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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

November 15th 2017

MILESTONES & MEMORIES
Birthdays this week: Ross Wilson turns 70 on November 18. Kamahl (real name: Kandiah Kamalesvaran) turned 83 on November 13. And Kate Ceberano is 51 on November 17.

Col Joye and the Joy BoysOh Yeah Uh Huh became the first local rock song to top the Australian charts, 58 years ago this week. It was also the first number one hit to feature a typewriter.

Thirty-five years ago this week, Men At Work’s debut album, Business As Usual,topped the US charts, the start of a 15-week reign.

Thirty-one years ago this week, John Farnham’s Whispering Jack hit number one in Australia. The album would spend 25 weeks on top.

The Mushroom Records’ 25th Anniversary concert was held at the MCG, featuring Kylie, The Angels, and Jimmy Barnes singing with INXS, 19 years ago this week.

Powderfinger did their final gig, in Brisbane, seven years ago this week.

CHART WATCH
The number of homegrown hits in ARIA’s Top 40 doubles this week, with Peking Duk jumping from 49 to 37, and Vance Joy staying at number 40. It’s Peking Duk’s third Top 40 hit for 2017, equalling Sia’s record as the year’s most prolific local hit-maker.

Let You Down PEKING DUK featuring ICONA POP (number 37)
Lay It On Me VANCE JOY (40)

Guy Sebastian scores his seventh Top 5 album, with his eighth studio album, Conscious, debuting at number four. Sydney metalcore band Polaris land at six with their debut album. “This is overwhelming,” the band posted on their Facebook page when they heard the chart news. “Thank you for supporting independent Australian music and proving how powerful and loyal the fans in our underground heavy scene are.” Meanwhile, Thirty Days Of Yes, the compilation supporting marriage equality, featuring artists such as Julia Jacklin, Gordi, The Teskey Brothers, Marlon Williams and Bec Sandridge, has a Top 40 debut just in time for the result of the postal survey.

Conscious GUY SEBASTIAN (number four, debut)
The Mortal Coil POLARIS (six, debut)
The Secret Daughter, Season Two JESSICA MAUBOY (eight)
Essential Oils MIDNIGHT OIL (14)
The Very Best INXS (15)
Triple J’s Like A Version 13 VARIOUS (17)
Vintage Modern 360 (19)
Go Farther In Lightness GANG OF YOUTHS (31)
Life Is Fine PAUL KELLY (32)
The Peace Project HILLSONG WORSHIP (38)
Thirty Days Of Yes VARIOUS (40, debut)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Postcard From Bondi P76
Meteor THE WOODLAND HUNTERS
It’s So Cruel RUBY BOOTS
Backpack ALEX LAHEY
The Pearly Gates Of The Landfill FREYA JOSEPHINE HOLLICK

 

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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