27 Styles of Rap

The heading really says it all.

Worth having a look see.  Very funny.

He did forget a couple of styles tho!

Most especially Samoan rap.  Honestly.  Feelstyle, Savage, King Kapisi.

Forget the contribution to rugby, league, and netball.  Just be thankful that Germany’s southernmost part of their almost non-existent empire was … Samoa!

(Now it make sense why there are some many German sounding names among Samoans … John Schuster, Konrad Hurrell et al).

Don’t believe me???

While the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 witnessed the birth of the Anzac legend, the first Australian–New Zealand military operation of the First World War was actually the capture of German Samoa in August 1914.

Anyway, here’s here’s a Samoan sampler of some great Kiwi beats.

And let’s not forget all’s he’s got is the dice thing …


Where’s Me Jumper

I blame Netflix.

Not that there aren’t 100 other ways to kill an evening but Netflix isn’t the worst answer.

Just not sure what the question is.

Anyway, there I was watching a highly rated Irish movie (where were the subtitles when I needed them).  The Young Offenders.  T’was funny to be sure, to be sure.  And apparently enough truth to it to be based on a true story.

The soundtrack was pretty good actually.  Didn’t know most/all of it as it was mostly obscure local bands.  Well, obscure if you were living all the way in NZ in the 1990s.

This song played over the closing credits – I knew it wasn’t the Fall (the singer wasn’t pissed as a newt for one and I could understand the lyrics) but God did it sound like a Fall song.

The Sultans of Ping FC – Where’s Me Jumper

Diss Me – Mysterex

The Granny Herald (dressed up as new digital lamb these days) had a story about songs written in response to celebrity feuds.

Don’t panic I.  I’m not going to reference any songs by Taylor Swift.

Don’t panic II.  The rules are if the link is from the home page, that is acceptable.  It’s a worry if I actually go looking for this type of tripe.

I digress (which of course is another word for “blog”).  There’s all sorts of songs about feuds but naturally I’m going to use this as a cheap opportunity to reference a song that I live.  Correction love.

Anyway, long story short or, as they say around here, long story not quite as long.

A song about real bile, so the man says below.  Man joins band.  Man joins punk band. Man then leaves said band to pursue a career!

So you leave a band playing dismissive songs about dreaded nine to fivers to become a nine to fiver.  Say no more:

Well i think you know enough to sing about hating nine to fivers
Well you’re a bloody hypocrite just a dirty social climber
Nine to fiver social climber oh yeah

Well you think you’re the next big up and coming thing
You’re the beautiful people you really think you’re hip
With all your trust fame and fortune too
Well if that’s what you think then you ain’t got a fucking clue
Nine to fiver social climber oh yeah

Mysterex you think you are but we know you’re not
Mysterex you think you are but we know you’re not
Mysterex you think you are but we know you’re not

Or better still, watch the video on Youtube:

The Scavengers – Mysterex

Here’s (I think) the original version.

And here’s the – in my opinion, superior AK79 version – naturally, NZ in late 1970’s there’s no video to go with this version:


NZ Anthem?

The Granny Herald, oops the new digitally improved New Zealand Herald ran a competition at the end of last month, which just happened to be New Zealand Music Month.  Yes, we knew that.

Anyway, back to the competition … More than 7000 Kiwis voted for their favourite song and now, on the last day of NZ Music Month, we can announce Poi E as our new unofficial national anthem.

Oops, I should have indicated most of that last paragraph was flogged off their site.

More than 7000 Kiwis voted for their favourite song and now, on the last day of NZ Music Month, we can announce Poi E as our new unofficial national anthem.

The Patea Maori Club classic beat out the other top three finalists: Dave Dobbyn’s Loyal and Slice of Heaven, and the Exponents’ Why Does Love Do This to Me?

Great choice New Zealand.  Like pineapple lumps, Fred Dagg, and ghost chips (bro), it’s a song that could only have been written and recorded in NZ.  Chur!

And if you haven’t seen it, the documentary was outstanding.

