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Don McGlashan’s songs have been there through my whole life. I’m sure it’s the same for many of you. The various line-ups and styles from cabaret-pop and post-punk to movie soundtracks and radio singles; the ones you feel like nobody else knows, the ones that everyone has heard – they all blur in brilliance.
I’ve wanted to talk to Don for a while In fact I’ve never actually talked to him – until this podcast episode. Never phone-interviewed him previously; never me.
But I put in a request to him since Blam Blam Blam was going to play in my town (and they were fabulous! Of course!) Don agreed to meet around Breakfast time, I whisked him away from the rest of the Blams, bought him a coffee and we decided to stroll through Wellington and find a spot for a chat. It felt like we were almost in a set-up for a Don McGlashan song as we were there leaning against the wall, talking. Men talking. In so many Don songs men aren’t talking. Or they’re talking when it’s too late. Or they should have been talking earlier – or they’re talking because they don’t know what to say.
Unreliable narrators. The national condition. The tension. All wonderful stuff.
And so where to start with Don. I only had a few minutes and we had to stretch it to what we could. And so we went all over the place. But it’s about the songs. To him. And to me. And to this conversation.
So hopefully that’s what you’ll hear here. A chat about all that. You’ll hear the wind pick up as it does in Wellington and some passers-by, including a couple that stop to say hi to Don.
I was so thrilled to get this to happen. To have this chat. To meet this man. One of my heroes.
I hope you enjoy hearing this too.