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Howzat! Archive - April 5th 2017

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SOME FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND
If you were compiling the soundtrack to the most romantic moments in your life, which band would be track one? Many years ago, Howzat! was at Richmond's Cherry Tree Hotel, seeing The Blackeyed Susans. As the band hit the stage, I spotted a girl in the crowd. As the light fell on her face, she looked stunningly beautiful. Awkwardly, and almost creepily, I kept staring, as the velvet-voiced Rob Snarski crooned the Susans' sensual songs. Then I was struck by the realisation: "I actually know that girl." The Blackeyed Susans brought us together, we dated for three years, and we're still close. No doubt the Susans have started - and sustained - a number of relationships over the years. Of course, affairs of the heart aren't easy. As Rob explains, in his mellifluous tone, on the Susans' new album, Close Your Eyes And See, love is never equal. "Are you the lover or the loved?" he asks. "Are you the one who loves too much or not enough?" This is pop music for grown-ups. The new studio album - the Susans' first in 14 years - coincides with the release of Rob's book, You're Not Rob Snarski, a delicate memoir of a musical life. Through a series of self-deprecating vignettes, Rob reveals he's always been a lover, not a fighter. He's had just one fight, at primary school, which he won, and the other boy cried. "Anyway," Rob recalls, "he cried so much, I then cried. I'm not sure who cried more in the end." The Susans launch Close Your Eyes And See at the Corner on Saturday. The album concludes with a song called Farewell Boys. It's a strange coda. "I never felt that I had a lot to say," Rob sings. "My sails are setting I bid you all goodbye." Hopefully it's not the end. But if this is The Blackeyed Susans' swansong, they're going out on a beautiful high.


THIS SONG IS ABOUT YOU
Mick Thomas has also released a book, These Are The Days, to accompany his solo best-of, These Are The Songs. It provides a generous insight into the art of creation, with Mick explaining the encounters and adventures that inspired 31 songs. In a touching piece, he notes how his dad claimed that Mick's best-known song was about him. "I was his son, the song was called Father's Day, and therefore as far as he was concerned it was about him."


HOT LINE
"Words are there for people who got nothing to say" - The Blackeyed Susans, Can't Find The Moon.


CHART WATCH
Still no homegrown hits in the national Top 20.

Call On Me STARLEY (number 23)
Chameleon PNAU (24)
Adore AMY SHARK (27)
Keep Me Crazy SHEPPARD (37)

Lee Kernaghan lands at number two.

The 25th Anniversary Album LEE KERNAGHAN (number two, debut)
Mesmer NORTHLANE (three, debut)
Made Of Breath Only SLEEPMAKESWAVES (15, debut)
Ironbark THE WAIFS (16)
A Suitable Girl ALI BARTER (17, debut)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (22)
The Wiggles Nursery Rhymes THE WIGGLES (26)
Remembrance VARIOUS ARTISTS (30)
The Best Of THE WIGGLES (31)
Unholy Rush MINDSNARE (33, debut)
The Best Of COLD CHISEL (34)
Notion TASH SULTANA (36)
After Hours, Close To Dawn KINGSWOOD (39)
The Secret Daughter JESSICA MAUBOY (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Farewell Boys THE BLACKEYED SUSANS
Shape & Line RAISED BY EAGLES
Rockstar City ALEX THE ASTRONAUT
I Only Hide HELEN SHANAHAN
Come Party POLISH CLUB

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