- Tim Atkin - Wine Writer
- Tony Backhouse - Musician
- Glenn A. Baker - Music Writer, Broadcaster
- Aneurin Barnard - Actor
- EJ Barnes - Musician
- Jimmy Barnes - Musician
- Mike Bennie - Wine Writer
- Bryan Brown - Actor/Producer
- Bob Campbell, MW - Writer, Educator
- John Clarke - Actor/Satirist
- Roi Colbert - Writer
- Toni Collette - Actor
- Charlie Cox - Actor
- Jonny Coyne - Actor
- Benedict Cumberbatch - Actor
- Willem Dafoe - Actor
- Charles Dance - OBE, Actor
- Rhys Darby, Comedian, Actor
- Andrew Denton - Producer, Comedian, Producer
- Diesel - Musician
- Roger Donaldson - Film Director
- Marianne Faithfull - Musician
- Ricky Fataar - Musician
- Judy Finn - Vigneron
- Neil Finn - Musician
- Tim and Marie Finn - Musicians
- Duncan Forsyth - Vigneron
- Toa Fraser - Director/Playwright
- Stephen Fry - Actor/Polymath
- Jorge Garcia - Actor
- Pete Gawron - Chef
- Bern Gorman - Actor, Human Beatbox
- Richard E. Grant - Actor
- George Gregan - Rugby Player
- Roger Hall - Playwright
- Tim Hazledine - Economist, Academic, Musician
- Lena Headey - Actor
- Vinnie Jones - Footballer, Actor
- Oscar Kightley - Actor, Comedian
- Josh Kronfeld - Rugby Player
- Peter and Margaret Lehmann - Vignerons
- Sarah-Kate Lynch - Novelist, Journalist
- Johnny Marr - Musician, Singer, Songwriter
- Curtis Marsh - Wine Writer
- Mandy McElhinney - Actress
- Ian McKellen - Actor
- Sean Moran - Chef
- Jenny Morris - Musician
- Temuera Morrison - Actor
- Simon Morris - Broadcaster/Musician
- Cillian Murphy - Actor
- Parminder Nagra - Actor
- Liam Neeson - Actor
- Dr Michael Neill - Professor Emeritus
- Sam Neill - Actor, Vigneron
- Jimmy Nesbitt - Actor
- Phil O'Brien - Vintage DJ
- Jason O'Mara - Actor
- Sean Pertwee - Actor
- Imogene Poots - Actor
- Alan Rickman - Actor
- Jancis Robinson - Wine Writer
- Nick Ryan - Wine Writer
- Michael Sheen, OBE - Actor
- Grahame Sydney - Painter
- Fred Schepisi AO - Film Director
- Tim Spall - Actor
- Noah Taylor - Actor
- Sarah Walker - Broadcaster
- Steven Weber - Actor
- TP Cru
- Desiree Bond - Office
- Nathan Corlett - Vineyard
- Brian Croot - Vineyard
- Hana Deavoll - Social Media
- Jim Eustace - UK Importer
- Tim Evans - Australia Importer
- Simon Gourley - Vineyard
- Catherine Hamilton - Office
- Lillian Haynes - Hong Kong Importer
- Dennis Hearfield - Design
- Jane Jackson - NZ Distributor
- Bob McSkimming - Vineyard
- Jacqui Murphy - Manager
- The Proprietor - NZ Edition
- The Proprietor - R&B
- The Proprietor - Essential Beach Boys
- Keith Robertson - Vineyard
- Cathy Scott - Webmaster
- Dean Shaw - Winemaker
- Clive Weston - NZ Distributor
- Mike Wing - Vineyard Manager
Team Top 10 Tunes
Originally we asked our staff to pick their top 10 tunes from the sort of music they like listening to when dealing with pruning and other frankly repetitive jobs around the vineyard. But, due to popular demand, we have expanded the Two Paddocks Dayglo Disco to include friends of Two Paddocks as guest DJs with their own personal Top 10s.
Check out our ongoing and ever evolving Two Paddocks DJ list with all kinds of surprising people and even more surprising choices.
As you look at each DJs song list, simply click the titles highlighted in BLUE, and we will whisk you away to that very song on YouTube or wherever we could find it.
Sarah Walker, Broadcaster
Ladies and Gentlemen!
Welcome to The Dayglo Salon, a virtual Oasis from the usual vulgar and obnoxious noise upstairs. Yes, the Dayglo Disco is off limits for now, and has been given over to our annual Strictly Come Dayglo Comps.
But look, we'll have to be out of here by 5:00, as an enormous team of ancient seamstresses will be taking over the Salon, since Strictly will be using even more tulle, bows, frills and general flouncery than ever. So, while the calm lasts, let's bring on someone most marvelously well suited to our soiree - invitations only (and please remember Virtual Boris is at hand to eject any Salonistas sans invites). Applause please: direct from BBC Radio 3 a Broadcaster of impeccable credentials, we welcome straight from this morning's Classic Collection and Essential Classics -- the latter alittle like our Top 10 -- since 2007 Sarah has been asking The Great and The Good to choose their classical favourites -- an astonishing line up of everyone from Mike Leigh and Terry Waite to Fiona Shaw, Branford Marsalis, Hugh Bonneville ... oh, hundreds of ‘em. All very grand, with one glaring exception -- the Prop will be featured sometime near to Xmas. Oh well.
Anyway, we couldn’t be more thrilled to have with us, someone who really knows what’s what with music, and an interviewer of exceptional ability and a good egg to boot -- Ladies and Gentlemen - the charming and glamorous and very brainy MS SARAH WALKER!
