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  • Rich of Observationz,

    Listen, they even say "please", a little politeness goes a long way.

    She did stand down, after a mere 17 years.

    Ok, so maybe politeness doesn't help.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari,

    banning of Darren Watson's song just seems petty and silly... what next books?

    I've taken to following Mr Busnach cause of your incessant posting of his goods *shakes fist*... the Geraldine Superstar Cabaret remix of Lawrence Welk's Chicken Polka is pure class (well if polka, chickens and silliness is classy) - songs like this make me wish I still did radio (cue collective sigh of relief by hundreds)

    https://soundcloud.com/bobby-busnach/lawrence-welk-chicken-polka

    I'm picking Caribou for one of the best albums of the year, dudes a wicked producer

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 537 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    Only 3 hours to go on this remnant of the ephemeral past...
    ;- )
    check out the other posters too,
    while you're there, they end later...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7887 posts Report Reply

  • CJM, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    That’s a beautiful thing!

    Russell has been great highlighting ‘Grafix Knox’, a proposed book of Chris Knox’s graphic and visual art, but I thought it was worth alerting all readers of Hard News to https://www.fundnation.co.nz/projects/discover/grafix-knox where they have only SIX DAYS left to pledge. You can see we still have some way to go, so, please help us make a really, really cool book of Knoxalicious delights.

    Cheers!

    Auckland • Since Aug 2014 • 107 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to CJM,

    ‘Grafix Knox’ ... only SIX DAYS left

    Good call...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7887 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Rowe,

    That's a nice item Ian, I have those cards somewhere in the garage, along with a calendar from about the same time I think...

    In lieu of me bidding, can I ask 2 questions of the group on FN ephemera?

    (you can't answer, so I'll go ahead anyway)

    1. The 15th anniversary etched 7" records - were there 5 or 6? I can only find five and I'm sure there was one more?

    2. My copy of Boodle Boodle Boodle has a copy of the comic, but I've always wondered if it was the original copy or a photocopy. Any way to tell?

    These are important questions for tragics... :(

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 574 posts Report Reply

  • Max Rose,

    Not even Muldoon managed to get this one banned:

    Also, it's a little disturbing to see how little the Parliament end of Wellington has changed since 1980.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2011 • 83 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to bob daktari,

    I’m picking Caribou for one of the best albums of the year, dudes a wicked producer

    For the longest time I assumed they were an indie band I probably wouldn't like.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22749 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari, in reply to Russell Brown,

    HA - I have that reaction to a lot of acts these days.. must be this younger generation and their lack of adhering to genre specific music naming conventions as assumed and taken for granted by older people

    I thought I liked Caribou most when he's Daphni and these latest tracks are ruining that preconception... and I still have a problem with his Manitoba guise purely cause of the name... bloody Canadians *shakes rush by the collar*

    To make it even more confusing the albums coming out on Drag City, further ruing my they do interesting indie stuff buzz

    to quote the goons... It's all rather confusing really

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 537 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    3 News has an interesting article on Watson’s decision to remove “Planet Key” from the web.

    Watson tweeted on Tuesday that he would be removing it from sale “by order of the Electoral Commission” – but the commission says it has made no such order.

    “We haven’t ordered anything to be taken down, or removed,” a spokesperson told 3 News. “The commission does not have any power to prosecute."

    Watson is calling it “censorship”, but he’s the one who is voluntarily removing the song when it doesn’t have to be removed.

    One thing’s for sure – all this publicity isn’t going to be hurting sales of the song. I will be very interested to see if it’s reached the top 40 when the latest chart is released later today!

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Paul Rowe,

    it came from the past...

    questions ... on FN ephemera

    as always Audioculture has useful information (even one of my old fax-collages, remember the fax?)

    I remember the 'Roger's Ruin' brew from the 15th anniversary,
    but not the 5 or 6, 7"s sorry.

    re 'Boodle' comic - hazy but as a distributor at the time I vaguely recall that maybe only the first few pressings (coupla thousand maybe) got the comic...
    Also not sure if they were offset printed or photocopied
    the technology was all jockeying for position at the time...
    heady days, heady daze...

    it is on line here
    Immortality is mine....

    I do have one of the biros with the sliding logo thingy...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7887 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari, in reply to Paul Rowe,

    there were five, for some reason I think there were meant to be six but one never got made - just chatted to Alan who looked after the production of them and he only remembers the five

    discogs have them listed:

    FN370 Hamish Kilgour 15th Anniversary Etching ‎(7", Etch, S/Sided) 1996
    FN371 Sean O'Reilly 15th Anniversary Etching ‎(7", Etch, S/Sided) 1996
    FN372 Chris Knox 15th Anniversary Etching ‎(7", Etch, S/Sided) 1996
    FN373 Alec Bathgate 15th Anniversary Etching ‎(7", Etch, S/Sided) 1996
    FN374 David Mitchell 15th Anniversary Etching ‎(7", Etch, S/Sided) 1996

    http://www.discogs.com/label/20365-Flying-Nun-Records?layout=sm&page=3

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 537 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    3 News has an interesting article on Watson’s decision to remove “Planet Key” from the web.

