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

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  • Danielle, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Oh, aren't they lovely? Sigh...

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3665 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Has there been any Kim Wilde?

    OMG this is bad.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2171 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    The horror of the Spoken Word

    Surely Debbie Harry can be exempt?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Bevan Shortridge,

    I guessing this counts as spoken word...another Dylan song done

    Mr Tambourine Man - William Shatner

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 117 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Bevan Shortridge,

    this counts as spoken word

    It's a fairly epic five minutes of utter hogwash, but if it was good enough for Martin Scorsese then I'm not one to argue:

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3215 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to dyan campbell,

    At my school Nick Gilder (Sweeney Todd) played sock hops and dances many times before he became too pricey for high school dance budgets.

    Sweeney Todd
    Hot Child in the City

    Now there's a song brought to me by Casey Kasem ... but I'm sure it was as Nick Gilder.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to philipmatthews,

    More at the Meat Puppets end than the Poison end. I've been enjoying the Bruce Russell-compiled Time to Go -- the Southern Psychedelic Moment: 1981-86, on Flying Nun. The least obvious F Nun compilation in years -- perhaps ever. Bruce's theme is about a psychedelic movement in South Island post-punk music, and it stands up.

    It totally does. I concur with his sleeve notes too.

    I think non-obvious compilations are a good way to approach the Flying Nun catalogue (canon?) at this point. Why let Siltbreeze have all the fun?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    The only song I can recall being physically threatened for enthusing over, but that was a very long time ago.
    Even fuzz maestro Tony Peluso has sadly passed on.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to SteveH,

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

    One more set here, as of 6 weeks ago...

    Ours now 11 going on teen :)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1599 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Russell Brown,

    the Southern Psychedelic Moment: 1981-86, on Flying Nun. The least obvious F Nun compilation in years -- perhaps ever

    Yeah, and here's one that didn't make it onto any record that I know about- but a ripper at the time: the McGoohans' "Pyschedelic Texas"

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1599 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Disgusting dreck

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Disgusting dreck

    or... Bubblegum gold.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to 3410,

    Disgusting dreck

    or... Bubblegum gold.

    More the latter, methinks.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Still can't hate this. The Sweet, 'Fox on the Run':

    And the much more rockin' album version:

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Hebe,

    Disgusting dreck

    If you're after a far better sounding "Saturday Night"...

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4431 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX, in reply to DeepRed,

    A better Saturday Night

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1210 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to DeepRed,

    If you're after a far better sounding "Saturday Night"...

    TBH I think I'd rather have the Rollers than Jimmy.

    But I'd rather have Weller than either:

    and, since we're there:

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3215 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Touche...

    The Sweet, 'Fox on the Run':

    The Sweet Fox you say...

    almost a talkie...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5169 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Still can't hate this. The Sweet, 'Fox on the Run'

    First band I ever saw live, Brooklands Bowl, New Plymouth, 1972 or 73 supported by [gasp] Daniel "Daddy don't you walk so fast" Boone. I was eleven. They still have a place in my musical pantheon. Some dreck in the early canon for sure (Chinn/Chapman) but some gems once they asserted their independence. Brian Connolly (lead singer) was apparently the half-brother of Mark McManus (Taggart) but they didn't find out until their mother died and they both attended the funeral.

    Desolation Boulevard would be the best of their albums, IMHO.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2208 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Sweet...that leads me to Sorrow (un-dreck) [my ma wouldn't take me to The Sweet concert in 1972 for my birthday so I made do with Lulu].


    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Zappa engages with the Australian intelligentsia, 1973. The clip shown as an example of rock music's power to wreak evil appears to be the Sweet in concert:

    A pity that the later part of the show doesn't seem to be available, where the most earnest participant asks "Mr Zappa, do you believe that anyone can be truly free?"
    To which Zappa replies "Well if you can't be free you can always be cheap."

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    The clip shown as an example of rock music's power to wreak evil appears to be the Sweet in concert:

    Slade, I think. That looks like Noddy Holder in the big hat. Doesn't sound right either

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2208 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Still can't hate this. The Sweet, 'Fox on the Run'

    Ah, The Sweet. My first big concert was going to The Sweet on their Give Us a Wink-tour. Maybe 76 or 77.

    Stockholm • Since Jul 2009 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to nzlemming,

    The clip shown as an example of rock music’s power to wreak evil appears to be the Sweet in concert:

    Slade, I think. That looks like Noddy Holder in the big hat. Doesn’t sound right either

    Yeah, that’s totes Slade from about 5.05.

    And “echoes of a Nuremberg rally”. Heh. Reminds me of seeing Public Enemy at the Brixton Academy – Flavor Flav snuck out on stage before the show, clowned around and solicited a cheer from the crowd. The Guardian’s clearly terrified reviewer later wrote it up as “Nazi-style rabble-rousing”. Seriously.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to nzlemming,

    Slade, I think. That looks like Noddy Holder in the big hat. Doesn't sound right either

    Sorry, corrected. The mullety guy in Slade always looked to me like he'd strayed from the Sweet.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3628 posts Report Reply

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