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Howzat! Archive - November 19th 2014

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MILLER TIME
Billy Miller is an Australian music legend. Starred in Jesus Christ Superstar, fronted The Ferrets and The Spaniards, and played with Stephen Cummings, Dave Graney, Rebecca Barnard and many others. Billy is still a prominent part of Melbourne's music scene, and his son, Eddie, has a cool new band. The Big Order's debut single, The Cheffington Post, whips up a mighty swamp rock groove. Billy helped arrange and mix the song, "giving it the swank and glitter it required". Models would have been proud of this track, and the band has also dug comparisons to Queens of the Stone Age, The Kinks and Pixies, while citing Nick Cave, Beasts of Bourbon and Silverchair as local influences. The Big Order have come a long way in a short time -their first gig was at Tago Mago on 10 Oct. "It was a vision splendour," Eddie says, "and then a bender." Eddie met fellow singer and guitarist Callum Ramage when Cal was living at the George Public Bar. Eddie and Billy were doing The Beatles in the George Basement; Cal got up and brilliantly sang This Boy, and a new band was born, with Eddie and Cal hooking up with bass player Jack Supriyono and drummer Joe Cunliffe. Naming a new band is always a tricky proposition. The guys came up with 10 ideas, put them in a hat and pulled out "The Big Order", which was better than some of the other options, including The Michael Douglas Express and The Environ Mentals. As for the single title, Eddie explains: "We call our party times our 'Cheffing times'. The Cheffington Post is our transcript for telegraphing our madness." Has Eddie had a favourite description of the single? "Sarcasmic." The Big Order are launching it at the Lyrebird Lounge in Ripponlea on 21 Nov. The band is also busy making an album at Dave Graney's house in the hills, for which Billy Miller is a spiritual advisor. "Dad will always be a great influence on all of us," Eddie says. "The Yoda of our sacred Jedi Order."


BACK TO EARTH
Melbourne's finest purveyors of Britpop, The Earthmen, are planning to record some new songs for an anthology, to be released by Popboomerang Records next year. Some reunion gigs are also on the radar.


OILS STILL BURN
So will we get to see more Midnight Oil? On RRR, Rob Hirst didn't rule out a reunion, revealing that the Oils exhibition will be at the Arts Centre in Melbourne in November next year. And Jim Moginie recently told Sydney's WSFM: "Why wouldn't you play the songs that are so much a part of who you are, to people who want to hear them?"


STAY YOUNG
We remember the great Michael Hutchence, who died 17 years ago on 22 Nov, aged 37.


HOT LINE
"Everyone's in love with someone else today," Andy White, Everyone's In Love.


CHART WATCH
Hilltop Hoods score their first Top 5 single, with Cosby Sweater jumping from nine to five.

Cosby Sweater HILLTOP HOODS (number five)
Stand By You MARLISA (six)
Freaks TIMMY TRUMPET (eight)
You Ruin Me THE VERONICAS (14)
Can I Get A Moment? JESSICA MAUBOY (17)
Take Me Over PEKING DUK (22)
Beg For It IGGY AZALEA (29, debut)
Live Louder NATHANIEL (31)
Mama Ain't Proud GUY SEBASTIAN (32)
Rise & Fall JUSTICE CREW (37)
Geronimo SHEPPARD (39)

X Factor winner Marlisa debuts at six.

Jukebox HUMAN NATURE (number five)
Marlisa MARLISA (six, debut)
Walking Under Stars HILLTOP HOODS (eight)
Great Women Of Country MELINDA SCHNEIDER & BECCY COLE (nine, debut)
Triple J's Like A Version, Volume 10 VARIOUS ARTISTS (12)
Down To Earth FLIGHT FACILITIES (16)
Abandon Ship KNIFE PARTY (20, debut)
The Very Best INXS (28)
Things I've Done KARISE EDEN (33)
30:30 Hindsight JIMMY BARNES (36)
Oz MISSY HIGGINS (39)
5 Seconds Of Summer 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
The Cheffington Post THE BIG ORDER
Driftin' ANDY WHITE
Dawn EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS
Let It Be Now THE ALTERNATIVE
To Be The Woman FIONA & HER HOLY MEN

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