Rowland S. Howard, photographed by Peter Milne, 1977.
Last May I wrote a post commemorating the 36th anniversary of the release of the Boys Next Door single “Shivers,” and today, on the anniversary of Rowland S. Howard’s 56th birthday I have updated that initial track list of covers, including the most recent version of the song that I’ve heard, recorded by fellow Melbourne singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett and released less than three weeks ago. It’s been interesting seeing Rowland’s name mentioned by publications like NPR, The Guardian and Billboard, even if only in passing. (Just a matter of hours ago a review was published by Rolling Stone that mentions “some Rowland S. Howard-like guitar soundscapes” existing on Dave Gahan’s new album. One hopes that curious readers will Google RSH after seeing that reference.) Little by little Rowland S. Howard is becoming better known on a wider scale, which I think is an encouraging feeling for all us fans around the world, for whom his music has meant so much.