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Hard News: Iggy told me

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  • Daniel Wilton,

    Yes, all that anticipation and expectation and we were close to 'what finale??' and then broken bottles and pistols in the afternoon!!!

    I was talking to someone from the show the other week and they were like you are gonna love the last episode.

    Next season will be the last, which is will be a shame but oh well life goes on.

    Has anyone else noticed how similar Aaron Spiller's character is to Greg Feeney?

    Wellington • Since Jan 2009 • 54 posts Report Reply

  • Samuel Scott,

    Bizarre.

    South Wellington • Since Feb 2008 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Rex Widerstrom,

    That the same Doug Hood who did Radio Windy drive for a while?

    He'd be in the booth grooving away, perm a'shakin (at least I assume it was a perm, as surely no one is born with hair that bouncy outside of a L'Oreal commercial) and he kept getting interrupted by this earnest young boy-journalist who was certain that what his mellow fan-base needed was a good dose of hard current affairs up 'em every hour at 20 past the hour.

    He was remarkably good-natured about it, as I recall. Where is he these days?

    Perth, Western Australia • Since Nov 2006 • 157 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    Nope, very much another Doug Hood. Our one (sadly unpermed) deserves automatic entry in the the NZ R'n'R Hall of Fame.

    I'm still gob-smacked that the current organisers tried to charge him to get into the Big Day Out last year....

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

  • Russell Brown,

    Nope, very much another Doug Hood. Our one (sadly unpermed) deserves automatic entry in the the NZ R'n'R Hall of Fame.

    As Discogs says, "Along with Chris Knox, Doug Hood, more than anyone defined the sound that became known as the Flying Nun Records sound. He produced or recorded hundreds of records for the label and other NZ independent labels in the 1980s."

    The "hundreds" might be going a wee bit far, but Doug's ability to just do stuff -- live sound, tour managing, studio engineering -- has been hugely influential. To me, one thing stands out: he recorded The Clean's Boodle, Boodle, Boodle on a four-track in a hired hall in Bond St. What he did is just timeless.

    I'm still gob-smacked that the current organisers tried to charge him to get into the Big Day Out last year....

    Ahem. Readers may also wish to know that Doug played a key role in getting that festival established in the first place ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    The "hundreds" might be going a wee bit far

    Yep, and I fixed it on Discogs.

    It could also mention that he hosts a mean bar-b-que on occasion, but that may be outside the scope of the profile.

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

  • Ian Dalziel,

    St Doug
    Simon - I notice the Techtones Ripper stuff doesn't make it onto the Discogs list (any ideas why the artist for each recording isn't mentioned in the list, ya have to click thru from the title to find that out - seems pretty important info)
    ...and I'm pretty sure Doug was in the massed chorale of The Jessels legendary (read rare) Bobzilla/The worst Noel if not doing the recording as well - not to mention the odd backing vocal from the desk at Toy Love gigs... and... he turned the Windsor into the Mecca it was for local bands when he was booking it in the 80s (I hear it's open again as a gig - any reports?) ... and... helping bring virtually all living Velvet Underground members thru NZ at some point amongst many others... as well as helping many others into successful careers as mixers, sound techs and producers... a generous spirit...

    suitable fodder for canonisation indeed!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg,

    Ian, Discogs is a work in progress, essentially a developed wiki with developing submission procedures. It used to be that a member could enter a release and it remained hidden until approved by moderators (of which I was one). Of recent anything can be uploaded, is visible, and it's then voted on by the members which has inevitably meant it's now vastly less reliable as a database (the emphasis for the owner has changed from that of a database to that of a marketplace..$$$$$$ won the day).

    For all that, it's still a mighty achievement. There are barebones requirements for a submission..basically artist / title / label / cat. number / tracks. The Ripper TT23 album is just that and hence the rest of the data relating to it, including Doug's involvement, remains to be added at some future stage. I can think of a couple of dozen things that Doug did which are not in there yet, some of which were on cassette only or were as engineer at Terry King's studio and so on.

    I'd planned to add much of this but rather lost my mojo for it when the emphasis changed.

    And canonisation..sadly unlikely to happen. The Hall of Fame Awards are more about the public aaawwwww factor than the real achievement, otherwise Phil Warren would've got the nod the with Devlin, and Eldred Stebbing with Ray & Invaders: not just the names but the people who made the names.

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

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