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  • Ben Austin,

    Thanks Russell. Almost as soon as I asked I realised I had not looked that hard and there it was. On a side note having Google Listen and Last.FM on my phone has totally changed my listening habits as it almost gets me to the point where I have a personal radio station, without the need for a computer intermediary. Listen is not the best for searching new non Us feeds though

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 1019 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    "and we dont know how lucky we are,
    mate- we dont know how lucky we are-"

    any widespread of a pristine beach (o, come on! You'll find one!)
    or, a perfect mountain stream*-


    (*-hey! they cant see giardia without huge & unlikely magnification...)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Hannah,

    Like molten toothpaste
    I feel used
    and spat out


    This is a love song for John & Leisha's mother.
    It's not that easy,
    I might not write another.


    (I figure for it to be a classic lyric, then you don't need to say who the performer is :) )

    Auckland • Since Feb 2009 • 15 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Just realised it's NZ songs, not all songs so
    Goldenhorse .
    Riverhead

    When I was in Riverhead
    I wanted to tell you that I was dead
    My hands were cold and my lips were bled...

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    Shona beat me to Fiji Baby, so keeping with the Hamiltron love - Inspector Moog, from Ringburner "Korma will have revenge, you haven't heard the end"

    As for artists, rope in Greg Page.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 900 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    My choice?

    I used to do lots of things.
    I used to do things,
    and I'd say things,
    Jesus I was evil

    Illustrated by Ant Sang (I'm thinking his Dharma Punks comics....)

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    In my room I have built a religion of a kind
    I've found virtue in things that stay the same
    In my room I measure time by the things that I use up
    And just like my shopping list I will never change

    J. Wylie - artist.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    @ George Darroch

    My choice?

    I used to do lots of things.
    I used to do things,
    and I'd say things,
    Jesus I was evil

    Excellent choice.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    In my room I have built a religion of a kind
    I've found virtue in things that stay the same
    In my room I measure time by the things that I use up
    And just like my shopping list I will never change

    J. Wylie - artist.

    I think those lyrics are really cool too. Dude.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Heather Gaye,

    so like I went inside you know, and I turned on my tv
    and you know what I saw?
    you know what I saw?
    I saw John Banks he was telling me...
    rat- rat- rat on ya neighbour!

    TrustMe

    Morningside • Since Nov 2006 • 532 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    If his name rings a bell it's because he’s the former advisor to the UK’s former Labour government, an internationally renowned expert who was chucked for daring to suggest they base drug policy on the actual harm caused to people, and therefore consider alcohol and tobacco to be more dangerous than drugs like marijuana and ecstasy. Heresy.

    I think he's righteous, but my greatest fear in this kind of approach is that it can be used to simply advocate harsher drug policy, and including alcohol and cigarettes in this, rather than what I'd like to see, the relaxation of policy on stuff that's about the same level of harm as alcohol, and using price and advertising controls as the lever rather than the law.

    I mean I really don't think anyone should be banned from smoking tobacco completely, there's way too many addicts for that. But if it was priced so that it totally discouraged kids, then it might just fade away as society's laziest extreme sport. As for alcohol, I guess the aim would be to have excises that pretty much covered the cost of cleaning up the mess it creates. Same could go for cannabis, painkillers, and various minor uppers, possibly including coffee. We can leave to another day what to do about the likes of heroin, meth, coke, LSD.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10633 posts Report Reply

  • Heather Gaye,

    ...oh, I'd probably be too bourgeois to wear that t-shirt though. Still, I reckon everyone should remember what that leopard's spots looked like in the 90s.

    (also, hat-tip to chris for helping me decipher the lyrics. thanks!)

    Morningside • Since Nov 2006 • 532 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    so like I went inside you know, and I turned on my tv
    and you know what I saw?
    you know what I saw?
    I saw John Banks he was telling me...
    rat- rat- rat on ya neighbour!

    I would totally wear this t-shirt.

    In my room I have built a religion of a kind
    I've found virtue in things that stay the same
    In my room I measure time by the things that I use up
    And just like my shopping list I will never change

    This too. Actually, ++ this one.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    From the Muttonbirds' Envy of Angels:

    listen to that you used to say
    can you hear someone drawing plans?
    can you hear someone cutting wood?
    can you hear someone walking the land?
    all the time I wanted to be
    somewhere that wasn't so new
    where you didn't have to dig yourself out
    a place to stay

    Interpreted by Marian Maguire.


