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When Elvis ruled our charts
22 guide MUSIC When Elvis ruled our charts HIS is Elvis but not as you know was a little ho-hum. It gives fans the T him. Drop into any music store and it’s easy to ﬁnd countless Elvis compilations that are impossible to tell international hit songs that they want and need – but in all honestly, already own – such as: All Shook Up, Are you apart. Lonesome Tonight?, Heartbreak Hotel They all serve the same purpose, and and Love Me Tender. most of the time the same hit songs make up the track list. However, this new Elvis compilation is different. It is interesting to Compiled by two of Australia’s biggest Elvis fans, 50 Australian Top Ten Hits spend quality time with heavily features the King’s songs that were huge Down Under but did not a deep, rich ensemble trouble the charts overseas. of his ﬁnest work The entire second disc is chock-a-block full of these gems that fans in other countries missed. 50 Australian Top Ten Hits was It opens with Viva Las Vegas, a huge released on January 8 to coincide with Elvis song, right? In Australia it was, the 75th anniversary of Elvis’ birth. It hitting No.4 on the charts. Stateside it fell also managed to secure the notoriously a long way short of the top 20. difﬁcult-to-obtain seal of approval from Then there is Such a Night, an Elvis’s estate at Graceland. Australian No.5 hit song which failed to Every music fan knows Elvis, but it is crack the top 10 elsewhere. interesting to spend quality time with a Do the Calm is one song fans have not deep, rich ensemble of his ﬁnest work. seen on an Elvis hit compilation, but it At its best, rock’n’roll inspires and review made No.6 on the Aussie charts. transforms attitudes. Listening to these One of the best of this bunch is Ain’t CDs, it’s obvious why he was such a huge That Lovin’ You Baby, a No.1 smash hit success and is still adored. which missed the top 10 in the US and Elvis’s sound was a blueprint for what UK. This up-beat number was recorded would come later, built on a base of Delta 50 AUSTRALIAN TOP TEN HITS 1956-1977 while Elvis was on leave from the army blues and hip-shaking gospel. Elvis Presley but it didn’t conquer the charts until 1964. Elvis changed everything: sex, politics After the fun of discovering all these and especially music. fantastic Australian hits, disc one JARRAD BEVAN CHART WATCH Phoenix on the rise From previous page of a live drummer and keyboardist – are Are Phoenix bigger in their homeland? AUSTRALIAN SINGLES 1 Fireﬂies Owl City sticking close, even on the bigger stages “Yes and no,” Mars says. “Yes because 2 Replay Iyaz Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix has they’re now playing. we play bigger venues. But no because, 3 Tik Tok Ke$ha brought them more radio play, fashion “We like to play very close to each other. uh, there’s a whole side of France that 4 Blah Blah Blah Ke$ha spreads in high-proﬁle magazines and I think it maybe comes from a trauma still doesn’t want us.” 5 Little Lion Man Mumford & Sons buzzed-about performances on big-time – you know, I liked Guns N’ Roses, but That “side” includes TV shows, 6 Whatcha Say Jason DeRulo TV shows. when I saw them on TV they’d be a mile newspapers and radio, he says. “At the same time, we’re kind of happy 7 Bad Romance Lady Gaga What all that has meant for the band is away from each other and they’d run with an increased, non-stop workload. wireless mikes,” Mars says. with the situation because if there’s a 8 Empire State Of Mind Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys As a newish father – he has a three- Still, Mars is quite enjoying stepping country where we’d want to be big, it 9 Rock That Body The Black Eyed Peas year-old daughter with ﬁlm director up to these bigger venues. As might be would be France, but I want to live in a 10 Haven’t Met You Yet Michael Buble Soﬁa Coppola and another on the way – expected from a guy who turned the country where we’re nothing. I always Mars is learning that sacriﬁces must be story of the man considered the very think it’s very suspicious when someone AUSTRALIAN ALBUMS made if he wants to be part of a touring ﬁrst “pop star”, 1800s composer Franz gets big somewhere and he moves to that 1 I Dreamed A Dream Susan Boyle band on such a scale. Liszt, into a hit song, Mars likens the . country I think we’re the opposite.” “And I don’t like sacriﬁce,” he says experience to a major historical event. Their choice to sing in English has 2 Sigh No More Mumford & Sons with a laugh. “When you play something very big had French radio offside from day one, 3 Crazy Love Michael Buble “It’s the life you always wanted but it’s scary, but at the same time there’s a but Mars doesn’t know why the music 4 The Fame Monster Lady Gaga there’s a scary aspect to it. When you’re beauty – it’s like the fall of the Roman industry there won’t accept them. 5 Animal Ke$ha on tour you’re lost a little – it’s nice to Empire, it’s out of control, it’s a nice “But there are people coming to see us 6 Wrapped Up Good The McClymonts feel like a gypsy But when you do that . challenge,” he says. at the shows, it’s not like we’re rejected. 7 Contra Vampire Weekend for a long time … I would be scared to do “The fact that this record is a success It’s the same as everywhere – in France 8 The Resistance Muse that on my own.” now gives us the opportunity to present there’s no special care or courtesy for it live the way we have always wanted.” us.” 9 The E.N.D The Black Eyed Peas So he and his bandmates – bassist Deck d’Arcy, guitarists Christian Mazzalai and There is, however, a notable exception 10 It’s Not Me, It’s You Lily Allen Laurent Brancowitz, with the addition to all this success. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix out now
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