Like many broadcasters, Sarah Walker was born in the South Yorkshire town of Barnsley. She learned the piano from an early age, mostly using her skills to improvise satirical songs about teachers and to perform on her own pretend radio shows (recorded on cassette; there was one listener). Sarah studied music at Royal Holloway College where she met her future husband, the jazz musician Martin Pyne, and together they travelled around the south east of England in his red Daihatsu van at 45 mph, listening to a wide range of music from Al Jarreau to Boulez. Sarah is now a presenter for BBC Radio 3 where she enjoys welcoming a wide range of guests onto the morning show, Essential Classics.
Here's my top ten, in no particular order:
- Paul Bunyan - Britten
I met my husband Martin through Britten’s oddball and seldom-performed opera, Paul Bunyan. Some bright spark thought we should do it at college, with an ever-diminishing cast of bewildered singers, two pianists and a percussionist (my husband-to-be). All the singers took multiple parts -- I was a Western Union delivery boy, a tree, a party goer, and a member of the Quartet of the Defeated: sad souls who had all killed themselves after failing to realise the American Dream.
- Village Green - The Kinks
I love harpsichord used in pop records. The sound conjures up the few distant memories I have of the 1960's - I was born in 1965 - I remember bell bottoms, girls carrying guitars, and men with lovely long hair. The nostalgia of this song really speaks to me. It also has an amazing vocal by Ray Davies whose voice has an enormous range, technically and emotionally. Saw him perform solo once, in the mid 90's, and he was still doing scissor jumps.
- Joanni - Kate Bush
How I wish I'd paid more attention to Kate Bush when I was in my teens, and could have used some female inspiration. I mistakenly thought she was “rockers' totty”, the token woman they allowed into their denim and patchouli world. When she brought out her album Aerial in 2005, I was finally old enough to listen and appreciate her music properly…and I now think she's a genius! Joanni is my favourite song from Aerial - I like the way the vocal line hovers, out-of-time, above the throbbing accompaniment. There's an air of tension, as if the horses are about to charge.
- Ladywell Fields (from South of the River, suite for piano duet) - Hugh Shrapnel
Hugh is a British composer and former member of the highly influential Scratch Orchestra* (founded in 1969, around Cornelius Cardew). He's the brother of the actor John Shrapnel, and as their colourful surname suggests, they're descended from the guy who gave his name to shrapnel itself. Hugh's music is grounded in the real world - especially in places he loves, such as his local Ladywell Fields (he's a south Londoner). I've played this track at three family funerals: it's music that calms and soothes, rather than arousing poignant memories. Funerals are poignant enough without music twisting the knife.
*There's a New Zealand link here! Wiki say: New Zealand artist/musician Philip Dadson was amongst those at Morley College who were in the foundation group for the Scratch Orchestra and, after returning to New Zealand, established a NZ Scratch Orchestra in 1970, which evolved into the group From Scratch in 1974.
- String Quartet - Debussy
One of the works I studied for A level music. It's true that the more you study a piece, the more you love it (or is that just true for classical music?). I remember at college, students used to argue over which was best, the Ravel or the Debussy string quartets…a very studenty thing to do. I think the Ravel is prettier, the Debussy a bit darker. Hard to choose between them, but I bonded with this one. It brings the string quartet into the modern world - Debussy makes the archetypal classical form and medium really work on his terms.
- Oft she visits, from Dido and Aeneas - Purcell
One of Purcell's amazing ground basses. You hear the same, flowing bass line repeating throughout, though what happens on top is entirely unpredictable. I learnt to play this at the piano in my teens, left hand bass line with right hand chords, and sing the tune, and I credit this with improving my musicianship by about five hundred percent.
- Slavonic Dance Op. 46 no. 8 in G minor, Furiant - Dvorak
My Dad had just one LP - Dvorak's Greatest Hits. There was a brief phase in my childhood when we'd listen to this together, and I seem to recall that the Furiant was the first track. I was fascinated by the way the theme changes from major to minor - I didn't understand what was changing at the time, but I could hear some subtle manipulation which I loved. It's a piece that's full of illusion - the time signature is confusing in a good way, too.
- Air with 5 Variations (“Harmonious Blacksmith”) - Handel
I once had to play bits of this on Handel's own harpsichord in an English museum, for a TV programme. The director made me do it over and over again, as they do, and I think I nearly broke the harpsichord judging by the look on the curator's face. I love this piece - E major has never sounded more juicy.
- Redite, from Trois Morceaux en Forme de Poire - Erik Satie
Surely the most mysterious piece of all time, with its plangent melody in the “tenor” range of the piano. In my mind, it's music for an imaginary cabaret act of almost indescribable strangeness.
- Don't Talk (put your head on my shoulder) - Beach Boys
A new discovery for me, thanks to the proprietor of Two Paddocks who requested the version by Anne-Sofie von Otter on my BBC Radio 3 show, Essential Classics. I love Anne-Sofie but I think I prefer the original, as it reminds me of the 1960's, a time when I was all safe and snuggled in my pram. The official Essential Classics introduction would go something like this: “Brian Wilson's song has some surprising harmonic inflections, and the chromaticism in the melody adds a subtle expressivity.”
Thanks you very much Sarah, a great pleasure. And look, we won't be in any way hurt if you just bin the interview with that stammering charmless fool The Prop. Standards, standards ... But thanks for everything! And thanks for the Salon Soiree. Another BIG DAYGLO HAND for Ms SARAH WALKER!!
Charles Dance OBE, Actor
Ladies and Gentlemen!
Tonight, courtesy of Two Paddocks Virtual Airways (Where Everyone Reclines, Like it or Not), all the way from Her Majesty's Sceptered Isle, another Old Pal, a great Thesp and superb Luvvie - a musical aficionado and ukulele player, Star of Stage, Screen and Radio - a DJ of distinction as we have ne'er seen the like of before. Or after. MR CHARLES DANCE!
