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Hard News: Music: In before Christmas

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  • James Butler,

    I was mistaken - two Song Quest winners, and it's been sponsored by Lexus for ages apparently.

    I was saying to Russell that it's a pity all the best choral music is for Easter; but then I also think all the best pop music is about existential angst so maybe I'm the wrong person to ask.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    Is the bar in the Street Chant clip an actual bar in Auckland or just a studio mock-up ?

    Either way, it's a cool clip.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 565 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler,

    ‘Sink’

    God that mystery meat spit behind the bar is almost Cronenberg-esque. I'm never eating a kebab again.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Dave Patrick,

    This is the only Christmas song you need

    And it's a valid question, the one about where does someone like Katie Thompson get public exposure - it's a similar situation for Delaney Davidson, who's last two albums have been in lots of "best of" end of year lists, but who could just as well not exist as far as radio or TV coverage goes.

    Rangiora, Te Wai Pounamu • Since Nov 2006 • 232 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    Is the bar in the Street Chant clip an actual bar in Auckland or just a studio mock-up ?

    Reminiscent of Whammy, but I'm pretty sure it's a mock-up.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18512 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I meant to say: thanks to Hugh Sundae and the Herald Entertainment team for making their video premieres embeddable.

    I had to consult with Hugh and tweak the code to turn off autoplay on those two clips, but I've had a report of autoplay happening anyway in IE9 on Windows 7 Pro.

    It's sweet for me in Chrome/Mac OS. How's it working for y'all?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18512 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    I use IE on Windows 7 and the top clip started playing automatically. It was a bit embarassing as a) it was loud and b) I'm in the public library.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 565 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    Sorry this isn't on topic, but looks like Leslie Longstone is falling on her sword over the Novopay debacle.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 565 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Isabel recently reminded me of this, a Christmas song which is kind of corny, but which always makes me cry:

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

  • Hugh Sundae,

    Sorry about the autoplay thing - I've sent a support request to our video provider so hopefully we can sort that out soon.

    In the meantime - today's premiere (with thoughts from Stuart Page) is
    Bailterspace: World We Share.



    Cheers

    Hugh

    Auckland • Since May 2011 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Cubey, in reply to Dave Patrick,

    it's a similar situation for Delaney Davidson, who's last two albums have been in lots of "best of" end of year lists, but who could just as well not exist as far as radio or TV coverage goes.

    Ahem. I had Delaney playing favourites with Kim Hill last December. For an hour. To one of the biggest radio audiences in the country. (If you missed it, catch the repeat on Saturday 19 January). And country music in general is no stranger to the Saturday Morning audience.

    Wellington • Since May 2008 • 51 posts Report Reply

  • Dave Patrick, in reply to Mark Cubey,

    (If you missed it, catch the repeat on Saturday 19 January).

    Thanks!

    Rangiora, Te Wai Pounamu • Since Nov 2006 • 232 posts Report Reply

  • jasonhighet,

    This is the only Christmas mix album you'll ever need, IMHO.

    Praise Jah It's Christmas - A Yuletide Ska & Reggae mix

    You can never have too much Christmas reggae.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2012 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

    I was surprised to learn, the other day, that "Jingle Bells" was originally written as a Thanksgiving song.
    The other bit of Christmas song trivia that I was reading recently (I think in a Gaurdian article) was that for making the video for Fairytale of New York, they hired the NYPD pipe band (as there was no NYPD choir) but being pipers not singers they did not know the words to Gallway Bay. In the video they are mouthing the words to the only song they all knew, the Mickey Mouse Club theme.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 841 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Looking for lost photons...
    (and braincells IIRC, which I don't...)
    Has anyone out there got, or know of, a photo of The Hillsborough Tavern as it was in the '80s, maybe it's in the background of that shot your friend took outside, just before going in to see The Dance Exponents, Toy Love or John Cale?
    An inside shot might be ok if no exteriors surface...
    (Reason: I had a request from someone doing a movie about that time - don't know if I can say more yet)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    a photo of The Hillsborough Tavern as it was in the ’80s

    Isn’t the Hillsbrew in one of the Dance Exponents videos? We saw it in video on a music tv channel a while ago; I’ll ask the brain when he gets home if he remembers which band. Something seedy anyway.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2552 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Hebe,

    good old Chchch…
    While waiting for the brain I’ve been trawling, I remembered Kevin Hill’s Flickr thread of ‘70s & ’80s Chchch bands (thanks Mysterex ) which only has a coupla interior shots of the Hillsborough
    but a wealth of other heady nostalgia:
    - – Outdoor gig at old uni / arts centre
    and Butler at the same place

    – – Santana, Town Hall ’73

    – – The Grenadier Hotel

    - – an ad for Vapour & the Trails with the Vauxhalls at the Gladstone

    - – Porkchops at The Gresham – The Basket Cases played there for a while, and maybe you didn’t know but Jane Walker played drums for the Basket Cases (with Paul Kean on Bass) before she was keyboardist for Toy Love.

    - – Beech rockin’ out at Cashmere high school – taken the year before I took over running the Hall and stage in my 5th form year – or thereabouts…

    and here’s one for Geoff Lealand – the Masters Theatres Star ad from 1979

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Biobbs, in reply to David Hood,

    The other bit of Christmas song trivia that I was reading recently (I think in a Gaurdian article) was that for making the video for Fairytale of New York, they hired the NYPD pipe band (as there was no NYPD choir) but being pipers not singers they did not know the words to Gallway Bay. In the video they are mouthing the words to the only song they all knew, the Mickey Mouse Club theme.

    There's a fascinating BBC doco on the making of Fairytale of New York on YT, that mentions that and has a whole lot more interesting info about it (like how Matt Dillon came to be involved in the video, and saved the Pogues from being arrested when they were filming the 'drunk tank' scene in a real police station).

    The River Mouth, Denmark • Since Jan 2011 • 107 posts Report Reply

  • Tristan, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Isabel recently reminded me of this, a Christmas song which is kind of corny, but which always makes me cry

    oh shit that made my cry to!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 193 posts Report Reply

  • Tristan, in reply to Biobbs,

    There’s a fascinating BBC doco on the making of Fairytale of New York on YT

    i think it just got rickrolled!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 193 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    It wouldn't be Christmas without frosty and Calvin and Hobbes...

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2107 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    While waiting for the brain I’ve been trawling, I remembered Kevin Hill’s Flickr thread of ‘70s & ’80s Chchch bands (thanks Mysterex ) which only has a coupla interior shots of the Hillsborough

    Look at the size of that effing stage! In a pub!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18512 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

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    I took this picture of Bill Direen playing with the Bilders last night. I think it might be the best gig pic I've ever taken.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18512 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Look at the size of that effing stage…

    …well sometimes they had to set up for the band,
    the dancing girls, the DJ and the Housie caller,
    all at once!
    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Bill Direen playing

    Great pic, indeed...
    It looks like Bill is becoming
    our Leonard Cohen,
    and deservedly so!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

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