The ONE Campaign!

blank blank blank
blank
Aussie artists
Welcome to Living in the Land of Oz

Howzat! Archive - November 27th 2013

Click here to go back to the Howzat! archive

HOWZAT!

THE BIG FELLA
"Nothing survives," Jackson Browne sang, "but the way we live our lives." You might not have known Damian Chinn. He was not in a band and he never released an album. But Damo was a star of the Melbourne music scene. He worked at Gaslight, was a DJ at The Labour In Vain and The Hi-Fi, and, most of all, Damo was a music fan. I didn't know Damo well; he was a close friend of friends. But to know him was to love him. Often, I felt like a musical fraud when chatting to Damo, not because he was an arrogant fan - far from it - but simply because his music knowledge and love was so deep. Without people like Damo, there is no music scene. Mates called him many things, including "Rooster", "Chinny" and "Chinwah". I called him "Big Fella", which wasn't particularly original or clever, but it summed up Damo's height and his heart. Damo was a gentle giant, a sweet guy with an enormous heart. You'd always find him in the kitchen at parties - he was an extraordinary cook. When his great mate and regular DJ partner Vincent "Chenz" Ryan got Damo to cook for his engagement party, he reminded him that his brother-in-law was allergic to nuts. "I'll keep mine out of the food then," Damo replied. Chenz recalls another night when Damo was DJing at The Hi-Fi and Courtney Taylor-Taylor from The Dandy Warhols complained about the "levels". Damo, politely but forcefully, invited Taylor-Taylor to come back and fix them or piss off. "Damo was the best guy to have in your corner," Chenz says. Everybody dies, but not everybody lives. Damo's funeral was in his hometown of Bendigo. Everywhere you looked was a member of the Melbourne music community. The celebrant did a brilliant job, manfully struggling to pronounce names of bands he'd never heard of, as the congregation wept. Damo's life is now being celebrated with a gig at Yah Yah's on Sunday: "Never Mind The Bollocks, In Memoriam of Damian Chinn", with funds raised going to Mind Australia, which provides mental health services to the community. The Damo Allstars are playing live, featuring Joel Silbersher, Tim Rogers, Chris Russell, Spencer P. Jones, Henry Wagons, Mikey Madden, Chuck Jenkins, Ashley Naylor, Jemma Rowland and musical director Davey Lane. The lineup shows how loved Damo was, and it's a gig he would have loved. He would have been there until stumps - and beyond. Damian Chinn lived a big life. A rock 'n' roll life. A life that will never be forgotten.


HOT LINE
"We cry and I try to remember the last thing you said to me We smile and drink to your memory, and envy the rest you'll get And I can tell that there isn't one of us who wouldn't lay down in the ground beside you if they could" - Juan Alban, A Death In The Family.


CHART WATCH
Samantha Jade has a Top 20 debut.

Borrow My Heart TAYLOR HENDERSON (number five)
Like A Drum GUY SEBASTIAN (seven)
Everybody JUSTICE CREW (10)
Warrior HAVANA BROWN (12)
You NATHANIEL (15)
Soldier SAMANTHA JADE (17, debut)
Alive DAMI IM (22)
Riptide VANCE JOY (38)
Swing JOEL FLETCHER FEATURING SAVAGE (39)


Dami Im debuts at number one.

Dami Im DAMI IM (number one, debut)
The Christmas Album HUMAN NATURE (nine)
Reset TINA ARENA (10)
Cinematic ILLY (14)
The Very Best INXS (15)
Goin' Your Way NEIL FINN & PAUL KELLY (16)
Triple J Like A Version 9 VARIOUS (19)
Beautiful JESSICA MAUBOY (26)
Flume FLUME (27)
Spiderbait SPIDERBAIT (30, debut)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
A Death In The Family JUAN ALBAN
Be With You DARREN MIDDLETON
Broken Arrows MACHINE TRANSLATIONS
Say It Isn't So RON S. PENO & THE SUPERSTITIONS
State Of Unrest THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS

Click here to go back to the Howzat! archive

Got something for us? Email it to rock_gods2000@yahoo.com.au  |  Site design by Catnip Design

blank
blank blank blank