You loved him in The Jewel in the Crown and have loved him ever since! Quiet Ladies! LADIES! Yes we know -- but really ... that is just, well, unseemly ... Latterly you loved him even more in Game of Thrones! Last warning – I am not going to yell over you lot ... I AM NOT ... LISTEN ... oh well dammit, I give up. Charlie Dance fans – you are just so... WRONG! Right, I’m going to carry on -- gritted teeth albeit. Charlie has worked with the Prop not once but three times! (Free virtual drink if you get all three.)
Here are some of Charlies’ greatest hits other than that -- this takes 30 minutes, you up for it? No? Okay just a few highlights then -- Golden Child, Alien 3, Last Action Hero, The Imitation Game, White Mischief, Gosford Park, Underworld, Swimming Pool, etc, and on the telly Bleak House, Rebecca and -- I don’t know dammit -- you asked. Oh you didn’t ... moving right along, Charlie directed and wrote Ladies in Lavender with Dame Maggie and Dame Judy – wildly successful. Watch this space. And on stage – at the RSC the most leathered and lathered Coriolanus in theatrical history, Three Sisters, Long Day’s Journey at the Lyric, Shadowlands in the West End nnngg nnngg nnngg ...
Never mind all that, it’s time to get the Dayglo into gear -- Charlie -- our friend and ally - take it away Guv -- and LET’S ROCK with ... the great actor and utterly charming chappie - MR CHARLES DANCE!
Having made a reasonable living pretending to be an aristocrat, the secret is now out that in reality Charlie (as he is affectionately know to his more intimate acquaintances) is as common as muck.
State education, sporty but not in any way academic, he holds minimum qualifications, save an ability when the mood takes him to charm the birds out of the trees - it even worked on Her Majesty when she awarded him an Order of the (quaintly named) British Empire – one of around a hundred handed out that day, just to get it into perspective!.
He soldiers on getting work where he can, maintains a keen interest in combating the ageing process, and endeavours at all times to keep his rapidly balding head well below the parapet.
Occasionally he plays his ukulele well into the night, but more often than not is in bed by eleven with sadly usually no more than a good book to keep him company.
He is also known to be partial with the truth.
So, his music…
- Rock Around The Clock– Bill Haley
Despite being irreligious, my pre-adolescent years saw me as a not un-cute choirboy – blue cassock, white surplice etc, but with the addition of a 'kiss-curl' teased onto the forehead in homage to my first pop-idol Bill Haley, who had taken the UK by storm, distressing parents up and down Little Britain with
Rock Around The Clock
- Boots of Spanish Leather – Bob Dylan
After having been thrown out of the church for behaviour unbecoming a choir-boy – actually nothing more serious than smoking behind the vestry, I grew my hair, got my first pair of Levis and heard Bob Dylan.
Boots Of Spanish Leather determined me to not only buy and learn to play a guitar, but years later be measured and fitted for a pair of boots from Madrid.
The song like the boots is wonderful.
- Honky Tonk Woman – The Rolling Stones
Having been hugged by my rock ‘n roll god Keith Richard, after a Stones gig, he and the sentiments of the song are close to my heart.
- Tristan und Isolde, Prelude - Richard Wagner
One of the sexiest pieces of music ever written is the Overture to Tristan und Isolde. Wagner might not be everyone’s glass of schnapps, but it is best listened to while lying on ones back in a darkened room with or without company.
- River Deep Mountain High - Ike and Tina Turner
This is Tina at her very best -- nuff said.
- Chopin D Flat Nocturne - Rosey Chan
I could listen to this forever. I love the music and Rosey has stolen my heart!
- I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl - Nina Simone
I had the pleasure of seeing Ms Simone on two occasions. The first, she arrived late in a foul mood and left early, the second, she stayed well over the allotted time and seemed to nearly orgasm when she played this song - didn’t we all!
- Graceland - Paul Simon
I defy anyone to keep still while listening to this. It has a line ‘there’s a girl in New York City, who calls herself a human trampoline…’ I have a feeling I’ve met her!
- Saving All My Love For You - Tom Waits
Aside from his unique voice, he has written some of the most beautifully well-crafted lyrics. Listen to these and wonder!
- Pinball Wizard - The Who
Try to find the full orchestral version with the ever-green Rod Stewart letting rip with the title. Sorry Roger!
There could be more, but maybe another time over a bottle of Two Paddocks Pinot.
Many thanks Charlie, and let’s work again soon! Get the Prop out of the compost paddock, staff are begging! Ladies and Gentlemen -- an enormous, humungous, titanium tipped, silicone lined, 24 carat, sterling hand for this most excellent Officer of the Order of the British Empire... MR CHARLES DANCE!
Burn Gorman, Actor, Human Beatbox
Ladies and Gentlemen! Tonight a virtual treat like nothing before here in The Virtual Dayglo.
Let's hear it for the dapper and droll Mr. BURN GORMAN! Yes, exactly ...YAY to the MAX! Burn Gorman -- an actor of a truly prodigious output and an almost unlimited talent. Also, a ratbag of curly contradictions. Sounds English -- is American. Should be Irish -- not. At first glimpse - a bruiser. Actually one of life's sweethearts, wouldn't hurt a fly. OW! Sheet!
Did you, Burn -- tonight's DJ from afar, just clip me on the bleedin' ear'ole? No? Not you? See -- not him -- gentlest fella imaginable. Also, this may be a first here in the Dayglo -- Mr Gorman is a sometime DJ, has played all over the world with no less than Rodney P, Groove Armada, Neneh Cherry (sigh!) and is "part of the Human Beatbox outfit "Drool Skool". AND he can dance! Yeh, I've SEEN it! Suck on that, Sunshine!
BUT ... you might know him best from Turn (AMC), Torchwood (BBC)
Bleak House (BBC) Forever (ABC) among a zillion others, including Game of Thrones (HBO). Heard of it? Oh, you have ... okay, shut up now.
