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Howzat! Archive - October 21st 2015

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THE FIRE INSIDE EUGENE HAMILTON
In February 1980, Bon Scott and AC/DC performed Touch Too Much on Top Of The Pops in the UK. It was Bon's final performance - he died two weeks later. Now, 35 years on, Touch Too Much, from AC/DC's Highway To Hell, has been resurrected by Melbourne's Eugene Hamilton as the B-side to his new single, a cover of Bruce Springsteen's I'm On Fire. Eugene says it's Bon's finest work. "I apply the 'touch too much' rule to my lifestyle in general," Eugene explains. "When dressing, when drinking Cognac, when docking band members." In case you need reminding, Eugene Hamilton is Melbourne's king of crooners, an otherworldly pop star. It's a decade since his last album, The Many Moods Of … There have been rumours of drug problems, sex scandals and strange fetishes. "Yes," Eugene confirms, "I became heavily addicted to Monte Carlo biscuits. They played havoc with my mind. I lost several years across several continents - whoring, fighting, gambling, idolatry … you know, the usual stuff." Eugene says he was saved by his old friend Elvis, who convinced him to cover I'm On Fire, which sounds like The King live in Hawaii in 1973, complete with Vika and Linda Bull on backing vocals. When Eugene released his last album, he declared, "I want to be everything to everyone. Eugene's mission is to end musical segregation, to cross-pollinate." Mission accomplished with Eugene's forthcoming album. As well as the smoky jazz version of Touch Too Much, the album will feature a Memphis soul cover of Born To Be Alive, a Hungarian gypsy version of Can't Get You Out Of My Head, a swinging take on Beyoncé's Single Ladies, and a Motown reinvention of Divinyls' I Touch Myself, which is more celebratory than masturbatory. Is there any genre Eugene doesn't like? Any genre he can't bend? "No and no," he says simply, highlighting the flexibility of his band, The Money, who "speak many musical languages: Latin, Country, Swing, Klezmer, Disco … you name it, they speak it." And Eugene - the alter ego of Dave Bowers (from Mr Universe, The Nubiles and the Stone Cold Boners) - is a hell of a singer. Eugene Hamilton & The Money launch the single at Memo Music Hall on Saturday, 24 Oct. "I'm slowly crawling my way back to the top!"


RADIO CRIMES #768
It will be remembered as one of the great songs of 2015, so why isn't Australian radio playing Tina Arena's I Want To Love You?


P.S. We remember the great Rowland S. Howard, who would have turned 56 on 24 Oct.


HOT LINE
"I was wrong to believe that alone equals free" - Dan Lethbridge, You'll Start Believing.


CHART WATCH
The X Factor lands its first Top 10 hit for 2015.

Wicked Game CYRUS VILLANUEVA (number six, debut)
Alive SIA (17)
This Ain't Love JESSICA MAUBOY (19)
Fire And The Flood VANCE JOY (22)
Wild TROYE SIVAN (26)
Hoops THE RUBENS (28)
I'd Go With You Anywhere BIRDS OF TOKYO (31)
Do You Remember JARRYD JAMES (39)

Boy & Bear score their second number one album.

Limit Of Love BOY & BEAR (number one, debut)
Triple J Like A Version Vol. 11 VARIOUS (two)
The Perfect Crime COLD CHISEL (four)
Ire PARKWAY DRIVE (seven)
Change Colours REECE MASTIN (12, debut)
The Best Of COLD CHISEL (15)
Hoops THE RUBENS (21)
Wild TROYE SIVAN (25)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (29)
Currents TAME IMPALA (34)
Thirty One JARRYD JAMES (36)
The Very Best INXS (39)
For The Company LITTLE MAY (40, debut)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Touch Too Much EUGENE HAMILTON
Pot of Gold FAMILY FOLD
You'll Start Believing DAN LETHBRIDGE
The State of Things DAN FLYNN
I Want To Love You TINA ARENA

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