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Hard News: Friday Music: Up the Charts

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  • Ross McA.,

    The Cure were number one on RTR for weeks with A Forest.
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x28l2l_the-cure-a-forest_music

    Since Mar 2010 • 51 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Jack Harrison,

    Still a tribute to the kids who listened down through 40 songs back in the time. That was our playstation.

    Haha. True.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22817 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Martin Brown,

    who got them up there

    ooh, there

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19705 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    this changed my basic expectations about what music could be (regardless of how it charted).

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19705 posts Report Reply

  • Jack Harrison, in reply to Sacha,

    We were the only country who bought this.

    wellington • Since Aug 2014 • 296 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Barnaby Nicholls,

    Thank god for Jamie xx, then. The album is terrific

    wow. like that track? me buy now

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19705 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Jack Harrison,

    the only country

    I heard that. wondered how much it underpinned our later scenes ..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19705 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Sacha,

    this changed my basic expectations about what music could be (regardless of how it charted).

    An early incarnation of the band featured Chris Bell (yes, the Chris Bell who lives in Auckland and is on Twitter).

    They subsequently morphed into Underworld.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22817 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    featured Chris Bell

    woah

    They subsequently morphed into Underworld

    love that, yes
    #slippy

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19705 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    That was the rumour but it wasn’t true. See Me Go was a genuine #1 (by a massive margin) that week. The single was delayed and delayed (primarily because an exec at Festival decided to remix it without asking whilst we were on tour – it was a dogs breakfast so we pulled it and had to wait for new pressings) so that the limited edition 12” was completely sold out for weeks and there was a big demand for the non-limited 7”.

    The band had no members working in stores at all (although one mate – Adam Holt at EMI downtown but they were not a major singles outlet). The day of release saw queues in Queen Street – I watched the frenzy in Sounds Unlimited in Queen St – and it was nuts. I made the call to delete the 7” at 4000 copies sold that week despite protests at Festival Records (no-one deleted a #1 I was told) and so it was. Thus it was unavailable in the second week from the wholesaler and dropped from 1 to thirty something. In week one we sold 500 12” and about 4000 7”. In week two it was gone. The rumours began. Radio Hauraki complained to RIANZ about chart rigging but RIANZ concluded it was a genuine #1.

    It was number one in every major centre so that also knackers the chart rig story.

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

  • Grant McDougall, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Excellent, thanks for clearing that up Simon - great to hear it from the horse's mouth, as it were.

    It was number one in every major centre so that also knackers the chart rig story.

    Given the number of copies Tony Murdoch sold at Vibes in Gisborne, I suspect it was probably number one in every minor centre, too.

    Didn't know it was Hauraki that sparked off the rumours.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 760 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    It was number one in every major centre so that also knackers the chart rig story.

    Given the number of copies Tony Murdoch sold at Vibes in Gisborne, I suspect it was probably number one in every minor centre, too.

    I remember me and my mates in Christchurch being very excited about the release. As Simon notes, the delays just built anticipation

    Didn’t know it was Hauraki that sparked off the rumours.

    Yeah, what was that about?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22817 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    1976 did give us Foghat's "Slow Ride" and the theme from Mahogany ("do you knooooooow where you're going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you?") so it can't have been all bad. ;)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    Given the number of copies Tony Murdoch sold at Vibes in Gisborne, I suspect it was probably number one in every minor centre, too

    We used to regard Tony's store as a MAJOR centre :)

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

  • Tim Michie, in reply to Sacha,

    Ahem. Simon Morris has a story about 'Doot Doot'. My recollection it was shortly preceded by the chart-topping 'Da Da Da'.

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Marcus Turner,

    I used to avidly follow the chart listings in the Listener. I remember noting that O Bla Di O Bla Da was on it in about 5 different places, at one stage, all by different bands.

    Since Nov 2006 • 212 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Marcus Turner,

    I used to avidly follow the chart listings in the Listener. I remember noting that O Bla Di O Bla Da was on it in about 5 different places, at one stage, all by different bands.

    The horror.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22817 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    RIP James 'Hansi' Last, a man and his whistle...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Marcus Turner,

    I used to avidly follow the chart listings in the Listener. I remember noting that O Bla Di O Bla Da was on it in about 5 different places, at one stage, all by different bands.

    Or when "Power of Love" appeared 3 times on the charts in 1985.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

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