May 29th, 2009

NZ Music Month

New Zealand Music Month - Day 29

Scorched Earth Policy, about half of whom were Terminals at one time or another, were: Andrew Dawson - vocals; Mary Heney - guitar, organ, vocals; Brian Crook - guitar, organ, vocals; Mick Elborado - bass, vocals; Andrea Cocks - organ, violin; and Peter Stapleton - drums. In his comments in the booklet of the band's CD "Keep Away From The Wires", Bruce Russell writes: When they were all on the same planet and in the same key they were the most frightening damn band you ever saw. Ugly as sin and twice as mean, they had a reputation for hard drinking, fist fights and amateur arson. You could never be sure you weren't going to see a disaster just looking for an audience to happen to...

(In case this isn't sufficently intriguing, Bruce Russell also happens to be one third of the infamous Dead C, who have "happened" to no small number of audiences themselves.)

The sound quality to this clip isn't wonderful (it sounds a lot better on the Flying Nun compilation DVD "Second Season") but the song is at least recognisable. The video itself is ambitious, but in a definite "please do not adjust your set" manner... for some technical reason I don't quite understand, attempts to film TV sets never look good.

I don't care. I think this is some really impressive stuff.