A big week for Dunedin – for various reasons happy and sad. Shayne Carter’s excellent memoir is on the shelves. The Martin Phillipps and The Chills doco is out and about and worth seeing – but sadly it’s R.I.P Malcolm Black. So some tribute posts to some of my favourite Dunedin songs – or at least songs from artists connected to that city.
Song 1: Once In A Lifetime, Talking Heads The drums push forward, the bass pulls back and this isn’t really a song, it’s a bunch of ideas falling over themselves, cascading, oscillating, evading melody in favour of finding a groove. The words are catchphrases, evangelical, delightful. A tune existing in its own space, in its […]
Dexys Midnight Runners, Searching For The Young Soul Rebels (1980) My introduction to the band was seeing them in The Young Ones – turned me on to some cool bands, that. And then of course I knew Come On Eileen because it was everywhere. It’s a good song, it’s just been played out, over-played, done. […]
Netherworld Dancing Toys, Painted Years (1985) It’s funny to me that For Today seems to have become a punching bag of sorts; I still think of it as how I first heard it – an inventive, fun and interesting song to be hearing on NZ radio and TV. An exciting tune on the charts. But […]