May 8th, 2009

NZ Music Month

New Zealand Music Month - Day 8

Glam rock is a skeleton found in the cupboard of a lot of musicians who were active in the early 1970s. It's actually quite fun, for the most part, as long as you don't take it too seriously. The irony here is that to actually create the stuff in the first place you need to take it too seriously.

Space Waltz were about the one New Zealand band that managed to produce a complete, completely (and entertainingly) overdone Glam Rock High Concept Album. But what makes Space Waltz listenable is that, ignoring the high concept (or high conceit), there's some good songs and good music to listen to.

Out In the Street is the one Space Waltz song most people have ever heard, and the one I could find anything decent of on You Tube. (There's something that's apparently a live performance of one of their album tracks up on You Tube, but it's part of an eight or so minute segment and as I've just broken my monthly bandwidth cap it's not practical to vet the video for quality). On this track, the band were Alastair Riddell - vocals, guitar; Brent Eccles - drums; Greg Clark - guitar, backing vocals; Eddie Rayner - keyboards; Peter Cuddihy - bass, backing vocals. Various members of the band eventually ended up in groups as diverse as the Angels and Split Enz once the band went their separate ways.

The song, and some album tracks that I actually like better, are available on the clumsily titled CD "Space Waltz by Alastair Riddell: The Original Album".