It was an odd feeling, but June marked the 30th Anniversary of my Propeller label. In mid-June 1980, I released two singles on the same day, City Scenes by The Features, and Feel So Good by The Spelling Mistakes. To my surprise (and even more to the bands’) both singles jumped into the NZ Top 40 and were the first of some 40 Top 40 entries over the next three years across Propeller and various sub-labels.
All that, of course, is covered on my website in some detail.
However, back in Auckland last month I was, along with my friend Paul Rose, who was a partner the label from mid 1981 onwards; and my long time buddy, and the person without whom we would not have a New Zealand recording industry, Murray Cammick, interviewed by Trevor Reekie on Radio New Zealand’s networked Saturday afternoon show.
The interview was about 20 minutes long, cut down from an hour and a half of us rambling. Of course, it’s on the RNZ site but because of the sorts of licensing restrictions which apparently encourage piracy, you miss out on the songs. And it was always about the songs.…
Thus I’ve uploaded the whole thing, or at least most of it — the first minute or two is missing — to my site and linked to it here:[audio: http://www.simongrigg.info/mp3s/propeller_interview.mp3]