Thursday, October 23, 2008
That’s a great idea & sure winner there Noel! Let’s produce the worst video imaginable to accompany the worst Kiwi song ever penned. Who needs Neil & Tim anyway?
Try and remember this was a hit single in 1978, back when you were labelled zany by wearing costume-hire on two nights running & there was no internet or play-stations. In other works the public was easily amused. Exhibit A; Mother Goose.
I’m picking there was a limited budget here. Could have been those plastic plants in the background, or may be it was the authentic leopard-skin waist-coat? The church-dance lighting may also be another indicator. On the plus side it goes and shows you – Hawaiian shirts never go out of style.
Look everyone our ‘How to be Punks Kit’ has just in the post all the way from the U.K. Unfortunately it was sent surface-post and arrived two years too late. Rumour has it The Reptiles made a blood pact never to smile & the lead singer Zero actually has a wardrobe full of dodgy old rain-coats. She wasn’t adverse donning a rubbish bag or two in her day, best place for this.
The title of the song is Cactus Cat so the creative team came-up with the novel idea of interspersing the miming L.B.G.P with cactus plants and a black-cat. Wow! Mind you not even Speilberg himself, could have rescued one of the worst Flying Nun singles ever. Pets may work for commercials, but patently not so with music videos.
Shoot me your horrors!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Then I got thinking about scary music videos from New Zealand bands, I’d come across.
By the way I’m using the term ‘scary’ in the broadest definition of the word, I guess you could also extend this banner to include ‘dark’ as well.
So I searched my memory banks, put my balding thinking-cap on, and came-up with some local videos I personally believe are worthy of consideration, for the lofty mantle of (uses booming, deep announcers voice to herald) ‘New Zealand’s Scariest Music Video’.
You of course may think differently, this being a very subjective subject.
So tell us your own fav’s via the comments section.
For your viewing pleasure we have……
Childrens Hour - ‘Carolines Dream’
Headless Chickens – ‘George’
Fetus Productions – ‘Flicker’
Skeptics – ‘AFFCO’
Head Like a Hole – ‘Fish Across The Face’
Next on my agenda 'New Zealands Worst Music Videos'.
Friday, July 25, 2008
At the end of the process, I came-up with 15 songs, all worthy entries in their own right. Either that or I’m an indecisive prick, unable to make hard choices and curb it back to ten(?)
Any way since then, I’ve come across a number of ‘juicy’ titles which I missed in the initial research, and I feel it’s only fair they too achieved the lofty mantle amongst ‘the most offensive’ ever (yep, I’m employing that tacky tactic of putting ‘ever’ at the end, as if to deride other such lists, and at the same time emphasise what bloody good titles I’ve rooted out)
Here’s hoping the bands involved, will enjoy this dubious distinction.
If not – tough!
So here we go folks, six more tunes to avoid playing when mums in the room:
Hi-Tone Destroyers: ‘Deep inside Teenage Pussy’
The Users: ‘Arseful of Fist’
Steffan Van Soest Hit Machine: ‘Hey Mother Fucker’
Palace of Wisdom: ‘Eat You Out’
Peter Gutteridge: ‘Fuck Your Mother to Hell’
This list is obviously ‘a work in process’ so be sure to send me your songs for inclusion, eh.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I've got a hard on for Jesus
I felt the devil pull me asunder
'Cos I've got a hard on for JesusIt's bulgin' 'gainst my leg, can't you see?
His bedroom eyes were burnin', they were searin' my soul
I felt the hand of Jesus give that final downstroke
Saturday, April 19, 2008
As the great bard once said: “Opinions are like arseholes, everyone’s got one”.
With such lists they’ll always be a divergence of entries, reflecting the demographics, race, social structures, music of that time etc.
Peoples taste also change although for the most part we are ‘slaves’ to the music we listened to in our teens.
New artists come on the scene and replace what was once considered ‘treasured material’. Your favourite album from your teens is likely to now be buried in the back of your collection. Playing it 20 years on is likely to produce more nostalgic warm-fuzzies than adulation.
Everyone also is has bias, whether they advertise the fact or not.
This bias is referred to in sugar-coated terms as ‘taste’.
Thus we hide behind ‘taste’ when in reality we are simply covering-up our innate bias.
