Another week, another Canberra Top 40, pop pickers – and covers continue to dominate the charts.
John Howard and his version of On And On And On remains at Number One.
Peter Costello has the Number Two spot. He’s gone a bit indie, doing a version of Easy Money from Nick Cave’s latest. The lyrics spoke to him. They reminded him of Howard Government policy – rake in the taxes and then
Rain it down on the wife and the kids
Rain it down on the house where we live
Rain until you got nothing left to give
And rain that ever-loving stuff down on me”.
Oddly enough, however, he left out the verse that says “Life shuffles past at a low interest rate”.
Music biz insiders continue to say that Coz has some intensely personal material in the can. Will it ever see the light of day? It took how many years for Smile to be released? Will we ever hear the recording where Coz does Moz – his take on The Smiths’ Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want?
Robert Hill’s Number Three, At Abu Ghraib, is clearly based on Johnny Cash’s legendary Folsom Prison recordings. Oddly enough, though, he’s spent hour after hour after hour denying it in God knows how many interviews.
Kim Beazley is at Number Four, doing Gary Glitter: I’m back, I’m back, as a matter of fact, I’m back.
Prolix as ever. Gary Glitter, of course, has made a number of comebacks – and where has it got him?
Most interesting of all, though, to Canberra music buffs is this week’s Number Five – Phillip Ruddock’s take on the Carole Bayer Sager/Marvin Hamlisch classic Nobody Does It Better:
“I wasn’t lookin’ but somehow you found me.
I tried to hide from your love light,
But like heaven above me the spy who loved me
Is keepin’ all my secrets safe tonight…”
Here’s hoping, hey Phillip?
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