What can one say, others will say it better in the eulogies that will pour out. Simply RIP Nelson Mandela, the world is a poorer place without you but your legacy will remain for a long, long time.
Talking of Christian rock, two bass players + drums Youth For Christ from Christchurch were anything but!
First big concert, The Cure @ Chch Town Hall. Hebe, did they play a second concert?I don't recall - though I do recall it cost $6 to get in; Town Hall was pretty full. I think DD Smash were support or was it the Newtones? So a story goes, Robert Smith was banging on the windows of CJ's (Music Store), just after hours, prior to gig desperate for a replacement guitar.
First pub gig - underage (just) watching Toy Love's final Gladstone appearance later that year; support was Stanley Wrench & the Monkey Brothers which I think featured Tony (Rupert) Green, later of Mainly Spaniards and Haemogoblins; and Nick Strong (who may have been in the Playthings).
Fortunately my parents never took me to anything musical though I did endure the 'magicians' Kreskin and Uri Geller!
And not forgetting Nick Harte / Shocking Pinks. Remember Emily?
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Is he still active? He did release an EP Guilt Mirrors in 2012 but I don't hear too much about him on the live circuit.
I sleep really well these days. I used to be a really early riser, up at 6.30, pacing about looking for things to do even on weekends. Not sure what to put it down to but am largely content with life I guess. Can even get through to 9am at weekends the odd time. I really enjoy going to sleep now but that extra drink from time to time can mean waking about 3 and lying awake for a couple of hours.
I contrast that with the beginning of the year. For 3-4 weeks, stress got the better of me. All of a sudden I couldn't sleep, a couple hours a night at most. I had anxiety episodes which also brought on, or appeared to bring on, tinnitus for a while. As a result, I got increasingly more tired and run down. I tried sleeping pills (zopiclone) but they were ghastly - gave me an extra couple of hours at most. But with fluoxetine and therapy, I began 'eating the elephant piece by piece'.
The tinnitus aspect was weird - a hissy high frequency sound which upon reflection I think was always there but enhanced by anxiety. But now in a good frame of mind, it has gone to the background and I barely notice it. Listening to white noise (crashing waves on a stone beach) on a repeat cycle on my iPod going off to sleep also helped.
It’s months since Princess Chelsea let bFM have a copy of her cover of the song to play, and then released it as a 7” vinyl single. Well, now there’s a video.
And it’s sensational:
No-one has mentioned it yet...it certainly is sensational video. It's also a very 'busy' video requiring return visits to catch the nuances. For anyone in Chch region, be sure to catch Lawrence Arabia and his chipper gang in the seaside settlement of Ohinehou tonight @ the Wunderbar. Drive up with great care through the picturesque Heathcote Valley and the country's longest road tunnel (@ 6,460 feet) to get there!
I’ve only seen the Fall twice (back in the Early 90’s) and both shows were exceptional, however viewing footage of more recent show’s I’d have to say that Mr Smith may be spent as a live performer.
They certainly were back in the day. I was fortunate to catch a Brix-era gig in Cardiff in '88. The Martin Bramah (part II) 'era' 1989-90 was especially worthy for the release of Extricate, one of the Fall's finest. Sing Harpy and its warped Kenny Brady fiddle is I gather a dig at (Nigel) Kennedy for running off with Brix! Extricate also featured the rediscovery of the long lost Monks (Black Monk Themes I and II). I'm pretty sure Bramah (along with keyboardist) Marcia Schofield) got dumped on the eve of Fall's Akl'd visit in 1990 and NZ audience unfortunately missed a real treat.
Agree, I think Mark E Smith has run out of steam but you can never say never with the Fall. How about a line-up change (...hello Craig Scanlon?) the current one must hold the record for longevity.
Interestingly, The Fall never did a Reed/VU track but did do the Saint's This Perfect Day on the Marshall Suite. The closest to a Velvet's cover was White Light(ning)!
I heard Bill Hodge from Auckland University outline yesterday in an interview with Sean Plunket on Radio Live saying that should Len Brown resign before being sworn in, then Palino would become mayor. I imagine it wouldn't be in Auckland's best interests for that to happen given what has been unleashed from the right. I imagine if it comes to a point that Len Brown leaves office, then it would be after the swearing in - which would then allow Penny Hulse to become mayor.
I too hope Peter Jeffries doesn't make this a one off, no interest in Palmer but Peter oh my!
I recall seeing at another defunct (for now anyway) venue (the old Dux de Lux), Roy Montgomery, Dribbling Darts of Love and Peter Jeffries on the same bill. Nothing beats Electricity on a good day!
And Russell, great overview of the Gladstone! It certainly was a bit rough at times late in the early '80s with the bootboy contingent often intimidating and looking for 'action'. On a much brighter note, the Saints (sans Ed Kueeper) really came alive in closing their set with Know Your Product.
BTW is Graeme Jeffries still active with the Cakekitchen?