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Howzat! Archive - August 31st 2016

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August 24th 2016

BACK TO EARTHMEN
You'll do anything for your favourite band. For Scott Thurling, the head of Popboomerang Records, The Earthmen anthology, College Heart, has been a labour of love. "The Earthmen were my favourite band," Scotty Pop states in the liner notes. "Not in that pre-teen obsessive way I felt about pop icons such as Culture Club or Madonna, but more that late-teen elation of unearthing a scene you had no idea existed." The Earthmen ("Fitzroyalty") introduced Scotty to the wonderful world of Brunswick Street, community radio and street press. College Heart documents the rise and fall of Scotty's favourite '90s band, signing to Jason Reynolds' Summershine Records, Atlantic's Seed Records in the US and Warner Music in Australia, appearing on Hey Hey It's Saturday, before exiting in 1999. The liner notes are revealing and candid. "At times they could be a right bunch of pricks to work for," manager Jeff Tennant admits. Both Jason and Jeff mention a band punch-up in Boston. "But," Jason acknowledges, "shit happens when you're making it up as you go along." Fronted by the diminutive, compelling Scott Stevens, The Earthmen had glorious arrogance and wonderful nervous energy. Scotty Pop's memories include "Matt Sigley's sublime array of suits, Scott Stevens dancing on the spot, microphone in back pocket and ciggie in hand". Best of all, The Earthmen had some nifty tunes, with Scott writing most of the songs with guitarist Nick Batterham. "Gorgeous, beyond confident, intelligent and full of drama," notes their publisher, Roger Grierson. "No one made a million dollars," Jason adds. "But there are some cool records to show for it." Indeed. Just check out Hug Me Tighter, Whoever's Been Using This Bed, First Single and Figure 8. The band reunited to record four new songs for the compilation and they're playing at Bella Union on 12 Nov. For anyone interested in '90s Australian indie pop, College Heart is essential.


SOME PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED
The Earthmen are not the only '90s band to reappear with new recordings. Pray TV are releasing their first album in 20 years, Horizontal Life, on 2 Sep. They're launching the album at the Grace Darling Hotel on Saturday, 10 Sep with The Glory Box.


STAYIN' ALIVE
Bee Gees legend Barry Gibb is 70 on 1 Sep. And he's releasing a new solo album, In The Now, on 7 Oct.


HOT LINE
"Every time you lay your hands in mine, you were just wasting time" - Felix Riebl, Wasting Time.


CHART WATCH
Betty Who moves from nine to six.

Papercuts ILLY FEATURING VERA BLUE (number five)
I Love You Always Forever BETTY WHO (six)
In My Blood THE VERONICAS (22)
Say It FLUME (26)
This Girl KUNGS VS COOKIN' ON 3 BURNERS (29)
Cheap Thrills SIA (31)

Ball Park Music land at three.

Every Night The Same Dream BALL PARK MUSIC (number three, debut)
Seven Mirrors DRAPHT (four, debut)
This Could Be Heartbreak THE AMITY AFFLICTION (five)
This Sporting Life ROY & HG (six, debut)
Gimme Some Lovin': Jukebox Vol II HUMAN NATURE (seven)
Civil Dusk BERNARD FANNING (10)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (13)
His Favourite Collection JOHN WILLIAMSON (14, debut)
Wings Of The Wild DELTA GOODREM (16)
50 Best Songs PLAY SCHOOL (20)
The Best Of THE WIGGLES (21)
The Very Best INXS (22)
Wildflower THE AVALANCHES (26)
Skin FLUME (28)
Famous Friends (Celebrating 50 Years) PLAY SCHOOL (33)
Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (34)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Square One LAZY SUSAN
We're Foolish Things GEORGIA FIELDS
Wasting Time FELIX RIEBL
Let Love Rule ARCHIE ROACH
Personal History THE EARTHMEN

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