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

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  • Jonathan Ganley, in reply to Biobbs,

    Hate every bar of its simpering, reactionary, fake superficial kumbya-tolerance

    I feel your Farnham pain. Although I refuse to poke around You Tube looking for it, the name alone is enough to make me break out in a cold sweat: Mike & The Mechanics. “The Living Years”

    Maungawhau • Since Dec 2006 • 159 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Talking of Peter Sellers, this gave me nightmares when I was young. Can’t believe it was played on the public radio request session in the 1950s and 60s but it must have been.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 1901 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    an O(b)S-tackle course...

    ...the Great Wall of Jobs

    Check some... results in some odious images
    more flagrant than fragrant....


    the theme meme...
    one of my yoof-ful favourites...

    I still have the soundtrack record, and once had the woolworths pyjamas
    (which came with a glow-in-the-dark triangular U.N.C.L.E. badge - which I lost one drunken night in Auckland many years ago - one of life's regrets!)

    <Hark! a Whap! outside,
    7.37am - The Press has arrived,
    the day begins...>

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4197 posts Report Reply

  • Biobbs, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    the theme meme...
    one of my yoof-ful favourites...

    I see your UNCLE and raise you WHO.

    Is it just me, or was the first one always way spookier and creepier than any of the others?

    The River Mouth, Denmark • Since Jan 2011 • 106 posts Report Reply

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    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3298 posts Report Reply

  • dyan campbell,

    Now there's a song brought to me by Casey Kasem ... but I'm sure it was as Nick Gilder.

    I'm sure it wasn't recorded or released until later, but it had been around as a song for a while I think. When Nick Gilder was in Sweeney Todd and they were playing sock hops and dances at my junior high school it was about 1972 or 73... they weren't even really my cup of tea so I don't know if he recorde them - but the only two songs I remember were Roxy Roller and Hot Child in the City. Sometimes songs are around for a while, often in different incarnations.

    Heart was around in Vancouver (though the Wilson sisters are from Seattle, but back then most of the USA lived in Canada) so they were on the high school sock hop/dance band circuit back then as well. Personally I would have been waaay more impressed if Toy Love or the Clean had played at my school, but they were from a later era and were in another country.

    My Dad went to school with Oscar Peterson, (in Montreal) and had the original Boogie Woogie Kid play at his school before Oscar became very famous and went to live in Toronto and have his own CBC radio show when he was about 14 or 15.

    Oscar Peterson criticises Canada:


    Oscar plays Boogie Blues Etude:

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 595 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Will de Cleene,

    Ska version of the Coro Street theme.

    Kinda badass.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3582 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Danielle,

    genius

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Will de Cleene, in reply to Danielle,

    Ska version of the Coro Street theme.

    Ta, Danielle. It goes to show how much bad music is improved by ska/ reggae/ dub treatment. Take, for example, this Mission Impossible theme used to soundtrack a Krypton Factor-esque obstacle course for a squirrel:

    Unfortunately, not everything is improved by ska/ reggae/ dub:

    Raumati • Since Jul 2011 • 100 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    This is appalling but also the thing I raced home from school to watch.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 690 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Will de Cleene,

    Take, for example, this Mission Impossible theme used to soundtrack a Krypton Factor-esque obstacle course for a squirrel:

    culminating in...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4197 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Will de Cleene,

    It goes to show how much bad music is improved by ska/ reggae/ dub treatment.

    Yep. Although I liked it even without the remake. ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2069 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    This is appalling but also the thing I raced home from school to watch.

    Heh, and surely the most plot-heavy theme song of all time.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to JacksonP,

    Although I liked it even without the remake.

    Me too. I love the Coronation Street theme. Almost as much as the It's In the Bag theme.

    I can happily listen to that on repeat about five times. The bit about 30 seconds in when it does the little percussive breakdown and then that manic riff comes back? I LOVE that.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3582 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Danielle,

    Almost as much as the It's In the Bag theme.

    Someone needs to do a Ska version of that stat! Anyone? The Specials are in town.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2069 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to JacksonP,

    Someone needs to do a Ska version of that stat! Anyone? The Specials are in town.

    I believe the band you want for that is The Yoots.

    I am actually going to suggest that to the producers ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17938 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I believe the band you want for that is The Yoots.

    I am actually going to suggest that to the producers ...

    Excellent. I suspect it would be a hit. With the PA massive at the very least.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2069 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to JacksonP,

    could rescue TVNZ7 single-handedly..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to JacksonP,

    The Specials are in town.

    Nah, they'd need Jerry Damners to rewrite it for them.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3184 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    yikes = *Dammers*

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3184 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    I think for sheer musical torture/bad associations I haul back to an incident when I was working at the BOP Times. Had to interview someone in Te Puke & was told to take a photographer out as well, not so much for the story, but to take some shots for an advertising feature being run, and paid for, by some local craft business.
    I wanted to get away early because of a Very Pressing Social Engagement that evening. It had been some months since my last Very Pressing Social Engagement and I was rather tense about it all.
    We got to the local business, he was nowhere near set up for the photos, and we had to stand around while he got ready. Which took ages.
    He had the radio on and it was playing a certain song, which he then sang to himself, ad fucking nauseum, while he spent two hours setting the whole thing up. And because he was paying for the feature, we had to hang around.

    The song? It has minimal merit anyway, to my ears. It was already 10 years old at the time. but it was clearly a favourite of his, and I have regarded it with a venomous loathing ever since.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Rob Hosking,

    when I was working at the BOP Times

    we must discuss this further some time. drinks compulsory.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15715 posts Report Reply

  • Dean Papa,

    It has a certain charm ...

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 31 posts Report Reply

  • Dean Papa,

    stirring stuff I say!!!!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 31 posts Report Reply

  • Dean Papa,

    oops!! meant his one (in context of the movie of course)

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 31 posts Report Reply

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