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Howzat! Archive - November 26th 2018

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Five years ago this week, Steve Kilbey announced that Marty Willson-Piper was being replaced in The Church by former Powderfinger guitarist Ian Haug. “Marty is/was unavailable,” Kilbey said. “If you can’t dig it, I’m sorry. This is my fucking band after all. The Church will ride on.”

Also five years ago this week, Bruce Springsteen announced he had covered The SaintsJust Like Fire Would for his album High Hopes. He called it “a song from one of my favourite early Australian punk bands”.

Moving PicturesWhat About Me entered the US charts this week in 1982. The song would peak at number 29.

Australian Crawl scored their first number one single 35 years ago this week, when Reckless (Don’t Be So) topped the charts.

Michael Hutchence’s funeral was held in Sydney 21 years ago this week.

Delta Goodrem scored her first number one single when Born To Try topped the charts this week in 2002.

Air Supply were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame five years ago this week, while Michael Gudinski became the first ARIA Industry Icon.

Yothu Yindi were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame this week in 2012.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard inducted Kylie Minogue into the ARIA Hall of Fame this week in 2011.

Happy Birthday to Beeb Birtles (LRB, ZOOT), who is 70 on November 28. Don Walker is 67, and Brian Cadd is 72, on November 29. And Frank Ifield turns 81 on November 30. After growing up in Australia, Ifield had four number one singles in the UK, including I Remember You. He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007.

And we remember Wa Wa Nee singer Paul Gray, who would have been 55 on November 28. He died of cancer earlier this year.


Still just three homegrown hits in the ARIA Top 40.

Be Alright DEAN LEWIS (number nine)
Youngblood 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (18)
Waiting KIAN (30)

No Aussie albums in the Top 20.
Love Monster AMY SHARK (number 25)
Armistice Day: Live At The Domain, Sydney MIDNIGHT OIL (27)
The Christmas Album HUMAN NATURE (28)
Baby It’s Christmas DAVID CAMPBELL (33)
Friends For Christmas JOHN FARNHAM & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN (37)
Laps Around The Sun ZIGGY ALBERTS (39)


When I Love Her She Sings STEVE KILBEY
Life In A Northern Town ZOOT

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