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Howzat! Archive - May 31st 2017

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TIGHTEN UP
What have been the greatest partnerships in Australian music? A few come to mind: Vanda & Young, Grant McLennan and Robert Forster, John Farnham and Glenn Wheatley, Sean Kelly and James Freud, Mike Rudd and Bill Putt, Chrissy Amphlett and Mark McEntee, Kylie Minogue and Terry Blamey. Then there's Dave Graney and Clare Moore. Around this time of year, Howzat! speculates on who should enter the ARIA Hall of Fame. How 'bout Dave and Clare? This has been a unique union, Australian music's greatest husband-and-wife team. Dave - Mt Gambier's "Mr Magic" - and Clare - one-time member of Sister Janet Mead's band in Adelaide - have been making music together since 1978. They've lost count of the number of albums. For the past year, they have been releasing a digital single every month, which they've now compiled on a CD, Let's Get Tight ("for people who still have the players in their cars or in their homes, people like us"). "This is roughly the 25th or 26th standalone physical album," they say. "Not counting compilations (three), film soundtracks (two) and digital-only albums (five)." Sometimes befuddling, always beguiling, Dave and Clare have taken us on a terrific trip. They make music because they love it. And they're constantly gigging - up next is a Coral Snakes show at Memo Music Hall on Saturday. Howzat! once asked Dave if he and Clare were competitive. "Yeah," he laughed, "I'm always trying to get all hot and bothered and jump around like an old goat and Clare likes to play it her way and deliver her payload in her own time. We're both hired killers, working for the same agency, but she's methodical and cruel, and I'm a giggling fool." Their titles have always amused. The new collection includes I'm A Good Hater, This Is The Deadest Place I've Ever Died In ("I ain't no party pooper," Dave declares. "This place has pooped"), Are You Out Of Your Mind? (Get Back In), I Need To Be Hot and I Ain't Hi Vis, which Dave explains is about workmen wearing hi vis gear "and how trusted and authentic" they are. "As opposed to musicians and singers who are mostly illegitimate poseurs unless they are wildly, undeniably successful." Dave and Clare have been successful on their own terms. It's time they were celebrated by the industry.


HAIL MARY
Don't miss Electric Mary, one of this city's finest rock bands, at the Corner on Friday.


HIP HIP
Next year is going to be a big one for Kylie Minogue, who turned 49 this week (28 May).


HOT LINE
"I'm never off" - Dave Graney & Clare Moore, I'm Never Off.


CHART WATCH
Still only two Aussie singles in the national Top 40.

Waves DEAN LEWIS (number 16)
Moments BLISS N ESO (30)

A Top 10 debut for the Pierce Brothers.

The Records Were Ours PIERCE BROTHERS (number nine, debut)
Off The Grid BLISS N ESO (15)
Greatest Hits & Interpretations TINA ARENA (25)
A Tribute To Mario Lanza MARK VINCENT (26)
Night Thinker EP AMY SHARK (32)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (34)
The Great Country Songbook Vol II ADAM HARVEY & BECCY COLE (37)
Notion TASH SULTANA (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Drifting Donna Reed DAVE GRANEY & CLARE MOORE
In The Ten Years Gone BERNARD FANNING
Every Little Sting HELEN SHANAHAN
Girlhood THE PREATURES
That's What You Get TIA GOSTELOW

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