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After my trip down memory lane
with the latest My Morning Jacket
album yesterday, I can't get this old song out of my head.
'Howzat' was one of the songs I loved hearing whenever it came on. I don't think many people remember it now. It features staggered harmonies, some blues and some disco in with the pop/rnb.
Look at the video! All those lovely blues and greens and shiny lights. Magic.
Through most of the 70s, Sherbet were the Kings of Pop in Australia, ruling the charts with a record-breaking sixteen consecutive Top 40 singles between 1971 and 1977. 'Howzat' was their big international hit in 1976, making them the first band to score an overseas hit with a song written, recorded and produced entirely in Australia. They were the first Australian band to reach $1M in record sales in Australia; the first Australian band to turn their merchandising into a huge industry; and they pioneered the concept of massive regional tours. In 1976, the book "Sherbet On Tour", by Christie Eliezer, sold 55,000 copies in its first week.
Ironically, their success came at a time when the press were predicting their demise and their founder member had quit the group.Clive Shakespeare
formed Sherbet in early 1969 with members drawn from three Sydney bands: Sam See
from Clapham Junction
, Laughlin from Sebastian Hardie Blues Band
(the earlier blues/R&B incarnation of Mario Millo
's progressive outfit Sebastian Hardie
) and Shakespeare, Rae and Taylor from soul/funk outfit Downtown Roll Band
, one of a number of Sydney bands who were performing Motown
and James Brown
Between 1971 and 1978, Sherbet released 15 albums and 30 singles. In 1975, Sherbet's production was taken on by Richard Lush
, ex Abbey Rd and engineer on many of The Beatles
' later recordings, including the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
On the strength of 'Howzat', further overseas success might have been expected and was certainly worked towards, however a combination of factors conspired to prevent them. Later in the 70s, pop and disco had given way to punk and new wave. With pop falling out of fashion, and with its main appeal to a younger audience anyway, Sherbet didn't manage to gain a broader audience or break into the adult rock market. As happens with many a band, they were denied any record company support overseas, and back at home, the press were busy knocking them down.
Things started to look up in 1979. Whilst on their US tour, they found an ally in Andy Gibb
who recommended them to his label, the Robert Stigwood Organisation
, who signed them up. RSO
, however, felt the name Sherbet didn't have the 'adult' image that was needed to promote them in the States, so the name was changed to Highway
in 1979. Sadly, things didn't work out in America and the band broke up later that year.
I always liked the name Sherbet. Made me think of Sherbet Fountains. You were supposed to suck the sherbet up through the liquorice but I never managed it. Don't know what I was doing wrong.Wikipedia - Sherbet (band)
MILESAGO: Australasian Music & Popular Culture 1964-1975
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