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  • Craig Ranapia,

    It sounded better if you were there, of course. It always does.

    And much as I adore the spectacled one, Abba always sounds better with the close-harmonies and shimmering pop production intact. (Ingmar Bergman you can dance to!)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    Dude, throwing yourself a website tenth anniversary party is so 2009.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report Reply

  • Marcus Turner,

    I can't listen to this without moving.

    Since Nov 2006 • 212 posts Report Reply

  • Dave Patrick,

    Jude Abbott from Chumbawumba

    Think you'll find that's Chumbawamba

    And maybe Bono just forgot......

    Rangiora, Te Wai Pounamu • Since Nov 2006 • 261 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    She has the knack of writing beautifully about plain things.

    Has she ever.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    Also, I can't wait to read Robyn's analysis of this particular video in which our favourite bad man about town is ROBBED, TOTALLY ROBBED.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Joanna,

    stirrer

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher, in reply to Joanna,

    Also, I can't wait to read Robyn's analysis of this particular video in which our favourite bad man about town is ROBBED, TOTALLY ROBBED.

    Music videos only, but perhaps that one is worth a special mention.

    Actually, that video is one of the two vids I watch if I'm feeling a bit low. It perks me up instantly (little Tom!). The other video is Amanda Palmer performing Map of Tasmania on Media 7. Brilliant!

    And thanks, Russell, for the mention. It's quite exciting seeing it right up at the top of the page. (Though I'm just as excited as news of the UMO album. Yus!)

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Joanna,

    LOL, what a blast from the past. Couldn't help but guffaw at the awesome grand prize, I fine example of which I recently saw covered in slime, dumped in the Whau Creek.*

    Lockwood made some suss judgments too, on some wrong answers. But it didn't affect the outcome. Is that really our Tom?

    *4 channels! But we only had 2 to watch!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Robert Fox,

    Ahh Glasonbury 1987, my first as well. Spent a whole week there. Magic mushrooms, Mutoid Waste Company Car Henge, Gaye Bykers on Acid, New Order on the Pyramid stage with lasers. I never really came home that one.

    Since Nov 2006 • 114 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Little Tom is adorable.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Robert Fox,

    Magic mushrooms, Mutoid Waste Company Car Henge

    Me too! One of the most amazing experiences of my life.

    My buddy Greg and I were there till dawn on the Saturday night, bashing bits of metal on the mutated cars and just soaking up the techno-pagan vibe.

    And then dawn broke over the beautiful white fog down in the valley. It was really, really beautiful.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Hippy.

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

  • Robert Fox,

    http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/glastonbury-festival-1987.html
    This should bring back some fond memories. Also reminded me about the heavy vibe around the Peace Convoy and also of how crappy things had been in the UK during the 80's. The last time I went was 1995 and although the festival had become corporatised and lost some of its edge you still couldn't fail to have a good time. Tricky on the Jazz stage that year was the highlight for me.

    Since Nov 2006 • 114 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Danielle,

    Hippy.

    Ahem. Techno-hippy.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Ahem. Old techno hippy.

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

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Ahem. Techno-hippy.

    You can't just prefix a word with 'techno' and pretend you're fly for a white guy.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    Truer words were never spoken.

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

  • Russell Brown,

    I should have followed John Drinnan's advice and stayed well clear of those blog things.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    And thanks, Russell, for the mention. It's quite exciting seeing it right up at the top of the page. (Though I'm just as excited as news of the UMO album. Yus!)

    You do have fantastic taste, Robyn! If only a New Zealand musician were to be able to use Fassavoy imagery in their videos, it would be something like a cultural perfect storm.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 864 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    A. Skillz' irresistible new remix of Marlena Shaw's version of 'California Soul'

    I only just got a chance to listen to this. Goodness gracious me. It is... far too short. :)

    Elvis Costello

    That man knows how to do a cover or two.

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

  • Robyn Gallagher, in reply to Andre Alessi,

    If only a New Zealand musician were to be able to use Fassavoy imagery in their videos, it would be something like a cultural perfect storm.

    Fassavoy vs The Feelers. It is obvious who would win.

    Fassavoy vs Fits-era Shayne Carter, quite a tough battle.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Danielle,

    That man knows how to do a cover or two.

    We loves him, yeah, yeah, yeah, but... I'll stop there, because I don't want to get into trouble.

    I prefer this Smokey offering.

    It's an ABBA thing. After listening to Arrival all through my formative years, I arrived somewhere and and realised I hated them.

    <Ducks>

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Rex Widerstrom,

    Well in light of the topic of the previous post I can only recommend a song, the lyrics of which manage to include:

    All research on successful drug policy shows
    That treatment should be increased
    And law enforcement decreased
    While abolishing minimum mandatory sentences

    and yet is still eminently listenable. I give you System of a Down, "Prison Song".

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

  • recordari, in reply to recordari,

    <Ducks>

    I've been advised I may have to retract that comment, but first I better go check my tie (not wearing one) and blow dry my hair.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

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