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  • hot_grits,

    Punk Britannia looks cool. Here's the... um... opposite:

    -judging by the first minute should be pretty funny.

    I also very much enjoyed Soul Britannia:

    And Metal Britannia looks pretty good, too:

    Vietnam • Since Dec 2011 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Greg Wood,

    By all that's holy, that Watercolours stuff is GOOD.

    Meantime, up here in Singapore: no iTunes Music Store, no Apple TV on the shelves - in case someone's Aunty has a VHS recorder, apparently.

    Now back in Aucktown • Since Dec 2006 • 76 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    There's a brilliant period interview in Punk Britannia where Wilko Johnson declares that rock 'n' roll isn't "songs about hobbits".

    Wilko is absolutely great in that (as he always was) but I was taken aback by how he's aged (especially since the rest of us haven't at all).

    I was please to see how coherent Adam Ant was too.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3206 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Greg Wood,

    Meantime, up here in Singapore: no iTunes Music Store, no Apple TV on the shelves - in case someone's Aunty has a VHS recorder, apparently.

    Each of the SEA territories has it's own local stores, all licensed but with local pricing. Lets face it, nobody up here is going to pay $18 for an album....

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3206 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Greg Wood,

    By all that's holy, that Watercolours stuff is GOOD.

    I've pointed out to her that she can put 'Night Swimmer' up on Bandcamp without making herself ineligible for the funding grab, so hopefully that'll happen soon.

    Meanwhile, you can take a moment to register and vote for her.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18800 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Greg Wood,

    By all that's holy, that Watercolours stuff is GOOD.

    And how! Just had one of those moments that is rare with music when you full in love with something in less than a minute of song.

    Voted!

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2130 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to nothingelseon,

    Oz rock was born and INXS became megastars

    Yeah, we used to play with them 2 or 3 times a week sometimes, same set list on the monitors everytime, slick, but soulless - the good stuff was happening with The Sheiks and Paul Kelly and The Dots and similar, at even smaller venues...

    Meanwhile back in New Zealand...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4783 posts Report Reply

  • Greg Wood, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Done – Watercolours has my vote – but a single vote with no mechanism for intensity is barely scratching the surface on this one. Can we have a "vote what you like" model, maybe with a rolling balance of say 30 votes, shared by percentage over the month? What say I like this 100% today, and tomorrow I find something I like 50%, or 200%? How do I express "mm, that's nice" vs "OOOOH HOLY SHIVERING PANDAS!"...?

    Whoops, garbled rant... I mean, can I vote with one vote but colour it in nicely?

    Or something.

    <beer>

    Now back in Aucktown • Since Dec 2006 • 76 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Greg Wood,

    Can we have a “vote what you like” model, maybe with a rolling balance of say 30 votes, shared by percentage over the month?

    You can vote once a day, every day …

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18800 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Greg Wood,

    Watercolours has my vote

    If you haven't already found it, there's a few more to listen to under Chelsea Jade name on Myspace.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2130 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Thought I best come back over here instead of clogging the Two Tales of a City Capture thread up with music (good though it is)...

    The ones that got away...
    This Sporting Life at the Rumba Bar 1982

    (with dance floor 'cameos' by Roger Shepherd and Chris Knox)

    Shoes this High

    The Enemy

    The Gordons

    Nocturnal Projections

    The Primmers

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4783 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    This Sporting Life at the Rumba Bar 1982

    Wow - just wow. I had no idea that was up there. Gary Rodent!

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3206 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    The Gordons

    I can't separate The Gordons' songs ; it was always a time and place for me. The clips don't do the rooted-to-the-spot sonic experience. (My best "one" was the Thistle Hall in Cuba Street in 1981-ish. )

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2599 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Hebe,

    The clips don't do the rooted-to-the-spot sonic experience.

    No they don't come at all close - and neither really do the Toy Love clips (unless my memory is skewered) or the recent live album.

    For all that, I'm thrilled we have both (and I know there's a lot more like that out there - I've got a bunch of stuff which needs to be transferred at some stage and there's a heap more in private archives that I know of).

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3206 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Great the visual record is there -- and a bit surprising when you think back on how few people had devices that recorded moving pictures back then. Only my friends from the middle classes had access to movie cameras; we oiks had trouble affording to get still films developed. I'm more saying that I could never have separated the "songs" in a Gordons session.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2599 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    The Gordons clip was done in Wellington, I think, by the NZBC -- presumably at Avalon.

    Love this comment on the YouTube page:

    Brent rocks with or without hair. I married him because the only word he says is “drums.” -wife of Brent, Lizzy

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18800 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Russell Brown,

    presumably at Avalon.

    Yep, it looks to be, and I'd (wildly) guess it was a Brent Hansen vid.

    Making a video at Avalon would usually consist of standing around a bit of the Close to Home or Glide Time set and miming for an hour or so. When you you'd done that they say please go home (feel free to grab a pie from the canteen on your way out) and we'll throw some awful effects on the images, edit off the beat and then claim we own all rights.

    Then it kinda came right (aside from the rights bit which is still not 100% sorted) and for while you had several directors including Simon Morris, Peter Blake and Brent who kinda got it. We even managed to get location videos made which was unheard of before.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3206 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Wow - just wow.

    I know!
    Whatever happened to Gary?
    and that club in Quay Street?
    I still have and rate my This Sporting Life EP copies...
    There seems to be a few Rumba bar clips on YouTube of various bands - I have a recollection of someone filming gigs round then, maybe Bob Sutton, Chris may even have done some, though I don't think these are from the "The Last Rumba" album weekend, but I think there may be one around from then with the dance floor covered in guitarists for a Tall Dwarfs song....

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4783 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I asked that question on Facebook, nobody knows. Went back across the bridge?

    I was more an Alms For Children fan tbh - that EP on Ratbag's label was the biz.

    Harry may know where Gary is.

    Somebody else suggested Bob Sutton for that - makes sense.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3206 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    We have news: Alan (Blondies - we used to all drink Irish coffees there late at night in those pre-licensed days if you recall) Lindley tells me he moved to Brighton UK after Quays and hasn't be heard of since....

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3206 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    Reminiscence is a fine thing; but seeing what "Punk" was encircled by makes one feel profoundly unsteady:
    http://www.addlong.co.uk/UK-Hits/1976.html
    http://www.addlong.co.uk/UK-Hits/1977.html
    http://www.addlong.co.uk/UK-Hits/1978top.html

    The gift Punk Rock gave the world was that it killed Disco.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1186 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    slick, but soulless

    Well they were destined for success then weren't they. And they certainly gave off that aura at the time. Eyes on the goal of success OSeas they didnt want to pay their dues gigging round OZ, I never went to one of their gigs.
    But the live music scene there was healthy then, bands playing a different place every night, and people went out. It kinda ate NZ bands up cause they had to start all over, building an audience.
    Srry I take a while to percolate this stuff thru.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1204 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to DexterX,

    The gift Punk Rock gave the world was that it killed Disco.

    Ahem.

    Disco wasn't the problem. At all.

    What rock music had become was the problem.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18800 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Whatever happened to Gary?
    and that club in Quay Street?

    I have a fond memory of taking up a collection at a party in Mt Eden and being driven with Gary to Quays -- by Hunters & Collectors' bass player -- to exchange the cash for a disproportionate amount of booze from the locked-up bar. You had to be enterprising in those days.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18800 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Prog gnosis... grim...

    Disco wasn't the problem. At all.
    What rock music had become was the problem.

    So, not what we were dancing to
    but the way we were dancing to it?
    '- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4783 posts Report Reply

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