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IN the wake of those crafty French crafts­men Daft Punk rein­vent­ing some­thing called disco on the duo’s lat­est al­bum, Ran­dom Ex­cess

Mem­o­ries , it’s worth not­ing that Nile Rodgers, who plays that in­fu­ri­at­ingly catchy gui­tar on their hit Get Lucky, which he also pro­duced, is be­ing rightly recog­nised for his ser­vices to disco the first time around and is about to show off his tal­ents in that depart­ment in Aus­tralia. The vet­eran pro­ducer and song­writer has been en­joy­ing rave re­views for his per­for­mances with Chic at fes­ti­vals in Bri­tain, in­clud­ing Glas­ton­bury, and will get Aussie feet mov­ing in De­cem­ber when he and the band ar­rive for a hand­ful of shows, in­clud­ing a spot at the an­nual Mered­ith fes­ti­val in Vic­to­ria. Rodgers has made a huge amount of records across all gen­res in his life­time as a pro­ducer, not all of which linger in the mem­ory in quite the way Le Freak and

Ev­ery­body Dance do. For ex­am­ple, any­body got a copy of Mick Jag­ger’s She’s the Boss? WHILE on the topic (vaguely any­way) of fes­ti­vals, SD will be set­ting forth to­day to get an ear­ful of the de­lights at day two of Splen­dour in the Grass, which in­cludes the National, Em­pire of the Sun, Bernard Fan­ning and Birds of Tokyo, among many oth­ers. It will also be an op­por­tu­nity to check out the film on Sun­ny­boys singer Jeremy Ox­ley, The Sunnyboy, which is hav­ing a spe­cial screen­ing at the fes­ti­val at noon, with di­rec­tor Kaye Har­ri­son in at­ten­dance. The doc­u­men­tary, which had its launch at Vivid Fes­ti­val in Syd­ney a few months back, ex­plores the singer’s mu­sic as well as his life­time strug­gle with schizophre­nia. It is ex­pected to get a limited cin­ema re­lease be­fore screen­ing on the ABC be­fore the end of the year. STILL on Splen­dour, SD had the plea­sure of meet­ing the charm­ing Haim sis­ters ear­lier in the week. Known as Haim, strangely, the Cal­i­for­nian en­sem­ble made its Splen­dour de­but yes­ter­day, per­form­ing songs such as Fall­ing and For­ever that have thrust it into the spot­light in the past year. Este, Danielle and Alana have been en­joy­ing their new-found sta­tus af­ter years of try­ing to com­bine gigs and record­ing with more mun­dane ac­tiv­ity, such as study­ing and go­ing to work. One of the great joys of their mu­si­cal in­de­pen­dence, re­vealed Este, the old­est at 27, is that they have had a tour bus for the first time and have been do­ing their best to fill it with friends from Los An­ge­les — pro­vided they can af­ford the air­fare to wher­ever the band is play­ing. There were few tak­ers for the Aus­tralian leg of their new ad­ven­ture. YET more on the fes­ti­val trail. The line-up for the in­au­gu­ral Boomerang Fes­ti­val of in­dige­nous cul­ture and arts was an­nounced this week.The three-day event from Oc­to­ber 4 to 6 is be­ing held at Tya­garah Tea Tree Farm, the site of the By­ron Bay Blues­fest, and will fea­ture among its in­ter­na­tional acts Scot­tish folkies Bre­abach, Chile’s Quique Neira and Dig­ging Roots from Canada. Dubmarine and Ray Bea­dle are among the lo­cal per­form­ers. ON this day in 1958 a warn­ing was is­sued to driv­ers in the US that lis­ten­ing to rock ’n’ roll on the car ra­dio would hit them in the pocket for fuel. Re­searchers from the Esso pe­tro­leum com­pany be­lieved that lis­ten­ing to the likes of Elvis Pres­ley and Bill Ha­ley might cause one’s foot to press harder on the ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal, thus con­tribut­ing to greater fuel con­sump­tion.

Disco vet­eran Nile Rodgers at Glas­ton­bury

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