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

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  • Russell Brown, in reply to Will de Cleene,

    What goes around comes around, eh

    Funny thing is, that stunt was what encouraged RWP producer Brent Hansen to go to London for a look-see. He got a producing job at the fledgling MTV Europe that led to him become President and CEO of MTV Networks Europe and then MTV's VP of Global Branding. Worked out very well for him!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22761 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Walker,

    When I was about 19 some mates from Uni and I went to Oz for the summer break to have a look and earn some dosh. We decided to go to the Gold Coast for New Years and we were there for a week sleeping on the beach (having to get up early b4 the morning patrol came along to clean up vagrants like us). It's a crap place but we were young and loved most of it.
    However, they had a "beach radio" that had about 6 songs on rotation (maybe it was more but that's how I rememeber it) blasting from loud speakers. And remember we were literally living on the beach.
    One of them was "Lady in Red". I was so fucking sick of that song - I think we would have stayed longer if they had changed to some other (**any** other) banal crap. To this day (and that was a loooong time ago) I cannot hear that song without gritting my teeth a little.

    Mangawhai • Since Nov 2006 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    For Jackie: some more and better Feargal Sharkey

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2896 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Ackroyd, in reply to Hebe,

    Competition for no redeeming features:

    I quite like that.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 159 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Ross Mason,

    Up where? On top of Mount Fantastic? I like to think Kate Bush is hanging out there too.

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

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Hebe,

    Oh Hebe, no! I'm afraid the punky/rocky thing does not do it for me at all!

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Scott Chris, in reply to Tom Ackroyd,

    Bob Seger. The zedir of mediocrity.

    Har har. Have to disagree though. Seasoned pro was Bob who wrote one of the best "on-the-road-melancholia" songs of all time:

    Auckland • Since Feb 2012 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Hebe,

    For Jackie: some more and better Feargal Sharkey

    Still perhaps the most perfect pop song ever recorded.

    You know you're getting on when Feargal Sharkey retires - he did two weeks back

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

  • Hebe, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Still perhaps the most perfect pop song ever recorded.
    You know you're getting on when Feargal Sharkey retires - he did two weeks back

    The best. I thought Feargal was some kind of important suit these days?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2896 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    Holy 28 pages Batman!

    I've already had it determined that my musical taste is crap, so listing what I hate is perhaps moot.

    But I have one experience that seems relevant. I've found as time goes by that songs that I loved, passionately loved for a long period, can become songs that I just don't want to hear again. It's as if there is an absolute number of times I can hear any song before I will eventually hate it - no matter how much I loved it when it first released. As a result there are some radio stations I just can't listen to at all.

    The other thing I've noticed is that the more times a lyric is repeated within one song the quicker that song reaches my threshold of tolerance.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4451 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Hebe,

    I thought Feargal was some kind of important suit these days?

    He was head of a UK music industry association until two weeks back when he announced he was retiring.

    From what I understand he's made a lot of dosh over the years from property too.

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

  • Lilith __, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    the more times a lyric is repeated within one song the quicker that song reaches my threshold of tolerance.

    …certain ideas gestures
    rhymes, like Gillette Razor Blades
    having been used and reused
    to the mystical moment of dullness emphatically are
    Not To Be Resharpened.

    e. e. cummings

    "Mystical moment of dullness" -- I love that :-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3890 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Danielle

    Up where? On top of Mount Fantastic?

    No. Bloody disco bloody land.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1589 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX, in reply to Danielle,

    Ewww here is some:

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1224 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    Did someone mention Feargal Sharkey? Oh, lots of you did. Add one massively underrated pop genius, in the form of Vince Clarke, and listen:

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    It is more perfect than most as it is finished with a turnaround and not a fade out.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1224 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to DexterX,

    I declare that parody song to be 'mildly amusing'. It's no 'Dick in a Box', mind.

    Bloody disco bloody land.

    How I wish that was a real place...

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

  • Tom Beard, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    The other thing I've noticed is that the more times a lyric is repeated within one song the quicker that song reaches my threshold of tolerance.

    Then this should reach it quickly.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX, in reply to JacksonP,

    Tie that mother down and .............

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1224 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Scott Chris,

    Bob Seger. The zedir of mediocrity.

    Har har. Have to disagree though. Seasoned pro was Bob who wrote one of the best "on-the-road-melancholia" songs of all time:

    That's a great song. Although for years I thought it was written by, um, Jon English.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22761 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX, in reply to Sacha,

    For me, it's that particular tone she maintains throughout, and the repetitive structure that highlights it. Not the lyrics.

    That is how I found it - the Moo Moo Whining song.

    She has talent.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1224 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    The most bad shirts in any video award ( with a supplementary for 80s stay-and-sway dancing)

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2896 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Danielle,

    Bloody disco bloody land.

    How I wish that was a real place...

    It is in all of our hearts.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22761 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Oh Hebe, no! I'm afraid the punky/rocky thing does not do it for me at all!

    You should hear Feargal's country rap metal stuff.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22761 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Danielle,

    I might have asked you this before, but have you seen the Once Upon A Time in New York doco? It's the story of how punk rock, rap and dance/disco music all emerged from the crumbling boroughs of the Big Apple in the mid-70s and pretty much reshaped popular culture. Is awesome.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22761 posts Report Reply

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