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Howzat! Archive - August 19th 2015

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A SMASH HIT
After four albums with Sydney band Lazy Susan, Paul Andrews was looking for a fresh start. He decided to make a solo album, but he gave it a band name - Family Fold. And when it came to naming the album, he remembered a smash repairs shop in Marrickville called Lustre Glo. Appropriately, it's a family business, promising "stress-free smash repair". When Paul ran the idea by a friend, she said, "Smash repairers are all about new beginnings, rebirths. They bang out your dings and you're as good as gold again. It's a new start, and that's what you're doing with this album." Lustre Glo features vocal contributions from Sarah Humphreys and Maia Jelavic. Paul had written songs with Sarah for her 2012 album, Hello, but he didn't know Maia. "I just went hunting for people via recommendations from other musicians," he explains. "One singer wasn't available but she said, 'Why don't you try Maia?' I was really lucky. She really does have an amazing voice." Paul sings, "The choices we make, well, they say such a lot " Does he miss Lazy Susan? He says he misses guitarist, singer and "brother-in-music" Pete Wilson, but "I don't really miss Lazy Susan so much. It'd run its course, and everyone in my live band pretty much played in Lazy Susan at one time or another, apart from our guitarist." Lustre Glo, the smash repairs shop, has been proudly providing "the same service since 1966". Paul has been delivering pop gems since Lazy Susan's classic debut, 2001's Long Lost. Lustre Glo is no rebuild; it's just a few small repairs.


TIM TIME
We're loving Tim Wheatley's debut solo single, Valerie, from his album, Cast of Yesterday, which he's launching at the Grace Darling on 30 Aug. Rootsy goodness.


MONDOMANIA
Any band loves being endorsed by a superstar. In 1982, Mondo Rock went on Countdown to perform No Time, the greatest song ever about erectile dysfunction. Afterwards, that week's guest host raved: "There's no doubt about it, Mondo Rock are fantastic. Ross Wilson, in my opinion, has always been the greatest rock 'n' roll singer that Australia has ever had." Alas, those comments were made by now disgraced sex offender Gary Glitter. All that Glitters is not gold. But Mondo Rock are still fantastic, and they're playing at the Palais on Saturday with Mi-Sex.


HOT LINE
"I can't recall life before her, it's all covered up with dust. She's in my mind untouched by time, it's never gonna rust" - Family Fold, Batman And Robin In Reverse.


CHART WATCH
Delta Goodrem scores her ninth number one single, with Wings flying from 26 to one. It's one of just four homegrown hits in the national Top 40.

Wings DELTA GOODREM (number one)
Fire And The Flood VANCE JOY (17)
Never Be MEG MAC (39, debut)
Start Again CONRAD SEWELL (40)

They shoot, they score - The Rubens' second album debuts at two.

Hoops THE RUBENS (number two, debut)
The Gospel Album GURRUMUL (nine)
My Hero GRETA BRADMAN (11, debut)
Currents TAME IMPALA (14)
Hell Breaks Loose SHANE NICHOLSON (16, debut)
Vultures Above, Lions Below BURIED IN VERONA (17, debut)
1000 Forms Of Fear SIA (18)
Two Strong Hearts Live JOHN FARNHAM & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN (20)
But For All These Shrinking Hearts JOSH PYKE (21)
Speakerzoid THE JUNGLE GIANTS (25, debut)
Node NORTHLANE (26)
It's Never Too Late TOMMY EMMANUEL (31, debut)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (38)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Pot of Gold FAMILY FOLD
Valerie TIM WHEATLEY
Let Me Imagine You ROBERT FORSTER
You Got Fever BEK-JEAN STEWART
I Had You In Mind MONDO ROCK

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