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Howzat!

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

May 17th 2017

KENNEDY LIVES!
In August 1986, an article in Juke was headed "Are You Ready For The Country?" The kicker continued, "John Kennedy's been ready for ages. So have the members of his band and the punters who come to his shows. All we need to convince, he tells Richard Kingsmill, are the professional tastemakers." Of course, Richard went on to become one of those tastemakers, programming triple j. But John's brand of Urban and Western failed to conquer the world. "I had some currency back in the day with some of those tastemakers," he reflects. "Though I never had enough junkie cred to convince some of them that I was what they might have considered the real deal. I seemed to suffer from what Dave Warner described as being 'too hip for the straights, too straight for the hips.'" Born in Liverpool, John grew up in Brisbane, landing in Sydney in 1982 with his band, JFK and the Cuban Crisis. His new album, JFK and the Midlife Crisis, looks back on those "glory days", with songs such as From St Peters To Kings Cross and Strawberry Hills Forever, remembering when bands such as Le Hoodoo Gurus, The Triffids and The Scientists were playing at The Hopetoun and Strawberry Hills Hotel. John has had a long, strange career. The first signing to Waterfront Records, he also had a successful stint on TV talent show Starsearch, before relocating to Berlin. He returned to Sydney in 2000, finding that the inner city demographic had changed. "The few people you do still see around are the ones who were playing music and taking drugs by night but still getting up each day working to build a parallel career." JFK and the Midlife Crisis - which John Kennedy's 68 Comeback Special is launching at The Inkerman Hotel on Saturday - is an important record. A vital indie artist documenting a seminal time in Australian music, with "the benefits of blindsight". One question lingers at the heart of the record: "What happens to the boys when they outgrow their toys?"


RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW
The Go-Betweens documentary, Right Here, premieres at the Sydney Film Festival next month.


HIP HIP
Happy birthday to a couple of legends: LRB's Graeham Goble was 70 on 15 May, while James Reyne is 60 on 19 May.


HOT LINE
"All I want is to be free to dream some more"- John Kennedy, All I Want.


CHART WATCH
Just three homegrown hits in the national Top 40.

Waves DEAN LEWIS (number 15)
Moments BLISS N ESO (25)
Call On Me STARLEY (38)

A Top 10 debut for the new Nick Cave best-of.

Off The Grid BLISS N ESO (number four)
A Tribute To Mario Lanza MARK VINCENT (five)
Lovely Creatures NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS (eight, debut)
Greatest Hits & Interpretations TINA ARENA (nine)
The Water SAN CISCO (17, debut)
The Great Country Songbook Vol II ADAM HARVEY & BECCY COLE (18)
Night Thinker EP AMY SHARK (24)
Wish You Were Here THE TEN TENORS (26)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (28)
The Weather POND (33, debut)
Notion TASH SULTANA (38)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
All I Want JOHN KENNEDY
Camouflaged HELEN SHANAHAN
Friendly Fire LARISSA TANDY
St Kilda Regret UNDERGROUND LOVERS
Take Me Out KINGS OF COUGH SYRUP

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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