I for example have an unashamedly love of alternative Indy music – thus my list comes minus any submissions of ‘the hip-hop kind’.
Objectivity is never a part of any individuals own choice in music. Each of us is presumptuous enough to declare our own list ‘better’ for reasons which we justify on the same indignant tones as someone else defending their choices.
On seeing someone’s else’s opposing list we’ll automatically and defiantly state “how the hell could you miss [insert your album]!”. Let’s take this as read.
Hey, that’s the great thing about music and of course there is no ‘Official Top Albums’ and never can be. ‘Rip It Up’ comprised a Top 100 Albums in their December 2001 issue, drawing opinions for rock music aficionados and muso’s alike(39 odd of these are in my own collection in one form or another).
Annually, December signals the time in which musical scribes pick their Top Albums of the Year. So they’ll always be such lists and ensuing arguments as to their merits.
My Top Ten Kiwi Albums is what it is.
MY Top Ten.
No justification or elaborations necessary.
That’s after all, the very nature of a blog!
SPLIT ENZ – MENTAL NOTES
KING LOSER – CAUL OF THE OUTLAW
ABLE TASMANS – NICE CUPPA TEA & LIE DOWN
PINE – LONG PLAYER
THE CLEAN – TALLY HO
THE TERMINALS – LAST DAYS OF THE SUN
SKEPTICS – SENSIBLE SHOES
SUBLIMINALS – UNITED STATE
FETUS PRODUCTIONS – FETAL MANIA
BLAM BLAM BLAM – LUXURY LENGTH
Have fun making your own.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Q.) Starting from square one, how does a band/artist go about getting recorded on Failsafe? Do they come to you? Or do you approach prospects?
Failafe's a hobby label, most releases don't break even so if I'm going to put a lot of time and money into something it has to be because I think its a worthy project, or cos I'm into it personally.
There is the odd release on the label that I'm not that invested in where I've put something out cos I know and like the people, but I try to keep that to a minimum and certainly in recent times its all personal projects. If you want to draw my attention to your personal project that fits within the music tastes that the label clearly follows then I'm happy to hear from bands but I don't take kindly to being approached by blues rock outfits wanting me to release their latest jam because it shows the band clearly hasn't taken the time to investigate my label and what I do, and blues rock would be one of the many styles of music I don't do, along with hip hop, soul, r & b etc.
The label is specifically a post punk, post rock, alternative melodic indie guitar label.
Q.)What's the future looking like for Independent Labels in New Zealand?
Harder to break even or generate any money to cover costs without compromising your art.
Q.) How's pirating affecting you guys?
Its pretty hard to find any of our stuff on limewire or bit torrent, but cd copying is definitely making it difficult to continue to do releases,when there are reduced sales in an already small market its going to be harder for any label or artist to do the next record. Music fans should acknowledge this issue and make a conscious effort to channel money to their favourite artists, or not be surprised when they stop making music and get a job in a fast food joint.
Q.) What's your favourite Failsafe band of all-time?
I've got favourite tracks. I love:
substandard - global research system
YFC - most of the ricochet album
Eight Living legs - don't do that near me
147 Swordfish - love (off avalanche)
Beat Rhythm Fashion - most of the album
I also really like some of my own music, cos I make music that I would want to hear so I don't see it so much as being egotistical to like it. I made it cos its what I was missing in available music.
I'm very proud of The Throw albums, particularly the track softly off Dreambaby goodbye. The middle section of that song is one of my favourite bits of production.
Likewise The new Kimo album, some really good moments on that puppy which people will be able to sample for themselves soon.
Q.) And your fav Failsafe Album?
See above. A little hard for me to choose. Like asking me to pick a favourite child (if I had kids)
Definitely some important albums for me like the YFC and BRF ones, and the Kimo Throw and dolphin albums.
Q.) The undisputed best local band you've had the pleasure of seeing live, are or were?
I really enjoyed "how to kill" who supported Into the Void twice at the Dux in 2006. I'm hoping to pursuade them to record something soon.
Q.) The Failsafe band that should have 'made it' but didn't ,was?
