Posts by Grant McDougall

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  • Speaker: Honest Bastards & Dishonest Cowards, in reply to bob daktari,

    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.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 718 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Real Fans,

    Well, us Highlanders' fans are pretty stoked. Hard luck, Canes. I was very impressed by how dignified Conrad Smith was at the press conference, too.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 718 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: The overconfidence man,

    I'd like to see the Nats booted out too, but unfortunately they have big numbers on their side. They have a massive caucus and even if they loose a few, they'll still get by.
    Also, the public still - inexplicably - loves them; remember, National won the party vote in every electorate bar three last year.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 718 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: About Apple Music,

    RIP jazz giant Ornette Coleman, too.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 718 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: About Apple Music,

    The relationship between me, music and Apple is … complicated.

    So, not a Beatles' fan, then ? Don't worry, I'll get me coat...

    So, no Adele, Arctic Monkeys or The Prodigy.

    You say that like that's a bad thing. Putting me coat on now...

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 718 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Up the Charts, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    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.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 718 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Up the Charts,

    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 ?

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 718 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Up the Charts,

    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”.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 718 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mediaworks: The only horizon…,

    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.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 718 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mediaworks: The only horizon…, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    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.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 718 posts Report Reply

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