And the movies? How about Pacific Rim, The Dark Knight Rises, Layer Cake, All Is By My Side, and ... can't be arsed to list any more, there's heaps. But Jenny, at the hatcheck, told me to say he was brill as Bill Sykes in Oliver on the stage.
Anyway, on with the show. Burn is here, between shots so to speak, while working with the Prop on the upcoming And Then There Were None (BBC, LIFETIME), and best guess (it's Agatha Christie) -- he done it! Well, he might have. Could be. You will just have to tune in for your Xmas special to see, won't you now? But for now -- let's just say, you couldn't ask for a nicer bloke to work and hang with.
Look, here he is now - lithe, lissome and all loungey leatherette -- the loverly MR BURN GORMAN!
With love - Here's me tunes:
- I'm a Man -- Spencer Davis Group
Barely out of short trousers Stevie Winwood blasts out this testosterone and adrenalin fueled adolescent war cry - with Jimmy Miller, drummer and percussionist on the Stones Can't Always Get Whatcha Want providing the groove. If this doesn't make you shake yr ass then you Sir/Madam ... are a corpse.
- Peace Frog - The Doors
Big Chief Indian Jimmy M forecasts the future: "There's Blood on the streets it's up to my ankles" - Oh Bollocks - not much has changed.
- Wilmot - Sabres Of Paradise
Manchester in the 90's. Met the missus. Stayed up for days. Andy Weatherall always delivers. Memories of madness.
- Brazos - Matthew E. White
Head honcho at Spacebomb Records in Richmond Virginia where I live and film part of the year on TURN, Matt White adds another G to the Guns and God of the Confederate Capitol - Groove. Like getting a moonshine massage.
- Bebe - Eumir Deodato
Blue Note. Latin Groove. 60's soundtracks. Three of my passions in one tune. Deodato conjures up driving round Sugar Mountain in an E Type waiting for the next spy mission - but first get the crackles out ya Polyester slacks.
- Galileo - Declan O'Rourke
My Irish blood can't resist a maudlin ballad. But Declan O Rourke has Anam Anainn - a beautiful soul, and this is a soul sonnet. Played it to my boy to get him to sleep.
- Warrior - Lloyd Banks
Play this after meeting dickheads at auditions.
- Slavonic Dances, Opus 72, No 2 (No 10) in E Minor - Antonin Dvorak
Got taught by this great actor from the Maly Theatre in St Petersburg, Russia. He spoke little English and we spoke no Russian. So he'd put on Dvorak and try and teach us to listen -- some of the best acting advice I've ever had ...
- Vivrant Thing - Q-Tip
Any Love Unlimited Orchestra sample is going to crush, but the ever reliable Q-Tip does his Q-Tip thing and brings his Q-Tip finesse to a ridiculously Q-Tip joint.
- Help Me - Joni Mitchell
Happy times in Topanga Canyon feeling the ghosts of Bogart & Lorre and the vibes of Guthrie and Gram Parsons - and of course Joni. I'll have a case of that please.
- Sigourney Weaver - John Grant
John Grant, ex of The Czars kills it with a song about my favorite alien and yours - Queen Sigourney.
Thanks Burn! And thanks for all the fun on ATTWN, my man. Lets hear it again Dayglo Denizens for perhaps the best DJ we've ever had here - how's about that for a COOL list my friends? Burn -- come back to the old Dayglo any time, mon ami, and next time YOU ARE the groove. SICK!
Rhys Darby, Comedian, Actor
Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome back to the Dayglo. Tonight is cocktail night, as always, on this night of the week. But sadly, we don't have any. Dan, the barman, has resigned. On Doctor's advice. Tonight's guest is way too funny for Dan's dodgy ticker, and we weren't willing to take the risk. So it's top shelf Two Paddocks or nothing. And no, we are not yet in Colorado or Oregon, so weed is out too, even if you're Dan who knows a friendly Doctor.
But we are indeed fortunate tonight - to welcome as guest DJ a Living New Zillund National Treasure (well he would be if we valued the Arts at all in NZ), and one of the world's funniest people. You grew to love him as Murray, the Flight of the Concords' ghastly Manager Murray on the telly, you've seen him kill on stage at standup, you know him from Short Poppies (his own show), Yes Man with Jim Carrey, The Boat that Rocked, What We Do in the Shadows, you may have put your life on the line serving with him in the NZ Army back in the day, and ... ah dammit you don't need me to tell you what all else. You do? Too late -- Rhys is movin' and agroovin' already. And look -- added bonus, his Hair matches the settees in our Dayglo Booths! (these booths by the way cost thousands of extra bucks unless you are VIPs. But then, you are ALL VIPs in the Dayglo.)
Ladies and Gents, Dayglo Demons and Denizens, an enormous Dayglo welcome please (switch on the Glo-Sticks now) for our friend the irrepressible, the hilarious, the magnificent, the ginger, the ex army, the lovely, the Boy from the Naki...put yo' hands in the Air for MR RHYS Darby!
Here is my top 10 list... in no specific order.
My yearning and love for certain tracks comes and goes like the four seasons. Take the four seasons for example. I like them but not every day, maybe once a year. Yes I could probably listen to the four seasons in one day. Actually, Crowded House isn't on my list. Oh well, I should point out that I love Crowded House. I mean it would be unpatriotic not to. What follows is a list of music that over the years has either inspired me to rock my own audiences from the stage or simply to just love life and laugh along the way...
- Flash - Queen
I'm a big Flash Gordon fan, and I'm a big Queen fan so naturally I love the epicness (not a word) of those two worlds colliding. I agreed to a movie role once simply because there was a scene in it that involved me in a spacesuit walking over a smokey bridge triumphantly to this song.
- Last Nite - The Strokes
This was my 'walk-on' music for many of my standup comedy appearances in the early 2000's. I love The Strokes, they're a very cool band. Their music oozes cool. I nearly bought a Triumph motorbike the other day but the wife caught me, so I settled for a leather cheese cutter.