There's quite a few there, and I feel semi guilty about not going all out for some of them, but in reality Failsafe is a one man label and I do as much as I can, more than I should possibly, ie slightly obsessively not putting enough into other aspects of a healthy life :)
Throw were a pretty good live band. We had song ideas worked out which were often simple riffs and hooks, but we left the length and dynamic of the piece open so sometimes you could blow yourself away with the power of a version. A lot of that came from my relationship with Drummer Steve Birss from our 6 years of music together and we'd drag Taylor along for the ride.
YFC were ground breaking and still were on their 2005 reunion gigs. They may play again.
BRF wrote some amazing songs and their gigs in 82 still ring clear in my mind.
But really a lot of the failure to make it of these bands was of their own doing, or undoing. it takes a lot of effort with no reward before you start to see even a little of what you need to see to justify attempting to make it. And NZ really isn't that good at recognising or supporting its art, notable wasters of good public funding which could go to making it easier for artist to make art are NZ on Air who now routinely divert money to the least culturally significant sounds around (i.e. the stuff that sounds like overseas trends). They should be ashamed of themselves for an organisation who's logo is "our voice, our country".
Q.) Granted one wish and the opportunity to join any group, past or present, what band would you be in?
Well I was already lucky enough to play with Children's Hour on their reform tour of '05 so I wouldn't want to push my luck wishing for anything more, but YFC or Joy Division or Cure, maybe Killing Joke or Comsat Angels guest spots would be nice.
Q.) The coolest guy in the band is always the?
I really don't notice things like that. I do admire talent (the unthinking ability to produce inspirational sounds) above skill (the planned and practiced) though, and a great emotive musical drummer always gets my attention and appreciation. You can get a bad band with a good drummer, but you very rarely get a good band with a bad drummer. the drummer makes or breaks it for me.
Some of my favourite drummers have been:
Steve Birss - Dolphin and Throw Drummer.
Chris Spark - Degrees K, exceedingly musical in his drumming, you could almost hum his drum lines.
Michael Daly - YFC, Eskimo. No denying his drum parts are integral to YFC.
Bevan Sweeney - Children's hour, Headless Chickens. The drum pattern to gaskrankinstation is one of the best sculpted pieces of writing I've witnessed.
David Toland - Playthings, Expendables, Springloader. another extremely expressive player.
On the Children's Hour tour I had the chance to complete the set of playing with my favourite drummers of the early eighties. Birss, Daly and Sweeney. a great honor, although I wouldn't say that to their faces cos you got to keep drummers in their place :)
Footnote: Tune to Pure NZ Alt Radio in April and you'll have the pleasure of listening to Rob's labour of love. It's 100% Failsafe music 24/7.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Music after all is a basic form of self expression.
Running parallel to the use of offensive lyrics you’ll discover the obligatory list of ‘Offensive Song Titles’.
Titles, that leave nothing to the imagination as to where the song is leading.
Titles, you’d half expect to find scrawled on the back of a year nines school book.
Titles, that assured the song would be buried on B side of some obscure EP.
Titles, which doubtless had the Broadcasting Standard Authority frothing at the mouth.
One thing my research showed, was the assumption New Zealand's ‘Offensive Song Titles’ are the sole prerogative of a bunch of black t-shirted bogan metallers from New Plymouth – is infact wrong!
A song penned by Chris Knox making the list is hardly surprising in itself. But even I have more hair than this guy.
Phil Judd penned ‘Mind Fucked’ last year and will be eligible for a pension in a decade.
Cripes, even grandmother's favourite son Eddie Low went close to an entry, with ‘I’ve never been to bed with an Ugly Woman’.
And as much as I’d have like to have include ‘Nice Legs shame about the Face’ by The Car Thieves, I’m sure you’ll concur the songs below tipped the ‘offensive meter’ well into the red zone.
A Handful Of Dust’s ‘He who eats the maggots of the Palm Tree’ also went close.
As did Lungs ‘Elvis Arsehole’ and ‘Aren’t I a Dickhead’ by Indulgence.
You’ll also spot a cross-over factor between bands with unusual & offensive names (refer previous blog entry below) penning a fair splattering of abhorrent song titles.
After formulating a starting line-up of 60 odd songs I whittled it down to the 15 you find below.
It was a tough thankless job, but someone had to do it.
DAD, WHAT’S THAT MAN SINGING??
