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  • Russell Brown,

    You will notice that the auto-embedding YouTube clips in the forums here (just post in the naked URL of the clip, folks) now (ie: in the last hour or so) enjoy a full-screen button.

    All part of of an ongoing programme of improvement to meet the needs of our customer base.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Preview of clips would be good too - just the static image if that's fetchable.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Littlewood,

    I'd rather Bacherlorette got the success Ladyhawke's now getting, but I can kinda see why she's not. As formally perfect as Bacherlorette's debut EP and LP were, it was an altogether more insidious, even introverted proposition. I guess it doesn't help that her second album suffered the typical sophomore jitters either- it's fidgety where Isolation Loops was relaxed, stuffy where the original was expansive.

    Still, I wish Ladyhawke aka Pip Brown all the very best (her singles are good revisionist fun), even if I wonder whether, rightly or wrongly, her international career may go the same way as the Datsuns- i.e. a brief, bright spark only to come crashing down when the press moves onto the next fad. She came accross as a top sort at the awards, though. Good for her.

    Anika Moa is always entertaining at these things. I'm not the biggest fan of her work, but she's put on a great show every time I've seen her and her stint as a backing singer for Dimmer in 2004 was superb- Carter and Moa really bounced off oneanother.

    And can I just say that I'm pysched to be seeing the Dead C and Dimmer on the same bill this weekend? Seriously, does it get any better?

    Great clip of Darcy Clay, RB, I guess I'm off the (horribly young) age where that was the first NZ alternative classic that hit me at the time of its release, rather than coming to it several years after the fact, as I was forced to do with much of prime Flying Nun. What happened to him was just awful.

    No matter, he left his mark...he used to do lots of things.

    Today, Tomorrow, Timaru • Since Jan 2007 • 449 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    He used to crash parties and Maseratis.

    (It occurs to me that Darcy Clay was probably the first of the 'rediscovering "Jolene"' people, wasn't he? So there, Jack White!)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Littlewood,

    He used to crash parties and Maseratis.

    But give him his due, he never shook babies nor did he beat no ladies.

    (It occurs to me that Darcy Clay was probably the first of the 'rediscovering "Jolene"' people, wasn't he? So there, Jack White!)

    Indeed! He also had the good sense to absolutely murder the 1997 Diana-version of "Candle in the Wind"...and then claim the song was his.
    ( Songs for Beethoven is a hilarious live EP)

    Today, Tomorrow, Timaru • Since Jan 2007 • 449 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    All part of of an ongoing programme of improvement to meet the needs of our customer base.

    Now that the pages are so much longer do you think it might be possible please to have a System>Public Address Cafe link at the bottom of the column as well as at the top?

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3218 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Although the <<Older and Newer>> links are very useful they don't take you right to the top.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3218 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Preview of clips would be good too - just the static image if that's fetchable

    Dude, I gave you edit!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    He used to crash parties and Maseratis.

    Surely one of the greatest rhymes in the history of Pop.

    There'll always be complaints or disagreements about awards, but you have to admit, we've come a long way since the days when the NZMAs were so utterly irrelevant that they had to start a-whole-'nother awards*, just to have one that bore some resemblance to what people were actually listening to.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    (It occurs to me that Darcy Clay was probably the first of the 'rediscovering "Jolene"' people, wasn't he? So there, Jack White!)

    My memory of the period is somewhat unreliable, but I think the Sisters of Mercy beat him to it.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    That was a blinding version of She's a Mod

    Has anyone ever listened to the lyrics of "She's a Mod"?

    It's about a guy whose girlfriend keeps changing her look, which is costing him a fortune because, you know, women can't earn any money of their own and/or if he buys her stuff she'll put out.

    But finally she settles on the mod look, and he's so happy that "she won't change any more" as he won't have to shell out for a new look.

    (But I bet after a few years she was all, "Baby, I need some flared trousers and platform shoes and other accoutrements of the disco era, etc.")

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • philipmatthews,

    My memory of the period is somewhat unreliable, but I think the Sisters of Mercy beat him to it.

    They did, by a good ten, 15 years or so. They also did a cracking funereal version of Hot Chocolate's Emma. But that's enough Goth revivalism for today ...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2007 • 656 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    "He used to crash parties and Maseratis."

