The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - IAIN SHED­DEN

SPIN Doc­tor had the great mis­for­tune to wake up in the mid­dle of the night on Tues­day, con­vinced I was about to be beaten up, or worse, by Shirley Man­son, red­headed vo­cal­ist for elec­tro-pop­sters Garbage. Now, I know for a fact there are men out there for whom a telling off in Man­son’s Ed­in­burgh twang and per­haps phys­i­cal reper­cus­sions af­ter­wards would be con­sid­ered a good thing, per­haps even on a weekly ba­sis, but for this writer the shock­ingly vivid im­age con­jured up noth­ing more than mild panic and a sud­den need for malt whisky. What pro­voked this night­mare was a view­ing of the new sea­son of sci-fi tele­vi­sion se­ries Ter­mi­na­tor: The Sarah Con­nor Chron­i­cles ( see re­view page 38), in which Man­son, in a con­sis­tently threat­en­ing tone, plays Cather­ine Weaver, a com­pany ex­ec­u­tive with a se­cret agenda that does not bode well for her em­ploy­ees, or in­deed mankind. For some­one with lit­tle act­ing ex­pe­ri­ence Man­son, 42, is sur­pris­ingly con­vinc­ing in the role, not least when she . . . well, let’s just say she’s adapt­able. Hope­fully her act­ing suc­cess will lead to other parts, since the ca­reer of her US-based pop group ap­pears to have ground to a halt. Man­son is also in the news in her na­tive Scot­land, where she is to THE Sound Re­lief bush­fire ben­e­fit con­certs in Mel­bourne and Syd­ney next week­end will have sent a num­ber of lo­cal mu­sos off to their rooms for a few hours of re­vi­sion in the past week or so. I’m think­ing mainly of bands such as Mel­bourne he­roes Hun­ters and Col­lec­tors, who haven’t played a note in earnest ( they were good at that, too) since Elvis was a boy. Iva Davies and his Ice­house cronies will no doubt be cram­ming for their Syd­ney per­for­mance, but it’s the Mel­bourne gig at the MCG that has the big­gest re­vival ros­ter, with Split Enz ( OK they’ve had a few warm-ups re­cently) and Mid­night Oil in at­ten­dance. The Oils’ gui­tarist Jim Moginie sneaked in a bit of a prac­tice last week­end, al­beit without his old bud­dies. Moginie was part of the line-up at the in­au­gu­ral Foggy Moun­tain Jam in La­guna, NSW, a lowkey roots mu­sic jam­boree hosted by pro­ducer Nash Cham­bers on his sprawl­ing coun­try prop­erty. Cham­bers’s sis­ter Kasey, dad Bill and brother-in-law Shane Ni­chol­son all did a turn. The moon­lit Wollombi Val­ley was alive with the sound of great mu­sic, al­though some of the lo­cal wildlife could be seen head­ing for the hills dur­ing what could best be de­scribed as a jaz­zcoun­try ver­sion of the Oils’ Beds are Burn­ing from Moginie and his friends.

spin­doc@ theaus­tralian. com. au

Il­lus­tra­tion: Tom Jel­lett

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