Dean – ‘Yippie Chi Yea Motherfucker’
Ho’ Dogs – ‘Blood on my Cock’
Claires Unnatual Twin – ‘K.T.C.U.N.T’
Meatbix – ‘Hard-on for Jesus’
Scuzzbuckets – ‘Horny as Fuck’
Phil Judd – ‘Mind Fucked’
Celia Mancini – ‘Sucked-in Rock n’ Roll Cunts’
Merlen & The Freeloaders – ‘Back Door Girl’
No Tag – ‘What a Great Cunt’ry’
Halion .25 – ‘What the fuck does it matter to you?’
Last Man Down – ‘Hanged in a Police Cell’
? Fog Enterprises – ‘Fat Man with a Big Dork’
Tall Dwarfs – ‘If I were a Piece of Shit’
Indulgence – ‘Aren’t I a Fuckin’ Dickhead’
T.A.B – ‘Used Prophylactics ’
Consider this list an ‘appetiser to the main course’.
Coming shortly, at great expense in time: ‘Unusual Kiwi Song Titles’.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
[Birchville Cat Motel]
But before I start, it’s appropriate to give mention to group names,that simply ooze New Zealand.
One quick look at these band name’s, almost has you involuntarily humming a bar from ‘Counting the Beat’.
QUINTISENTIAL KIWI BAND NAMES……
Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band
Daggy & The Dickheads
Dusty Spittle & The Mountaineers
Hogsnort Ruperts Original Flagon Band
Johnny Velox & The Vauxhalls
Moana & The Moa Hunters
Pakakura Post Office
Pioneer Pog ‘n’ Scroggin Bush Band
Ripper Bunch of Blokes
Upper Hutt Posse
Leading on from this it’s also necessary to create a separate (unkempt) ‘pigeon hole’ for those wondrous bands who have a ‘message’ in their name.
That message is: f*ck-you.
DAD THIS IS MY NEW BOYFRIEND, HE’S IN A BAND CALLED…..
Dr Kevorkian and The Suicide Machine
Glory Fckn Sun
Let’s Get Naked
Love in a Gas Oven
Shit All To Hell
Starlight Faggot Feast
Now you can see I’m painting a bit of a picture here and you’re getting the gist of where this is leading.
That’s the different, the strange.
The distinctive New Zealand band names that in most cases, outlived the respective bands musical output.
UNUSUAL NEW ZEALAND BAND NAMES
Birchville Cat Motel
Bressa Creeting Cake
Claires Unnatural Twin
Dappled Cities Fly
Drugs vs. Grandchildren
Eight Living Legs
Fatal Jelly Space
Feast of Frogs
Flies Inside The Sun
Hi Revving Tongues
Life in The Fridge Exists
Lord Foultleroy the 4th & The Prohibition
My Deviant Daughter
Naked Spots Dance
Out of The Compost
Say Yes to Apes
Soluble Fish Ensemble
Stark Naked & The Car Thieves
Sven Olsen’s Brutal Canadians Love Saga
Surplus Sons of a Factory Nation
Wreck Small Speakers on Expensive Speakers
The Wide Mouthed Frogs
HONOURABLE MENTION (NO I DIDN’T MISS THESE)
All Fall Down
Bang! Bang! Eche!
Dog Tooth Violet
Garbage and The Flowers
Handful Of Dust
Jean Paul Sartre Experience
Look Blue Go Purple
Not Really Anything
Loves Ugly Children
Pop Art Toasters
Queen Meanie Puss
Sandoz Lab Technicians
School Of Meat
Semi Lemon Kola
Six Impossible Things
They Were Expendable
This Will Kill That
Now I can hear your howls of derision that I’ve forgotten ‘X’ (insert name of band)
Well if that’s the case shoot me a bloody e.mail or forever hold ya peace!
The criteria is simple: they must have been recorded.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
I will forgo any verbose preamble, and in the tried & true Kiwi fashion, akin to a sledgehammer - get right into it!
Over the past five weeks over 500 songs have gone out over the net to a worldwide audience.
And when I say worldwide, I’m talking about regular listeners from Spain to Argentina.
So what it's worth, here's moi’s Top Ten Kiwi songs as broadcast on Pure N.Z Alt Radio.
