Ah, Google Street View.

They've driven through Oamaru again, and got some good views of the fine old Oamaru stone buildings there. Plus they drove past the war memorial.

Google's algorithm has decided that the face of the soldier on a set of bronze statues presumably poured in 1925-1926 (the memorial was unveiled on the Saturday before Anzac Day, 1926) are sufficiently private to need blurring out...

And for the final entry on this ... from "so far out that the roads don't even go there" to "right smack bang in the middle of the road" in the space of 16 years, 9 albums and a lot of great music. youtube.com/watch?v=VuX7hk49J-

By the time the 1990s were in full swing, Hunters and Collectors had metamorphosed into just another Aussie rock band. That doesn't mean they weren't good - it just means they were as good as the Angels, or Cold Chisel, or even the Oils on an average day. But while they'd mostly left the incredibly odd music behind... they still made incredibly odd videos. Except for the banknotes, this could have been set in the 1950s. youtube.com/watch?v=mGwNtdgIFv

Next up on ... As a band with as long a career and as varied a style as Hunters and Collectors, there is no agreement as to which album is their best... it's all down to personal preference. Mine is for "What's a Few Men?" and this is the best song on it. In my opinion, naturally. youtube.com/watch?v=rRinj8vcWD

Next on ... This is one of their most famous songs, and they've gone all-out to write a perfect pop song. Even if you haven't heard of the band it may be familiar... the singer's brother plays bass in Crowded House and they sometimes perform this song live. youtube.com/watch?v=zON9sg6ADj

Next up for ... from an album that was effectively a transitional album between "old sound" and "new sound". The most obvious difference in the sound here is that there are fewer percussionists banging away in the background. youtube.com/watch?v=yMFDfZj_Bm

Trying something different for this week... a batch of videos / songs from the same band. This time it's an example of a band that changed dramatically throughout its career... starting off as one of the weirdest bands on the planet, and ending up as one of the most ordinary. However, during the high point of their career, they were just a bloody great band.

Starting off at the weird end... youtube.com/watch?v=FyiYBajref

* thinks: yay, she's got another book out *

* checks on-line *

* all right, she's got a LOT of new books out since I stopped being able to read Livejournal *

Guess my book budget is going to be taking a hammering this year...

Last on ... I'd listened to a podcast today and the subject of great soundtrack albums came up. This one's from the soundtrack to "Topless Women Talk About Their Lives", which was a very arty sort of film in a talky sort of way, but the soundtrack's chock full of massive (if maybe a wee bit obscure) tracks. youtube.com/watch?v=nAit6mqSqD

From big city boys singing about small town lives, to an actual small town band (that moved to a city, then a bigger city...) This is the sound of Stratford. youtube.com/watch?v=SW3WY1VjN1

The flip side to Don McGlashan's "NZ gothic" side are his little tales of wide-eyed wonder. In this one, the narrator seems to be a little country kid, high up in a tree, looking around and imagining they're on top of the world making everything happen. youtube.com/watch?v=X0jiw7bYuz

I don't know what the theme for is going to be this week, but this is too good to wait. Don McGlashan's first notable dive into the vein of NZ-gothic stories that he also mines in songs like "White Valiant". youtube.com/watch?v=_kwMimHCJ8 There was a video to this but it seems lost now - I remember seeing it on TV when it came out - my recollection is that it looked quite jittery and Len Lye-esque.

... but long-lost rediscovered footage. youtube.com/watch?v=1F2RsMHMrp People forget how badly CRT TV did visual contrast - as badly as cassette tapes did audio brightness. That's probably why this footage was shelved unseen - on a 1982 TV it would have just been grey murk. Today, on an LCD monitor, it looks much better.

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So... I'm stuck working from home on of my days rostered into the office (have found out I'm a close contact of a close contact and out of an abundance of caution am keeping away from the only other intact member of the entire department, while bricks are being discreetly shat by the overall manager at the thought of how close he is to having nobody on deck at all...) and have decided that it's still in America... so time for another video. Not a cover this time though...

Another cover for ... and this one's great. You'd think the Oils and the Dead had not a great lot in common... but they spoke enough of the same musical language that this recording could exist. Enjoy. youtube.com/watch?v=kV67Dpfpzm

Another cover for . The Terminals may look a bit like a county staff reunion, but they're a fine rock band with a really good singer. Here they take an old Roxy Music song down to the swamp, and open it up to see what makes it tick. youtube.com/watch?v=8oL78rngua

I remember someone suggesting a run of covers for ... so I may as well start things off in style.

There's a reason His Bobness won the Nobel prize for literature, not for singing... but this just means that there's heaps of scope for other artists to do great versions of his songs.


Hmmm... that's odd. I was just about to reply to someone and got a warning message saying "your account is not locked, if you reply to this everyone's going to be able to read it". ... This is probably more etiquette I'm going to have to figure out and probably tread on a few toes while doing so.

The last this-group-went-way-different instalment for this is Underworld. Before they were an instrumental-dance-groove type band, they had a go at generic, bouncy 1980s pop-rock. youtube.com/watch?v=vPOqngoN_4

Another band that completely changed direction (although there was a transitional album about half way through the process) were Hunters and Collectors. They're best known in their late 1980s incarnation as a working class rock band - sort of like Cold Chisel but with an additional brass section - but for their first few recordings they were a very odd group indeed. What this track has in common with their later output is John Archer's much underrated bass. youtube.com/watch?v=-H4X-PWBUA

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