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  • Kyle Matthews,

    Martin Phillipps done good!
    He looks healthy and I was transported back to 1990 for a moment there.

    I was watching a video of the 1990 Music Awards (whatever they were called then) the other day. He was wearing a truly ghastly pink shirt which my girlfriend claims to have chosen for him. Every time he got up to collect an award I was half blinded...

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    ahh well he was just wearing black this time - lol.

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Rob, I enjoyed reading your story too. Thank you for some of your life's work enriching mine over the years, including a poster of South adorning my wall for ages. Were you at the Powerstation for that Nun anniversary show? Bats did a spectacular set.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19743 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    Well said Sacha....Rob you are no longer undercover my friend..you need a new login....

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • robbery,

    I don't know who that guy is, honest, he looks far too polite to be me.

    speaking of bats, minisnap (minibats) are a self distributed poor artist not eligible for rianz awards and too cheap to fork for the fee,
    possibly russells fav the LEDs are in the same boat, and one of my fav's the enright house too, just if you want real world examples of regular kiwi music not in the pot for award recognition. and if I was that guy I would also be too skint to put my own (kimo) work in either, not that we're competing with advert sound tracks anyway.

    new zealand • Since May 2007 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    God, robbery - who'd have thunk it, eh? And you only spieled about NZ on Air once. Good for you. Nice article, you modest person.

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

  • robbery,

    And you only spieled about NZ on Air once.

    funnily enough a lot have musicians have said that they have been feeling bugged about the state of funding for a long time and after reading that paragraph it suddenly made sense why. it must be true cos its in print, right?

    new zealand • Since May 2007 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • robbery,

    Bats did a spectacular set.

    They're pretty consistent too, no wasn't at that gig, did minisnap (3/4 bats plus bobs bro and 1 more) the other night though. exceptionally good songs. quintessentially nz as viewed by the outside world.

    new zealand • Since May 2007 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • dubmugga,

    heres a novel idea...

    ...why not ask a downloading kid what they want and where they see the future, find out if they care about morals and ethics of recordings industry and artists, that sort of shit ???

    BTW robbery whatever happened to kevin stokes ???

    the back of your mind • Since Nov 2006 • 257 posts Report Reply

  • robbery,

    BTW robbery whatever happened to kevin stokes ???

    Robert? I thought that might have been you. :)
    That's him on the right in his band souther still. Mostly kiwis in the london singing alt country songs of urban longing.

    new zealand • Since May 2007 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • robbery,

    ...why not ask a downloading kid what they want and where they see the future, find out if they care about morals and ethics of recordings industry and artists, that sort of shit ???

    ther's a minor flaw in that. what downloading kids want and what downloading kids can actually have may well be 2 different things.
    what I wanted as a kid was to drink raspberry soft drink and play video games all day. apparently that's not a sustainable career.
    and that's what its all about ain't it. sustainability. downloading is all well and good but is it a sustainable model, regardless of what some kid wants to do?

    most kids won't care about ethics and morals unless they've been bought up to care about such things.

    new zealand • Since May 2007 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • dubmugga,

    hah busted...

    Mostly kiwis in the london singing alt country songs of urban longing.

    sounds dead exciting. No really... *yawn*

    ...about media7 tho, it seemed the only ones making money was the vodafone ringtone guy cos thats what the kids were prepared to pay for

    weird eh??? kids get music for free but would rather pay for a ringtone...

    ...who would have thunk that. i just wonder what else these crazy kids would pay for and whether it might be worth asking them ???

    i mean, we know what the industry, the lawyers and the managers want...

    the back of your mind • Since Nov 2006 • 257 posts Report Reply

  • robbery,

    kids get music for free but would rather pay for a ringtone...

    not giving a shit enough to change the tone my phone rings from a standard vintage bell thing can't you just record a bit of any song into a phone and make that you're ring tone. why would you want to pay for one, or is that not how it works?

    new zealand • Since May 2007 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • robbery,

    sounds dead exciting. No really... *yawn*

    :)
    yeah well the sound of three guys bragging over a drum beat does the same for me, but each to their own eh.
    I read the reviews on their site. uncut, mojo, etc. They're doing quite well, slightly better than getting 4 stars in the southland times (no offense meant to that esteemed paper)

    new zealand • Since May 2007 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • dubmugga,

    agreeed on the bragging guys over a beat...it was fine for 88 but 20yrs later *yawn*

    can't you just record a bit of any song into a phone and make that you're ring tone. why would you want to pay for one, or is that not how it works?

    yeah you can also make your own clothes and think it's haute couture too...

    ...they pay cos it's legitimate instant gratification impulse buying

    the back of your mind • Since Nov 2006 • 257 posts Report Reply

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