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  • Jackie Clark,

    Okay, delerious mind speaking. Maybe.

    One finger at a time, relax your grip and free your mind Hamish Clark/Breaks Co-op. Yes he's my bruv but I stlll think it's a lyric that bangs.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report

  • Islander,

    OOO! Must go get Breaks Co-op

    -Jackie Clark, apropos "Human Remains": your comment that it would make a good film/was cinematic, is right on the button...I really must go out & dig in the bookshed-

    incidentally - is your brother familiar with a taoistic technique, of focusing on fingertips (including thumbs) one at a time to release pain or anger? Cheers-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report

  • recordari,

    Is there a limit? If so, I'll make this my last, or switch to Photoshop at least.

    Instigators Hope she's alright

    I'm waiting for my baby
    she's late, but then just maybe*
    she won't be coming home tonight.
    Hope she's alright

    Art by Alexis Hunter.

    *It's pretty hard to hear the middle bit, but I think that's right.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report

  • Russell Brown,

    Would have to be Joe Wylie to do the art.He's bloody good.

    Totally with you on that.

    Or ... Joe doing a whole other Chris Knox song. Let me think about that ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Heather Gaye,

    re-post for artist/song identification:

    Baby I'm kinda sick & tired of waiting till you make your mind up
    (you may as well be a brain in a jar)

    SJD - Baby You're Oh So. Artists = Francis Hooper & Denise L'Estrange Corbet

    so like I went inside you know, and I turned on my tv
    and you know what I saw?
    you know what I saw?
    I saw John Banks he was telling me...
    rat- rat- rat on ya neighbour!

    Pumpkinhead - Nark. Artist = TrustMe

    Morningside • Since Nov 2006 • 533 posts Report

  • chris,


    In my room I have built a religion of a kind
    I've found virtue in things that stay the same
    In my room I measure time by the things that I use up
    And just like my shopping list I will never change

    The Mutton Birds - In My Room. Artist = Joe Wylie

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Or ... Joe doing a whole other Chris Knox song. Let me think about that ...

    Amputee Song

    We lie here in our holes
    We cannot tell you why
    We go from day to day
    We cannot even die
    There but for the grace of god
    Go I, you point and say
    We don't exist... ....

    Chris Knox Lyrics
    Joe Wylie Art.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report

  • Joanna,

    Or maybe we could thank Shihad for the most useful lyric ever, with a great big graffiti-like clock by Otis Frizell or the like.

    Put your clock back for the winter

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report

  • Venetia King,

    Nice, Jo!

    I too love the tiny triumphs though not in the matchbox car way.

    Ok I spent way too long on this but enjoyed listening to loads of songs along the way. Had a lot more trouble coming up with artists than lyrics. Apparently I like artists that make comics better than painters... or possibly find their stuff easier to envisage on tshirts.

    This one's my fave:

    I'm shy about
    opening my throat
    A song might not fall out

    Lucid 3, Smooth Machine (from Running Down The Keys); artist Flox

    But there are so many possibilities!

    I'm never going out again
    Or so i said last weekend

    Collapsing Cities, So I Said Last Weekend (from Elixir Always); artist Grant Buist

    Been waiting all night, falling in love with my A.M. radio
    And all the music starts a monotone crusade
    Sets the clock in my chest at the right speed

    Lucid 3, A.M. Radio (from All Moments Leading To This); artist Toby Morris

    There is no depression in New Zealand;
    there are no sheep on our farms
    There is no depression in New Zealand;
    we can all keep perfectly calm

    Blam Blam Blam, There is no depression in New Zealand; artist A friend of mine who paints awesome stuff

    I wish I was in Wellington
    the weather's not so good
    The wind it cuts right through you
    and it rains more than it should

    The Mutton Birds, Wellington (from Salty); artist Tetyana Khytko

    Threw coffee at the bouncer after a dress code dispute
    He chased me round the block but he was too fat to catch me
    Next day I woke up hung over,
    confessed my undying love for her
    She got surly and said
    "Don't you think it's about
    six months too early?"

