Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: One man’s Meat Puppets is another man’s Poison

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  • Tom Beard, in reply to JackElder,

    having my mind completely blown by Underworld's incredible mmm skyscraper i love you:

    Oh yes, so much yes! Being a typography nerd at the time, I also bought the book of the same name name. It's incredible how they often seem to get the same effects in both music and type: repetitive, distorted, overlapping words, drifting in and out of comprehensibility, shifting from meaning to rhythm to texture and back again. A perfect postmodern evocation of media-saturated urban alienation and elation.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1039 posts Report Reply

  • philipmatthews,

    More at the Meat Puppets end than the Poison end. I've been enjoying the Bruce Russell-compiled Time to Go -- the Southern Psychedelic Moment: 1981-86, on Flying Nun. The least obvious F Nun compilation in years -- perhaps ever. Bruce's theme is about a psychedelic movement in South Island post-punk music, and it stands up.

    Among the 20 tracks, possibly the Tall Dwarfs' saddest and prettiest:

    Scorched Earth Policy's Since the Accident: easily one of the most unwholesome-sounding songs ever recorded in NZ:

    The Pin Group's Jim:

    I can't figure out why I never really liked this group at the time (Look Blue Go Purple):

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2007 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Tom Beard,

    I see your Underworld and raise you one Leftfield:

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3200 posts Report Reply

  • dyan campbell,

    Good god, is this some kind of record for number of pages?? Wonderful reading…

    And, dear old Heart. They were awesome musicians, really stuck it up those who said “rock is for men”, but dear lord, how tedious I found their stuff.

    Heart played my cousin’s high school graduation. By all accounts they could rock a high school party.

    At my school Nick Gilder (Sweeney Todd) played sock hops and dances many times before he became too pricey for high school dance budgets.

    Sweeney Todd
    Hot Child in the City

    Nick Gilder was later replaced by Bryan Adams,.

    Warning: This photo is of Bryan Adams aged 15 with a Mullet Perm, when he replaced Nick Gilder in Sweeney Todd
    http://www.planethelix.com/Photo/1970/photos/photo62.html

    And these guys – unknown here in NZ I think, but a big deal back then in Canada – played our grad dance.

    April Wine
    I Like to Rock

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 595 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    A great talking record:

    A great cover of a great talking record:

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3200 posts Report Reply

  • SteveH, in reply to JacksonP,

    Have we had the 'You have twins? We have twins too' discussion? Seems there's a few of us around here.

    One more set here, as of 6 weeks ago...

    Since Sep 2009 • 343 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    For Danielle:

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3200 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Back to the talkies? Check out the drummer. It's like he got lost on the way to a Duran Duran gig.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2104 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to SteveH,

    One more set here, as of 6 weeks ago...

    Congrats, and all the best. Busy times.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2104 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Ganley,

    I worked in printing / litho shops for many years. The ever-blaring commercial radio was as much of a health hazard as the chemicals, solvents and badly-ventilated darkrooms. I have retained a loathing for classic rock that rocks, no repeat workdays, and the hits of the 70s 80s and 90s. It's enough to send you postal.

    Maungawhau • Since Dec 2006 • 169 posts Report Reply

  • hayden ward, in reply to Jonathan Ganley,

    not to mention that special time of the year... ROCTOBER

    Since Nov 2006 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to SteveH,

    One more set here, as of 6 weeks ago...

    Congratulations. You are doubly blessed; and they are so much more fun than a single.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2552 posts Report Reply

  • dyan campbell, in reply to Jonathan Ganley,

    I have retained a loathing for classic rock that rocks, no repeat workdays, and the hits of the 70s 80s and 90s. It’s enough to send you postal.

    Jonathan I sympathise. I didn’t even like them when they were current and hadn’t yet been turned into a kind of aural torture that never, ever stops.

    This list should be the antidote – this tv show Soundproof was possibly the funniest tv ever made – completely by amateurs – and was the inspiration for the movie Wayne’s World, an iunbelievably popular for a cable access tv show.

    If you watch it, keep your eyes peeled for some very famous faces, including kd Lang driving an imaginary car and Margaret Atwood, just cracking up.

    Soundproof provided a very popular vehicle for “alternative” music, which eventually became the featured spot on the mainstream CBC tv shows.

    The bands are folks I know back home – these are some of their songs from the 80s and 90s – they were definitely not making classic rock.

    Soundproof – Alternative Music Videos in the 80s

    Suburban Cave Man – Bob’s Your Uncle (Sook Yin Lee)

    54:40 I Go Blind

    Sons of Freedom – The Criminal

    Sons of Freedom
    Dreamgirl

    NoMeansNo Small Parts Isolated and Destroyed

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 595 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    And, dear old Heart. They were awesome musicians, really stuck it up those who said “rock is for men”, but dear lord, how tedious I found their stuff

    I found their stuff mostly clever - liked how they could turn the beat on a song around - have their first five Albums.

    The cover of "Little Queen" was dreamy, though I never did return either of their numerous phone calls, not wanting to cause bad blood between sisters - But I digress as one does in dreams.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1174 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    The horror of the Spoken Word - Desiderata for the terminally self-absorbed:

    "Do not trust anyone who tries to update Shakespeare for kids":

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3325 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Are you all feeling calm and relaxed? If not, try this….

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    The horror of the Spoken Word

    This one has a special place in Hell; partly because it's such a cheap gimmick, partly because it's such a travesty, and partly because he comes across as such a prick.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Ross McA.,

    Thelma Houston's version is the best by a funky mile. Bass-icly.

    Since Mar 2010 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    This is an improvement on Queen:

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1174 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Ackroyd,

    Spoken word classic. Reader, I bought it.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    I have a hate-love-hate for this song

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2552 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Well done Lilith__

    I have bookmarked that cracker!

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1479 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Ackroyd,

    The tinkly nostalgic acoustic music used in all those hand-held beautiful people ads trying to look like the Tree of Life shot on 5Ds that are all the rage these days.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    ;-)

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1479 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Rubbed out: rubbish.

    ;-) ;-)

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1479 posts Report Reply

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