Somebody up here likes you

Going through a bunch of old CD-Rs a cou­ple of days back I dis­cov­ered this 6 song live Toy Love set, which I worked out with the band was filmed at The Rock The­atre in Welling­ton in Feb, 1980. It’s a record­ing that was assumed lost but hap­pi­ly I seem to have had from some past trawl through TVNZ’s archives.

The record­ing was on an old UMat­ic I some­how had in a box and had dubbed onto disc a few years back. The sound and video may not be all that good but it’s still an amaz­ing few min­utes of live footage which leaves every oth­er bit of footage I’ve seen to date in the dust.

I then found this, on the same disc, in a sub-fold­er (filed under The Scav­engers!???):

Jane Walk­er tells me it was filmed for TVNZ and the inter­view was shot in their Padding­ton flat. The per­for­mance of Sheep was shot in Todd Hunter1’s rehearsal space near the Syd­ney docks.

Then we have this:

which is a long miss­ing Blam Blam Blam video for the title track of the 1982 Pro­peller album. It’s rough visu­al­ly (as it’s lift­ed from a VHS seem­ing­ly record­ed slight­ly off-tune) but the sound is tak­en from the 1990s remas­ter. As with the Meemees and New­mat­ics, it’s on Rob Mayes’ YouTube chan­nel.

Across at Mys­terex, Andrew Schmidt has put a huge amount of work into an amaz­ing three part, and quite defin­i­tive, list­ing of every major (or is it every?) post-punk sin­gle to come out of this nation in the very late 1970s and ear­ly 1980s.

Final­ly and real­ly quite impor­tant­ly, Peter McLen­nan has an incred­i­ble series of posts on his blog doc­u­ment­ing the Deep­Grooves label, eas­i­ly one of the most impor­tant NZ indies of the post-punk era and one that paved the way for so much New Zealand music.  The doc­u­men­ta­tion Peter is doing here is utter­ly cru­cial and is huge­ly over­due. I’ll point you in the direc­tion of this video, from the Ioasa Broth­ers, Antho­ny, Jason and the late Paul, which fea­tured a cameo from a to-be-famous NZ singer. For these record­ings they called them­selves Grace, which was a per­fect nom d’ disc, as it described their effort­less, gor­geous ambiance so well.

There was a sec­ond album par­tial­ly record­ed for Poly­Gram, under the wing of Mark Tier­ney, which was equal­ly glo­ri­ous but suf­fered from the man­age­ment mess that was Uni­ver­sal takeover of that com­pa­ny in 1998 and remains unheard 2.

The Opin­ion­at­ed Din­er: your past bought to you in easy bites.

Show 2 foot­notes

  1. the Drag­on gui­tarist who pro­duced the Toy Love album
  2. as with so much that was swamped by that takeover — instead Uni­ver­sal gave you the joys of K’Lee and Deep Obses­sion — yet anoth­er les­son in why the major labels are tee­ter­ing on the edge of obliv­ion

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Rus­sell Brown
January 20, 2011 at 11:01 AM

You bloody beau­ty.

I remem­ber this being on the tel­ly. My moth­er was not impressed.

Sir­vere
January 25, 2011 at 04:01 PM

Huge fan of that Grace album Simon — total­ly under rat­ed

Doug Hood
January 31, 2011 at 09:01 AM

cheers simon remem­ber it well

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