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Howzat! Archive - March 9th 2016

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THE MUSIC MAN
Howzat! grew up listening to Billy Pinnell's Album Show on EON FM. It was a Sunday night ritual, like Countdown. And there's never been another show like it on commercial radio. These were the glory days of FM radio: unplaylisted and unpredictable. Billy would follow a Bruce Springsteen B-side with Pseudo Echo and Kiss. He'd give shout-outs to local footy teams and listeners in jail. And there's never been a better music interviewer. As the late Glenn Frey remarked after one of Billy's questions: "That's exactly right, how did you know that?" In a world of shock jocks and comedians, Billy is a throwback to better radio days. Remember when the DJ would actually talk about the music? Billy Pinnell is the reason Howzat! wanted to write about music, so we're rapt that he's started a podcast, The Music Show, available free on iTunes. The podcast shows that Billy's motivations are simple - he just loves talking about the music he loves. It might be the biggest star in the world or an unknown Aussie act; if Billy likes it, he'll talk about it. Billy started working in radio 57 years ago this week, at 3KZ. He now works at 3AW and is a regular on Brian Wise's Off The Record on RRR. 3AW's former program director Clark Forbes had a lovely description of Billy: "He's very authentic. He doesn't have a radio voice. He's an expert without sounding like an expert." But call Billy a "music guru" and he'll recoil. He prefers the term "boofhead". His sign-off during a recent podcast says a lot about the man: "I'm Billy Pinnell, until we connect again, thanks for sharing, look after each other and love the music." A mate sent me a note when he found out about the show: "Hey, isn't it great having Billy back doing a podcast! I'm going to listen to it on Sunday nights just to revive my teenage years." The Music Show is like the man himself - it's not slick but it's genuine. And it's all about the music.


GIFT OF THE GOBS
Howzat!'s favourite Go-Betweens album, Liberty Belle And The Black Diamond Express, was released 30 years ago this month.


HOT LINE
"My great grandfather Ferg killed a man in World War I/ He never spoke of it, not a word, not to no one" - Jordie Lane, Frederick Steele McNeil Ferguson.


CHART WATCH
Hilltop Hoods jump from six to two.

1955 HILLTOP HOODS (number two)
Never Be Like You FLUME (four)
Cheap Thrills SIA (12)
Remind Me CONRAD SEWELL (25)
Keeping Score LDRU (27)
Youth TROYE SIVAN (34)
Hoops THE RUBENS (36)

Five Aussie albums in the Top 10.

Molly Soundtrack VARIOUS (number two)
Youth Revival HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE (three, debut)
Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (five)
Dissonants HANDS LIKE HOUSES (seven, debut)
Hills End DMA'S (eight, debut)
This Is Acting SIA (11)
Bloom RFS (16)
The Kiss NICOLE CAR (34)
The Very Best INXS (36)
Triple J Like A Version Vol. 11 VARIOUS (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
The Pale Rider THE WEEPING WILLOWS
Ease The Load THE GLORIOUS
Rose Red City KIT WARHURST
I'm A Good Hater DAVE GRANEY
Spring Rain THE GO-BETWEENS

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