What are you listening to, right now................



  • Watched 6 Underground last night and was reminded of this, which was on the soundtrack.

    I don't mind Muse's electronica phase.



  • And, from the same album, and because Terry Fucking Crews.



  • More “watching “ than “listening to” but there’s a really interesting doco on BBC at the moment called “The Jazz Ambassadors “ about the propaganda use of musicians like Dizzy G and Louis Armstrong during the Cold War. It’s a piece of history I was oblivious to. Really highlights the social influence and cross cultural power of music. Some other stuff more suitable for the politics board but the power of music is strong



  • Powderfinger are doing a concert on YouTube and it's awesome





  • Cracking. Fanning hasn’t aged well tho.



  • I cannot believe that in recent top lists, I didn’t include this:

    Gillans vocals absolutely on point for current headspace.

    Emotionally epic music at its absolute peak.



  • @MajorRage That is THE Deep Purple song, and why I rate In Rock so highly. Unfortunately it hasn't been played live in a long time (2002) because of the vocals required.



  • @MajorRage said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    I cannot believe that in recent top lists, I didn’t include this:

    Gillans vocals absolutely on point for current headspace.

    Emotionally epic music at its absolute peak.

    This song deserves to be their standard.....not fucken Smoke on the Water. ( As an aside what THE FUCK is up with the crowd ? were they expecting to hear some chamber music ? ) So good. Everyone nailed it.

    Shit they were an awesome group....man for man you could argue each individual was equal or better than Zep.........but Deep Purple for whatever reason don't quite occupy that echelon.

    Richie invented shredding, fuck that dude could play like a motherfucker.



  • @Bovidae said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    @MajorRage That is THE Deep Purple song, and why I rate In Rock so highly. Unfortunately it hasn't been played live in a long time (2002) because of the vocals required.

    Yeahs 74 now. Means stopped singing it at 56.

    Fair cop.



  • Anyone old enough to have seen DP tour NZ in 1984 would have seen them play Child In Time live.

    BTW, they have a new album out in a few months. I've listened to a couple of songs released on YT.



  • @MajorRage said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    @Bovidae said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    @MajorRage That is THE Deep Purple song, and why I rate In Rock so highly. Unfortunately it hasn't been played live in a long time (2002) because of the vocals required.

    Yeahs 74 now. Means stopped singing it at 56.

    Fair cop.

    Saw them in 2006. Gillan hilariously completely missed the intro to Highway Star and cracked up while doing so.

    They were cool but definitely a concert of two halves, second being better once they busted out that, "Space Truckin", "Speed King", "Black Night", "Strange Kind of Woman" etc after a few songs no one knew.

    If you think about it Steve Morse has been the guitarist for Deep Purple longer than Richie but despite being brilliant he just doesn't have the same magic for me. Mind you it sounds like Richie has the dickhead personality to match the talent.

    Roger Glover is a joy to watch live. He just looks like he loves it. Paice's chops had slowed down quite a bit but he still nailed it. Gotta be one of Rocks most underrated drummers of that era cos he's every bit as brilliant as Bonham/Moon/Baker were. ( Sabbaths Bill Ward is incredible too )

    For evidence of this look no further than the California Jam.......( How different were they only 4 years later than @MajorRages initial vid ? )



  • @MN5 My friends and I were GA front row at the Logan Concrete Centre on that 2006 tour. I saw them again in 2013.



  • Have been listening to a bit of Little Barrie recently. Can't say that as a band they really do it for me but Barrie Cadogan is one hell of a talented guitarist. I love his combined lead/rythym style.

    Watch Cadogan having a play on a '59 Gibson...



  • @Crucial said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    @kiwiinmelb

    Hell yeah! 78 and 79 were Auckland punk years. Scavengers, Reptiles, Proud Scum, Toy Love.... I was a bit younger than you but from about 80 on was sneaking into places like Reverb Room, Rumba Bar and Mainstreet. Strangest gig I look back on was Toy Love playing on what must have been a summer tour at the already closed down Marineland at Orewa. I’m guessing the summer of 79/80. Climbed the fence with some mates and stolen beer.

    My brother set up and ran the Reverb Room from its outset until the cops shut it down booked the bands as well. I was overseas at the time and every now an then I'd get a cassette of someone like Blam Blam Blam recorded live.



