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.

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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