    OR

    The Doublehappys' Needles and Plastic:

    Fat gut in a studded belt
    My god I think he thinks he's something else

    Interpreted by Mark Braunias.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Amy Gale,

    come on, have yourself a look
    I'm proud of my shop
    almost everything is from overseas
    you won't find a better selection

    You'd want someone who could pick out the cringe, the unease. Frizzell, perhaps, or Janice Gill.

    tha Ith • Since May 2007 • 471 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    I'll keep you in line
    If you'll bring me the cheque
    Just take your time
    I'll take all you can get
    You'll keep no secrets from me
    All I want is a little more back this time
    Shut your mouth
    Put your money into it

    Dedicated to Alan Hubbard.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    We can still claim The Veils, right?

    Where I am going you can't save me

    Nigel Brown.

    If not then Julia Deans

    Don't talk to me like I'm one of your cynical peers
    Talk to me like a lover

    Seraphine Pick
    In fact, although can only find small version, this one maybe.

    ETA: Would that make a suitable Great Blend t-shirt?

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Where there's a swill, there's a sway...
    Well, Banks does have a track record in the public drinking and entertainment area...

    In his career before entering politics, Banks worked as a market researcher in the pharmaceutical industry, as a commercial property developer, and as a restaurant owner. He served for a time as Chairman of the New Zealand Licensed Restaurant and Cabaret Association.

    Though for a younger person nowadays a CV like that would probably describe a different, and more debauched, arc...


    Teeing off...
    gotta say that the Dance Exponents' Victoria tee is a little off the mark, Queen Victoria may have had an Empire, but she isn't a landlady...


    Name not given rightly...

    John & Leisha

    it's Liesha...
    ...and it would be fitting for John to do the art
    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari,

    Bad Politics, Baby!


    the Dead C can do their own artwork for this one

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 537 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson,

    "... and there are no sheep on our far-arms"

    (Artwork by Collette)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • dc_red,

    @BenWilson

    We can leave to another day what to do about the likes of heroin, meth, coke, LSD.

    I'm not sure why you include LSD there, since it ranks lower on Nutt et al.' index of harm than cannabis (and therefore lower than tobacco and alcohol too).

    Oil Patch, Alberta • Since Nov 2006 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie,

    (I figure for it to be a classic lyric, then you don't need to say who the performer is :) )

    I'd love to agree with you, but I can't. I don't know a number of the bloody lyrics quoted above as though everyone is supposed to know them :) Also, I'm a bit of a shocker at actually working out what the lyrics are in the first place, not to mention seeing them in isolation...

    - molten toothpaste was a good example, I had to google that before going "oh of course."

    Could just be me.

    But if you haven't said who the band/singer is (and preferably the name of the song too), ya ain't gonna win, even if I do know where it comes from.... because it'd be nice if other people who are even less informed than me could say "wow, what interesting lyrics, I must listen to that song I've never heard of by Blam Blam Blam...".

    So if you fit that category, and want to win, feel free to repost your entries. And the other thing is, the best idea, if it's awesome, could actually end up as a t-shirt, so it would help if I didn't have to put on my Sherlock Holmes hat to work them out!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie,

    @Ben - yeah, I agree that I'd prefer liberalisation in some areas to simply lumping alcohol and tobacco in the banned basket. I think Nutt's point is more that we should look at all these drugs objectively, and treat them in relation to the harm they cause. I don't think he's necessarily saying where the illegal/legal line should be, because that's always going to be somewhat arbitrary and depend on the individual's view on how such things should be treated.

    Of course as a psychologist, he might personally be of the view that no (recreational) drugs are good drugs. I mean, they all cause harm with questionable objective benefit.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Josh Addison,

    My favourite would have to be Fur Patrol's:

    You are the best thing that's happened to me
    Since I fell on my face on Tuesday

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 298 posts Report Reply

  • Amy Gale,

    "come on, have yourself a look / I'm proud of my shop / almost everything is from overseas / you won't find a better selection"

    is from A Thing Well Made, by The Mutton Birds. Which also has a euphonium solo, for an additional dose of awesome.

    tha Ith • Since May 2007 • 471 posts Report Reply

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