  • @JC said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    @Snowy No More Heroes. If I remember I heard Rattus at a party and went out and bought it. Bugger me if a couple of days later No More Heroes was out. Back then there was no NZ music press, not even Rip It Up., so there was no way of knowing when records would be released. They just appeared.

    Not true. There was Hot Licks - I know as I reviewed for them. I had to try and find something to write about Jonathan Livingston Seagull



  • @kiwiinmelb said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    @Crucial said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    @kiwiinmelb

    Hell yeah! 78 and 79 were Auckland punk years. Scavengers, Reptiles, Proud Scum, Toy Love.... I was a bit younger than you but from about 80 on was sneaking into places like Reverb Room, Rumba Bar and Mainstreet. Strangest gig I look back on was Toy Love playing on what must have been a summer tour at the already closed down Marineland at Orewa. I’m guessing the summer of 79/80. Climbed the fence with some mates and stolen beer.

    Hahah I remember all those bands , then a few ska bands emerged , and the skin heads

    The Windsor Castle was another good venue,

    In that late 70s period in NZ , it seemed like there were only two music scenes , punk or disco ,and they were polar opposites , and you had to pick one

    funny looking back

    I played a gig at te Windsor Castle once - well when I say played a gig to be more precise I was giving whoever it was shit and he said if I could do better I was welcome to try. So I played Lay Lady Lay for about an hour. I didn't know the words and I can't play guitar. So i gave it the good old punk thrash and fortunately everyone was at least as wasted as me so it all turned out OK



  • I remember well how the staff at the Windsor used to turn on the fire alarm at 10 minutes to closing, usually while the band was trying to drown it out with their last songs and encores.

    If you have a copy of the Netherworld Dancing Toys 'Song and Dance' EP you can here the alarm ringing away on the live version of Change to the Contrary



  • Does anyone remember a music venue called The Island of Real , which used to be on one of the side streets near the steep part of Queen st

    They didnt have an alcohol licence from memory , so there were plenty of under agers there , I remember going there frequently in 6th form , 78 I think ,

    Can remember one night , smoking a joint out the front with a group of guys which included a young Dave Dobbyn who was not playing there , just hanging out



  • @dogmeat said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    @JC said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    @Snowy No More Heroes. If I remember I heard Rattus at a party and went out and bought it. Bugger me if a couple of days later No More Heroes was out. Back then there was no NZ music press, not even Rip It Up., so there was no way of knowing when records would be released. They just appeared.

    Not true. There was Hot Licks - I know as I reviewed for them. I had to try and find something to write about Jonathan Livingston Seagull

    Wasn’t Hot Licks dead by then? My memory is hazy but I thought that’s where the RipItUp guys came from🤔



  • @kiwiinmelb Island of Real was in Airedale Street. I saw a few bands there Sheerlux, basically a punk covers band, then Rooter a few weeks later. They were a laugh. Toy Love too, they were a different league altogether. It was a weird venue, I guess it was a cafe, but that was before anyone in NZ knew how to make decent coffee. So everybody seemed to be drinking water to wash down mandies or smuggled in vodka. Or Benadryl and morning glory seeds.



  • @JC said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    @kiwiinmelb Island of Real was in Airedale Street. I saw a few bands there Sheerlux, basically a punk covers band, then Rooter a few weeks later. They were a laugh. Toy Love too, they were a different league altogether. It was a weird venue, I guess it was a cafe, but that was before anyone in NZ knew how to make decent coffee. So everybody seemed to be drinking water to wash down mandies or smuggled in vodka. Or Benadryl and morning glory seeds.

    I might be confusing my venues but did Island of Real evolve into the equally short lived XS Cafe?

    Haven’t heard the name Sheerlux in decades



  • I haven't heard of any of the venues you guys speak of, but I can honestly say I'd give my left nut to be at any of them right now listening to some live, fresh, new music with a bunch of folk I've never met before.



  • @Crucial said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    @JC said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    @kiwiinmelb Island of Real was in Airedale Street. I saw a few bands there Sheerlux, basically a punk covers band, then Rooter a few weeks later. They were a laugh. Toy Love too, they were a different league altogether. It was a weird venue, I guess it was a cafe, but that was before anyone in NZ knew how to make decent coffee. So everybody seemed to be drinking water to wash down mandies or smuggled in vodka. Or Benadryl and morning glory seeds.

