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Hitting a brick wall then going sideways [Feb. 6th, 2005|12:03 am]
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So it's another Saturday night. This evening I was supposed to be writing four or five letters of various degrees of urgency. At least two of which I should have written last year. So what happened? I found myself unable to even think straight, and so watched the fourth of my "Inuyasha" disks instead.

So we finally get to meet Miroku. Very amusing Miroku / Kagome / Inuyasha character interaction. Half demon boy still has all the charm and sensitivity of a brick. And he's still pining over his old girlfriend, fifty years in the grave (and a few weeks as a zombie) by now. Kagome seems to be realising she can't compete with the ghost of a memory, so if she has any sense she'll be looking at either Miroku or her present day potential boyfriend by now. Actually Miroku would make sense... seeing as just about the first thing he did when they first met was pinch her bum, they could be just about made for each other. All he needs is to get a set of Inuyasha ears and they could have hours of fun together.

Would that "Coronation Street" were even half as amusing as this.

Sesshomaru still needs to get over himself in a major way and we get to see who's pulling his strings. Some baboon who, seeing as the mayoralty of Auckland didn't exist back in the fifteenth or sixteenth century, had to settle for playing games with demons and priestesses instead. (Then again comparing a certain immediate past mayor of Auckland a baboon could be considered offensive to other baboons...)

I'm really enjoying the story so far. The animation is good enough... there are a few stylistic touches to the visuals that seem a bit odd, but as I noticed some of them while watching the (also very good but otherwise very different) "Trigun" I suspect they are anime conventions that have to be adhered to for some reason or other. I can't say I'm a great fan of the new end credits though... the old ones had a definite air of farewell and sense of melancholy that quite often fitted the ending of the episodes. And I still haven't seen the girl with the humongous boomerang in the show itself. The new end credits just aren't the same...

Heard the first broadcast of episode 6 of "Enzology" Saturday afternoon. They've got up to an era I actually remember - they've just recorded and are just about to release "Waiata", and have all played a really nasty practical joke on the producer - so there's not as much information in the show that is completely new to me. But it was really interesting to hear how "I Got You" was put together. And also very amusing to hear how Sony Records was rather peeved with the band... Pink Floyd's "The Wall" was number one on the charts just about everywhere that kept records of how many records sold, except for Australia and New Zealand, where "True Colours" and "I Got You" had a mortgage on pole position in the album and single charts, respectively.

Otherwise today is the local national day. And as it falls on a Sunday I don't even get a long weekend out of the deal. Grrrr.

[User Picture]From: aeb
2005-02-05 11:40 pm (UTC)
What's this national day and how do you celebrate it? {curious SMILE}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2005-02-07 07:41 am (UTC)
The name alternates between "Waitangi Day" and "New Zealand Day" every few years.

Basically on 6th February 1840 a treaty was drawn up and signed at Waitangi in Northland by a British governor and a handful of local chiefs setting out some basic ground rules for European settlement of New Zealand. It's had a rather chequered history since then.

It's normally celebrated with a day off work, except when it falls on a Saturday or Sunday. Otherwise the only people who do much are the politicians and dignitaries and suchlike people who have to look as if they're enjoying what rather low-key festivities are going on (generally just a traditional formal welcome and speeches notable only by more Very Self-important People in attendance than usual).

This year the Prime Minister only showed up for the most important bit of the festivities (it had been a bit of a fiasco for the last few years) leaving the Leader of the Opposition to sit around being bored speechless (not a bad thing where a politician is concerned). The most amusing picture I've seen of the festivities is a very dour looking Leader of the Opposition flanked by a couple of other no-hopers: Brian Tamaki (leader of the local God Hates Fags cult, most notorious for leading a group of black-uniformed followers in a march on Parliament, said followers happily making Nazi salutes) and Tama Iti (local one-man Rent-a-Mob and general professional protester, most notorious for currently being out on bail on firearms charges).
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[User Picture]From: meganbmoore
2005-02-06 08:53 pm (UTC)
giant boomerang girl: Sango(aka--Miroku's chick). She's on disc 6...you are officially further than me...cept that I caught most of the episodes on TV, so I've been watching other stuff...when cartoon network starts showing inu yasha eps that I've already seen, I'll get back to my boxed set(please note that this is also a ploy to keep myself from buying the individual discs)

And yeah, I think the original ending credits is my favorite, though I'm rather fond of the one they just started airing on toon network a few eps ago...and there's a Shesshomaru centric one at one point that I remember rather liking...

Speaking of Shesshomaru...he's a rather one note villain at this point, but things happen later that make him really interesting and we get a deeper look into his dislike for Inu Yasha, as well as learn that he has a (surprisingly) well defined sense of honor and, to a lesser degree, loyalty.
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2005-02-07 07:57 am (UTC)
you are officially further than me...cept that I caught most of the episodes on TV

Would that I were as lucky. I'm probably the only person in Invercargill who's ever seen the show unless someone else has ordered it from Amazon (or got it off the internet...) I'm definitely planning on getting further boxed sets if they're ever released; comparing the price per episode of a boxed set vs. a single disk, the choice is fairly obvious. I'm thinking of saving up and having a bit of a binge when there's more stuff available... more "Inuyasha", replacing my nth-generation downloaded-by-a-friend copy of "Trigun", and picking up other interesting looking stuff ("Wolf's Rain" is a definite starter, for example).

