Archive for Music

O Happy Day!!

// November 8th, 2006 // 19 Comments » // Music, Obsessions

I can hardly contain myself with the breaking news that Britney & Kevin are no more! Yes, it’s true, Britters has finally filed for divorce from the Love Rat:

Divorce At Last

What a blessing for us all! Now roll on the new album Britney! We still love you!!

Sam’s Biggest Fan

// September 12th, 2006 // 79 Comments » // Kids, Life, Music

Archie is absolutely obsessed with the Samuel Flynn Scott track, War Over Water. It all started when I posted the video to this blog a couple of weeks ago and Archie wanted to watch it every night before he went to bed. So then I played it to him on the stereo and now we have to listen to it roughly 50 times a day. Unfortunately as soon as it goes into the next track, he makes us skip back to War Over Water again. It says something for the brilliance of the track that I can still enjoy it!!

You want proof? Check out this clip… (sorry about the quality)

Unappreciated Female Musical Geniuses

// November 10th, 2005 // 100 Comments » // Music, Obsessions

Right, back to the usual frivolity, and the exciting news that I got THREE great albums yesterday!

Firstly, of course, the new Kate Bush album, Aerial. I was greatly anticipating this as I’ve mentioned before, and it does not disappoint! Once again Kate has proven her utter originality and timeless musical brilliance. Favourite tracks so far are “Pi”, “Mrs Bartolozzi” (the infamous “washing machine” song and “Bertie” which is about her son and makes me cry! (Having sons of my own)

One of my naughty pleasures is the Russian “lesbian schoolgirl” band t.A.T.u. Their new album has been universally panned. But I love it. Something about their high pitched voices, intriguing Russian accents and frenzied techno pop just works for me. Plus they’re now doing a tortured bisexual angle on songs like “Loves Me Not”.

Finally I got an excellent Dolly Parton compilation, Mission Chapel Memories. It only covers Dolly tracks from 1971 to 1975, and includes classics like Jolene, as well as a host of brilliant obscure songs that really prove Dolly’s worth as a songwriter (again).

Wuthering Highs

// October 29th, 2005 // No Comments » // Music, Obsessions

From Popbitch:

Kate Bush’s long-awaited new album Aerial is out next month. Kate did a few interviews, then started cancelling press appointments. Then she allowed a few phone-only interviews. And then stopped again.

The reason? Apparently Kate feels she is looking rather fat.

Kate of course is one of the music industry’s most famous stoners. At the height of her career, a lackey was dispatched from her record company once a week to deliver to Kate, in her country house, a lump of marijuana “the size of a brick”.

As well as explaining any weight gain (presumably from late-night Pringles), the pot-smoking may also account for some of the unusual lyrics on her album – such as this magnificent piece of poetry:

“Washing machine
Washing machine
Washing machine
Washing machine”

The Purple One?

// June 27th, 2005 // 17 Comments » // Music, Obsessions

I keep hearing rumours that Prince is playing an upcoming gig in Wellington… can anyone confirm? Or even better, tell me where to buy tickets? Help!

Rave Reviews!

// May 18th, 2005 // 67 Comments » // Life, Music

A great review for the Phoenix Foundation’s Pegasus that appeared in the Sunday Star Times.

Diverse and perverse – the new album from Wellington’s Phoenix Foundation seals its reputation as the best band in the country…

Ever loved a band so much it hurts? So much that you want to sing its praises to anyone who’ll listen? So much that if you were still a spotty adolescent you’d be writing its name on your pencil case? Then you’ll know I feel about Wellington’s Phoenix Foundation, a beardy band of under-stated and under-rated country-punk synth-rock pioneers who are, in my view, destined for greatness.

Read the full article or just buy the new album! I’ve been playing it non-stop, it really is astoundingly brilliant.

PS I like to think that the continual exposure of young Samuel to Madonna, Prince, the Bangles and Wham! also played a part in his musical development…

Pop Music

// November 8th, 2004 // 34 Comments » // Music

Seems like there is a wave of good pop music coming our way lately… When the world is in a terrible place, it’s good to forget one’s problems in a catchy hook and a nose tapping beat!

My top 5:

1) Destiny’s Child – Lose My Breath
2) Delta’s new album – Mistaken Identity
3) Gwen Stefani – What You Waiting For
4) Britney – My Prerogative
5) Guy – Out With My Baby

I saw the TVC for Britney’s new perfume – it was very cool. Go Britters! Hope you had a nice honeymoon with the Love Rat.

Kylie-Britney

// November 28th, 2003 // 7 Comments » // Music

I have been listening to the new Kylie and Britney albums. And I am quite impressed with both. Especially Britney. Not a girl, definitely a woman! And Kylie seems to have enlisted the lead singer from 80′s band Scritti Politti with her on one track… he has a very distinctive voice. I really loved that album Cupid & Psyche 85.

Hurray for pop music!

Drowned Madonna

// August 28th, 2001 // No Comments » // Moviesandtv, Music

Just had lunch with my favourite babble buddy, Anthony C.P, who very kindly picked me up a copy of Romancing the Stone at the EzyDVD sale. I really love that movie – not quite up to Raiders of the Lost Ark of course but I still found Kathleen Turner quite crushilicious as a teenager. Watched the Madonna ‘Drowned World’ concert on Channel 9 last night and enjoyed most of it. Madonna did play the guitar a little bit more than was necessary, but she looked so happy and proud while she was doing it that I just couldn’t resent her for it. I loved the little country music segment and it was great to see some really butch female dancers looking totally hot. I’m sure Maddy has a bit of a thing for a butch in braces!

Here’s a very funny clip called ‘Truth in Advertising‘ (3.3 MB) – particularly amusing if you work for an advertising agency as I do! This clip is hosted on the equally fabulous site /usr/bin/girl of which these babblings are a pale imitation.

So, how about Aaliyah dying? Read a good theory that it was the curse of the Anne Rice movie adaptation. Think about it – River Phoenix dies just before he is to film Interview With The Vampire, and now Aaliyah just after she’d filmed Queen of the Damned. Spooky!

Happy Birthday Maddy

// August 16th, 2001 // 8 Comments » // Culture, Music, People

Happy birthday to Madonna! And let’s not forget the King who died this day… or did he?

Just had a chat to me bruvver Sam on a great new chatroom they have set up at their site…. check it out at http://www.whizzkids.co.nz/whizzchat.html And go vote for Sam’s band – they are up for Unreleased Song of the Year at BFM. Vote here for Phoenix Foundation – Loaf. Go Sammy!

Settlement on track for 3pm this afternoon. Please cross all available appendages for us.

Some great gossip in the Popbitch email today which I just have to reproduce here.

  • Is Stevie Wonder really blind? According to Sam, of Motown legends Sam and Dave, the great man has always had partial sight. Insiders claim that Stevie’s blindness made great PR when he was a child artist, but that this made it impossible to retract the story – leaving his ability to see as “the greatest secret in the music industry”.

  • In 1984, Marilyn (superstar tranny) received a letter from the mother of a terminally ill girl whose biggest wish was to meet the star. His manager Paul Caplin arranged for mum and daughter to come up to London, where they spent a great day out with Maz. Back at Paul’s flat, they were about to leave for home, when Maz asked them to wait, as he had a present to give them. He handed the girl a small parcel, which she eagerly opened. It was a book on reincarnation. Inside the front cover Marilyn had written ‘Better luck next time – love Marilyn’.”

Due to popular demand, I have added the animal members of the family to the pictures on the right. Sadly all our photos of Bootsy are packed up ready for the move but I’m sure his smiling face will be greeting you soon.