    Collapsing Cities, Fear of Opening My Mouth (from Elixir Always); artist Dylan Horrocks

    I can see it started years ago
    And I recognise your pain
    But I can't forget the innocence
    That you've taken from me

    Shihad, Bitter (from Killjoy); artist Stephanie Woodman

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 117 posts Report

  • Venetia King,

    Nearly forgot my favourite Julia Deans lyrics!

    So you sailed across the ocean
    making plans to meet your family
    Clutching packages of photographs
    of those you left behind you
    And of those you left behind you
    I'm the only one still waiting
    for the photographs to find me
    and the postcards to remind me
    I'm not your girl

    Fur Patrol, Not Your Girl (from Pet); artist my friend again


    I've been looking round the pantry for a box of sorries

    Bic Runga, Sorry (from Drive); artist ummm... running out of ideas. Dick Frizzell maybe.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 117 posts Report

  • Emma Hart,


    In Cashel Street I... oh holy fuck!

    Art, again, Joe Wylie.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report

  • Jackie Clark,

    I wish I could quote some lyrics from our lovely Mahinaarangi Tocker. She was a brilliant lyricist.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report

  • Joe Wylie,

    Here I sit in a coffin full of shit
    As she knits guillotines for the epileptic fit
    That killed me

    Toy Love / Chris Knox, Good Old Joe

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report

  • David Mir,

    Lyrics - Don McGlashan, Your Window

    I run by a string of houses,
    Laid out like a string of pearls,
    In each house there's a room,
    And in each room there's a girl that I don't know, and it's as if
    they've left their windows open for me

    Artwork: prison self-portrait of Malcolm Rewa

    Sydney • Since Jan 2007 • 17 posts Report

  • David Mir,

    come on, have yourself a look
    I'm proud of my shop
    almost everything is from overseas
    you won't find a better selection

    You'd want someone who could pick out the cringe, the unease. Frizzell, perhaps, or Janice Gill.

    Such an amazing song, the sense of underlying wrongness in it gives me the creeps every time... "White Valiant" does that brilliantly too.

    Sydney • Since Jan 2007 • 17 posts Report

  • Steve Withers,

    Booze is so easy to make at home, its look like a complete failure of Kiwi ingenuity to get upset because the government wants to make it more expensive.

    1 x 20L bucket.
    Some chopped fruit
    1 kg sugar
    add yeast.

    Cover....but leave room to breathe.

    IN a few days strain it...and it will blow your head off.

    Any age can do it.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 312 posts Report

  • Damian Christie,

    Hmmm. Yeah I'd love Joe to design us a t-shirt, but I reckon he might have his hands full at the moment. Let us know if you need anything Joe :)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1164 posts Report

  • Woz at the Skybatch,

    A forgotten classic...

    “They’re sending rockets to the moon
    They say the rich are going to live there soon,
    But my cars broken down and it doesn’t run.
    Mind you, a car won’t make the trip,
    they’ll have a silver-plated rocket ship
    but they won’t be asking me if I wanna come…
    They say it’s lonely at the top,
    I don’t know if it is or not.
    But it’s lonely at the bottom lookin’ up…”

    Street talk – Battleground of Fun… (Hammond Gamble in fine form…)

    Artwork by the mighty Peter Lewis

    That'll scare 'em...

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 12 posts Report

  • Islander,

    The whole of TE VAKA-
    that stunning music gives me the creeps every time I play it - the really deep sustaining and necessary creeps whole peoples need-

    t-shirt -deepest black with a tiny copper&purple double spiral over your heart-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report

  • robertsinton,

    The petrol engine
    The old age pension
    The fires of Hades
    The Briscoes lady!

    Don McGlashan, heard live at the Harbour Light. After which, mutual delight as he met for the first time a certain lady who was more than a little chuffed to be name-checked in his song.

    Artwork: a subdivided square. I reckon Bill Hammond could render a pretty convincing fires of Hades. Simple line drawing for the engine, logo and piccy for the bottom right corner. OAP I'm not sure; maybe a Trace Hodgson cartoon?

    Actually there are other lines to the list: you could make a whole series...

    Christchurch • Since Sep 2010 • 1 posts Report

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