I see the people walking / never hear them talking

The Features @ Mascot
The Fea­tures, Mas­cot Stu­dios, May, 1980

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]


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David Rush
August 10, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Thanks for putting this up Simon.

August 10, 2010 at 8:52 pm

A plea­sure, David

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