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Hard News: One man’s Meat Puppets is another man’s Poison

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  • Bevan Shortridge, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Ah, Burning Bridges. We had that on the same compilation cassette tape (20 Solid Gold Souvenirs) as Lola, the first Kinks song I was ever aware of. The second Kinks song I became aware of was in a film about a penis transplant ("Percy").

    God's Children - The Kinks.
    Speaking of Mike Curb, this used to play on our radio station a bit

    Softly Whispering I Love You - Mike Curb Congregation

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 110 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    God's Children - The Kinks

    +1

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Bevan Shortridge,

    The second Kinks song I became aware of was in a film about a penis transplant ("Percy").

    Percy was apparently based on a novel by the late Raymond Hitchcock, father of onetime Soft Boy Robyn Hitchcock:

    "And then he started writing and hit the bonanza with a book about a penis transplant (“Percy”). I see that the first penis transplant has actually just been carried out in China, and after two weeks, they had to take it off the recipient…not because it physically didn’t work, but because there were psychological problems! Which means that the guy’s back with his stump, so I don’t know what he’s going to do. And, anyway, I was wondering what my father would have thought of that."

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3291 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    While our host is off educating the yoof, this...

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2070 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Lou Reed is a legend

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3300 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Anyone that has been following this thread will feel the need to repair their DNA after the aural damage inflicted on the brain cells:

    Or you could turn to God

    My preferred option; listen to some dirty rock.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2442 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Remember back in the day when proper good gaffer was quite hard to come by? The rockstar roadies would saunter around with their own special stock.

    And you'd find some actor had used your fricken expensive gaffer to put up a poster on the wall!

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 1701 posts Report Reply

  • Roger,

    Well apart from having a peculiar affliction to anything from Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan…

    The holidays after high school I worked in a shearing gang and was cruely subjected to this for 12 hours a day. I believe that it certainly falls within the definition of torture!!

    I still shudder at the thought.

    Auckland • Since Jun 2007 • 171 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Dylan imitation......nice version


    Waste yourself

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1458 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    And a C&W parady for ya. John Prine had a hand in it apparently.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1458 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Bevan Shortridge,

    This used to play on the local radio station way back when. I only ever remembered the chorus, took no notice whatsoever of the verses (I was very young). I thought it was some sort of religious song because of the chorus <edit> ("Don't you ever let a chance go by, oh lord").

    My sister lives in Newcastle these days, and the first time I visited I demanded to be taken to the Parthenon Milkbar. Sadly, it closed in the early 1990s.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17939 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Can anyone sit through this?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2442 posts Report Reply

  • Kebabette,

    Atomic Kitten. Live. Singin' in their nighties

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 180 posts Report Reply

  • Kebabette, in reply to JacksonP,

    Add in The Wiggles ...

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 180 posts Report Reply

  • JackElder,

    I used to put this on towards the end of parties, to winnow out the wheat from the chaff:

    Tended to instigate a strong visceral response, either positive or negative.

    My own musical education was somewhat influenced by growing up in various places where availability of new music was sketchy, and often only via various UK chart programs. Which explains my deep and abiding fondness for this piece of acid beauty:

    A thing very much perfectly of its time.

    And I can well remember sitting in an incredibly dodgy flat in Mt Vic in the mid 90s, taping the BBC World Service's new music program onto cassette, and having my mind completely blown by Underworld's incredible mmm skyscraper i love you:

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 707 posts Report Reply

  • JackElder, in reply to Kebabette,

    Add in The Wiggles

    I've seen the Wiggles live. Twice. They give a good show. Seriously.

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 707 posts Report Reply

  • Kebabette,

    Can I just say a hearty Bless you to Tom Beard for Never Never by The Assembly, DeepRed for the collage of 80s Aussie gems & Hebe for The The, and all the golden tunes in here.
    And to the Jimmy Somerville massive – my fave is So cold the night

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 180 posts Report Reply

  • Kebabette, in reply to JackElder,

    They are pretty fab. I think the Leo Sayer/Wiggles is damn catchy! My 3 year old was mad in love with Jeff, but has transferred her toddlery affections to Murray.

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 180 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Kebabette,

    Atomic Kitten. Live. Singin' in their nighties

    And that, my pretties, is why autotune even got a foot in the door. Faaarrrrk!

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 1701 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to JackElder,

    I've seen the Wiggles live. Twice. They give a good show. Seriously

    They were worth any price: my then three-year-old twin boys were in awestruck silence for at least three hours afterwards.

    a strong visceral response

    Altern8 does: videos with that flickery-flackery stuff make me throw up, literally. Used to happen in clubs with lighting of a particular frequency too.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2442 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Hebe,

    They were worth any price: my then three-year-old twin boys were in awestruck silence for at least three hours afterwards.

    Have we had the 'You have twins? We have twins too' discussion? Seems there's a few of us around here.

    Speaking of which...

    It was special to me when I was 14. Now, not so much.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2070 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to JacksonP,

    Have we had the 'You have twins? We have twins too' discussion?

    No. You have twins too? How old? I slipped up; I usually try to refer to the two as children rather than twins, partly as a result of my only visit to the multiple birth playgroup where it seemed the only interesting thing the other participants rated was the production of more than one baby at one time. And partly because I try fruitlessly to individuate the pair of them.

    The weirdest question I have been asked about the boys (who are identical): Why is one asleep and one awake? Because they are different people. And the endless but well-meant "double trouble".

    I had been enjoying not being "mother of twins" on PA. Though did I tell you about my angels when....

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2442 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Hebe,

    I had been enjoying not being "mother of twins" on PA.

    Sorry for drawing attention to it. Ours are so individuated people sometimes look at us when we say they're twins as if we made it up. 'Are you sure?'

    Yep, pretty damn sure. Fraternal 10yo girls, FTR.

    ETA: Quote fixed in real time. ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2070 posts Report Reply

  • Kebabette,

    I am a total 80s head, but this is quite a pompous load o'ass.

    "We made our love on wastelands
    and through the barricades"

    Ouch, making love through barricades must be a bit stingy, poor Tony Hadley prob got barbed wire on his willy.

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 180 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    'Sok I'm fine with it. Boys are 14. they are so identical that I once sat them at a hairdressers, side by side, with two different scissor wielders, and told the cutters to give the boys different looks, and their teacher and classmates were still unable to tell them apart. Very different personalities though. If I don't have my specs on and am not listening carefully I make the ultimate betrayal of calling them by the wrong name.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2442 posts Report Reply

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