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Howzat! Archive - October 19th 2016

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READ ABOUT IT
The greatest music news this year - that Midnight Oil will be re-forming in 2017. Michael Lawrence's meticulous new book, Midnight Oil, The Power And The Passion ($49.95, Melbourne Books), whets the appetite. There are no forgotten years in Michael's painstaking account. This is the new bible for Oils fans. It's a year-by-year, gig-by-gig document of the band's remarkable career, reproducing posters, tickets, newspaper articles and stunning photos. Michael - who wrote the definitive Cold Chisel books - first saw the Oils on 19 June 1980, at the Nightmoves concert at the Melbourne Showgrounds with Models, Flowers and The Angels. "The attack is relentless," Michael writes. "The Angels will regret having to follow them." The band built a fervent following in Melbourne. "The first time we went there we played to seven people in a place called Martini's and we became good friends with all of them," Jim Moginie recalls. "A lot of them worked for 3RRR." Michael also highlights the band's international assault. "Very few Australians are aware of the extent to which Midnight Oil toured the world and the level of success … while maintaining such a strong Australian music identity." If you said Midnight Oil was the greatest Australian band ever, Howzat! would not argue. They raged for nuclear disarmament and introduced many Aussies to Indigenous issues. The Oils made music for the head and the heart, making us think and dance. Michael Lawrence's book is the best of both worlds as well.


REINVENTING THE WHEEL
"We were on a mission," Jim Moginie says of the Oils' early days. Jim is the Don Walker of Midnight Oil, the quiet, unassuming bloke lurking in the background, the driving force behind the band's killer catalogue. Jim has never stopped making music since the Oils went on their extended break, playing with The Break, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Satu Vänskä, as well as releasing two solo albums and producing one of The Fauves' finest albums, When Good Times Go Good. Jim returns to Melbourne on 29 Oct to play at Memo Music Hall with The Colour Wheel - Jim Moginie's Electric Guitar Orchestra. Joined on stage by two painters, the band explores the connection between music and colour, aiming to allow the audience to experience synaesthesia. "The show is many things," Jim says, "meditative, jarring, healing, dynamic … everything rolled into one."


HOT LINE
"This is no time to be wondering why" - Midnight Oil, Hercules.


CHART WATCH
Just five Aussie singles in the national Top 40.

The Greatest SIA (number five)
Papercuts ILLY FEATURING VERA BLUE (15)
I Love You Always Forever BETTY WHO (16)
Say It FLUME (38)
In My Blood THE VERONICAS (40)


Triple J has another chart-topping album.

Triple J's Like A Version 12 VARIOUS (number one, debut)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (seven)
Westway (The Glitter & The Slums) STICKY FINGERS (10)
Death's Dateless Night PAUL KELLY & CHARLIE OWEN (16, debut)
Utopia Defeated D.D DUMBO (22, debut)
Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical AUSTRALIAN CAST FEATURING DAVID CAMPBELL (26)
Skeleton Tree NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS (28)
His Favourite Collection JOHN WILLIAMSON (36)
The Best Of THE WIGGLES (38)
Here We Go THE SUNNY COWGIRLS (39)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
In The Name Of Protection DAN FLYNN
I Feel Fine THE BAREBONES
The Enemy Within BEN LEE
Best Of You BIG SMOKE
Hercules MIDNIGHT OIL

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