Poi E


Wolfmother are coming to Wellington next month.

Actually depending on when you read this, it could be this month or some months in the past.  Mind you, seeing no one is likely to read this post anyway, it really doesn’t matter does it?

I was hoping to go but unfortunately when #1 daughter went to buy tickets there were none.

I suppose we had to pay the cost at some stage for Bodega closing.

Anyway, it looks like the closest I will get to seeing Wolfmother live is repeats of the Hangover.

I can almost live with that but if I’d played my cards right, I’d have preferred to see Wolfmother lived.  Played my cards right …

Wolfmother – Joker and the Thief – Hangover I

Bored Games

Yes, I have to find more purpose in my life than the See Me Go gig at San Fran but it did spur me on.

The set list had been lovingly crafted – along with some ridiculously pop and popular numbers, there were some obscure selections as well.

And given that NZ music from 1977-1985 doesn’t cast a particularly large shadow to start with, we are talking about some obscure tracks.

Perhaps my favourite of the less well known was Bored Game’s Joe 90.  Here’s what Flying Nun had to say about it all.

Released the same year as the Dunedin Double, it introduced the music of a 17-year-old Shayne Carter, who would later go on to form the DoubleHappys and Straitjacket Fits.

In the tradition of many great bands they formed while attending high school, debuting at the schools talent contest in 1979 they went on to play a show supporting Toy Love. Featuring Carter as the vocalist the band included the likes of Wayne Elsey (The Stones, DoubleHappys), Terry Moore (The Chills) as well Fraser Batts, Jonathan Moore and Jeff Harford, the band broke up in 1981 before ‚Who Killed Colonel Mustard was released. However, they left behind 4 catchy tracks, packed with teenaged angst manifested in early punk stylings. Now re-mastered as part of the Record Store Day 2014, the release is limited to 1000 copies and includes an insert of previously unseen photos.

For me, the two standout tracks were Joe 90 and Happy Endings.  Joe 90 was about the TV character Joe 90.  Happy Endings was not about Happy Endings … it was about Marilyn Munroe.

Joe 90

Joe 90 – Live at Bodega


Happy Endings

The Ruts – Bodega – 20 November 2015

I was at See Me Go at the weekend.

Yes, if it wasn’t for See Me Go I wouldn’t have got motivated to start this little thing up but I digress.

P, a fellow gigger (or perhaps gigster??), made reference to the Ruts tee I was wearing.  It was black of course.  Apart from the bits that weren’t.

The Ruts gig was one of the best at the sadly very much missed Bodega.  Yes, they had some great songs but the band had a great attitude and really seemed to enjoy themselves and the audience.  The sound was also great that night – it can be a little hit and miss at Bodega but that night in particular the sound was superb.

If there was a top ten list of songs I never expected to see live played by the original artist (or as close as you can get to the original artist/line-up etc) then I would definitely have In A Rut on that list.

