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Howzat! Archive - August 20th 2014

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What is your favourite Melbourne song? Is it Paul Kelly's Leaps and Bounds, where you're high on the hill, looking over the bridge to the MCG? Or will you never forget how we drove along the Yarra in Things of Stone and Wood's Happy Birthday Helen? Or perhaps you prefer Skyhooks' Carlton (Lygon Street Limbo) - how low can you go-go? Ella Hooper loves two songs by '90s band The Warner Brothers: Stuck In Melbourne and Brunswick St Girl. "They were one of my favourite bands growing up," Ella explains, "and these songs were the soundtrack of young me fantasising about growing up and moving to the city. I wanted to be that Brunswick Street girl." She laughs. "Pity I'm no good at making coffee." So can you write a great Melbourne song? Ella is the ambassador for the Melbourne Music Bank, a competition looking for a new song inspired by Melbourne. The winner might be featured in a Bank of Melbourne advertising campaign. Entries close 7 September. So has Ella ever tried writing a Melbourne song? "I haven't consciously tried," she says. "But I do get very emotional and feel really inspired as I descend and land in Melbourne after having been overseas. I often scribble down my thoughts and many of them have made it into songs." What three things does Ella love most about Melbourne? "Just three?! Hmmm, the music. The attitude. The seasons." Ella is excited and nervous when she chats to Howzat! She's preparing to release her debut solo album. "It's all good to go and I'm so ready to share it with everyone," she says. "I feel nervous, of course, as it's my first time, but I'm proud of the album, imperfect as it is, and feel good about putting it out there. Hopefully people like it, but even if they don't, I'll be happy just to have achieved it - my first solo and independent release." In Tongues will be released in October.

After touring as a member of Emma Heeney's band, Sophie Koh is now focusing on her fourth solo album. And she's slightly concerned. "The number four is bad luck in Chinese," she says. "It means death."

He cancelled his tour, but it's time Rick Springfield was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Happy birthday to Rick - he's 65 on 23 August.

The Stephen Cummings' doco, Don't Throw Stones, is a wonderful trip, providing an insight into the wonderfully wacky world of Howzat!'s favourite songwriter. Here's hoping it finds an audience beyond the Film Festival. Meanwhile, Stephen's 20th solo album, Nothing To Be Frightened Of, is out on 5 September.

"I don't know why I always stay here, it's you that I love" - Colin Hay, Melbourne Song.

Sydney DJ Timmy Trumpet has a Top 10 debut.

Freaks TIMMY TRUMPET (number 10, debut)
Gladiator DAMI IM (11, debut)
Come Home With Me GUY SEBASTIAN (13, debut)
Amnesia 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (16)
Que Sera JUSTICE CREW (19)
Geronimo SHEPPARD (24)
Black Widow IGGY AZALEA (28)
Fancy IGGY AZALEA (30)
Happy Little Pill TROYE SIVAN (34)
Chandelier SIA (36)
Tightrope ILLY (37)
Won't Let You Down HILLTOP HOODS (39)

Hilltop Hoods score their fourth number one album.

Walking Under Stars HILLTOP HOODS (number one, debut)
Angus & Julia Stone ANGUS & JULIA STONE (two)
My Side Of The Street ADAM BRAND (five, debut)
Vessel EP THE KITE STRING TANGLE (eight, debut)
5 Seconds Of Summer 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (nine)
Burnt Letters TAYLOR HENDERSON (15)
Bombs Away SHEPPARD (16)
Honest People JOHN WILLIAMSON (20)
1000 Forms Of Fear SIA (22)
Mainline ONE DAY (23)
Utopia 360 (24)
The New Classic IGGY AZALEA (27)
The Very Best INXS (28)
Atlas RUFUS (30)
Land Of Pleasure STICKY FINGERS (31)
No Other Name HILLSONG (35)
Best Years 1974-2014 RICHARD CLAPTON (36, debut)
Anja Nissen ANJA NISSEN (37)
Built On Glass CHET FAKER (38)

Nothing To Be Frightened Of STEPHEN CUMMINGS
Virtual Friend EMMA HEENEY

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