I really like rugby. But John Key's cynical exploitation of the All Blacks leaves me cold.
Also, there are some pretty annoying blanket statements above about what sort of people rugby fans allegedly are (macho, boorish, conservative, etc, etc). Well, that's a stereotype with all the flaws that stereotypes usually have.
I'd like people to realise that there's a big difference between someone that likes rugby and your stereotypical redneck boofhead that hangs out at rugby clubs, ok ?
As a basic comparison, just because Guns N Roses or their ilk are morons, doesn't mean to say that all other musicians are too, ok ?
I see the Street Chant tour poster has the Flying Nun logo on it.
Does this mean that Hauora will be on FN and not Arch Hill ?
Given that both are ran by Ben Howe it's just a bit puzzling. I'm curious, that's all.
The justification for the rush is a ribbon cutting deadline set by the PM’s office.
The naming of the All Blacks' World Cup squad at Parliament this Sunday also smacks of a craven photo-opportunity, too.
BTW, for those worried that New Zealand music isn’t selling (or whatever), the No.2 album this week is the brilliantly titled Give Up Your Dreams by the Phoenix Foundation, only kept from No.1 by Dr Dre. And there are seven other albums by New Zealand artists in the top 40, which is brilliant.
The chart display at JB Hi-Fi has Phoenix Foundation at #1 !
Apart from the noted changes in technology and retail formats, another factor is simple demographics. NZ just has a small population and an even smaller percentage of that population that spends money on the arts, let alone music specifically.
As I've been saying for 25 years "If you're in the 100th-most-popular band in America or Britain, you'll probably be a millionaire - or certainly very wealthy. If you're in the 100th-most-popular band in NZ, you still need to have a day job".
Another friend of mine had an art gallery in central Auckland for many years. He exhibited big names like Woolaston, McWhannel, etc, but was on the bones of his arse financially most of the time, except for when every now and again someone like Jenny Gibbs would spend $30,000 once in a blue moon, if he was lucky.
We just don't have the numbers. Having said this, I wonder if musicians in Australia with it's considerably larger (in comparison) are also struggling ?
which has the additional virtue of having provoked Mike Hosking in an Alan Partridge moment
Could you elaborate or, if there's one, post a link, please ?
She's So Rad aren't bad, but that song and the one of there's just played on RNZ Nat suffer a lot from having that really shitty '80s Phil-Collins-type drum sound.
I realize they probably weren't even alive then, but all the same it just grates like hell.
Labour's claims bring to mind - and I'm normally not given to quoting him - what a certain James Brendon Bolger once said in the early '90s about playing the race card:
"Good news on Friday, bad news on Monday."
In other words, it might get you some short-term media coverage and support, but basically isn't worth the hassle in the mid-to-long term.
Just watch when Parliament resumes. When Labour should be hammering the gov't on any number of things, let alone house prices, they'll instead have to spend valuable time a) fending off racism claims and, b) trying to explain their figures, which, as another neoliberal twit I'm normally not given to quoting, a certain GWB once said, "explaining is losing."
I saw the Go-betweens just after 16 Lovers Lane came out in early '89 when they headlined Orientation; they were superb.
I think the single thing labour need do is to offer up a vision of hope, hope to those so utterly devastated by this govt policies and those stuck in the middle watching their lifestyles crumble (but house prices go ballistic)
Hear, hear. Labour also needs to stick to its knitting. It needs to focus on the fundamentals - employment, welfare, health, education, housing, etc. Instead, there is a perception, rightly or wrongly, that it has been too focused on "identity politics", "political correctness", "minority issues", etc.
Unfortunately, such things are not vote winners. There is nothing wrong with these issues unto themselves, but they lack broad appeal.
They may have some appeal in Grey Lynn, but they sure as hell lack appeal in the provincial cities, many of which Labour held under Clark.
Labour really needs to stick to the basics, not fringe issues.