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New Zealand Music Month - Day 2 [May. 2nd, 2009|06:19 pm]
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As today is the first day of duckshooting season I thought it would be appropriate to put up something by Blam Blam Blam. This group were Mark Bell (guitar, vocals); Tim Mahon (bass, vocals); and Don McGlashan (drums, vocals, euphonium). If the band could be said to have had a leader, Don McGlashan would have been it; and he, often in conjunction with Richard von Sturmer, was also their most prolific songwriter. Mind you, Mark Bell could also write a decent song; one of their rarest tracks, Agency - only ever available on a live half-album back in the days of black vinyl - was one of his, and a notably good song as well. The band almost made it to the big time, until Mahon was injured in a van crash in 1982 and the band called it a day for the time being.

Back in the early 1980s there seemed to be a bit of a mini-trend of creepy stalkerish songs, most famous of which would be Every Breath You Take. The Blams' contribution to the genre was this song, Don't Fight It, Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us. Don't try listening for the song title among the words - it isn't there. The studio recording of this song is available on their "best of" compilation, "The Complete Blam Blam Blam", about which the only real criticism I have is the absence of the aforementioned Agency.

I haven't managed to find the song's actual video on You Tube, but I have managed to find a live performance of the song. I'm not sure when this would have been - during the band's active career, or a live performance from a couple of years later (the source of the recording of Agency, mentioned above). I'm leaning towards the latter answer, mainly because they seem to have managed to borrow someone's brass section for the performance (and also borrowed another drummer, letting McGlashan - and his euphonium - take centre stage).


From: cajetan65
2009-05-02 07:43 am (UTC)


That's Marc Bell... ;)

Who was among a fairly rural bunch of copra a few years thereafter. In Africa... lol

The Blams broke up after playing a gig in my hometown, and heading on to Wanganui (about 110 km SE). Was I at the gig? Nah - was too much of a Beatle-nut then to appreciate them.

They played the B-side of Marsha today on NatRad - one of Supergroove's members thinks it rocks. As I seem to recall saying when I first heard it in thy lounge at least five years ago...

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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2009-05-02 11:33 pm (UTC)

Re: Um...

I took the spelling from the CD booklet. That's also the normal spelling I've seen elsewhere (and if I knew where Stranded in Paradise was hiding this month I'd have been off checking in it as well).

I've promised a few people a listen to the B-side of Marsha... I'll have to put it up on Send Space one of these years.

The town one town down from your old town now has its own stamps - http://www.joll.co.nz/nzm/haw.shtml . You might recognise a couple of towns on this page too: http://www.joll.co.nz/nzm/wkt.shtml
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From: cajetan65
2009-05-03 08:57 am (UTC)

Holy philatelic shit, Batman!

Have you had any time to SLEEP this past six months?? That's some severely impressing programming/website.

On my visit to thy lair (I'll let you know when - by an e-mail a bit closer to the time) - I am curious to know how the whole frames and layout thing is done. I can feel a re-engineered project coming on.

That's worrying even ME!

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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2009-05-03 09:25 am (UTC)

Re: Holy philatelic shit, Batman!

No frames - everything's in a table. You could always just click on View -> Page Source (in Firefox) to see how it's done. The only thing I'm doing that isn't obvious from the source code is that I'm using SSI for the styles, masthead and left side links so that I don't have to re-write every single page whenever I add a page to the site.

Needless to say I've had a hell of a lot of help with the actual programming and stuff. I've had no help with trying to figure out the insanity of some of these stamps though (have a look at the Eketahuna page for a prime example...) The whole thing's about half finished - I'm within kicking distance of having the "regional" and "generic" sections up to speed - then it's just the "advertising" section to finish off with.
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