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Journalist Jeff Jenkins' weekly column featuring Australian music news, interviews, a look at the charts and more. Updated every Tuesday night around 10pm. Click here for the archive page.

Jeff is a semi-regular guest on The Australian Mood with Neil Rogers, 8-10pm Thursdays on 3RRR in Melbourne
and Evenings with Lindy Burns 7-10pm weeknights on ABC 774 Melbourne

Contacting Jeff: If you need to contact Jeff Jenkins you can email me (Lee-Roy) at
rock_gods2000@yahoo.com.au
and I'll forward the email onto Jeff

April 19th 2017

ANDY'S IMAGINARY KINGDOM
"Love is such a temporary thing," Deborah Conway sang on her debut solo album. "It comes and goes a thousand times a day." Andy White sums up love's great dilemmas and difficulties in the opening lines of his new album, Imaginary Lovers: "When I tell you I love you, you push me away, and just when I get over that, you ask me to stay." The song is called Half-Time For You And I, and Andy is like a footy team in rebuild mode. This record is a sequel to 2014's How Things Are, a classic break-up album, which Andy wrote after splitting with his partner of 19 years. He falls in love regularly on the new record, with the emphasis on the fall. He's like a boxer who keeps getting up after being hit. Andy looks for the positives - "We found each other and that's a start" - but he knows that affairs of the heart rarely go to plan. "It was good," he reflects in the album's standout song, Nonchalant. "But it could have been great." The plaintive piano of The Only Thing Missing Here Is You adds to the poignancy. Like anyone with a broken heart, Andy turns to music. "I turned the wireless on to find you a song called The Only Thing Missing Here Is You. I couldn't find it today, so I wrote it anyway." Andy - who's launching Imaginary Lovers at Bella Union on Wednesday, 26 April - is a beautiful dreamer. And a master at writing wistful, spiky pop. "Everyone needs a happy ending," he declares in Anywhere With You Babe. But you know that this story is not over. Indeed, as Andy sings, "My life as a dreamer, why would I want it to end?"


THE GREAT GREG HAM
We remember Men At Work's Greg Ham, a great talent and an even better bloke, who died five years ago today (19 April), aged 58.


COOL WORLD
Cool combination - Alyce Platt and Stephen Cummings. They're at Bird's Basement on Wednesday, 26 April.


WHERE'S WALLY?
What next for Gotye? Somebody That I Used To Know hit number one in the US five years ago this week.


HIP HIP
Happy Record Store Day. But, remember, your record store is not just for Record Store Day, it's for life.


HOT LINE
"All it needs is for you to say yes and I'll tattoo your name across my chest" - Andy White, And I Want You.


CHART WATCH
Dean Lewis scores his first Top 40 hit, surfing from 50 to 25.

Waves DEAN LEWIS (number 25)
Call On Me STARLEY (26)
Chameleon PNAU (30)
Adore AMY SHARK (32)

Tina Arena is unable to knock off Ed Sheeran, landing at number two with her new retrospective album. And The Smith Street Band have a Top 5 debut.

Greatest Hits & Interpretations TINA ARENA (number two, debut)
More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me THE SMITH STREET BAND (three, debut)
The 25th Anniversary Album LEE KERNAGHAN (13)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (23)
Shadows RACHAEL LEAHCAR (25, debut)
The Very Best INXS (26)
Starlight JON STEVENS (28)
Remembrance VARIOUS ARTISTS (29)
Wish You Were Here THE TEN TENORS (34, debut)
Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (39)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Nonchalant ANDY WHITE
Blast Off THE RICH AND FAMOUS
Shape & Line RAISED BY EAGLES
Wives Know SARAH CARROLL & THE LEFT WING
Weekends AMY SHARK

Contacting Jeff: If you need to contact Jeff Jenkins you can email me (Lee-Roy) at
rock_gods2000@yahoo.com.au
and I'll forward the email onto Jeff

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