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Howzat! Archive - September 24th 2013

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Andrew Duffield has had an interesting relationship with Models. He joined the band in 1979; he quit the band in 1979. "Well, I guess the first time we all dissolved the band," Andrew points out. "It was after an afternoon gig on the back of a truck in Lygon Street, so that was a bit different." An offer to record for Vanda and Young saw Models reunite. Andrew then quit, for a second time, in 1982. "I was exhausted with the changing line-up," he explains. "OK, Johnny's out, Buster's in; Buster's out, Graham and John are in; Mark's out, James is in; Graham and John are out, Barton's in. Something like that." Andrew returned at the end of 1982, created the band's breakthrough hit, I Hear Motion, and was then sacked in 1984. "You know, we weren't like the Farriss brothers, sticking it out with brotherly unity, or a bunch of schoolmates like The Birthday Party. There wasn't that kind of natural cohesion, I guess. And just when I thought the band was sounding one particular way, we'd change. It really did do my head in! Anyway, I was at this election party, begrudging the fact that some of our contemporaries have it a little more together than we do - Nick Cave, Paul Kelly, Hunters & Collectors, take your pick." Another partygoer joined the conversation: "But," he said, "you guys were more shambolic I mean that in a good way - shambolic like The Clash!" Andrew laughs. "Clearly, the red wine had kicked in. I felt good about that comparison for about 20 seconds, then got maudlin about the election again." The good news is Models are together again - Andrew, Sean Kelly, Mark Ferrie and Barton Price. They're playing at Ding Dong on Friday and Saturday. "This line-up has a lot going for it," Andrew says. "Barton and Mark together are fantastic." And there are new Models recordings. "If we can get some tracks together to sell at this week's gigs, we will. They might be a bit rough, a bit shambolic even, but in a good way, I hope."


KATE EXPECTATIONS
Interesting tweet from Kate Miller-Heidke last week: "My husband is writing a pop song about how the man must wait for the woman to orgasm before the man ejaculates."


SALUTING SLIM & TIM
Australia's country king Slim Dusty died a decade ago this Thursday, aged 76. Cancer claimed Slim's life when he was working on his 106th album, Columbia Lane. And happy birthday to our greatest living rock star - Tim Rogers is 44 on Friday.


HOT LINE
"You can take the agony, the ecstasy is all mine" - The Dames, All Mine.


CHART WATCH
Just two Aussie hits in the national Top 40.

Riptide VANCE JOY (number 17)
Bring It Back WILL SPARKS FEATURING JOEL FLETCHER (38)

Tonight Alive and Violent Soho have Top 10 debuts.

The Other Side TONIGHT ALIVE (number five, debut)
Hungry Ghost VIOLENT SOHO (six, debut)
Harlequin Dream BOY & BEAR (seven)
Atlas RUFUS (18)
The Great Country Songbook TROY CASSAR-DALEY & ADAM HARVEY (20)
The Very Best Of Slim Dusty SLIM DUSTY (21)
Circus In The Sky BLISS N ESO (23)
More Than A Dream HARRISON CRAIG (28)
Sharkmouth RUSSELL MORRIS (29)
March Fires BIRDS OF TOKYO (32)
Learn To Exist THE JUNGLE GIANTS (34)
Flume FLUME (36)
States THE PAPER KITES (39)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Nowhere At All MARK MOLDRE
Gordon Lightfoot ASHLEY NAYLOR
All Mine THE DAMES
Howl LESTER THE FIERCE
Geronimo CLIFFORD HOAD'S KINGS OF THE SUN

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