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New Zealand Music Month - Day 29 [May. 29th, 2012|06:42 pm]
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[Current Location |Invercargill]
[mood |coldcold]
[music |The Challenge - "The Crunch"]

Tonight's record would be a good decade or so earlier than anything else I'm putting up this month.

I don't have all that much knowledge of out of print 1960s music for the simple reason that I wasn't actually around for most of the 1960s. This is about the best I can find at short notice... It ended up on a fairly obscure (and long out of print) compilation of 1960s garage rock and I've never seen it anywhere else.

I know nothing about the band or about the song (even whether it is an original or a cover) so whether or not it's appropriate to this month's theme is anyone's guess.


[User Picture]From: bardiphouka
2012-05-29 08:47 am (UTC)

if this helps

(from a site on the history of New Zealand Rock and Roll)

The Challenge-Still at school when they released their four singles in 1969. Their best known track, The Crunch was written by Ray Columbus in conjunction with Smith’s Crisps, in the hope that it would start a new dance craze.

Gone Gone Gone /Reflections of Charlie Brown (Impact 1047) 1969

The Crunch/Now You Shake (Impact 1049 ) 1969

from the site New Zealand Psyche
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2012-05-30 09:51 am (UTC)

Re: if this helps

oooh, thanks... It's later than I thought then (I'd have pegged it as about 1966 - 1967).

Being written by Ray Columbus definitely qualifies it too.

I don't think it ever started a dance craze, and don't even remember the advertising campaign for crisps. Smith's Crisps were still available up until the mid 1980s (I miss them. Bluebird are adequate, but not nearly as good. I do have a bit of a liking for Heartland Crisps though).
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