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One of those indefinable earworms of the later Seventies which appeared to fall somewhere between bubblegum and serious music. However, if the "Howzat" title really is a direct reference to cricket ("I caught you 'out' - howzat!" - so yeah, I suppose it is), then bubblegum frippery it must be. Dang Aussies!
Off-the-wall trivia info supplied below from the blog "Rock On Vinyl" - just a small grab of quite a lot to do with the group 'Sherbet', so follow the link provided if you will:
"Howzat" went to No. 1 in Australia, and was a Top 10 hit through most of Europe, South Africa, several Asian nations and parts of the Middle East - but it failed to reach the American Top 40, stopping at No. 61 in the Billboard Hot 100. Also, while the "Howzat" album also made No. 1 in Australia it failed to chart in the US [Billboard 200] altogether.
For those of you who enjoy a little trivia [yes, that's what I'm doing here!], you might be interested to know that 'Sherbet' and their hit single "Howzat" were acknowledged by Australia Post [their version of the Post Office] in 1998.
'Sherbet', 'AC/DC' and 'The Easybeats' were among 12 Australian bands to feature on a set of stamps issued by the Australian post office in 1998. The set of 12 stamps were issued on the 26th May and were withdrawn on the 30th October 1998. The stamps were issued to celebrate the contribution that Australian has made to the 'rock' and pop world from the 1950s to mid-1970s.
[ More at: http://rockonvinyl.blogspot.com/2010/05/sherbet-howzat-1976-bonus-live-track.html ]
Also a No. 1 hit in New Zealand, though the best it managed in the UK was a No. 4 slot (twice, on 16-10-1976 and 30-10-1976) during a 9-week stay in the Top 40 there.
1976 - Epic Records - Australia - From the album of the same name.
Posted: 26th October 2019