    I might be confusing my venues but did Island of Real evolve into the equally short lived CS Cafe?

    Haven’t heard the name Sheerlux in decades

    I don’t know about the XS cafe thing sorry. When I could get away with drinking underage I started hitting the Windsor, Gluepot, Globe, Mainstreet, New Station etc. I was at O’Rorke Hall right beside the Globe so that was ideal.

    Sheerlux were OK I guess, they could play well but they were pretend punks who took a lot of stick for not being real enough. I was never a punk but some of the music that came out of the NZ scene was awesome. Proud Scum were my favourite band for a while.



  • @JC I am a rabbit is a kiwi punk classic. Scavengers “True Love” though, has to be the best song to come out of that era. Absolute kiwi classic full stop. Holds up well to a listen even today.

    “Met her outside the IGA....”



  • @Crucial No no no. You misspelled “Suicide 2“ by Proud Scum. Let me refresh your memory:

    Even their names were awesome. Jonathan Jamrag. John Atrocity. Bruce Hulk. Alistair Rabbit. Skid Rowe, admittedly not so much.



  • @JC said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    @Crucial No no no. You misspelled “Suicide 2“ by Proud Scum. Let me refresh your memory:

    Even their names were awesome. Jonathan Jamrag. John Atrocity. Bruce Hulk. Alistair Rabbit. Skid Rowe, admittedly not so much.

    Wasn’t that song about John Atrocity after he left the band?



  • Lots of great memories , had forgotten so many of those names , I remember the singer of Sheelux was a mate of my mates older brother , saw him a few times at their house, distinctive feature , was losing his hair pretty young

    I was in Australia permanently by 82 ,after a few trips back and forward , and immersed myself into the Aus music scene ,

    there was an awesome live music scene here at the time

    This was a bit of an aus punk classic



  • @Crucial Yep. They said his leaving was about musical differences but apparently the real story was they had had an argument about how to make a cup of coffee. Imagine for a moment the producer was Mike Chunn. Because it was. At the same time as he was playing Julia on the circuit with Citizen Band he was recording that appalling noise. Top work.



  • @JC HL were still going in 78 - I don't know when they folded it as I was overseas. TBF my memories of the late 70's are a little hazy - sex and drugs and rock n roll are very good indeed!



  • More memories slowly coming back 🙂

    I remember they used to have some pretty good gigs occasionly at Auckland Uni on friday nights around that 78 79 period



  • You guys are old, I was in nappies and at kindy at that time. 🙂

    The first "concert" I can remember going to when I was 4 or 5 was Herbs at Napier Municipal Theatre, by going to I mean sitting out in the car park with my Aunty and cousins listening to the music. I think I only remember it because I'd been given an astronomical amount of money to buy lollies (probably $1) and so just pigged out the whole time.



  • @Nepia said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    You guys are old, I was in nappies and at kindy at that time. 🙂

    The first "concert" I can remember going to when I was 4 or 5 was Herbs at Napier Municipal Theatre, by going to I mean sitting out in the car park with my Aunty and cousins listening to the music. I think I only remember it because I'd been given an astronomical amount of money to buy lollies (probably $1) and so just pigged out the whole time.

    Don't forget that in those days being uunderage wasn't such a big deal. As long as you kept your head down and didn't act like a dick it was pretty much self policing. I was only 14 in '79 but my mates were 15 and had licences and cars. Sneaking into Auckland from Manurewa was the go on a Saturday night. By 16 I was hanging out with bands and being taken to gigs with them. By 17 I was doing sound/lights and roadie-ing on occasions. @JC is probably old though 😉



  • First proper concert I went to , was the doobie brothers at western springs , reckon it was about 75 ,

    Me and my mates about 13 years old , were walking around carrying our skateboards , our skateboards went everywhere With us then 🙂



  • @kiwiinmelb said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    First proper concert I went to , was the doobie brothers at western springs , reckon it was about 75 ,

    Me and my mates about 13 years old , were walking around carrying our skateboards , our skateboards went everywhere With us then 🙂

    That would be about the heyday of “Skate-opia” - Plastic boards, wide urethane wheels, the first sealed bearings....



  • My first was David Bowie, Glass Spider tour. I was too young to appreciate it.



  • My first major concert was ZZ Top on the Afterburner tour in 1987. The crowd at Western Springs was estimated to be 80,000 which was thought to be the largest NZ crowd at that time. My mate and I ended up sitting in front one of the gangs. Good fun.



