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Hard News: Friday Music: Right back in there

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  • Perverse,

    hey man Thanks for the include on your blog. Just so you and anyone reading this knows we gave "semblance" away last year it is on our soundcloud for free download :) thanks for the support!

    Auckland New Zealand • Since Jan 2013 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Cubey,

    Excerpt from Billboard cover story on Prince is here. Sample:

    The ever-slender Prince - a strikingly ever-youthful advertisement for the maxim "black don't crack" - is garbed in yellow pants and a long, oversized button-front white-and-yellow jersey emblazoned with "MPLS" on the front. His Afro is covered by an incongruous hat in the shape of a lion. His other eye-catching accessory: wedged silver shoes adorned with periodically flashing red lights. A full-fledged rock star, even in rehearsal.

    Gotta love him.

    Wellington • Since May 2008 • 51 posts Report Reply

  • Aidan,

    I wonder if The Skeptics were still running Snailclamps at the time?

    If so, a detour off SH1 to Palmy might have been in order ... opportunity missed.

    Canberra, Australia • Since Feb 2007 • 144 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    Musically I too

    dimly recall having quite a good time in 1984

    and it certainly ended with a bang.

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 546 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Radiolive chat (mid 2012) with John Halvorsen (Gordons, Bailterspace, Skeptics...)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1463 posts Report Reply

  • Stupid, in reply to Aidan,

    I wonder if The Skeptics were still running Snailclamps at the time?

    Yeah Snail Clamps closed in 1985, I was there at the closing night 'cos AXEMEN played was fab!

    1984 was one of the best and busiest years for music in Christchurch. You had to be there I guess.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 43 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington, in reply to Stupid,

    1984 was one of the best and busiest years for music in Christchurch. You had to be there I guess.

    As my steadily falling university grades could attest.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 883 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Perverse,

    hey man Thanks for the include on your blog. Just so you and anyone reading this knows we gave “semblance” away last year it is on our soundcloud for free download :) thanks for the support!

    No problem! I've updated the blog with that link now.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18666 posts Report Reply

  • Phil Stewart,

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    _‘Cake’ is on name-your-price (including zero) on Bandcamp and Girl Songs will be released on (sob) Valentine’s Day. Here’s the cover:_

    ... and here's the original!
    http://artworkbymanicmark.blogspot.co.nz/2010_07_04_archive.html

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Harry Musgrave,

    Hey - did anybody else go to the Waterboy's at the Civic on Monday?
    I've been wanting to talk about it's awesomeness all week..

    Electric fiddles are so cool!

    Since Jul 2009 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    The odd thing is how poorly-identified everyone is

    Although my other half managed to identify a very young herself at 3.52 getting down to Russ and crew (she would've been 14..)

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    The Venue, whose proprietor, a Mr Russell Crowe,

    A-hem…. He was calling himself Russ LeRoc at the time :D

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 789 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Harry Musgrave,

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    Hey – did anybody else go to the Waterboy’s at the Civic on Monday?
    I’ve been wanting to talk about it’s awesomeness all week..

    Yep. Full set (such that they are) on Flickr.

    Enjoyed it immensely, but I get caught in these nostalgia gigs between appreciating their continuing musical acumen and wanting to hear the whole of This Is The Sea, including Bonus Disc tracks, from start to finish.

    But they sure know how to work a crowd.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2119 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to FletcherB,

    He was calling himself Russ LeRoc

    With due respect to mythological Persian birds,
    I thought it was Russ Le Roq…
    ..well, his Roman Antix almost lead
    to him becoming Marlon Brando…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4629 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    almost lead to him becoming Marlon Brando…

    on thinking about it - as he is taking the role of Jor-El in Zack Snyder's rebooted Superman - he has stepped into Marlon's shoes!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4629 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Flume

    Dammit. I prefer to discover people after they've played here and then have a vague sense of regret, not decide I like them two days before their local appearance and feel bad all that day for not going. A pox on you, Brown!

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3625 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    With due respect to mythological Persian birds,
    I thought it was Russ Le Roq…

    Indeed.

    I liked Russ -- he'd come up to Rip It Up in his canary-yellow zoot suit and drop off his listings -- although I didn't claim to understand what he thought he was doing. He was sincere and hard-working and his bands were truly terrible.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18666 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Stewart,

    The memory permanently etched into my brain from that era is that of the Windsor Castle's resident act, the notorious Team Policing Unit.

    Pt Chev • Since Feb 2012 • 51 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    thought it was Russ Le Roq…

    I bow to your greater recall :) I was just starting high school at the time...

    My older brother interviewed him for a radio-show that was produced by school students... possibly aired on ZM? A different high-schhol produced each week's show. Lynfield College did a show about activities (or lack of) for teenagers, so talking to the promoter of an under--age music venue was a good fit...

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 789 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Russell Brown,

    and his bands were truly terrible.

    I've mentioned to Trevor Reekie that I hold him personally responsible for Les Misérables

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    As a happy coincidence, I spotted the album cover for the Pretty Things "Get The Picture" LP in the window of the excellent Vinyl Countdown second-hand record store on Devon Street in New Plymouth--a store right across the road from the old NP Opera House, where the infamous 1965 concert took place. I love such coincidences!
    The proprietor gifted it to me and it can be added to my AudioCulture piece..

    Another spin on the bike along the coastal walkway in Taranaki sunshine and then off to Tropfest screenings

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2283 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    As a happy coincidence, I spotted the album cover for the Pretty Things "Get The Picture" LP in the window of the excellent Vinyl Countdown second-hand record store on Devon Street in New Plymouth

    Ah, cool Geoff. I'm seeing you in early March so I can arrange a swift scan.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    I hope everyone enjoyed Laneway yesterday - I am spitting tacks this morning to discover that one of my very favourite bands, Kings of Convenience, were on yesterday and NO ONE THOUGHT TO TELL ME. Luckily I'll get over it.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 546 posts Report Reply

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