NZ Music Month

New Zealand Music Month 2015 - Now this is different

This piece is the intersection of the concepts of "punk rock" and "heartwarming".

The backstory to this is: That guy up front with the mic and the Lemmy facial hairdo? There's a reason you can't actually make out what he's singing. That reason is that he had a stroke a few years back and it buggered up those bits of his internal wiring that deal with speech.

Hasn't stopped him getting up on stage, though.

NZ Music Month

New Zealand Music Month 2015 - Yet another instalment

There is actually a bit of a connection between this song and the previous one... Brent Eccles (drums) later ended up in Citizen Band before joining the Angels. Eddie Rayner (keyboards) is later of Split Enz, and even later involved in producing orchestral versions of Split Enz songs. But tonight's star is Alastair Riddell, who never really did much after Space Waltz.

Space Waltz were New Zealand's contribution to 1970s glam rock. There's a definite sign of Bowie influence to this song, although the actual Space Waltz album shows many other influences (including prog and heavy rock), all combining into an actually rather interesting whole.

NZ Music Month

New Zealand Music Month 2015 - Yet another instalment

This one is a bit of an oddity.

Every now and again, there's a foreign song that was a big hit in New Zealand but which sank without trace in any other market. "I Feel Good" was one such song, and so obscure it's actually taken a bit of googling to get its history even remotely straight. Originally written by Allen Toussaint (most of whose other songs are better known than this one), and as far as I can tell first recorded by Benny Spellman, it eventually got covered by British band the Artwoods (the Art Wood in question being brother to the much more famous Ronnie, and the band itself being about as obscure as the song). Somehow, the Artwoods' version reached the Auckland-based ears of Larry Morris of Larry's Rebels, who promptly recorded it and appear to have sold more copies of the song in Auckland than anyone else did anywhere else in the world, ever. (It helps that the Larry's Rebels version of the song has a much better sound than the Artwoods').

A dozen or so years later, Citizen Band did their own version of the song (without any sort of songwriter credit on the recording - Larry's Rebels apparently didn't have songwriter info. on the record label, and Allen Toussaint had published it under, apparently, his mother's maiden name). It's obviously taken straight from the Larry's Rebels version, but is at least a competent effort.

NZ Music Month

New Zealand Music Month 2015 - Second instalment of an indeterminate number

And now something by the Terminals.

This is a new video of an old song. And no, I did not deliberately time it so that there would be a video with backgrounds of collapsed Christchurch buildings shown just the day after yet another big shake-up... it's actually a complete coincidence this time.

(This latest one? I felt it, but there wasn't any substantial damage. One road out and a bit of broken glass was all that happened this time.)

NZ Music Month

New Zealand Music Month 2015

Another year, and another not-really-having-a-theme problem. Again I haven't had the time to do much of anything blog-wise, let alone sort out a theme and set of tracks for New Zealand Music Month. So, for another year, it's going to be a haphazard collection of whatever I can find at short notice.

This band is Prospero - another of Matt's bands (he has already got into the habit of being in multiple bands at one playing different styles of music) - recorded live at the end of last year. This band, he calls 'folk-rock'. I think it possibly owes more to the Dunedin sound as filtered through the Mumford and Sons generation, but he's got plenty of time yet to discover Sandy Denny and the rest of the usual suspects.