I was at the release gig for Proteous, the debut album by excellent young Dunedin duo Astro Children last night, at Chick's out at Port Chalmers. The evening was going swimmingly until some young bloke came up to me and said "It's great that old guys like you are still coming out to see bands".
I glared at him and the little ferret scampered off. In his defence, he was a bit drunk and I kinda admire his guts to say what he did.
Russell, get Paul Rose to tell you his story about when Lou played Auckland in 1984 and his predilection for - of all things - Uncle's hamburgers, it's really funny.
I saw his two Dunedin shows just over a year ago.
He played for about one-and-a-half hours at taste Merchants, then for well over two hours at above-mentioned Muso's Club gig.
Russell, he opened with 'Swing For The Crime' both times, so you should be in luck.
Richard, so should you, he played 'Everything I've Got...', too.
He then proceeded to play a mixture of Laughing Clowns' classics, including a stonking version of 'Eternally Yours' and a gripping version of 'Collapse Board', plus solo classics like 'Electrical Storm'.
Apart from the official solo studio albums, I also highly recommend the Prince Melon Bootleg Series of official live recordings, loads of great stuff, as he often plays longer, different versions of songs live.
The Laughing Clowns' output is best available on the 3CD set Cruel But Fair, great liner notes from Kuepper and drummer Jeffery Wegener, too.
I was lucky enough to see both the original Saints line-up and the Laughing Clowns at ATP Sydney, on Cockatoo Island, in early 2009, both were outstanding.
About half-way through the Saints' set, Chris Bailey began telling the crowd about how "in the mid-seventies, we'd come down to Sydney..." and how it all seemed so modern, etc, "...and it just showed how isolated we were in Brisbane...", etc, - he went on like this for about a minute, you could've heard a pin drop.
He then ended by saying"...and we went back to Brisbane and wrote a song called [dramatic pause]...'I'm Stranded'" - at which point 8,000 people went absolutely ape-shit.
It was one of the greatest pieces of frontsmanship I've ever seen.
Russell, just a small factual error in your story: presumably it was Split Enz's 10th anniversary in 1984, not 20th ?
BFM used to play audio of a clearly very, er, "merry" then Auckland mayor Cath Tizard banging on at the previous week's concert about how great it was that Aotea Square was being used for big public gigs, etc. It's pretty hilarious listening.
Wonder if said audio's on the web ?
Which politician will be first to contrive a photo opp with Lorde - Key or Cunliffe ?
Also, presuming she's more or less as popular in a year as she is now, what will be the more potent endorsement next year - a cup of tea in Epsom or a tweet from Lorde saying "I like politician / party 'X' (or words to that effect) ?
Maybe, but there's far less that have survived being thrown in the deep end at 16 and gone on to prosper than those thrown in the deep end at, say, 21, 22, 23, or who's success has been gradual rather than quick.
Russell, I see Simon Grigg has more or less answered your question for me. I've got no qualms about her having a crack at the big time, success, etc - good luck to her.
But she should enjoy it while she can, if it lasts, I'll be surprised. You don't need me to tell you the long list of people that've had initial massive fame and success in the music biz only to burn out after only a few years.
While her music isn't my cup of tea, I think that at 16 she's been thrown in the deep end far too early. Popular music history is awash with people that were successful in their mid-teens and chewed up, spat out by the music biz only a year or two later, only to fade into obscurity and irrelevance.
While she may be "taking it slowly" history isn't on her side in terms of her still being relevant in the medium or long term.
Also, the "market" - for want of a better term - for commercial pop music - for want of a better term - is very, very fickle, again, as history shows.
The bill passed on Wed evening. By 7.45 am the next morning on my way to work, I saw in massive letters on the footpath outside National list MP Michael Woodhouse's office this graffito: JOHN KEY IS BIG BROTHER.