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The Rock-itt : July 2011
The Rock-itt is at least 50% music but for the last couple of years your editor Pete has had me writing about football and travel. I’m Malcolm Hill and both these things are close to my heart but as you may have no- ticed in this and the last issue of Rock-itt I got featured in the Beaches People segment about my career in the Music Biz and my love of music. Pete has giv- enmetheOKtodoalittlemu- sic stuff and see how it goes. What am I going to write that other people aren’t writing al- ready? I haven’t a clue but let’s go for a ramble...... Excellent to see our Northern Beaches stars Angus and Julie Stone pick up the APRA awards for Songwriters of the Year and song of the year for “Big Jet Plane”. They are managed by friend and former EMI workmate of mine Cathy Oates. I know how much Cathy has put into making Angus and Julia a suc- cess around the World. They’ve done it primarily my being great but also they’ve worked at it really hard. Cathy has slept on floors all over the World spreading the “gospel”, I hope she now has a least a bed for her trouble! As you read this they are up in Europe performing at a heap of Festivals through their summer. The band Papa vs. Pretty has caught my eye recently and a couple of chums have told me that they are great live. I saw them do a rocked up version of the A&J track “Big Jet Plane” at the Apra’s and was a bit under- whelmed. They sounded like Good Char- lotte with Tom Yorke doing lead vocals on that one. I think I’m doing them a disservice though so I must get to see them. Just missed them at the Annandale on their tour in support of their debut album “United in Desolation” but they are back in Sydney at The Enmore on August 6th supporting Kai- ser Chiefs. They will also support The Vines at The Metro on August 27th . I still buy heaps of CD’s; I just need the hard copy. I tend to scour the bargain bins look- ing for lost gems and I’m a big eBay believ- er. This month I got a superb four CD An- thology of British band The Move. It covers from 66-72 before key members Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne moved on to form Wizzard and ELO respectively. It’s a great road map to follow and there are lots of ideas for any bands just starting to kick off. It’s on Salvo records. I’m still raving about the new Kate Bush album “The Directors Cut”. W hen I first heard about her idea of her taking two previ- ous albums “Red Shoes” and “The Sensual World” and re-recording tracks from each of them for a new album cynicism kicked in. I thought, here’s someone short of material. I was totally wrong, what she has produced is a gem. It’s not just a remix, she’s put new vocals and instruments on much of the material and it works. She has a great quote on the album cover “When it came to singing these songs again, it was like trying to open a door with the wrong shaped key. So I changed the key and the door began to open”. Look for the “Collector’s Edition”, it has the two original albums plus “Directors Cut” in a great booklet. Keep an ear out for a new album from Jim Ward, he was a found- er member of “At The Drive In” and more recently lead guitarist/ vocalist of “Sparta”. The new album is called “Quiet In The Valley, On The Shores The End Begins” it’s out on July 22nd and Jim will be in Australia playing the Annandale Hotel on the 10th August. I haven’t heard it yet but this guy is a leader and I have high hopes for where he is leading. Another local band you should be aware of are “We Are Grace” from the Central Coast. They play the Gaelic Club on July 22nd and the Oxford Arts Factory on the 23rd. Check out their MySpace site and listen to a couple of tracks. They have an album in the can produced by AC/DC producer Harry Vanda and they are managed by Larry Page who looked after The Kinks and The Troggs!! Some pedigree. .......... .. Malcolm Hill said all this Jim Ward, this is what he really looks like!