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Howzat! Archive - May 6th 2014

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LITTLE BASTARD GROW UP
Little Bastard are what an Americana band would sound like - if they grew up in Australian pubs. Their story starts at a Sydney pub in 2012 when Johnny Took met Ross Tipper and discovered they both liked country music. Johnny was tired of doing solo and duo gigs - "It was so hard to get anyone to listen" - and decided it was time to form a band. "We could barely play at that point," he acknowledges. "We're much better now." The initial aim was modest. "We didn't set out to be serious or become huge," Dan D'Arcy recalls. "We just wanted to do some house parties and have some good times." When they hit the pubs, Johnny was confident the show would work. "There are so many people in the band, we knew that even if no one turned up, we'd have a party on stage." Some wondered if the band name was a reference to John Mellencamp's nickname, but it was actually inspired by the cursed car that killed James Dean. The actor bought the Porsche 550 Spyder while filming Rebel Without A Cause, calling it "Little Bastard". Legend has it that when he showed the car to Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Guinness called it "sinister", adding: "If you get in that car, you'll be dead by this time next week." Seven days later, James Dean was killed in a car crash. Ironically, the Little Bastard reputation has been forged on the road, touring with Joe Pug, Wagons and The Beards, playing at the Falls Festival, Cherry Rock, Boogie and the Ballarat Beer Festival, as well as gigs in Adelaide (which the band fondly calls AdeLAID). And the rules of the road? Johnny has tried to ban the death metal sounds of The Locust, a band Dan is fond of. "Aside from that," he says, "anything goes." Little Bastard's self-titled debut album is out this week.


RICK COMES HOME
It's time Rick Springfield was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Will that happen during his Australian tour later this year?


RADIO THERAPY
Some great Aussie songs about the radio: The Sports' Who Listens To The Radio, The Masters Apprentices' Turn Up Your Radio, Deadstar's Over The Radio, The Living End's What's On Your Radio. The Steinbecks have now done a radio song - I, Radio. It's a sterling spoken word piece that celebrates Radio Australia, RRR, PBS and Radio National, while also bagging triple j's "shrill inanities". I, Radio is on The Steinbecks' first album in seven years, Kick To Kick, which they're launching as part of "Welcome To The Jangle" on Saturday, 10 May, at the Workers Club with Nick Batterham and Tamas Wells.


NEW KASEY
After touring with Steve Earle, Kasey Chambers is putting the finishing touches to her next album. She's also producing Sarah Humphreys' new album.


HOT LINE
"One night of love is all we need" - Wagons, Chase The Eclipse.


CHART WATCH
After three weeks on top, Sheppard slip to number two.

Geronimo SHEPPARD (number two)
Chandelier SIA (six)
Fancy IGGY AZALEA (nine)
High PEKING DUK (10)
Never Be The Same JESSICA MAUBOY (14)
She Looks So Perfect 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (17)
Up! SAMANTHA JADE (24)
Live It Up 360 FEATURING PEZ (30)
When You Were Mine TAYLOR HENDERSON (32)
Loco JOEL FLETCHER & SEANY B (39)

Iggy Azalea arrives at two.

The New Classic IGGY AZALEA (number two, debut)
Built On Glass CHET FAKER (four)
The Very Best INXS (six)
L.O.V.E HARRISON CRAIG (seven)
Van Diemen's Land RUSSELL MORRIS (15)
Best So Far MARK VINCENT (17, debut)
Beautiful JESSICA MAUBOY (18)
Blackbird DAN SULTAN (24)
Circus In The Sky BLISS N ESO (27)
Hungry Ghost VIOLENT SOHO (28)
Flesh & Blood JOHN BUTLER (37)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
High For You LITTLE BASTARD
Think I'm Ready FOUR HOURS SLEEP
I, Radio THE STEINBECKS
Let It Be Now THE ALTERNATIVE
Everything Was Legendary With Robert DAVE GRANEY

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