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Howzat! Archive - August 28th 2013

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48 YEARS OF FAUVISM
Believe it or not, there have been two great Australian bands called The Fauves. We're familiar with the local legends, who celebrate their 25th anniversary on Saturday at the Corner. But 23 years before the start of our most successful unsuccessful band, The Fauves was the name of Ross Wilson's first band, formed when he was still at Haileybury College, with Ross Hannaford on guitar. "As you probably know, Fauves was a French art movement and it translates as 'wild animals' or something similar," Ross tells Howzat! "In the end, we decided it was too obscure." So Ross Wilson's Fauves soon became known as The Pink Finks (having a hit with their 1965 cover of Louie Louie). Andrew Cox resurrected The Fauves name after the band was referred to as "Coxy's Band" for their first gig, at the Mt Eliza Football Club in 1988. Saturday's Silver Jubilee show will feature an audio-visual presentation as well as a special support act - Doctor's Orders, a Fauves' covers band that does only songs written by guitarist Philip Daniel "Doctor" Leonard, the McCartney to Coxy's Lennon.


RICHO ROCKS
Looking for a guru in these difficult times? Local artist Marc Welsh says, "Richo should be the leader of the country." Inspired by the Ramones, it's Hey Ho, Richo! as Welshie - a mad Tigers fan - has created a song called Richo Rocks, an instant footy classic.


HIP HIP
Happy birthday to Mick Harvey, who's 55 tomorrow (Thursday).


VOICING CONCERNS
Don't expect to see Dan Flynn pop up on the next series of The Voice. The new Major Chord album, Transition (launching Saturday at Bella Union), features "a cautionary tale" called The Next Big Thing. "This song is about my aversion to TV talent shows," Dan explains. "I don't have anything against the actual contestants - I like to dream, too - but I think the whole machine is fucked." Dan says TV networks and big record companies turn music into Big Macs. "They feel kinda good going down but you feel shit later, which then leaves you feeling depressed enough to want to buy another one."


STEVIE DOES IT
The Little Stevies are back. You can get a free download of the title-track of their upcoming album, Diamonds For Your Tea, at thelittlestevies.com. And they're running a cool Pozible campaign until September 6, to help release the album.


HOT LINE
"The rock came back today/ Been away for far too long - it seems a thousand years with all the shit the radio plays" - Clifford Hoad's Kings Of The Sun, Rockpile


CHART WATCH
No homegrown hits in the national Top 10.

Riptide VANCE JOY (number 12)
Resolution MATT CORBY (23)
Parachute TIMOMATIC (24)
Time Of Our Lives WHAT ABOUT TONIGHT (25)
Fire Starter SAMANTHA JADE (36)
To The End Of The Earth JESSICA MAUBOY (37)
Shooting Stars BAG RAIDERS (38)

Boy & Bear's debut album, Moonfire, reached number two. The band's second album, Harlequin Dream, goes one better, entering the charts at number one. It's the 10th Aussie album to top the charts in 2013.

Harlequin Dream BOY & BEAR (number one, debut)
Atlas RUFUS (four)
The Great Country Songbook TROY CASSAR-DALEY & ADAM HARVEY (six)
The Catalyst Fire DEAD LETTER CIRCUS (nine)
Circus In The Sky BLISS N ESO (12)
The Very Best Of Slim Dusty SLIM DUSTY (17)
More Than A Dream HARRISON CRAIG (18)
Sharkmouth RUSSELL MORRIS (20)
Asymmetry KARNIVOOL (24)
Dream Cave CLOUD CONTROL (25)
Flume FLUME (28)
Departures BERNARD FANNING (30)
King Amongst Many HORRORSHOW (31)
A Hell Of A Career! JOHN WILLIAMSON (35)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Diamonds For Your Tea THE LITTLE STEVIES
The Next Big Thing MAJOR CHORD
West Coast SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR
Switchblade Knife CLIFFORD HOAD'S KINGS OF THE SUN
Richo Rocks WELSHIE

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