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Howzat! Archive - November 2nd 2016

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LOVE WALKED BACK IN
The '90s are back. Brisbane's Screamfeeder are in town this week, and The Earthmen are playing at Bella Union on 12 Nov, to launch their new anthology, College Heart, on Popboomerang Records. The Earthmen were prominent players in the Melbourne scene, often referred to as "Fitzroyalty". "I loved the gang/tribal nature," singer Scott Stevens says. "It had a real sense of people and bands identifying themselves, whether by T-shirt or music." "Things are different now," adds guitarist Nick Batterham. "I'm glad our pre-internet shenanigans are not on the public record. It's nice this compilation has brought the band online, so now it's like we really existed." The Earthmen had a knack for crafting timeless pop, which led to deals with Jason Reynolds' Summershine Records and Atlantic Records in the US. "Each new thing felt slightly more exciting or ridiculous than the last," Nick recalls. Sadly, the band released just one full-length album, 1997's Love Walked In, before exiting in 1999. What would they do differently if they had their time again? "Possibly base ourselves overseas for a period," Scott says. "And be more organised - because surely that couldn't have hurt." The band's publisher, Roger Grierson, remembers the band's demise: "Nick had written a song he wanted to sing, but Scott said he was the singer, and he should sing it." A fair summary? "Not quite," Scott says. There were many factors, Nick adds. "In the end it just stopped being fun." Part of The Earthmen folklore involves a fistfight in Boston. "It was more of a slap than a punch," Nick claims. "It was weeks into a bunch of early twentysomethings being overseas for the first time," Scott explains, "staying in one room trying to drive each other crazy. It did lead to Nick playing lead breaks with a plastic cup full of red wine whilst grinning like a cat for some reason none of it seemed odd." College Heart features four new songs, including a breezy gem called Find Your Own Way. The Earthmen are older and wiser, but still pop craftsmen. And they're having fun. "It's been a real treat recording again with old friends," Scott says. "I'm gonna say never say never on more songs."


TRY AND UNDERSTAND IT
John Farnham's classic You're The Voice topped the Australian charts 30 years ago this week, the start of a seven-week reign.


HOT LINE
"I can't explain when you're not near, I can't sit back without you here" - The Earthmen, This Much I Know.


CHART WATCH
A Top 20 debut for Peking Duk.

The Greatest SIA (number eight)
Stranger PEKING DUK FEATURING ELLIPHANT (18, debut)
Catch 22 ILLY FEATURING ANNE-MARIE (19)
Papercuts ILLY FEATURING VERA BLUE (23)
Say It FLUME (27)
I Love You Always Forever BETTY WHO (29)


Jessica Mauboy spends a second week on top.

The Secret Daughter JESSICA MAUBOY (number one)
Triple J's Like A Version 12 VARIOUS (seven)
Let There Be Light HILLSONG WORSHIP (11)
This Is Acting SIA (12)
Meant To Be THE KOI BOYS (13, debut)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (17)
Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical AUSTRALIAN CAST FEATURING DAVID CAMPBELL (21)
Human KATY STEELE (23, debut)
Westway (The Glitter & The Slums) STICKY FINGERS (31)
Skeleton Tree NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS (34)
Gimme Some Lovin' HUMAN NATURE (35)
Into The Wind ANGE BOXALL (39, debut)
Warriors LISA MITCHELL (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Find Your Own Way THE EARTHMEN
I Feel Fine THE BAREBONES
Leadlight JULIA JACKLIN
Cosmic Science BEN LEE
Surely Gettin' On NIGHTHAWK

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