  • Rolling Stones - Western Springs 1972/3 Sometime over that summer.

    There was a bit of a whinge the next day because they only played a bit under an hour - but it was the Stones maaaaan

    How's this for a set list

    1. Brown Sugar
    2. Bitch
    3. Rocks Off
    4. Gimme Shelter
    5. Happy
    6. Tumbling Dice
    7. Love In Vain (Robert Johnson cover)
    8. Sweet Virginia
    9. You Can't Always Get What You Want
    10. All Down The Line
    11. Midnight Rambler
    12. Jumping Jack Flash
    13. Street Fighting Man

    Exile era Stones - the oldies all thought Satan had taken over NZ - it was fantastic. Although it was a small stage, no screens and the sound was … not great. But before the big overblown production concerts - great first concert ever.



  • @Crucial said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    @Nepia said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    You guys are old, I was in nappies and at kindy at that time. 🙂

    The first "concert" I can remember going to when I was 4 or 5 was Herbs at Napier Municipal Theatre, by going to I mean sitting out in the car park with my Aunty and cousins listening to the music. I think I only remember it because I'd been given an astronomical amount of money to buy lollies (probably $1) and so just pigged out the whole time.

    Don't forget that in those days being uunderage wasn't such a big deal. As long as you kept your head down and didn't act like a dick it was pretty much self policing. I was only 14 in '79 but my mates were 15 and had licences and cars. Sneaking into Auckland from Manurewa was the go on a Saturday night. By 16 I was hanging out with bands and being taken to gigs with them. By 17 I was doing sound/lights and roadie-ing on occasions. @JC is probably old though 😉

    Yeah old alright, I turned 18 in 79, in my second year at Uni. My first year I looked like a child (well let's face it, I was) so there was no drinking that year. The moment I got some bumfluff going on my top lip though I was unstoppable at the pubs. The Globe, The Kiwi, Occidental, one up the top of Symonds Street that I can't remember the name of was great because you could stop off at Tik's Tok's for a feed on the way back to the halls. I got caught in a raid with a couple of dozen other underagers in the Kiwi one afternoon so we had to relocate to the other pubs for a while until the bar staff stopped being pissed off at us. The guy in the Globe used to give us a heads-up if there was a raid due.

    On of the guys in the hostel was a boot boy, I seem to remember he ended up going to jail for his involvement in a fairly brutal beating of a woman, I think at Zwines. Him and his mates were stopping anybody from intervening. fluffybunny of a young man.



  • @JC said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    @Crucial said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    @Nepia said in What are you listening to, right now................:

    You guys are old, I was in nappies and at kindy at that time. 🙂

    The first "concert" I can remember going to when I was 4 or 5 was Herbs at Napier Municipal Theatre, by going to I mean sitting out in the car park with my Aunty and cousins listening to the music. I think I only remember it because I'd been given an astronomical amount of money to buy lollies (probably $1) and so just pigged out the whole time.

    Don't forget that in those days being uunderage wasn't such a big deal. As long as you kept your head down and didn't act like a dick it was pretty much self policing. I was only 14 in '79 but my mates were 15 and had licences and cars. Sneaking into Auckland from Manurewa was the go on a Saturday night. By 16 I was hanging out with bands and being taken to gigs with them. By 17 I was doing sound/lights and roadie-ing on occasions. @JC is probably old though 😉

    Yeah old alright, I turned 18 in 79, in my second year at Uni. My first year I looked like a child (well let's face it, I was) so there was no drinking that year. The moment I got some bumfluff going on my top lip though I was unstoppable at the pubs. The Globe, The Kiwi, Occidental, one up the top of Symonds Street that I can't remember the name of was great because you could stop off at Tik's Tok's for a feed on the way back to the halls. I got caught in a raid with a couple of dozen other underagers in the Kiwi one afternoon so we had to relocate to the other pubs for a while until the bar staff stopped being pissed off at us. The guy in the Globe used to give us a heads-up if there was a raid due.

    On of the guys in the hostel was a boot boy, I seem to remember he ended up going to jail for his involvement in a fairly brutal beating of a woman, I think at Zwines. Him and his mates were stopping anybody from intervening. fluffybunny of a young man.

    What is a "Boot Boy"? Just a prick that kicks the hell out of someone?


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