    Surely one of the greatest rhymes in the history of Pop.

    So good that Minuit recently appropriated it. I'd like to think in a knowing and respectful way.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    My memory of the period is somewhat unreliable, but I think the Sisters of Mercy beat him to it.

    and Strawberry Switchblade who had a minor hit if my, also unreliable, memory is correct, in the mid 80s

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

  • Danielle,

    ( Songs for Beethoven is a hilarious live EP)

    Was that recorded when he was the support for Blur? I was at that show. Was Joel Tobeck on bass...?

    My memory of the period is somewhat unreliable, but I think the Sisters of Mercy beat him to it.
    and Strawberry Switchblade who had a minor hit if my, also unreliable, memory is correct, in the mid 80s

    This is all grist to my 'Dolly: She's So Underappreciated!' mill. (One of my ambitions is to go to Dollywood and buy ridiculous tchotchkes.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Ladyhawke is globally successful *and* original. That's sufficiently unusual that she deserves to win all the awards, almost by definition. I don't think any other NZ artist has done that since the Datsuns (and they were to some degree cookie-cutter indie rock).

    (Flight of the Conchords are comedy, rather than music. And they are flying through the air some distance above a large Great White, IMHO).

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    [Quibbles....]

    just post in the naked URL of the clip, folks

    Can you put that in the instructions, please? Just coz it's hard to remember.

    Also, how about image embedding? How hard can it be? (Ok, so it disrupts the look of the site? Maybe just on some posts?)

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • dyan campbell,

    Greg Johnson had to physically helped to the podium for his Best Single award (and bought the house down with his short speech).

    I love Greg Johnson's music. I remember him telling me "I wasn't drunk Dyan, I was exactly as fucked up as you'd want to be at one of those things.

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 595 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac,

    No "Best Pop Album"?

    That is soooo bizarre.

    Also, even though I loathe the genres, no "Country/Folk" category? They've got "Christian/Gospel", after all.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 701 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Littlewood,

    @Danielle

    Was (Songs for Beethoven) recorded when he was the support for Blur? I was at that show. Was Joel Tobeck on bass...?

    Yep, that's the one!
    And yes, I'm pretty sure one Joel Toebeck was playing bass, to add to the hilarity. I wasn't there, but it sounds like he was brilliant, and from what I gather from reviews at the time Blur were pretty sharp that night, too.

    I sometimes wonder how good his debut LP could've been, if he ever got the chance to record it. Certainly he had the goods, and the sound, to boot.

    @Rich of Observationz
    Flight of the Conchords have only done two seasons*, surely it's too early for them to be jumping the shark? For what it's worth, although the songs weren't quite as good for the second season, I'd say the actual dialogue, performances and direction were better, so the trade-off was worth it.

    *on TV that is- they already had several hundred gigs and an award-winning radio show under their belt before that, of course...

    Today, Tomorrow, Timaru • Since Jan 2007 • 449 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Dude, I gave you edit!

    Just raised our expectations..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Josh Addison,

    He used to crash parties and Maseratis.

    Surely one of the greatest rhymes in the history of Pop.

    Not sure if it counts as Pop, but the best rhyme ever has to be from the "Be a Dentist" song in Little Shop of Horrors, where "bicuspid" is rhymed with "maladjusted"...

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 298 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    where "bicuspid" is rhymed with "maladjusted"...

    Special mention to Shriekback for

    "big black nemesis" "parthenogenesis"

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    "big black nemesis" "parthenogenesis"

    I haven't heard that song for perhaps 15 years, but wait... wait... don't tell me... is the next line 'everybody happy as the dead come home'? Something like that?

    (Imagine what I could do with this brain if it wasn't filled with dubiously accurate song lyrics.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • JackElder,

    I haven't heard that song for perhaps 15 years, but wait... wait... don't tell me... is the next line 'everybody happy as the dead come home'? Something like that?

    Correct. I used to have extensive arguments with my flatmates over whether the earlier line was "We are not monsters/we're moral people" or "We are THE monsters".

    But you've got to love the parties/maseratis line for being an all-too-rare example of zeugma in a pop song. And no, Flanders & Swann's "Have Some Madeira My Dear" isn't a pop song.

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 708 posts Report Reply

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