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Hard News: Friday Music: When there were hippies

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  • DexterX, in reply to Hebe,

    My daughter Geena "Real Life" as one of her presents for her second birthday - it was a three disc collectable released to coincide with the American Tour - two of the discs having extended versions. She would make us play “Let it be love” and “See the Lights” over and over whilst she would tap/slap out the beat – they are great.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1157 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to DexterX,

    Nothing to do with anything musical, I'll say it anyway: has anyone else noticed the likeness of ginger-period Jim Kerr to the Greens' Russell Norman?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2442 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Hebe,

    has anyone else noticed the likeness of ginger-period Jim Kerr to the Greens’ Russell Norman?

    I haven't but then I don't know what Jim Kerr looks like.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4448 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    I don't know what Jim Kerr looks like.

    The very idle thought comes from late-night music-channel grazing so I don't know the name of the video to give a hint other than it's one of the well-known songs and he 's got ginger hair and wearing a baggy suit (not that I have ever seen Russell Norman in a baggy suit).

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2442 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Russell Norman always reminds me of Harvey Norman but without the washing machines. Don't know about the baggy suit.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4448 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Hebe,

    I don’t know the name of the video to give a hint other than it’s one of the well-known songs and he ’s got ginger hair and wearing a baggy suit

    Must be forgettable after all.

    Not sure it's ginger hair though. The lighting?

    PS. I like them a lot too.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2071 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    I’ve just been watching a DVD of New Order. Took me back!

    On the subject of anachronisms, love today's xkcd.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3300 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to JacksonP,

    Wow thanks. Press any button on PA and out comes the answer. That is the video. Maybe you're right about the lighting, or the colour is way gone on our TV (an old 29 inch CRT that has fallen flat on its face three times in the shakes).

    I like Simple Minds for their bigness of sound, their swirly melodiousness, and that they seem to be able to play stadiums without being pompous (U2 are very prog-pomp). And the Simples seem to enjoy playing; sometimes you catch them smirking as in "jeez, I can still do it, even with a double chin". Muddle age has made me appreciate that humour.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2442 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Hebe,

    I also love Simple Minds. And Simply Red. I'm a Simple Girl.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    And Simply Red.

    I nearly mentioned them but I think they may be a girl thing rather than general interest.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2442 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Ganley, in reply to JacksonP,

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    PS. I like them a lot too.

    You would have loved them on this night: Simple Minds at Mainstreet, sometime in 1982. It was packed to capacity in there, very hot and sweaty.

    Maungawhau • Since Dec 2006 • 159 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to JacksonP,

    PS. I like them a lot too.

    For me, nothing tops their breakout hit:

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 3899 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    This one. The best.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2442 posts Report Reply

  • Biobbs,

    The music, it must be said, is mostly pretty poor. Golden Harvest and Schtung sound indifferent

    Heh. The guitarist from Schtung came and gave a lunch-time solo concert at my school, around about that time, 78 or 79. Several teachers (all of that generation) told us how this guy was amazing and we just *had* to go...so we did. Cue an hour of the most boring, noodling self-indulgent guitar twiddling you've ever heard in your life. I got a detention by yelling out "so when does it start?" after he finally stopped.

    The River Mouth, Denmark • Since Jan 2011 • 106 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX, in reply to Lilith __,

    Now that is good.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1157 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Loving the Simple Minds love. How about this for some great use of gold foil? And where did mascara for men go, eh?

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Jolisa,

    Are we not men?

    That is exactly how I announced the news to my husband. He responded "We are (going to) Devo!"

    Simple Minds makes me think of Judd Nelson's capacious nostrils, for which we can blame John Hughes. (I have never heard the early stuff.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3582 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    As an aside, good old nzhistory.net has documented the rise of NZ rock music festivals (including Redwood 70 which I attended and which seemed huge, but only had 9000 people).

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 1901 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Danielle,

    Simple Minds makes me think of Judd Nelson’s capacious nostrils, for which we can blame John Hughes. (I have never heard the early stuff.)

    I think you'd like it, actually. There's certainly more to them than that Billy Idol song.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17941 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    As an aside, does anyone know where I can look at photographs of Sweetwaters 1983?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2442 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Aston,

    And before Namabassa was the The Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival
    I was there for that one - Corban Simpson ( Dam the Dam ) going naked for the first act - Black Sabbath kicked off with a huge burning cross on the hill that totally freaked out the Christians . Hippies, bikers , lefties , hare krishnas , good vibe with all
    Our first woodstock

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 421 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Richard Aston,

    ( Dam the Dam )

    Wasn't that John Hanlon? Came across him working as an adman in Sydney in the mid-90s.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3291 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    80s suits and growing old, you say..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15717 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Sacha,

    I had dinner last night with a couple of newish friends, and John had an album playing which was David Byrne and Caetano Veloso. Pretty amazing.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Ganley,

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    As an aside, does anyone know where I can look at photographs of Sweetwaters 1983?

    Here’s a couple of scene-setters. Or perhaps the Psychedelic Furs? Over here.

    Maungawhau • Since Dec 2006 • 159 posts Report Reply

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