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Howzat! Archive - November 30th 2016

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IS ANYBODY THERE?
Adult Contemporary doesn't have to mean bland. Peter Farnan's Pesky Bones album is a middle-aged record containing adult themes. Pete is a driving force behind Boom Crash Opera, who have always been joyfully perverse, a left-of-centre stadium rock band. When it comes to edgy pop, Pete is a master craftsman. With 12 tracks and 12 singers, the Pesky Bones project is like a crazy compilation. But with Pete having written all the tunes, there's a strange sense of cohesion, even if it's quite a trip, from the electro-pop of My Radiance, sung by Ali Barter, to the classic pop of Get Me To A Church, featuring Tim Rogers. And they're just the opening tracks. "With my big-selling records in the distant past, no industry push behind me, no budget and no distinctive singing voice, I decided to make an album that explored what it felt like to be my age, in this place and time," Pete explained in a revealing piece he penned for the Daily Review. "There was no tidy ending. I just kept going. There's a lot to be said for just keeping going." Now That Our Babies Have Grown sounds like classic Paul Kelly, a moving meditation on what happens when you grow old and your kids move out. "They're gone, no goodbyes," Paul sings. "We're left here to die." It's delivered in a delightfully dreamy duet with Rebecca Barnard, who pops up later with the darker and more direct The Children, a rather more disturbing take on the same theme. Sean Kelly's Flying Blind sounds like a long-lost Models song, Dan Tobias delivers the pop-rock gem Intuition, while Pete injects a subtle onionskin reference into Sarah Ward's Beyond Love. "We bump into mirrors and face up to our looks," Pete reflects. "But I'm not admitting defeat." Indeed. There's life in these bones yet. "The end is coming," Pete says. "Let's make our pesky bones dance."


ALYCE IN WONDERLAND
Pete Farnan regularly pops up in Alyce Platt's band, The Fish Shop Collective. The extraordinarily talented Alyce is doing a special Christmas show at The Flying Saucer Club on Sunday afternoon.


THE LIFE OF BRIAN
Happy birthday to Brian Cadd, who turned 70 on 29 Nov. Brian joined his first big group, The Groop, 50 years ago, and he's just released his first album in 11 years, Bulletproof. It's a cracker.


HOT LINE
"The end is upon us" - Pesky Bones, I'm Not A Believer.


CHART WATCH
No Aussie acts in the Top 10.

Catch 22 ILLY FEATURING ANNE-MARIE (number 11)
Stranger PEKING DUK FEATURING ELLIPHANT (13)
The Greatest SIA (14)
On Your Side THE VERONICAS (19)
It's Gotta Be You ISAIAH (26, debut)
Set In Stone GUY SEBASTIAN (27)
Papercuts ILLY FEATURING VERA BLUE (30)

Kerser lands at four, to score his third Top 5 album.

Tradition KERSER (number four, debut)
Friends For Christmas JOHN FARNHAM & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN (six)
The Secret Daughter JESSICA MAUBOY (seven)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (13)
The Very Very Best CROWDED HOUSE (14)
Skin FLUME (19)
Two Degrees ILLY (20)
Triple J's Like A Version 12 VARIOUS (21)
Gimme Some Lovin': Jukebox Vol II HUMAN NATURE (29)
This Is Acting SIA (31)
Brace BIRDS OF TOKYO (33)
Notion TASH SULTANA (36)
Let There Be Light HILLSONG WORSHIP (39)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Memory Town PAUL CAPSIS/PESKY BONES
Already Home ALEX THE ASTRONAUT
Cosmic Science BEN LEE
Struck By Lightning KINGS OF THE SUN
Save BENNY WALKER

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