Friday, 8 May 2009

NZ Music Month: My Favourites

Last time I told you my top five or so favourite NZ albums I could only post links to the albums – and I sensed you all passed quickly past. Now YouTube has changed all that, so here for your listening and reading pleasure in NZ Music Month are my own top ten all-time favourite NZ albums in, ah, 'autobiographical' order. Now with clips! (Some of them sometimes even related to the albums listed!)

  • Hello Sailor: Hello Sailor – thrashed this to album to death when I was about thirteen. And as Jennie could tell you, "my life was saved by rock n’ roll.”
  • AK79 – and then there was punk
  • Toy Love: Toy Love
  • Graham Brazier: Inside Out
  • Hammond Gamble: Plugged in & Blue
  • Luke Hurley: Reha – not much decent video of old Luke.  This looks to be about it.
  • Kiri te Kanawa: Four Last Songs – music to live up to
  • NZ's opera knight Donald McIntyre singing in Wagner’s Die Walkure
  • Kiri: Songs of the Auvergne – bonus point if you know in which unforgettable local movie it was used in
  • Little Bushman: Pendulum (can you spot old Big Nose down the front?)
So what are your favourite NZ albums?  Come on, ‘fess up now.

10 comments:

  1. My best classic Kiwi singles are:

    #1) Tim Finn - Fraction Too Much Friction#2) Dr. I like your medicine (alcohol) (no youtube for this).

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  2. Jordan Reyne - Passenger

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6hyWMugMZ8

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  3. Respect on the Little Bushman, PC. We were listening to Trinity Roots 'Home, Land, and Sea' last night, the title track to which I challenge any ex-pat Kiwi to listen to and not get a bit moist-eyed.

    Anyways, my co-called favourite Kiwi albums (as of a couple of minutes of consideration, ie very likely to change on reflection) are as follows:

    Cloudboy: Down At The End Of The Garden
    Trinity Roots: True
    Hasselhoff Experiment: Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned
    The Clean: Unknown Country
    Dam Native: KDRU

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  4. Trinity Roots: 'Little Things' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0W09rX1BuA

    Hasselhoff Experiment: Live, starting with 'High On Destruction' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhmGiMOhg44

    The Clean: 'Beatnik'
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qPPSOGr4aI

    Dam Native: 'Behold My Kool Style' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZpczgUCuxg

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  5. Hello Sailor Gutter Black - played incessantly by my two boys (5 & 8 yrs old) and a firm family favourite.

    Shihad Factory

    The Swingers Counting the BeatKatchafire Frisk Me DownProud Scum Grafton BridgeThe Chills Leather JacketBrilleaux I Am...........Seriously - get in touch with Graham Clark if you haven't heard his band Brilleaux, and rectify the situation. I take my blues really seriously, and these guys are GOOD.

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  6. Any album by the Chills...

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  7. Bailterspace have been a favourite for many years now. I don't listen to them that much these days. Skeptics are also great.

    I still love Shihad's Churn and Killjoy, but not their later stuff, and was very disappointed upon attending a concert, hear Jon indirectly attack Capitalism, when what he was doing was a Capitalist act i.e. having punters voluntarily pay to see them play.

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  8. Awesome Post. I guess I head Dunedin way for The Chilla verlaines et cetera. Basically anything Chris Knox and/or Flying Nun!

    How about Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over" and maybe some Splti Enz. So Finn Bros.

    The little else I know about Kiwi tunes learned from you over th years!

    :^)

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  9. SPLIT ENZ – MENTAL NOTES

    KING LOSER – CAUL OF THE OUTLAW

    ABLE TASMANS – NICE CUPPA TEA & LIE DOWN

    PINE – LONG PLAYER

    THE CLEAN – TALLY HO

    THE TERMINALS – LAST DAYS OF THE SUN

    SKEPTICS – SENSIBLE SHOES

    SUBLIMINALS – UNITED STATE

    FETUS PRODUCTIONS – FETAL MANIA

    Depends on 'where my head is at?'

    Cloudboys album is excellent as well - what are they up to thesedays?

    By the way Proud Scums song with the lyrics about Grafton Bridge is 'Suicide 2'.

    Ta.

    Paul

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  10. Kenny Pearson's "Power Band" album . Kenny was killed that year by a drunk on the Auckland Motorway coming home from a gig and we never got to hear the rest of his music.

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