    That is useful.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22749 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    re ‘Boodle’ comic – hazy but as a distributor at the time I vaguely recall that maybe only the first few pressings (coupla thousand maybe) got the comic…

    500 I think.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Only 3 hours to go on this remnant of the ephemeral past…

    So glad I checked in here when I did. Let's just say it's going to a good home. Well, my home, which is good for me. Will look through the rest too, but do send me a heads up for any future ephemera. I'm an ephemeral kind of guy. :-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    Few more photos from Broods last night. They have progressed a lot from the first show we saw at Kings Arms late last year, and the crowd was sure with them. Tour schedule taking its toll on Georgia’s voice though, which seems to be a thing. She managed well in spite of it though.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • peter mclennan, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I saw Darren Watson mention on his FB page that he'd had a phone conversation with the Electoral Commission. who had told him they believed it crossed the line into being a political advertisement. The Electoral Commission also told Access Radio to stop playing it as it may be a contravention of the act. Seems the Electoral Commission is awfully confused over what it has or hasn't done.

    Also, he posted this in reaction to RNZ's report on Planet Key, yesterday : "Unfortunately it seems Radio NZ National got rather the wrong end of the stick when they said we were going to 'bow to the Electoral Commission' by agreeing to put our names and addresses on the song and video as 'promoter statements'. I did not at any stage say that to the reporter nor I believe did I intimate that. For the record we will definitely NOT be doing that."

    AK Central • Since Nov 2006 • 159 posts Report Reply

  • Samuel Scott,

    I'm just going to jump in here with some self promotion;

    https://soundcloud.com/bunnies-on-ponies/castle-van-halen

    South Wellington • Since Feb 2008 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • James George,

    All of this puts me in mind of Saturday 29th November 1975 - pushing through the crush of bodies at the Windsor Asshole and remonstrating with fellow fans that NZ was no longer a fit place to live in.
    Most were more interested in getting into the bog to whack up a potent mixture of number 4 & hep C that was so popular that year. Just about no one had voted, and few had interest in the reality - that the pig had won & he was going to put a lot of energy into making our lives as miserable as he could.
    For the next 10 years I would bump into some of those people in all sorts of places outside Aotearoa, & they were far more vehement in their loathing of Muldoon than those of us who had sounded off about his win that election night.
    The chief point of difference between then & now is that Muldoon had made his oppressive, human hating agenda plain long before he got elected.
    Anyone who had followed his loony rantings wasn't in the least surprised when he concentrated every damn decision - from picking the colour of post office stamps to the right to decide whether opposition members were effeminate, into his slimy grasp.

    No one could have claimed to be taken aback if the pig had selected 1zm's top twenty himself & then wheeled out the electoral commission chief to justify his censorship.

    Many 2014 era kiwis will be so gob smacked by this ham fisted effort of the electoral commission to regulate art that they won't accept the decision was made as the result of a megalomaniac throwing his weight around in a hissy fit then making his pet pen pushers roll it out as if it were their own idea.

    Yet what else could it be, this blatant censorship just makes no sense any other way.
    There are a lot of songs about a lot of public figures, but the last time I heard of such a thing as this was way back when some pig loving official banned a comedic ditty called 'Spotty Muldoon' from the NZBC play lists.

    Since Sep 2007 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • Caleb D'Anvers,

    Thanks to Darren Watson, I will always have an image in my mind now of John Key playing a Hector's dolphin, and I, for one, salute him (Watson) for that.

    London SE16 • Since Mar 2008 • 482 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to James George,

    There are a lot of songs about a lot of public figures, but the last time I heard of such a thing as this was way back when some pig loving official banned a comedic ditty called ‘Spotty Muldoon’ from the NZBC play lists.

    That was one of Peter Cook's lesser efforts, which of course had nothing to do with the then Minister of finance, but back then one couldn't be too careful.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Samuel Scott,

    South Wellington • Since Feb 2008 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    #np

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19683 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    I’m just going to jump in here with some self promotion;

    https://soundcloud.com/bunnies-on-ponies/castle-van-halen

    That’s a good one. It reminds me of being 19.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    A reminder for those in Chchch that the Into The Void movie is on tonight (Saturday, Aug 23) as part of the Film Festival in Riccarton.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7887 posts Report Reply

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