- Gold Halo - The Datsuns
Did I mention I love rock n roll? It doesn't get any more rock n roll than our very own New Zealand band The Datsuns. My friends and I were a little obsessed with these guys close on ten years ago now. I still rock out to there music on a regular basis. This awesome track is from their album Death Rattle Boogie.
- Walk Idiot Walk - The Hives
Once again it's rock n roll in its finest form. The Hives were another obsession of mine back in the day. I even formed by own rock band called The Bee Hives. It was a tribute band to these guys. We didn't play any songs, just wore similar outfits (black shirts with white ties) and hung out in Edinburgh pubs in 2004. I like to think we created a bit of buzz.
- Mutha Uckers - Flight of the Conchords
I love Flight of the Conchords and was probably their biggest fan before I became their fictional manager on the HBO TV series. I love all their songs so it's hard to pick a favourite. I love this song because its fantastically silly rap. When I hear this song it reminds me of New York and the freezing cold weather that the boys were in when they shot the music video for the episode. Brrrrrrr!!
- Weird Nature - Hedluv and Passman
Talking about rap, I met Hedluv and Passman in 2012 at the mighty Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I fell in love with their infectious grooves and crazy dance moves instantly. I saw their show more times than I can count (3 times) and then hilariously ended up managing their career the following year. I brought them back to New Zealand with me and we toured together in 2013/2014.
- Robot Rock - Daft Punk
I love robots and I love Daft Punk. Once again two of my loves have collided! I've used this song a few times as walk-on music as you can imagine. I think I bought this single without even listening to it, yes, completely based on the title. I do that a lot. I also have a tendency to judge books by their covers.
- White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
Ahh, my old drug hazed army days. I didn't really do drugs but I was in the New Zealand army. I've always loved this song since hearing it in the Platoon movie. I was obsessed with Vietnam war films in the 1990s. I think that's why I joined up myself. I was hoping to liberate p.o.w. camps in war-torn countries... Unfortunately the only thing I rescued in New Zealand were sheep stuck in the snow.
- Heart Shaped Box - Nirvana
So big on Nirvana in the 90's. I mean who wasn't right? I had no idea what Kurt was rambling on about in the lyrics but it sounded cool. I remember thinking at the time that I was just like him, a tortured soul that needed to shout loudly and wear old shirts. Man he was cool, until he killed himself. I went off him a bit after that.
- Sit on my Face - Monty Python
Since childhood I've been an obsessed Python fan. They taught me everything and I really wanted to be one of them. My comedy was inspired by their silliness. My own style of standup is really a kind of one-man sketch team. I never thought I'd ever see them live and then, suddenly out of the blue they announced a series of comeback shows in London last year. Wow. I got to see my idols twice! I even took my son, the lucky little boy.
Thank you Rhys. And ...er ... when will we work together again? Three times already - woohoo! Always a pleasure mon ami.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN...Mr RHYS DARBY! (Massive cheers all round)
Nick Ryan, Wine Writer
Ladies and Gentlemen! First of all -- our apologies for the increased virtual entry fee tonight to the fabled Dayglo. Needs must. Just for the sheer QUALITY of tonight's guest DJ, we have had to raise our fee from a virtual bargain to a virtual fortune. Even now, with the economy the way it is. Booming! What, I hear you say? It's in the dunny? Surely not -- the Treasurer/Minister of Finance/Chancellor of the Exchequer tells us we are in good hands? Oh, that was the last lot? I am SO confused. And indeed where are we exactly? Oh come on, let's put all that behind us -- it's PARTY time at the Dayglo. And here tonight -- what a rare privilege, a DJ in demand from Tenerife to Dubbo, as well being of course The Thinking Drinker's Writer, The Drinking Writer's Thinker, The Writing Thinker's Drinker, The Drinking Man's Hero, The Drinking Woman's Pinup, The Thinking Woman's Mistake, The Drinking Australian's Warney, The Thinking Universe's Black Hole...a man with impeccable convict origins (tonight please note was not a Royal Command performance -- we all remember how that went last time -- Christ Nick, that was just unnecessary), impeccable creds and impeccable trousers before 11 a.m.) Oh look here he is, dapper, oozing Aussy charm from every pore, immaculately turned out, on his feet even... Come on up Nick, and please take the mike, tell us a bit about yourself, and PLEASE don't go The Bennie and use the third person -- keep it light, if you will...Ladies And Gentlemen! In his own words! MR NICK RYAN!
Thrown out of university in Adelaide and moving to Sydney, Nick Ryan used the knowledge he'd gained raiding his old man's cellar to land a job with one of Sydney's leading wine merchants. Realising that writing about it was easier than lifting it has led him to where he is now. He's a regular contributor to Men's Style Australia, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Jamie Magazine and many more. He is passionate about wines that are just as interesting by the fourth glass as they are at the first and would give it all up to play one game for the Port Adelaide Football Club.
Oh dear, it was going so well, third person aside, up to the Port Adelaide bit...Security! Eject that man! The one throwing old mangoes at our guest! Yeah, the one in his...what, pyjamas? Mike Bennie, that's the one. And don't come back, ya bastard!
Sorry folks, but when there are Australians in the house, you have to call it like you see it. Anyway, here he is -- the Drinking Drinker's Drinker himself, your pal and most certainly ours too, the drollest of the droll, an ORNAMENT to both his profession and his girt-by-sea country...the wonderful MR NICK RYAN!
Be careful what you wish for and be wary of offers coming from evil-eyed Kiwis wreathed in leaves and flowers. All those years waiting to be asked to contribute and then when the time finally comes you quickly realise this is all just Sam's devilish plan to f*ck with your mind.
