Excellent, thanks for clearing that up Simon - great to hear it from the horse's mouth, as it were.
It was number one in every major centre so that also knackers the chart rig story.
Given the number of copies Tony Murdoch sold at Vibes in Gisborne, I suspect it was probably number one in every minor centre, too.
Didn't know it was Hauraki that sparked off the rumours.
Perhaps more notably, the same conditions also saw the Screaming Mee Mees, a band we’d seen at the pub, vault to the top of the singles chart with ‘See Me Go’, in its first week of release.
As great and deserving a song as it is, I've heard several times from various reliable sources, that it was a fair bit due to one or two of the band members and their friends working in some of the record shops that kept sales figures and being quite *cough* generous with their statistics.
Maybe Simon Grigg can shed light on this ?
In 1979, Joy Division’s ‘Transmission’ reached No.2. The following year, ‘Atmosphere’ and ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ entered at No.1. The Fall had their first Top 40 “hits” anywhere in the world, with ‘Totally Wired’ (No. 25) and ‘Lie Dream of a Casino Soul’ (No. 17).
LWTUA a #1 and Atmosphere a #6, charted in 1981, according to Wikipedia, which quotes RIANZ or the like. (I know this, because I wrote had a letter published in the SST last year about ’em…in connection with David Cunliffe’s being a JD fan…).
I’d be surprised if Transmission was a hit in ’79, either. As Prof. Graeme Downes has famously said “Ian Curtis was dead long before Joy Division records were available in New Zealand”.
Apparently TV3 staff have been gagged from publically commenting, but I'd pay good money to hear what the Campbell Live staff *really* think about the axing, Weldon, Christie, etc, etc.
Personally, I think the dog’s breakfast that is RNZ afternoons could do with Campbell. Simon Mercep is OK, but to me his style is more after 10pm.
Good call. He strikes me as a nice bloke, but I'd replace both him and Jim Mora from afternoons and drop Mora from Checkpoint entirely.
I can exclusive reveal that every newspaper in Britain will all have the same headline tomorrow morning: HEINOUS CLUSTERF--K
The Fall in a Hole record is a legend (two records: 1 @ 45rpm and 1 @ 33 1/3rpm)
I highly recommend reading long-serving Fall bassist Steve Hanley's recent memoir The Big Midweek. Crikey, talk about suffering for your art. Loaded with lots of great details, anecdotes and crossing paths with the great and the good.
It'll be really fascinating to see what Campbell and his team actually end up doing once this has all been settled one way or the other.
Ideally he / they'll still have some broadcasting / print outlet, rather than drifting into obscurity or PR. Let's wait and see...
It seems to be that way in Radio as well,
I'm not so sure. In the past year the PM has been regularly interviewed on Morning Report (though that is probably prompted by DPF / Curia polls). Also, I'm sure you're aware of the number of Nat toadies turning up on The Panel, etc.
Serious question: who here regularly watches Campbell Live? And by that, I mean the full episode, live to air. Not occasionally watching a video someone has shared on Facebook.
I do. I watch it most nights. I generally really like it and - stating the obvious, I know- god knows it's a hell of a lot better than what else is on offer.