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Howzat! Archive - October 23rd 2013

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SPOOKY SOUNDS
What kind of music do ghosts listen to? Sheet music. That terrible joke is a way of revealing that two of Howzat!'s favourite bands are celebrating Halloween. Vaudeville Smash have done a special fright night EP, V-Grade Horror, while Fiona Lee Maynard & Her Holy Men are launching Addison Heath's video for their song Beware The Bad Bad Man with a gig at the Flying Saucer Club on Halloween night, Thursday, 31 October, with prizes for the scariest costumes. V-Grade Horror (available through iTunes and Bandcamp) features four tracks: Ghouls (from the acclaimed debut album, Dancing For The Girl), Night Vision, Become The Night and Zombies Ate My Neighbours. Asked if they did anything to set the studio mood, singer Marc Lucchesi says they had "a seance invoking the spirit of Mikey Jackson, to infuse our body so we could channel the Thriller." Vaudeville Smash asked Katie Noonan to play the female role in Become The Night, but when she was unavailable, they got Tiaryn Griggs. "She sounds beautiful," Marc says. "It's a love song, sort of a Halloween version of Endless Love." What frightens you most? Marc: "Babies that look like old people, and old people that look like babies." Fiona: "Essendon winning another premiership before Richmond." Marc's favourite scary song is Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, which became The Exorcist theme. Favourite scary movie? Marc: "The Fly (1986 version)." Fiona: "The Mothman Prophecies." The scariest thing that's happened to you in the music business? Marc: "Seeing my first picture of Steely Dan." Fiona: "Realising that music has very little to do with the music business, and that I'd continue to immerse myself in music, regardless." Vaudeville Smash are trick-or-treating with their "spooktacular" show at the Northcote Social Club on Friday, 1 November.


BOOM TIME
The great Boom Crash Opera has signed to Liberation Music. Their new best-of, The Best Things, features two sparkling new songs, I Am and You Can't Stop The Sun. BCO play at the Flying Saucer Club on Friday.


TOP TWEET
Peter Taggart: "Not a single woman nominated for the Best Album ARIA. PM Abbott defends move, says five women nominated in the Best Female Artist category."


HIP HIP
Fifty-four years ago today, Johnny O'Keefe flew to the US for his first American tour. "Australia has a great lot of talent," J O'K said. "We have artists as good as the best Americans. All we need to do is show them."


HOT LINE
"Sweet Vodka Cruisers and posers and losers, it's hard to make sense of the boys that she chooses" - Myles Mayo, The Broken Heart Junkyard.


CHART WATCH
Taylor Henderson's Augie March cover has a Top 40 debut.

You NATHANIEL (number four)
Pop A Bottle (Fill Me Up) JESSICA MAUBOY (eight)
Everybody JUSTICE CREW (15, debut)
Riptide VANCE JOY (21)
Warrior HAVANA BROWN (24)
Bring It Back WILL SPARKS & JOEL FLETCHER (33)
One Crowded Hour TAYLOR HENDERSON (38, debut)

Havana Brown scores a Top 10 album.

Beautiful JESSICA MAUBOY (number four)
Flashing Lights HAVANA BROWN (six, debut)
Fuse KEITH URBAN (12)
Crucible: The Songs of Hunters & Collectors VARIOUS (16)
Stonefield STONEFIELD (21, debut)
We Are Young & Free HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE (23)
Farewell Fitzroy BUSBY MAROU (27)
Harlequin Dream BOY & BEAR (34)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Become The Night VAUDEVILLE SMASH
Beware The Bad Bad Man FIONA LEE MAYNARD & HER HOLY MEN
New Friends FAMILY FOLD
Say It Isn't So RON S. PENO & THE SUPERSTITIONS
Miss Catastrophe JUAN ALBAN

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