So, three long lists, nine shortlists and several sleepless nights later here's my Two Paddocks Top Ten.
- Sue's Last Ride - The Dirty Three
Noah Taylor beat me to this one but there's no way that could stop me including my favourite piece of music ever. Warren's violin captures most people's attention but just look at it again and follow Jim White's sublime work on the skins. He's simply the greatest drummer on the planet. This song is the gateway people use to enter my life- I can't love you if you don't love this. I've lost a few that way, but I don't care.
- At Least That's What You Said - Wilco
Some songs you remember exactly where you were the first time you heard them. I bought Wilco's ‘A Ghost is Born' album the day it came out and slipped it in the cd player while driving home from work. That moment when that crunchy, high-tensile guitar kicks in after two whispered verses stopped me in my tracks. I pulled the car over beneath a big Moreton Bay fig tree in Rose Bay and hit ‘repeat' on the CD player at least a dozen times.
- Racing In The Street - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Growing up there were a few fundamental truths in our house. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty was true for dad's clients but never his kids. You keep your losing bets quite and your winning ones even quieter. Don't talk back to your mother.
And Bruce Springsteen is, was and always will be, The Boss.
This whole list could've been Springsteen songs -- the perfect pair of Thunder Road and Born to Run, the operatic glory of Jungleland, anything off Nebraska -- but in the end I went for what might just be the perfect Springsteen song.
It's got all the key elements of the Springsteen universe, the noble everyman, the dream-dashed girl waiting wistfully on a porch, fast cars, open highways,sin, sorrow, absolution and flight to the promised land.
It's also a great E Street Band song in a quiet and restrained way. Roy Bittan's piano is achingly beautiful and when Danny Federici's mournful organ comes in late you just can't help but cry.
- Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner -- Warren Zevon
If Springsteen was God in 70's then Warren was the Devil. Classically trained by Igor Stravinsky, Warren Zevon was more Rock-n-Roll than just about anyone. He drank like ten thirsty Hemmigways and wrote some of the sharpest, funniest and most beautiful songs ever recorded.
Warren Zevon's records were central to Dad's record collection even though his alphabetised filing system kept them at one end. ‘Werewolves of London' might have been the song that led me to Zevon, but Roland is the song that made me love him.
It's like a five minute Fredrick Forsyth novel and it contained everything an eight year old kid needed to know about geopolitics in the 1970's.
It's quite simply the greatest song about headless Norwegian mercenaries ever written and the last line -- "Patty Hearst heard the burst of Roland's Thompson gun, and bought it." -- is pure genius.
- God - My Pal
Somewhere in Rock-n-Roll heaven is a small, sturdy box in which reside the handful of purely perfect riffs known to exist. They are dispensed sparingly and mysteriously. Keith Richards received Satisfaction in a dream and Richie Blackmore found Smoke on the water in the opening movement of Beethoven's Fifth. Joel Silbesher was a 15 year old Melbourne kid having a shower before school when he got his.
My Pal is a stone cold slab of garage punk genius that combines a perfect riff with the most succinct encapsulation of teenage nihilism ever written.
I don't like no-one,
Except for you.
You're my only friend
You don't even like me.
Remember this kid was just 15 when he wrote this. If he'd been born in Seattle instead of Melbourne, the world might have been a very different place.
- Castiotone for the Painfully Alone - I Love Creedence
Owen Ashworth writes beautifully sad songs, maudlin little ditties with nothing but a crappy little Casio keyboard and some drum machines to back them up. This is an achingly lovely song about the lie at the heart of all platonic friendships between men and women, how one will always end up secretly in love with the other and end up broken-hearted.
My partner hates most of my music, but loves this song. I'm trying not to read anything into that.
- Mogwai - Mogwai Fear Satan
Beautiful, beautiful noise.
- Withered Hand - Religious Songs
Sometimes it's all about the words and there are at least half a dozen lines in here that I'd happily give internal organs to have written. When a weedy Scottish kid raised as a Jehovah's Witness breaks free and becomes a musician great music results.
Funny, profound and just a bit smutty.
- Tender Is The Night (The Long Fidelity) - The Triffids
If music can express terrior Born Sandy Devotional by The Triffids is Australian Grand Cru. When a band born in isolated Perth writes and records a record in mid-80's London the result is an album drenched in blinding sunlight that sounds like vast, barren spaces and exaggerated skies. Wide Open Road is rightly the best known song from the album -- and should be Australia's national anthem -- but this song just breaks my heart. It's a spooky premonition of the tragically early death of songwriter David McComb and the last verse is the perfect encapsulation of the very Antipodean experience of being a world away from what you love.
Baby let's go out tonight
It will all turn out all rIght I'm sure
Don't want to drink at home again tonight
So let's go out
Let's go out tonight
It's getting dark earlier now
But where you are it's just getting light
Where you are it will just be getting light.
- True Love Will Find You In The End - Daniel Johnston
I have nine different versions of this song in my music library. Every one of them makes me cry. It's perfect. Daniel Johnston's frailty makes his original version especially poignant….but I've slipped Beck's cover in her too….it's lovely.
Nick. Wait. A moment. That Daniel Johnstone has me blubbing every time. A hanky please, someone. PFFFHHHSSSHHH. Ah, better. Nick you rock, my man. Come back to the Dayglo any time my friend. Oh, hang on. That's you hangin' here every Friday night anyway...Ladies and Gents! Another big Dayglo hand for MR NICK RYAN!