* is looking forward to seeing more of Sesshomaru *

(thinks: and seeing as I'm buying American stuff anyway may as well order "The Key to Time" while I'm at it. Oh to see "The Pirate Planet" again...)
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[User Picture]From: jaffaman
2005-02-21 09:26 pm (UTC)
Hi Dave

Glad to hear you've been enjoying "Enzology". Hope you get to hear episode 9 this weekend. A fair bit of drama in this one and some previously unreleased music.

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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2005-02-25 08:31 am (UTC)
* checks userinfo *

Jeremy as in Ansell?!

I've certainly been enjoying the show. There have been a few things I'd like to have heard more of / more about, but I realise that you have to fit a hell of a lot of history into each hour of the programme.

Are there any plans for a tie-in CD or anything like that? There's been a lot of really good unreleased or difficult-to-find music played on the programme so far, which I would really like to be able to listen to more often... "Holy Smoke" (which I haven't heard since my record player had a needle in it), the older version of "Next Exit" (which I haven't heard since I lost my cassette of "More Hits and Myths", the acoustic (or at least acoustic-sounding) versions of "Crosswords", etc.
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[User Picture]From: jaffaman
2005-02-25 09:20 am (UTC)
There's a lot of music and talk that I'd have loved to have included or played in full, but I was stretching the limit having ten x 50 minute programmes already. What were some of the things you missed most?

I'd love to have a CD tie-in of rare tracks. My priority was always getting the radio programmes made the way I wanted them, so I didn't push for an accompanying CD. I figured all the people and organisations who'd have to be involved would be more enthusiastic about the idea of a CD release after they'd heard Enzology and not before. I didn't finish it until December. A collection is unlikely to happen for a while as FMR is about to release the refurbished "Anniversary" live CD.

However, Radio NZ will be investigating the possibility of a CD set of Enzology. A tonne of copyright to clear for that, though.

I don't know why "Holy Smoke" never made it to the Split Enz CD boxsets. There's been talk for years about releasing an album of the Rootin' Tootin' Luton demos. Still waiting. The "More Hits and Myths" version of "Next Exit" also comes from the Luton sessions - but that's not what I played in Enzology. I used an even rarer version recorded with David Tickle. Much fatter drum sound and guitars. This turned up on a badly dubbed cassette tape of Neil's. Maybe the master tape still exists somewhere... maybe not. A lot of these tapes have been lost or damaged over the years.

Tim's acoustic demo of "Crosswords" was a great find. This came from a 1977 cassette that Robert Gillies has. Again, the audio quality is a bit dodgy, but the solo guitar and voice has really brought out the song for me. I dont know if the Enz would want this released as a full track on a CD. One would hope they'd see the merit in it. There were some other interesting finds on this particular Tim-demo cassette. A piano and voice demo of "My Mistake", which I played in an Enzology promo interview in December, and a lost song called something like "Sailing Away". Loved Tim's acoustic rendition of "Parrot Fashion Love" too.

There's more talk about Enz finds at www.frenzforum.com
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2005-02-25 10:30 am (UTC)
What were some of the things you missed most?

One thing that strikes me is that there's only the occasional mention of music videos (although I may have missed something... I've managed to catch all the episodes but have occasionally had to dash off to answer phone/door etc. while the show is on). I realise that radio is not the ideal medium for discussion of videos... it's just that I'm a big fan of their videos as well as their music. Particularly "Dirty Creature"... My opinion on it: considering it was made in 1982 the effects are very well done, it's a good illustration of the tone and content of the song itself and it's a good band video. There are also some "lost" videos I would love to see again... I think there was a video of "Crosswords", and I distinctly recall a video of "One Mouth Is Fed"... I only ever saw it once on TV - at the time the single was released - and never again anywhere.

However, Radio NZ will be investigating the possibility of a CD set of Enzology. A tonne of copyright to clear for that, though.

I can imagine! I'd love there to be a CD set, but didn't even bother suggesting that as I can just imagine how tightly it would be tied up in red tape.

I dont know if the Enz would want this released as a full track on a CD.

I can understand how the band wouldn't want substandard stuff being released... but to be brutally honest I'd rather listen to a CD of a dodgy cassette of some of this rare stuff than a lot of modern stuff. This is me showing my age I suppose... Another real eye-opener I just thought of while typing this was the version of "Incognito in California".

It's been so long since I've heard any version of "Next Exit" other than the single recording that I didn't realise this was different... it's definitely good listening though.

Sorry about rambling on so long... the Enz have been my all-time favourite band for just under a quarter of a century and I don't get to waffle on about how great they are nearly often enough...


- Dave
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[User Picture]From: jaffaman
2005-02-25 08:11 pm (UTC)
'Tis no waffle.

You're right about the music videos. I decided not to spend too much time on them, given that Enzology is audio based. There are a few mentions here and there. Tim Finn recently appeared on a Split Enz edition of C4's "Top Ten" and talked about the videos there, so they have been covered elsewhere, at least.

"Crosswords" and "One Mouth Is Fed" weren't really official video promos. Both were TV guest spots that happened to be shown again elsewhere. "One Mouth", I think, was made for "Countdown" in Australia and aired on "RTR Video Releases" in NZ. I guess they could have thrown them onto the Split Enz DVD like they did the 1977 "Ready To Roll" and 1979 "Radio With Pictures" clips, but space on the DVD was limited.

There's a brief mention of the "Strait Old Line" video in this week's episode of Enzology.
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