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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: 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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