Mandy McElhinney, Actress
Ladies and Gentlemen, Dismal Denizens of the Dayglo, Lowly Creatures of the Night, Fevered UnFettered Festering Fools of the Twilit World of Clubland -- I give you, the glorious, the glamorous, the glistening ... oh Lord, how our guest tonight is wasted, WASTED on you lot ... never mind, we are nothing if not charitable here in The World of Wine's Number One, Ichiban, foremost Virtual Bebop Establishment ... we present the formidably talented, sublimely delicious, delightfully droll, utterly gorgeous Australian star of screen and stage, the unique (well, near as hell unique -- her sister Hayley is right up there too) MANDY McELHINNEY! Fresh from her outrageous success playing Gina Rinehart with breathtaking precision in The House of Hancock (with the Prop -- and hardly a scar to show for it - and upcoming Dayglo Dayglo DJ Guest Peta Sergeant). You also know Mandy from Howzat! Kerry Packer's War (she was wonderful - Logie) and Magazine Wars (scary), but most of all (who knew, we didn't) all Australia love her as Aami's Rhonda. And we do too of course. Anyway, long story short, she's GREAT! As if you didn't know. If you were lucky enough to see House of Hancock, you know of what we speak -- she as Gina knocked it out of the goddamn park! So look, you are really and truly, if only virtually, privileged to be with her tonight, right here in the dingy Dayglo to have her on the turntables -- give it up, if you will for the entirely fab, the utterly divine Ms MANDY McELHINNEY!
- Rocky Road to Dublin - The Clancy Brothers
The cover art for this album, I recall, was 4 men in Aran sweaters, around a fireplace, Guinness glasses in their hands and a title something along the lines of Songs of Drinking and Rebellion. This pretty much sums up my memories of my Irish father and his Scottish best buddy, drinking and singing into the wee hours. These nights forged my love of a tipsy sing along.
- A Change Is Gonna Come - Same Cooke
A song that never fails to give me goose bumps. It was written in the same year that Martin Luther King won the Nobel Peace Prize and was inspired by Sam Cooke being refused entry to a hotel based on the colour of his skin. I love Otis Redding's soul version of it too..it's just about perfect this song.
- Oh Yoko - John Lennon
The Beatles were a big deal in our house and the death of this man was mourned bitterly. I just love the John and Yoko story. They were so committed to each other in a very beautiful way. They were so kooky and creative and they wanted to change the world with love ... this is such a joyful song about loving someone.
- What a Little Moonlight Can Do - Billie Holiday
My 5-year-old niece goes all goo goo eyed and calls this 'marrying music'. No matter what I'm doing, there is always time for Billie (and my niece)…she is deep, deep in my heart.
- Gloria - Patti Smith
My Dad used to play this on the guitar. I could really pick any song from Ms Smith's album, Horses. She is one of my favourite artists, a poet, tender, wild and raw. Whenever I want a bit of bad arseness, I listen to her and unleash the wild woman.
- Plainsong - The Cure
I'm a sucker for melancholy music from the 80s and 90s. It was a difficult choice selecting one song when I love so many. I chose this because it is the opening track to one of the most important albums in my life, Disintegration. I get excited every time I hear it.
- Rainbow Connection - Kermit
The sound of this little green frog's banjo takes me to my happy place. Oh and when the strings kick in, I have to fight back the tears…heartbreaking and hopeful. The world would be a better place if there were more Muppets in it.
- Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush
This song is my secret karaoke weapon ... look out when I go the full Bush. I missed her recent UK gigs but was engaged in a shoot at the time with the Proprietor, so that made it okay.
- Empire State of Mind - Jay Z (featuring Alicia Keys)
The release of this song coincided with my first trip to NYC. I was touring with A Streetcar Named Desire and watching the magnificent Cate Blanchett tear up the stage every night. It was a magical time, Christmas, with good friends, in a sold out show, in one of the most exciting cities in the world and everywhere we went, this song was playing. Put your lighters in the air everybody, say 'Yeah'.
- Sia - Chandelier
This artist is amazing. I'm excited by everything she does. This song especially moves me; it is such a cry from the soul. I guess all of my choices are cries for hope or freedom in some way. Maybe that's what I think a good song does, it liberates you and makes you believe good things are coming.
Thanks Mandy, lovely set. A big Dayglo cheer Ladies and Gents, and three hearty cheers at the very least for a great actress....ok ten big cheers then..., a great sort, and a great great DJ -- the fabbo MANDY McELHINNEY!
Mike Bennie, Wine Writer
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! A BIG Two Paddocks Dayglo hand please! A big Dayglo welcome - for one of the certified Good Guys in the Wine Biz. Funnier than a fight at your fiancée's Hen's Night, more erudite than your average major German philosopher circa 1913, more accomplished a writer by far than the great Ernie Malley himself, more entertaining than your average Ingmar Bergman movie, more moody and magnificent that Marlon Brando at his moodiest magnificentest bestest ... Oh, the superlatives are running away with us ... look, lets allow Bennie to speak about Bennie in his own Bennieish Bennie words -- come up, Mike! Here he is...yes, that'll do down the back, we recognize the Aussie vowels, and SHUT UP ... Chrissakes, he's one of yours! Mike -- take the mike -- in your own words please -- tell us about Mike, Mike...
Mike Bennie is a freelance wine and drinks writer and journalist, wine judge and presenter based in Sydney, Australia. Mike is a feature writer for the benchmark wine publication Australian Gourmet Traveler Wine Magazine. He is also the Editor-At-Large and contributor to the highly-respected online wine commentary website WineFront.com.au. His work has also appeared as wine/drinks editor in delicious magazine and he contributes to Time Out Magazine Sydney and Melbourne, Sydney Morning Herald's Good Living section, Men's Style magazine, Meininger's Wine Business International magazine, amongst other publications. Mike is also an active wine judge and a graduate of the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial. He is a prolific online media personality, a regular presenter at corporate and industry events, and between travels to exotic vineyards around the world, enjoys long walks on the beach with a bottle of wine in his hand.