In A Rut – Live – Bodega

See Me Go – Setlist

Source and thanks to: Atomic

Fetus Productions – What’s Going On
Tall Dwarfs – Nothing’s Going To Happen
Beat Rhythm Fashion – Beings Rest Finally
Double Happys – Anyone Else Would
Shane Carter & Peter Jeffries – Randolph’s Going Home
Sneaky Feelings – Throwing Stones
The Wastrels – Angels In Silence
Freudian Slips – Don’t Look Up
Look Blue Go Purple – I Don’t Want You Anyway
Netherworld Dancing Toys – Change To The Contrary
Toy Love – Don’t Ask Me
The Clean – Point That Thing Somewhere Else
Pin Group – Ambivalence
Skeptics – Last Orders
Steroids – Credit Card
Children’s Hour – Caroline’s Dream
The Gordons – Spik & Span
Bongos – Falling
Danse Macabre – Web
Marginal Era – This Heaven
Car Crash Set – Outsider
Pop Mechanix – Radio Song
Space Waltz – Out On The Street
Citizen Band – Rust In My Car
Th’ Dudes – Be Mine Tonight
Dance Exponents – Victoria
The Clean – Anything Can Happen
The Chills – Pink Frost
The Verlaines – Pyromaniac
The Bats – I Go Wild
Look Blue Go Purple – Cactus Cat
Bird Nest Roys – Ain’t Mutatin’
The Stones – Gunner Ho
The Newmatics – Riot Squad
The Mockers – Trendy Lefties
Herbs – French Letter
Penknife Glides – Taking The Weight Off
The Instigators – Hope She’s Alright
Pop Mechanix – Now
The Swingers – One Good Reason
The Dabs – Love The Army
Herco Pilots – Essential Services
Blam Blam Blam – Don’t Fight It Marsha
Screaming Meemees – Sunday Boys
The Clean – Billy Two
Look Blue Go Purple – Circumspect Penelope
The Verlaines – Death & The Maiden
Split Enz – I Got You
Mi-Sex – Computer Games
The Knobz – Culture
DD Smash – Devil You Know
Dance Exponents – Airway Spies
Pop Mechanix – Jumping Out A Window
Blam Blam Blam – There Is No Depression In New Zealand
Screaming Meemees – See Me Go
The Swingers – Counting The Beat
Split Enz – Shark Attack
Hello Sailor – Gutter Black
Th’ Dudes – Bliss
Sharon O’Neill – Maxine
Dragon – April Sun In Cuba
The Crocodiles – Tears
The Mockers – Forever Tuesday Morning
Shona Laing – (Glad I’m Not) A Kennedy
Coconut Rough – Sierra Leone
The Body Electric – Pulsing
Car Crash Set – Those Days
Danse Macabre – Between The Lines
Screaming Meemees – Stars In My Eyes
Ballare – Dancing
Split Enz – History Never Repeats
Suburban Reptiles – Saturday Night, Stay At Home
Androidss – Auckland Tonight
The Terrorways – Short Haired Rock n Roll
Proud Scum – Suicide 2
Toy Love – Squeeze
The Scavengers – Mysterex
The Clean – Tally Ho
The Chills – I Love My Leather Jacket
The Bats – Made Up In Blue
Bored Games – Joe 90
Snapper – Buddy
Tall Dwarfs – The Brain That Wouldn’t Die
The Clean – Beatnik
Spelling Mistakes – Feel So Good
Techtones – That Girl
The Mockers – One Black Friday
Split Enz – Six Months In A Leaky Boat
Th’ Dudes – Right First Time
Hello Sailor – Blue Lady
The Chills – Kaleidoscope World
The Bats – North By North
The Gordons – Coalminer’s Song
Straitjacket Fits – She Speeds
The Verlaines – Joed Out
The Pterodactyls – Every Time It Rains
The Clean – Getting Older
Proud Scum – I Am A Rabbit
Toy Love – Pull Down The Shades
Dance Exponents – I’ll Say Goodbye (Even Though I’m Blue)
Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over

See Me Go

A great night at the San Fran Bathhouse on Saturday night.

It was a great trip down “mmm-I-remember that song” lane.

Too many highlights to mention but a few thoughts managed to survive the IPA (Abandoned) and the late finish.  Or it could potentially have been an early start if I had decided to stay up.

The period 1977-1985 was formative for the NZ music industry.  OK, so it’s hard to compete with what was coming out of the UK in the same period but that’s the wrong comparison.

Prior to that period, it was almost criminal to listen or even like NZ music – with rare exceptions.  NZ radio – apart from ZM late at night and student radio – helped not at all.

NZ music wasn’t commercial.  So it was never played on commercial radio.  So almost no one could hear it.  So they couldn’t buy it.  So NZ music could never be commercial.

Yes, a lot of the music from that period was overly derivative.  But equally a lot of it was just good music and frankly stood the test of time suprisingly well, especially considering the poor recording facilities.

It was a great night and hats off the San Fran for having the cajoles to feature NZ music.

Ohh, and here’s the Meemees with See Me Go – # 1!

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