Seriously, considering printing it for my scrapbook.
no, not at all. I get rock and roll.
it just seemed precalculated and childish. I've seen Chris eviserate people from the stage but it's done cleverly and with a sparkle in the eye. but that's how I felt about it watching from home, as I say it probably came off differently live.
and yeah, I've heard both Home Brew albums. haven't seen them live but, so I'll taihoa until then. maybe they we'ren't always paying attention to their monitors? or had a few too many early doors?
one more thing, what was up with Campbell Smith's acceptance for Opossum? it was a drive by, grab and run.
My favourite new thing: all the people who've tweeted about how "embarrassed" they were that Home Brew behaved that way in front of Ben Harper. Lolz!
I wonder if they'd have been similarly outraged to discover what guests of honour Toy Love were like back in the day.
it just seemed precalculated and childish.
But what exactly? What did they do that was so awful?
as I say it probably came off differently live.
It was a welcome respite from the MOR tone of much of the rest of the fare, yep.
I thought Home Brew, Kimbra and the Toy Love tribute were the highlights of the evening.
I wonder if they’d have been similarly outraged to discover what guests of honour Toy Love were like back in the day.
Peter McLennan found an old interview with Chris talking about the only other time Toy Love had been to a Music Awards -- that wound up with them all getting really drunk and Paul standing on a table abusing people.
woah jolly, I think we might be talking about different things. that comment was about Emily's pre-song comment not HB. I'll blame the virus that's had me schtukered for the past week if I wasn't clear.
all the same, I'd liked to have been there. always good fun. and I usually do my bitching on the night.
woah jolly, I think we might be talking about different things. that comment was about Emily’s pre-song comment not HB.
Ah, gotcha. As I said, I thought that was funny and wasn't remotely offended by it.
Now looking at it just makes me feel sad.
And Old ? ;)
Bondi Hotel, I was there most nights in the 80's. Loved every band that crossed the ditch to entertain us. Loved every band that played there into the wee hours...
I remember, I think (she was away with the fairies sometime)
But stuck in my memory cells is Symonds St. Don't ask me when but that was the night I fell in Toy love.
Yep, she feels old.
But as some wit once said, "home taping was skill in music"
thought Home Brew, Kimbra and the Toy Love tribute were the highlights of the evening.
Probably Liberty Stage - Edinburgh Castle
The Gong Show
It was nice that Toy Love got the recognition they deserve…even if the setting was hideous. We waited up all night…way past our bedtime…to see the lovely old folk get their gongs. But was it worth it?
I sat through that travesty of a show to see that very thing… musta drifted off about one ad break away from it happening… nek minnit – midnight! Missed it completely, I hope someone puts that and the tribute band on YouTube or somewhere…
Joe Wylie made for them one of New Zealand’s most memorable music videos:
…and also created one of my favourite Toy Love posters (see above)…
own your own
…tomorrow at Real Groovy Records in Auckland…
There should also be at least 25 sets of the Toy Love Poster postcards on sale (see picture above)
these will be collectors items, as I credited Murray Cammick for a photo David Burke took – sorry David!
And I’m sure there will be other tweaks.
If you miss out drop me a line and I’ll apprise you of the second run…
The strangest thing about Toy Love is how soon it was all over. They played their first gig at Zwines in January 1979 and their last at Mainstreet in September 1980.
I don't know... perhaps it's better to say what you have to say and leave the room before you kill each other (or yourself) rather than be REM, who after thirty years called it quits while finding diplomatic ways to say "the money is great, but it's just not fun anymore." Anyway, I thought that was the whole punk ethos: It's about having something to say - LOUD - not ticking off boxes on a five year plan.
perhaps it’s better to say what you have to say and leave the room before you kill each other (or yourself) rather than be REM, who after thirty years called it quits while finding diplomatic ways to say “the money is great, but it’s just not fun anymore.” Anyway, I thought that was the whole punk ethos: It’s about having something to say – LOUD – not ticking off boxes on a five year plan.
Punk rock was a bit like James Dean - short-lived, but the impact was everlasting.
Whereas groups like REM seem to have done the musical equivalent of Marlon Brando - long-running but increasingly bloated with each passing year. I believe some people call this phenomenon, "we're still relevant, dammit!"
Punk rock was a bit like James Dean – short-lived, but the impact was everlasting.
Jones sure bought that marketing pitch, different day new scissors.
Here's a Toy Love performance some of you might have seen: the band playing at Auckland University on the same Orientation tour that I snuck into in Christchurch.
The Maidment, with a shirtless Mike Dooley, shortly before they went to Australia. Nice that it got recorded for posterity, but a pity about the intrusive video cameraman who later invaded the stage for some probably unnecessary closeups. Eventually Mike Dooley had had enough, and left his drum stool to drape a towel over the guy's head. After blundering about blind for a surprisingly long time with his bulky camera he got the hint.
Hilarious, I love that image, thanks Joe.
Had an 11 bedroom flat in Russel Street, Dunedin in 1981 which we filled by having an ad on the Uni notice board where only requirement was must have a Toy Love record
Probably Liberty Stage
maybe even this gig…
Although I did get there, it was the State Theatre and this gig. Now I wont say where I got this in the mail today, he might have to kill me ;) but what a pleasant surprise and thanks sweetie, and thanks for the Bragg intro. Absolute pleasure. (gush gush)
Ha! I was just looking at the book inside. Thinking , I was at that Selwyn College gig... and nice to read the praise of Joe Wylie.
I've since framed my postcards that I got . I like the liberty Stage one that you posted earlier and I just happened to get yesterday too. The man is a gem ;)
the State Theatre and this gig.
Poster art by Terence Hogan, of Rebel/Squeeze single cover fame, among others.