In no particular order:
Subliminals - ‘Radience’
Trash – ‘Telecom South’
Drone – ‘Farmer’
Double Happys – ‘Needles & Plastic’
The Mint Chicks – ‘Ockhams Razor’
Olla – ‘Olla Putrido’
Thought Creature – ‘Your Telepathy’
Straitjacket Fits – ‘Dailing a Prayer’
Skeptics – ‘Sensible Shoes’
Beat Rhythm Fashion - ‘Art & Duty’
To further this unabrashed exercise in self-indulgence (no not that sort of self indulgence, but there are similarities I have to admit) I'm going to be playing MY 'Top Ten' in amongst the 11 hours of new programming on MY station.
Suffer little children.
Listen-out for the new stuff from......
And re-cycled stuff from the vaults by.......
Loves Ugly Children
Solid Gold Hell
Where do I stop?
Monday, January 21, 2008
That is to promote Kiwi bands, largely ignored by mainstream media, home & abroad.
Internet Radio allows me to promote New Zealand Alternative Music to a worldwide audience.
It also offers a platform to establish a ‘live music museum’ - preserving music memories ,whilst at the same time promoting new acts.
I am always on the hunt for ‘lost gems’.
Some obscure limited edition 7” single that has been bought to light after residing in some fans book-shelf for 20 years & re-born by digitisation.
A compilation cassette comprising long dead regional bands.
Despite the efforts of home-grown labels like Failsafe (Rob for knighthood?) sadly much of New Zealand’s output alternative music scene 1980-2000 will never be re-released and largely exists only as a limited release piece of vinyl.
Please (makes sound like small puppy begging) if you can digitise/mp3 any music by the following bands I’d appreciate it.
Hey, I can hardly waltz into a record-shop and order it, can I? So I don’t feel I’m ripping the artists off by bludging in such an open blaise fashion.
WANTED! (in no particular order)
*Victor Dimisich Band* *Bressa Creeting Cake* *Bike*
*Dribbling Darts Of Love* *Dead Famous People* *Gerling*
*Ape Management* *Axel Grinders* *Death Ray Café*
*Milton Stowaways* *Murder Inc* *Marie & The Atom*
Footnote; Some of these artists appear on compilations of various kinds I have accumulated. I’m after their individual output if at all poss.
The internet radio revolution HAS started.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Sh*t that means more time on the internet (imagines hearing wives complaining voice in his ear & begins sweating profusely)
To get down to brass tacks my blog is an attempt to further publicise my humble little radio station that went to air (do internet stations do that?) in December and needs a kick in the pants marketing wise, so punters can discover its existence, and tune in.
That’s hard to do with a marketing budget of: zip, nout, not one brass razoo.
So here we are, it’s my chance to post some crap that will attract punters to my station courtesy of those nifty google spider things that lurk in the shadows and hopefully may even grace this insignificant ‘speck of dust’ site.
So what’s been happening at Pure NZ Alt Radio since I returned from my Christmas Hol’s?
Well a sh*t load really.
Over the past couple of weeks, since I began my publicity offensive, there’s been a day by day growth in both listener numbers and hours.
That’s encouraging that I’m striking a cord (no pun intended) with some folk on this spinning piece of rock.
Interestingly over 40 per cent of those listeners are from outside New Zealand.
My play-list is close to 15 hours and was completely cleaned out only 5 days ago so all content is fresh ‘to consume’.
From vinyl rips, obscure overseas re-releases, limited run e.p’s and other stuff buried in the vault (a.k.a dusty boxes in my garage) comes some real gems:
- Fetus Productions
- Ballon D’eassi
- Bird Nest Roys
- Goblin Mix
- Great Unwashed
- Jean Paul Satre Experience
- King Loser
- Look Blue Go Purple
- Loves Ugly Children
- The Mad Scene
- Nocturnal Projections
- Tall Dwarfs
- Wasp Factory
And these are just the ones I can remember! They say you lose ‘x’ amount of brain cells with every drink you have.
So listen out for that obscure song you thought was lost to time and fascist record companies who wouldn’t know music if it sat on them.
All that ol' stuff, plus the brand-spanking latest outpourings I’ve got my grubby paws on.
That's stuff by:
- Maryrose Crook
- The Tweeks
- The Sneaks
- Shocking Pinks
- Ghost Club
- Meat Bix
- Mint Chicks
- Die! Die! Die!
SO TUNE IN THIS VERY SECOND!
There’s a link to the left.
See ewes going baa.