The returning host John Campbell was relaxed and eloquent and the show itself felt quite different to last year’s slightly strained anniversary award.
It might've felt like that if you were there, but it came across really poorly on TV (I watched RNZ's coverage).
I watched it for an hour and it seemed curiously flat and dull.
As for Campbell, again, it may've seemed like that if you were there, but I thought he was really poor.
Over and over, every time he introduced a band or commented once they'd finished, it was just dire. He reeled off, over and over, a plethora of platitudes that became increasingly empty, patronising and spurious the more it happened.
It was like seeing a proud parent gushing over their kids' kindergarten painting, an excess of completely needless superlatives, every time he opened his gob.
It would've helped if he'd been a lot more measured and professional, rather than being a fan-boy, over and over. He was just embarrassing.
It pains me to say all this about him, too. He's superb when he's professional and I like a lot of the same bands he does, but some restraint would've been appreciated in this case.
Saw the movie on Thursday, too. He's really put himself through the mincer (especially in his twenties, early thirties) has Nick Cave and always managed to endure, but dear oh dear, he really looked - understandably - wrung-out by things in it.
Both it and the new album are very compelling but sombre, needless to say.
Regarding Paddy Gower, I had to laugh at his comment a few nights ago that "they are really drinking the kool-aid here."
I too was lucky enough to see Suicide in London, in '98 at a gig at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the John Peel-curated Meltdown Festival.
An excellent electronica trio, Add N To (X) opened up, then Suicide followed, playing all of their debut, plus a few songs from their very under-rated second album. They were bloody amazing.
Unfortunately, they were followed by the Jesus And Mary Chain who dull as hell.
As an aside, my mates and I noticed a guy down the front with really long hair and wearing a tie-dyed Hendrix t-shirt. We all agreed we recognised him from the NZ music scene, but we couldn't quite put our finger on it.
Later, on the bus home, the penny dropped - it was the ex-bass player from Wellington punks Flesh D-Vice...
Caroline Easther was drummer in the first half of the 80s for how long I don't know. (She was flatting with a friend.)
Er, second half, actually. She would've replaced Alan Haig who left in '85 after the 'Leather Jacket' single, then she would've joined in '86, played on Brave Words in '87, left, in, '88 (IIRC) due to tinnitus, and was replaced by James Stephenson who drummed on Submarine Bells and left himself in late '90 or so.
Norman Mailer's book The Fight is a superb account of The Rumble In The Jungle, too.
Regardless of what you may think of Mailer as a person (personally, I thought he came across as a blow-hard) or anything else he wrote, it captures the lead-up, the fight itself and the key people brilliantly.
The PM has described the monetary settlement as "a small amount".
Obviously the exact figure is confidential, but I'd love to know what a ballpark figure for this amount is.
Does the PM mean "a small amount for a multi-millionaire like me, so $50, 000" or does he mean "a small amount like $1000" ?
Any punts on a figure, please ?
Ok, cheers, good to have that clarified. Whew !
Fascinating read, cheers. However, does Hillary have an Achille's heel ?
I was talking about her chances the other day with a friend and he pointed out that she may still be arrested over the Libyan embassy fiasco. Therefore, this would prevent her from running.
My friend may be wrong and have the wrong of the stick, but it'd be horrible if that was to happen, or even the threat of it.
As for Trump, I would so love to be a fly on the wall when he either loses the nomination or the election just to watch the humungous tanty he'd throw.
I'm voting to keep the current flag, mainly for two reasons.
The first is that the proposed new flag just looks ugly and is a design nightmare. It looks like the sort of thing that a fifth form design student would rattle off when he / she had forgotten to do their homework last night.
The second is - I'll be completely honest here - I want a free kick at the PM.