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Field Theory: Though I never liked how they pronounced "Venus"

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  • JP Hansen,

    I'm sad we didn't do a "We Are The World" style ad again...

    Satellite Spies at 1:05. Brilliant.

    Waitakere • Since Nov 2006 • 206 posts Report Reply

  • Gabor Toth,

    "I saw the decade in wishing the world would change in the blink of an eye". This is relevant now because it is a new decade (just like the '90s was!!!)

    I've just noticed how they have changed it from the original "I saw the decade in when it seemed that the world could change in the blink of an eye" - thus managing to strip it of its Cold War reference to the fact that millions of people had been sh*t scared of a nuclear strike for a couple of generations.

    OK - I admit that I have always had a soft-spot for the original. I was living in Hungary at the time it came out and despite its cheesyness, with its easy-to-understand lyrics and its video montage of news footage, the song really hit the spot with the youth of Central & Eastern Europe. It was on pretty high rotate on MTV Europe which had become available in Hungary (for free) via satellite about three years before (IMHO this actually helped play a part in the downfall of the communist regime by a mass exposure of the population to Western youth culture. You no longer had to surreptitiously seek the stuff out, it fell into your lap). That young children there were still having nuclear-strike drills at primary school in the mid-1980s' (no doubt resulting in horrific nightmares for many) helps explain the impact that the song had with many teenagers.

    With that all hanging around in my memory - yeah something more local for the RWC would have been more appropriate.

    Dishonourable mention: the 1974 Commonwealth Games theme song, "Join Together".

    Again - context is everything. "Join Together" may appear to be sentimental pap today but lets not forget that the message of the song was radical enough at the time to have it completely banned by authorities in South Africa.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2006 • 137 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Don't worry; I won't give up my day job. :)

    Not bad at all.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • philipmatthews,

    OK - I admit that I have always had a soft-spot for the original. I was living in Hungary at the time it came out and despite its cheesyness, with its easy-to-understand lyrics and its video montage of news footage, the song really hit the spot with the youth of Central & Eastern Europe.

    Well, given that this was the other big fall-of-communism anthem, I can see why. (Warning: easily one of the 10 worst rock songs ever written)

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2007 • 656 posts Report Reply

  • Daniel Wilton,

    I note that Martin Snedden (on morning Report today) said the song choice was driven by
    their ad agency. Anyone know who that is?
    And whether they have also used it in its
    prior placements?

    hmmm.... I find this one a little hard to believe. As I was talking to someone involved with the hobbit who had overheard Snedden asking "how do you think that we can tie the Hobbit into the Rugby World Cup?"

    so the lack of creativity that it took to pick the Feelers smacks of the Sned's and his mates

    Wellington • Since Jan 2009 • 54 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    I'm sad we didn't do a "We Are The World" style ad again...

    Once of the happiest moments in recent years was when Smashproof's single "Brother" broke the record "Sailing Away" held for the longest number of weeks for a NZ single at #1.

    Though, no one's beaten Boney M's 14-week run at #1 in 1978 for "Rivers of Babylon".

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Yalnikim,

    You are right Hayden. Spot on.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2009 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • Gabor Toth,

    "I saw the decade in wishing the world would change in the blink of an eye". This is relevant now because it is a new decade (just like the '90s was!!!)
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    I've just noticed how they have changed it from the original "I saw the decade in when it seemed that the world could change in the blink of an eye" - thus managing to strip it of its Cold War reference to the fact that millions of people had been sh*t scared of a nuclear strike for a couple of generations.

    Edit : the decade "seen in" was the turn from the 1970s to the 80s (not the 80's to the 1990s).

    Wellington • Since Dec 2006 • 137 posts Report Reply

  • Chad C Mulligan,

    The Feelers... FFS.

    Wouldn't have happened on Helen's watch.

    Just sayin'

    Currently in exile, plott… • Since Sep 2009 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Or we could go for the jugular and remind the RFC how far they have come in 20 years

    Short clip here: My old mans an all black

    I found a lyric page and a potted history. But not the full song. Anyone??

    Was surprised to see where it was recorded (my old home town). The bit at the bottom about rugby rewriting the song a wee bit is akin to Footrot not being endorsed by Gary Ball.

    The "Cravin" punchline was reference to Danie Craven, a Springbok of years ago and around the period of the song he was the voice of Springbok rugby. The devil incarnate to the protestors of the time. "Blicks not wilcum".

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Oh..and then in 1970 Brian Williams got to be one of the "honorary whites".....

    But at least, to their credit, in 1967 the NZRFU "asked" if Maori could come along but they were rebuffed.....

    .....1....9....8...1..

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • Ana Simkiss,

    Amusing comment from Russell Baillie on the song with some alternative lyrics that are pretty spot on: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10635748

    "Right here, right now/ There is no place in this ground for me/Right here, right now/ Watching the World Cup on my TV."

    Freemans Bay • Since Nov 2006 • 141 posts Report Reply

  • philipmatthews,

    Jim Anderton joins the debate:

    an English song that sounds like an old beer ad from the 1990s

    True. But then, the Feelers could sing Amazing Grace and it would still sound like an old beer ad from the 1990s.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2007 • 656 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    True. But then, the Feelers could sing Amazing Grace and it would still sound like an old beer ad from the 1990s.

    hmmmm...
    Wonder what that nice Rod Stewart
    chap is up to these days?
    Oh, that's right, he dribbles
    for the other game...

    Whatever happened to that Joseph Kuhtze beer?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    Whatever happened to that Joseph Kuhtze beer?

    Sitting in the garage next to a 6-pack of Rheineck

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Whatever happened to that Joseph Kuhtze beer?

    I think my dad bought their entire stock. It's quite sad really.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • UncleMike,

    Legend has it there's still over 100 pallets of Kuhtze beer sitting in a Sth Auckland site from the abandoned 1988 Neon Picnic. Could make a nice photo op... for the RWC! (with Gin Wigmore singing Drink Yourself More Bliss)

    Since Sep 2009 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Now you're talking (the song, not the beer)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis,

    I'll go drink it. Any rumours on where it might be UM?

    Since Nov 2006 • 903 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    What, you think age may have rendered it palatable?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

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