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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

May 23rd 2017

GOLDEN HOLDEN
Mark Holden was a great singing show judge. Sure, he would often flick the switch to vaudeville, but beneath the silliness is a lot of substance. Very few Australian artists have had a career like Mark. In some ways, his story is similar to Rick Springfield - pop star in Australia, tries his luck in the US, deals with some dark days, before finding success. Unlike Rick, however, Mark didn't become a star in America, but he wrote a hit for The Temptations - after hearing Lady Soul, Smokey Robinson told Mark he wished it was him; "I don't think I'll ever beat that" - and made records with acts as diverse as David Hasselhoff, Donny Osmond, Andrew Strong and Milla Jovovich. And he wrote songs for Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols, Belinda Carlisle, Delta Goodrem, Jo Beth Taylor and Nikki Webster. Mark has now documented his eventful life in a book called My Idol Years. Essentially, it's a story of resilience. "It's not about the 99 nos but rather about the one right yes," Mark writes. "Rejection is a part of life, especially in showbiz. Get used to it." Back in Australia, Mark helped Vanessa Amorosi become a star, co-managing her career and co-writing most of her early hits. "I will never work with anyone more talented and more inspiring," he says. The book is dogged by some sloppy spelling mistakes: Manager John Woodruff is "Woodroofe", Glenn Wheatley is "Glen", Diane Warren is Diane on one page and Dianne on the next, Jon Bon Jovi is "John", Andrew Klippel is "Klipple", and Donny Osmond is referred to as "Donnie". But Mark's lust for life shines through. There's not a lot of sex or drugs, but this is an honest and revealing account of a bloke who takes his music seriously but not himself. Pop star, actor, producer, songwriter, manager, family man and now lawyer. But most of all, Mark Holden is an entertainer. My Idol Years is a touchdown.


TARGET AUDIENCE
Central Victorian artist Archer is launching his new single, My Little Sweet Aussie Sweetheart, at the Gasometer on Saturday. Women over 65 get in free.


STEP UP
Don't forget to show PBS some love during their Radio Festival.


HANG ON
LRB scored their one and only number one single 40 years ago this week - Help Is On Its Way.


HOT LINE
"How many times can we say we've hit the bottom and still find a way further down?" - Bernard Fanning, How Many Times.


CHART WATCH
Just two Aussie singles in the national Top 40.

Waves DEAN LEWIS (number 12)
Moments BLISS N ESO (25)

A Top 20 debut for Dead Letter Circus.

A Tribute To Mario Lanza MARK VINCENT (number seven)
Greatest Hits & Interpretations TINA ARENA (10)
Off The Grid BLISS N ESO (12)
The Endless Mile DEAD LETTER CIRCUS (17, debut)
Wish You Were Here THE TEN TENORS (18)
The Great Country Songbook Vol II ADAM HARVEY & BECCY COLE (23)
Same Kind Of Different DEAN LEWIS (27, debut)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (30)
Night Thinker EP AMY SHARK (31)
Notion TASH SULTANA (34)
Lovely Creatures NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS (36)
The Full Tank MIDNIGHT OIL (38, debut)
The 25th Anniversary Album LEE KERNAGHAN (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
In The Ten Years Gone BERNARD FANNING
Camouflaged HELEN SHANAHAN
That's What You Get TIA GOSTELOW
The Rerun 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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