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Howzat! Archive - March 29th 2017

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ARMS WIDE OPEN
It's one of the most recorded Australian songs of all time. Indeed, the band responsible for the song recorded it four times. And now Mark Seymour has released a new version of the classic Throw Your Arms Around Me, showcasing a new verse he's been singing live. The verse adds a refugee element to the relationship storyline. "Whatever world you come from, whatever tongue you speak, you can ride on my bus anytime," Mark sings. "I'll stand by you in defeat. For all we know and all we fear, the naked truth will never die. And we may speak a thousand languages, but you will make me call your name and I'll shout it to the blue summer sky." The new version can be found on Mark Seymour & The Undertow's Roll Back The Stone 1985-2016, a compelling career retrospective recorded live at Bakehouse Studios over three nights in June last year. Inspired by Van Morrison - who remains one of Mark's favourite artists - Throw Your Arms Around Me, first recorded in 1984, was a turning point in his songwriting. "Until then, songwriting was not central to Hunters & Collectors," Mark explains. "We were post-punk British art-funk noise, and the lyrical imagery just created a mood. That was the extent of it." When Mark's then girlfriend played him Van Morrison's Moondance, he was struck by "something deeply romantic, with the underlying theme of melancholy and desire". Roll Back The Stone features 14 solo songs and 10 Hunnas tracks, with Mark beautifully backed by Cameron McKenzie on guitar, John Favaro on bass and Peter Maslen on drums. They're launching the album at the Athenaeum on 22 July.


EVERY DAY IS A WINDING ROAD
Crowded House covered Throw Your Arms Around Me, and we remember drummer Paul Hester, who died 12 years ago this week, aged 46.


READY FOR TAKE-OFF AGAIN?
What next for Jet? They announced their split five years ago this week, but recently re-formed for some shows with Bruce Springsteen. How 'bout a new record?


BOB'S YOUR NEW GUITARIST
Bob Spencer, one of the great guitarists in Oz rock, did his first gig with Skyhooks 40 years ago this week, after replacing Red Symons. Shirl introduced him to the Phillip Island crowd: "He doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, he's into the ecology and he's a shit-hot little cunt."


HOT LINE
"We both know which way this wind's gonna blow" - Raised By Eagles, Shape & Line.


CHART WATCH
Sheppard move from 43 to 38, to score their third Top 40 hit.

Chameleon PNAU (number 21)
Adore AMY SHARK (25)
Call On Me STARLEY (27)
Keep Me Crazy SHEPPARD (38)

No Aussie albums in the national Top 10.

Ironbark THE WAIFS (number 11)
Let There Be Light HILLSONG WORSHIP (15)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (19)
Notion TASH SULTANA (24)
The Wiggles Nursery Rhymes THE WIGGLES (26)
Remembrance VARIOUS ARTISTS (27)
The Secret Daughter JESSICA MAUBOY (28)
The Best Of COLD CHISEL (30)
The Best Of THE WIGGLES (34)
The Very Very Best Of CROWDED HOUSE (36)
After Hours, Close To Dawn KINGSWOOD (37)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Shape & Line RAISED BY EAGLES
Rockstar City ALEX THE ASTRONAUT
I Only Hide HELEN SHANAHAN
Come Party POLISH CLUB
Throw Your Arms Around Me MARK SEYMOUR & THE UNDERTOW

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