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Howzat! Archive - March 23rd 2016

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POOL WORLD
Howzat! was recently reading Pat Benatar's autobiography. "When you ask someone to listen to an album, you want them to feel like they are listening to someone's heart and soul," she wrote. "You do not make records for the fans, for radio, or for sales. You make the record that needs to come out of you. Then, and only then, do you give it to the public. Then it becomes a personal gift from you." I thought of those words when I heard Melody Pool's Love, She Loves Me, the stunning first single from her second album, Deep Dark Savage Heart (out 29 April). The song is beautiful but confronting; raw and brutally honest. It probably won't be a hit, but it shows that Melody Pool is a great artist, one who lets the listener in on her personal story and refuses to compromise. Melody wrote Love, She Loves Me in her bedroom at home in Kurri Kurri in NSW. "I walked out and played it for my mum and dad, and I said, 'No one is ever going to hear this song, apart from you guys.' Their reaction was like, 'Oh, that's full-on.'" The song includes the line, "She fucks me like a demon, she's poetic when she's high." Melody's mum had a worried look on her face. "I'm just a bit concerned about you singing that to grandma and granddad," she said. Melody's grandma is a big fan, though she regularly tells Melody to stop swearing on Facebook. So have Melody's grandparents heard the song? "The funny thing is I did play it for them at a show in Perth, but I think they're so deaf they didn't hear the lyrics." Melody explains that the song is "like a love triangle, but it's also kind of a metaphor for love itself. It's like a letter: To Love, From Melody."


JON & PETE, R.I.P.
As we mourn the passing of Jon English, we note he would have celebrated his 67th birthday on Saturday (26 March). Meanwhile, this week is the 10th anniversary of the death of Rose Tattoo's Pete Wells, who died of prostate cancer, aged 59.


SILVER ANNIVERSARY
Silverchair released their debut album, Frogstomp, 21 years ago this week. It debuted at number one in Australia and later became the first Aussie album since INXS' X to hit the US Top 10.


HOT LINE
"And don't confuse your raw desire for something more" - Melody Pool, Love, She Loves Me.


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

1955 HILLTOP HOODS (number three)
Never Be Like You FLUME (seven)
Cheap Thrills SIA (10)
Always SAMANTHA JADE (28)
Keeping Score LDRU (38)

Matt Corby's long-awaited debut album arrives at number one.

Telluric MATT CORBY (number one, debut)
Molly Soundtrack VARIOUS (three)
Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (six)
Rising With The Sun THE CAT EMPIRE (nine)
Youth Revival HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE (11)
Six Ribbons - The Ultimate Collection JON ENGLISH (17)
This Is Acting SIA (19)
Bloom RFS (24)
Silos SARA STORER (30, debut)
The Past Beats Inside Me Like A Second Heartbeat URTHBOY (32)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Love, She Loves Me MELODY POOL
Paradise TRACY McNEIL & THE GOODLIFE
Pool Party JULIA JACKLIN
Devil's Road THE WEEPING WILLOWS
What's Wrong With Me EDUARDO MILLER

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