Island Life by David Slack

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Island Life: Bye, bye, you peculiar guy.

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  • David Slack,

    What sort of customer is drawn to a cafe where the special o' the day board has become a deaths o' the day board?

    Yes Robin! Exactly. Thankxs for that.

    "No, I'm far too upset about Micheal[sic] Jackson and Farah[sic] Fawcett to eat."?

    Should that be [ded]?
    [Stet]

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    I’ve always thought the great Prog Rock concept album of all time was Pink Floyd’s Animals.

    With the best cover too.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    There was whimsy a-plenty along with the conceptual aspect but it never got too po-faced.

    That's really true, and probably explains why I love The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, yet get stabby when I hear Yes-like things. Also: do not underestimate the power of three good musical minutes. Get in, get out, don't faff about.

    I blame 'A Quick One, While He's Away': the proto- Tommy. (It's conceivable that we could partly blame Paul McCartney, too, with all that music hall vaudevillian stuff. But Paul gets enough blame for things as it is. :) )

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3661 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Wham! Bam! - Whimsy will kill ya...

    Vivian Stanshall RIP
    21 March 1943 – 5 March 1995
    (do have a field day in the Bonzos'
    other tracks on YouTube)

    and Reggae gives ya cancer...

    ... but what can a poor boy to do?

    yrs
    Amon Doole
    Vertigo Rekkids fan club

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5062 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    @Ian

    You Done My Brain In.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 805 posts Report Reply

  • David Slack,

    It's conceivable that we could partly blame Paul McCartney, too, with all that music hall vaudevillian stuff. But Paul gets enough blame for things as it is. :) )

    I've been thinking about all of the people who went into a studio with Paul who are no longer with us. Off the top of my head: John, Linda, George, Billy, Denny, Michael. And he never ages. Could there be some kind of deadly Dorian Grey thing going on here?

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey,

    I've no idea who/what Pickettywitch were/is, so naturally enough went to Youtube.

    My only question, is the blonde, who I presume Polly Brown, channelling Sue Kedgeley, or the other way around?

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    That's really true, and probably explains why I love The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society,

    Ditto. The thing...well, one of the things...about VGPS is it is like a radio play (albiet a plotless one). Like a good radio play (or maybe a poem) it is 'evocative' in the truest sense of the word - i.e. it evokes images and stories in the listeners mind. The imagination of the audience has a role. It doesn't spell out every damn thing.

    It may not be a coincidence that part of the inspiration was a radio adaptation of Dylan Thomas's 'Under Milk Wood'.

    Also: do not underestimate the power of three good musical minutes. Get in, get out, don't faff about.

    Hear hear. Again, less is more.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 805 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    I've been thinking about all of the people who went into a studio with Paul who are no longer with us....Could there be some kind of deadly Dorian Grey thing going on here?

    Or.... something even more sinister.

    Maybe those freaks was right when they said he was dead. He is a zombie vampire returned to claim his collaborators....

    Shit. I've really got to get back to work.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 805 posts Report Reply

  • Heather W.,

    I'm not sure it's even legal these days. When I saw them they had to call themselves Anderson, Wakeman, Bruford and Howe, which is a bit wordy for a referendum bumper sticker.

    Am (or am not) voting B.W.A.H. would fit, whichever meaning of bwah you wish to use.

    North Shore • Since Nov 2008 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler,

    Ah, Yes. Nothing wrong with a bit of prog rock.

    Ah prog rock, concept albums - yes, they were/are great

    [...]

    Also: do not underestimate the power of three good musical minutes. Get in, get out, don't faff about.

    Again, less is more.

    OMG, PA just recapitulated the entire 70's in microcosm.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Parker,

    Ah the albums of my youth...Thick as a Brick, Aqualung, Fragile, Close to the Edge, Meddle. Even went to Wishbone Ash in Wgtn around 75. Then I found Neil Young and that was that. Although the new Decembrists album could almost qualify as prog and I quite like it so maybe things haven't changed as much as I think.

    Also, I have listened to Rick Wakeman's concept album about the Six Wives of Henry VIII. Beat *that*.

    I owned this one too

    Napier • Since Nov 2008 • 232 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    The thing...well, one of the things...about VGPS is it is like a radio play (albiet a plotless one).

    Also, it sounds like it was recorded off the radio.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    My only question, is the blonde, who I presume Polly Brown, channelling Sue Kedgeley, or the other way around?

    Well I've never seen them together in the same room... do you think Rick would recognise Sue from behind?

    Since Nov 2006 • 2074 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Parker,

    Could there be some kind of deadly Dorian Grey thing going on here?

    Hope not. He got up with Neil Young in Hyde park yesterday to sing A Day In The Life. Not time for Neil to go yet. (Do I sound obsessive?)

    Napier • Since Nov 2008 • 232 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    OMG, PA just recapitulated the entire 70's in microcosm.

    And managed to avoid disco and the Carpenters.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 805 posts Report Reply

  • Dan Slevin,

    Right in the middle of my nine-year-old obsession with the novelty records that were 'punk' to everyone else, I fell in love with Emerson Lake & Palmer's Fanfare for the Common Man.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    It may be true, seems they've unearthed the real Paull McCartney's remains...

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/2549554/Tests-confirm-St-Pauls-bones-Pope.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2074 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/2549554/Tests-confirm-St-Pauls-bones-Pope.

    Wait, he did what to the Pope? Does god know about this?

    Since Nov 2006 • 6205 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/2549554/Tests-confirm-St-Pauls-bones-Pope.

    Wait, he did what to the Pope? Does god know about this?

    I LOLed, quite hard. I'm going to Hell.

    Then I thought, St Pauls? A whole Cathedral? Ow.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4369 posts Report Reply

  • Stewart,

    Normal people... (etc)

    Te Ika A Maui - Waitakere… • Since Oct 2008 • 572 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    *Although if you want to know my opinion, I wholly endorse what he said.

    Well, I have to bow to the superior expertise of a Sunday Sneer-Whines columnist when it comes to "small-minded smugness". Meanwhile, its interesting seeing Barnardo's running the line that its outrageous this amount of money is being "wasted" during a recession. Perhaps we should take this out to the reductio ad absurdum suspend next year's local body elections, shut down the Police and Courts and put Parliament on an unpaid recess until we're back on our feet.

    Or someone could put up a bill to repeal the Citizen's Initiated Referenda Act. But what you don't get to do, in my opinion, is pretend that laws only apply when you think its fiscally prudent.

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

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Too late now, it has to play out or the wingnuts will never believe they weren't betrayed.

    I'd like to see those 77% (or whatever it was) who think it's a waste of money vote "yes" just to piss them off.

    But that's not very mature, and I'm not holding my breath.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2074 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Never went for the doodlings of Yes much but a dishevelled Rick Wakeman pops up in a slot on the Arts Channel on Sky quite regularly. I watched one ep last week, which was a long conversation with a British muso (Snowy White) I had never heard of, and it was really interesting.

    Any picks for the Film Festival? I have Afghan Star lined up and it looks like I will have to travel up SH1 for more, now that Bill Gosden has done the dirty on us.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2318 posts Report Reply

  • David Slack,

    Debating with you usually seems pointless, Craig, but I can't ignore your 'sneer'. He's a friend, I value his opinion and I think it's a pretty weak argument in the face of the evidence to describe his work as either small minded or smug.

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

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