I was thinking last night that Chch is like an alcoholic spouse who keeps promising to go straight. I don’t want to give up on it, but I’m losing faith.
Time for a cover version: "Christchurch I love you but you're bringing me down."
Wuthering Heights? Within this Alan Partridge Kate Bush medley:
Was going to come back and say "but what about these two?" But sadly YouTube has neither "Burn it up" (SJ Fits) or "Scrapbook" (Dimmer). Two very, very good songs.
Why no clips?
Yes, Randolph is a truly beautiful song. The Doublehappys one apparently shot at Chris Knox's place. Dialling a Prayer: said by, I think Andrew Mueller, to have the only sarcastic finger clicks in rock history. Or something like that. I prefer it to She Speeds too.
Looking forward to Shayne bringing this south. Love this too:
And *I* thought trolls were very unpleasant people that lived under bridges.
Also from that chillblue YouTube channel:
Shayne in a time of mullets.
As a matter of fact, at the moment I have Martin Amis’ newest – The Pregnant Widow – sitting by my bed and I am avoiding it completely.
I'd continue avoiding it if I were you.
Whilst I was at UoC I was recruited to help with filming GPP in Christchurch. I found the bloke who was willing to take out his teeth and eat an pie, and organise a string quartet to play in the Arts Centre. I think those scenes are still in the film.
They are. The geezer with the pie was very good casting. (The DVD I watched the other day was a North American release rather than the two-disc NZ one I saw a few years ago; it may be a longer cut?)
Actually, the most widely seen appearance of Chch on film was probably the Star's bit part in Oliver Stone's JFK conspiracy theory.
Does anyone know what has happened to the Mysterex blogspot ?
it seems to have disappeared – which would be a crime against the frailty of human memory – well mine anyway…
That was Andrew Schmidt, wasn't it? He has a new popular culture blog -- http://cautionweirdlode.wordpress.com/ -- but I don't know if he has archived Mysterex anywhere. Hope he has: it was a brilliant resource.
A few weeks ago, on Mysterex, he posted the clip for Suzanne Said by the Shallows, some of which pans around Cathedral Square -- another for the list. Wasn't there a Clean video in the Square too (Anything Can Happen)? Also, Ronnie van Hout directed a clip for Getting Older that looks like it's shot in pre-gentrified (pre-Henderson) brick warehouses, but I could be wrong.
One of these days I'll write up my notes for a long blog entry on Chch on film -- the lost city. Heavenly Creatures, the Henderson "biopic"/fantasy We're Here to Help, even the 5 minutes of old railway Chch in Goodbye Pork Pie. Are there others?
Good on Jennifer Ward Lealand for reading the book twice – but couldn’t someone have edited out that spoiler?
Ending also given away in tonight's review of Franzen's Freedom. Everyone's already read it by now, but still ...