A collection of spikey bits best served with creamy frothy milk fresh from the cowshed, brown sugar and a handful of stewed Black Doris plums. A side dish of greens of your choice wouldn’t go astray either.

First up the final known recording of Luau, recorded at JD’s ranch. First time we’d played together for months. A 16 year old Mel was playing full on wiggy lead guitar. Where is he now? Track two is the only known recording of Sad Song and is guitar and bass only.

Mr Steel and Dance are a couple of live tracks from the three piece line-up. With the band scattered from Northland to Nelson pulling everyone together for a gig was difficult. The usual was for those playing to turn up the day before and have a relaxed rehearsal session running into a party ending sometime after the gig was finished.

Man who shot Mepaw could extend for  many minutes and basically involved telling a long running joke about a three legged dog in the desert  hunting for the man who shot me paw…although we were reliably informed that Mepaw was some famous renegade of the East. I’m goin down was an early piece that variously featured an extended break with cello and/or bagpipes (unfortunately never recorded).

Rainbow Connexions was a protest song written when the Lange government gave up the French terrorists, who sank the Rainbow Warrior in our hometown, under pressure from EU for butter sales.  It owes a whole lot to The Fall (spot the riff!)  Also in the ‘that resembles a song I know’ category is Wildeman. Being fans of early US garage sounds we had a shot replicating a song we heard once or twice, but which was exceedingly difficult to locate.  I think the only other songs we covered per se were  96 Tears, Sister Ray and Sugar Sugar.

Last up is Short Song, something we often started a gig with, again the three piece Tony, Rod and Glenn.

~ by wetaacide on October 20, 2009.

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