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Hard News: The Music for Occasions

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  • Sacha,

    I'd like those who knew me to chose my soundtrack. Seriously. The conversations about choices would be magnificent.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16771 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Sacha,

    I’d like those who knew me to chose my soundtrack. Seriously. The conversations about choices would be magnificent.

    I don't trust my friends that much :-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18969 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Oh, and no funeral shit on your birthday, sir.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16771 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Sacha,

    Oh, and no funeral shit on your birthday, sir.

    Oh hell no. Like I said, the impending celebration just washed up the perennial playlist again. I am going to bust out some I AM STILL A-FUCKING LIVE tunes on Saturday.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18969 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    Simply Red : "If you don't know me by now"

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    I think you'll need to have a full three-day tangi and make up playlists for each step of the way.

    A friend of mine died in 1998. At his funeral, a Smashing Pumpkins song was played as the mourners left the chapel. I don't remember what song it was, but he was a fan of the group and the song had just the right tone. But the CD kept playing, throwing up the album tracks of angsty '90s teen rock. People looked tense and uncomfortable but no one had the nerve to turn it off.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1863 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    I think you’ll need to have a full three-day tangi and make up playlists for each step of the way.

    Genius. But may have to take life-lengthening steps. That shit's gonna take decades to get right.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18969 posts Report Reply

  • dc_red,

    "I've smoked too much" is awesome, but might lead to some unwanted speculation as to cause of death? Or, heck, wanted speculation!

    Oil Patch, Alberta • Since Nov 2006 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to LegBreak,

    that may promote funerals amongst selectas

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16771 posts Report Reply

  • John Armstrong,

    For me, fIREHOSE's version of Daniel Johnson's Walking the Cow is it (I recommend 'watching' the clip with your eyes closed; the song is just all about surreal visual imagery that is just not helped by actual cows walking..).

    I'd be hard pressed to justify the choice, but for me that song captures everything that I love about music: great musicianship without an ounce of wankery, great lyrics without an ounce of pretentiousness, and a certain gravitas-without-being-properly-dark quality that I have only ever been able to summarise as 'candlelit'. And it has a line that reminds me, every time, of my wife.

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2007 • 132 posts Report Reply

  • Chip Matthews,

    This was played at the funeral of a friend who took his own life:

    I think I’d like that. And for my Dad’s, earlier the same year as my friend, I chose this as my musical input to the day:

    For years after before I left Che’s band, I could hardly play this without having a tear. Would like that one too.

    Woah, heavy topic for a Monday!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • dc_red, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I think you’ll need to have a full three-day tangi and make up playlists for each step of the way.

    Genius

    Plenty of time for one of those 17-min versions of "Stairway to Heaven"?

    Oil Patch, Alberta • Since Nov 2006 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    How about we kick off my funeral with a spot of Monty Python (‘All Things Dull and Ugly’)

    Otherwise, you’re getting hymns (and yes atheist friends, this would be a wonderful time to grit your teeth and indulge me) – I’m particularly partial to ‘Dear Lord and Father of Mankind’ at the moment. Take it away Mr. Hannon…


    The recessional. Louis Armstrong’s ‘West End Blues’, with interpretive dance at your discretion.



    And remember folks, I don’t give a shit if you’re flat but shoulders back, tits out and PROJECT!

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to dc_red,

    Plenty of time for one of those 17-min versions of “Stairway to Heaven”?

    I'd prefer the 15-min version of 'I Feel Love'.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18969 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to John Armstrong,

    And it has a line that reminds me, every time, of my wife.

    roflnui

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16771 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Chip Matthews,

    Woah, heavy topic for a Monday!

    Thanks for sharing, seriously.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18969 posts Report Reply

  • John Armstrong, in reply to Sacha,

    Oh shit, I didn't mean that! Damn you, bald lady..

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2007 • 132 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to John Armstrong,

    take my wife, please :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16771 posts Report Reply

  • Robert Fox,

    An old uni friend of mine had visions of this being played at his funeral while he was stuck in a crevasse and fearing the worst while climbing in the Himalayas.

    Luckily he survived his ordeal but I would have loved to have gone to the funeral.

    Since Nov 2006 • 106 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed,

    “I Wanna Be Sedated” by the Ramones.

    Before my eldest sister succumbed to a brain haemmorhage, she didn't want a conventional funeral, so she opted for a musical piece verging on Wagnerian.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4355 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler,

    I've been thinking about this one a bit recently (although I don't plan on dying anytime in the next 50 years). I was brought up in the Anglican church music tradition, and I always assumed that I would have an Anglican funeral, perhaps with Thomas Tomkins' Funeral Sentences:

    Even having left the church, choral music is important enough to me that I think I still want a choir; but the very plain statements of faith offered by Tomkins wouldn't sit well I think. Of course the range of secular choral music is a bit limited, but maybe I could cope with church music if it were in a different language?

    But whatever happens, I want my pall borne out to something very different:

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • John Armstrong, in reply to Sacha,

    He..

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2007 • 132 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    ."gimme dat harp, boy.....it ain't no fat man's toy".

    Anytime's a good time for the Captain.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4896 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Thomas,

    Probably not suitable for a birthday, but I've been listening to this album nonstop since I discovered it last week. Utterly brilliant, best of the year in my unhumble opinion.
    http://soundcloud.com/alt-j/sets/an-awesome-wave/

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    And for Russ' birthday, who could resist...

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4896 posts Report Reply

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