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Hard News: Feeling Unserious

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  • Tom Semmens,

    Well that was an epic fail at posting a youtube video.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1805 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    All you need is an http:// in front of the URL (learned from my own epic failure)

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Et Viola!

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    ah ha! Merci beaucoup.

    Gotta have a bit of Depeche Mode to lift the thread.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1805 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,



    And here is some Roisin Murphy as well, if the kids don't like her there is no hope for them.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1805 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    "It is tedious for the young to be constantly reminded what much finer fellows their fathers were and what a much more enjoyable time we had. But there you are; we were and we did".

    Well, in my time, we listened to bands like this:

    The People's Republic of … • Since Nov 2006 • 2132 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    cheers for the Who link matey...my brian's fading in the face of tumeke artspeak. It's a long story...

    anyway...for those needing some delicious chills...umm, and I don't mean the band...here's Richard Hawley.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 308 posts Report Reply

  • Robert Fox,

    This just came on the office playlist and thought id better share it with y'al

    Since Nov 2006 • 106 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    Gotta have a bit of Depeche Mode to lift the thread.

    Absolutely! Definitely the best Basildon band ever, though they have some competition for best Essex band, innit.

    Meanwhile, the first single I ever bought, and still love to death (though I think I prefer the flipside, Part VI):

    Video quite possibly directed by an earlier incarnation of Taika Waititi.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1039 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    Or perhaps

    (though preview doesn't think so)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1039 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    Ahh...those Who clips. Both from 'The Kids Are Alright' - I wore out my vinyl copy, the first time I'd ever done that to a record.

    Now THIS one, on my personal top ten One Hit Wonders of All Time AND Top Ten Guitar Solos of All Time:

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 802 posts Report Reply

  • samuel walker,

    Oh, and having finally joined a gym, Carl Craig is my friend. How can anyone do that without an iPod full of cool techno?

    so true, never forget that mr c2 sounds divine sans gym also.

    you can always doublestep to some poppy dubstep:
    Benga and Coki 'night'

    or even go for the real rough hypnotic darkness:
    Shackleton 'blood on my hands'

    fall. fall. fall. fall. fall. fall...........
    bongo jamz indeeeeeeeeeeed.....

    Since Nov 2006 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Rowe,

    Samuel made me think of this:

    And that always makes me think of the Mekons.

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 560 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    And the only country song ever sung that I've liked. All the rest should be killed with flamethrowers.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1805 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Davidson,

    Rolling Stone mag recently published a list of the 100 greatest guitar songs of all time. Happy for my kids to have all of them on their iPod or other non-brand specific mp3 player. If they're lucky their dad might even have a few on CD.

    Sydney • Since Mar 2007 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Davidson,

    You're not willing to add my favorite cover of all time to your list Tom?

    Sydney • Since Mar 2007 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    And the only country song ever sung that I've liked. All the rest should be killed with flamethrowers.

    Well it is a Nine Inch Nails song, produced by Rick Rubin, so the results are predictably heavy.

    But the sentiment is fair enough. I slink round the edges of country, taking bites of Townes, Emmylou, Smog, Wilco and Will Oldham. Locally, Grand Prix break my heart.

    Smog, I break horses:

    The People's Republic of … • Since Nov 2006 • 2132 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Davidson,

    Don't forget Cracker when talkin' 'bout country round the edges, ya hear?

    Sydney • Since Mar 2007 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    Well, if we're talking cover versions and country, this takes some beating:

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 802 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    Gotta have a bit of Depeche Mode to lift the thread.

    i saw the violator tour in dallas in 88. pretty damn good. my most embarrassing moment (TM) occurred not many weeks after when i heard to sing "all i ever wanted, all i ever needed, is here, in my arse"

    and what to add that isn't here already? how about architecture in helsinki?

    (test test)

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    tom, didn't get the link. you got some skinny bloke in the video?

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    and, enough from me for now, except... for a little mclusky to even out the architecture.

    and to even out mclusky, some janice.

    (sorry joss, you will never have that.)

    and finally, this, from the last waltz.

    it's the last time levon helm thinks he'll ever play this song. there's a bit where he gets so lost in it that he almost forget to drum.

    tell you wut. that's a southern redneck right there really feeling the loss.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    And the only country song ever sung that I've liked. All the rest should be killed with flamethrowers.

    This statement is completely wrong. But that's OK. :) Oldschool country, in particular, rules because:

    1) It's disturbing. The Louvin Brothers' 'Knoxville Girl' (audio only, but listen to those close harmonies, and the lyrics. Magnificently bleak and horrifying - based on an English murder ballad):

    2) The outfits are delightful. Dolly Parton (an underrated songwriter, and I don't care what anyone says) in the early years with Porter Wagoner (the nudie suits! the frock! the fiddle! the harmonies!):

    3) Drama and campiness. There's nothing more ridiculously overwroughtly tragic than country music. Listen at George Jones, before the ride-on lawnmower years:

    4) Nuttiness and the charm of 'the other'. Country fandom gives you a greater variety of weird and wondrous shit to marvel at. Behold June Carter, cute as a button, square-dancing like she's on amphetamines! See genius Hank Williams doing 'Hey Good Lookin'' in what is possibly The Ultimate Musical Suit!

    And slide guitar? Kicks ass.

    5) Cross-pollination. In the 70s, country became even more awesome because all the bands were obsessed with being 'groovy'. Listen to the bass and horns on this clip of Tony Joe White doing 'Polk Salad Annie' with Johnny Cash (who appears to be dressed as Hudson from Upstairs Downstairs):

    And I didn't even get to Loretta Lynn...

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3653 posts Report Reply

  • Hannah Sarney,

    The National (from their incredible show earlier this year in auckland):

    Andrew Bird (also performing in auckland):


    ...and local?

    Ruby Suns:

    Whipping Cats:

    The Cosbys:

    TeenWolf:

    sorry, few too many perhaps.

    Since Jun 2008 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Oh, how glorious on a Friday. Thanks guys! Particulary for Aretha, Miles, Donna Summer et al. Funk, disco, soul - count me in.
    I like all sorts of music. But you can keep your dark serious punky stuff. Give me something I can belt out my lungs to, or dance till I'm shagged (well, not anymore, in my callow youth, mayhaps). To that end, two songs which happily provide an opportunity to do both..............

    we have to have some Earth, Wind and Fire

    and definitely a little Banarama

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

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