38)
Limit Of Love BOY & BEAR (39)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (40)

Ain't Comin' Back THE BO-WEEVILS
If You Want To Wear That Crown THE WOODLAND HUNTERS
Funny Little World ALYCE PLATT

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