Erm. Um. Well that went well. Where did everyone go? Hey come back in. NOW! Here's Mike Bennie. Brilliant DJ; you will gasp at the brilliance of his playlist. You will wince at the dance moves, flinch at the light show (Warning, Mike is never seen in public without strobe lighting). Here he is. Arguably the hippest of all the hip DJs we've had here in The House, the one and only, utterly unique, a credit to both the International World of Wine and the Australian Education system our friend and yours (well, not yours Nick Ryan) the completely marvelous, if slightly underdressed, MR MIKE BENNIE!
In no particular order, because, aside from my personal space, I don't like order.
- Chase The Devil - Max Romeo
Chill roots. You feel that vibe deep as the rolling wave of Max Romeo's hypnotic incantation lolls over the brogue of Lee Scratch Perry's house band, The Upsetters. This original version was thrown down on the epic album ‘War Ina Babylon', and many have supped at the cup for samples -- none more so interesting than the Prodigy's 1992 ‘Out Of Space', a serious near-contender for me on this list. The mesh of Romeo's ‘Chase The Devil' lyrics with Kool Keith's punchy, high-pitched, staccato, robotic imperative ‘I'll take your brain to another dimension, pay close attention' certainly grabbed me, but the original ‘Chase The Devil', blasted out of a Jamaican Soundsystem, preferably, is the best reggae track I know.
- Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles
The final track on the ‘tipping point' album, Revolver, ‘Tomorrow Never Knows' rarely finds a slot on a ‘best-of' list, even if The Beatles are the theme. The tape loops, the use of a Leslie speaker cabinet, the sitar and tambura, the psychedelic feel, the alien-like space noises and the wicked break beat, all conspire with Lennon's Timothy Leary-et-al inspired lyrics. That the song is a precursor to sampling in modern music and a studio-driven track, which would become a blueprint for modern music, shouldn't be lost on a listener.
- Lovely Day - Bill Withers
One of those tracks that makes you reach for the volume as soon as the first bass-heavy refrains kick in. Best be loud as Bill drops ‘When I wake up in the morning, love, And the sunlight hurts my eyes…', you know you want to hear that right up in the top of your skull. Upbeat as the track is, one of the marvels is in the sustain of ‘daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy' by Bill, for just shy of 20 seconds. Amazing. Anyway, for me, this is as feel good as feel good songs get.
- Paid In Full (Seven Minutes Of Madness -- the Coldcut Remix) - Eric B & Rakim
Epic, wildly complex, funky as hip hop gets and a marvel of mixology and sampling, ‘Paid In Full' by Eric B & Rakim was brilliant in its first 1987 incarnation of all three minutes and 50 seconds, but was taken to the next, impossibly cool level by English dance music duo Coldcut with their 1988 extension. The addition of the hypnotic vocals from Israeli singer Ofra Haza punched this hip-hop cross-over through the stratosphere. This is the full flex of studio reworking, but offering the DNA of one of hip hop's greatest releases. Head nodding and toe tapping is reflex action.
- Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) - Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
When I first heard this track I assumed it was some acid-taking, long haired, bearded psychos going long on the booze and drugs to get the sound and feel of the song right, all the while incanting and encouraging the consumption of psychedelics. I was kind of right, but just didn't picture the bearded psycho being the cuddly-feeling Kenny Rogers. The song stands far apart from the hokey country music I mostly associate with Kenny, which opens a line into some question marks about Kenny's less cuddly days and nights. Oh, and that raspy guitar solo, so good.
- Express Yourself - NWA
There was a generation of pimply, gangly, white boys, me included, who cut their teeth on NWA as a gateway drug to the depths of the world of hip hop. Though NWA might feature somewhere in a hip hop top ten, it's probable they'd shun the inclusion of the party-vibe and almost cuss-word free ‘Express Yourself' as a lightweight track from the OG Compton rappers album ‘Straight Outta Compton'. Instead, one would likely see the more aggressively-set ‘Fuck The Police', the ‘rap-a-long' ‘Gangsta, Gangsta' or the blockbuster ‘100 Miles and Runnin', included. I'm hooked by the funky bass riffs and party-style chorus of ‘Express Yourself'. It's so damn infectious. Better yet, this is a hip hop track encouraging free expression, straight from the heart of the ghetto, and yet famously used by Australian radio station Triple J as a protest against censorship, by playing the track on continuous loop for 24 hours. Any way you look at it, its got a pulse and rhythm, and captures the zeitgeist of NWA at their finest.
- Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack
Emotional. Be it uplifted or squirreling away tears. Massive Attack can jerk a head, bring a tempo down, fill a slow groove, help you dim the lights and get a little sexy, but nothing works the palpable emotions like ‘Unfinished Sympathy'. Trip hop beats, a nod in the direction of Massive Attack's group member's hip hop history and then the full blown orchestral scoring woven through -- it's a huge track, building through to its ebbing instrumental conclusion. It's another song to be played insanely loud, filling a room, spilling out into the neighbourhood.
- Blow Your Head - Fred Wesley & The JB's
That squealing, squelching synthesizer! The world's greatest jazz trombonist! That raw, hard bass line and pant-tearing break beat! Knit this all together with James Brown's backing band, The JB's, and you've got neck-snapping funk of the highest, most insane order. ‘Pass The Peas', ‘Doing It To Death' and ‘Gimme Some More' had some serious groove, but nothing had this sound. Arguably a segue to disco music too. While Fred Wesley blows his head off on the ‘bone, the synthesizer takes it to the next level, and then again, another level. Hold onto your hats!
- Themes For Great Cities - Simple Minds
It's a track that likely set alight the dawn DJ sessions in every beachside party town the world over, sun rising over ocean, but sits equally as good, for me, played with windows down, driving at twilight through the remote outback areas of Australia as eerily-lit, ancient, alien-visions flash by. I did that over and over exploring far away places. Part sci-fi dance, part uplifting sound scape, part trance-like minimalism, the rolling synthesized landscape of this track is as vast as it is thrilling. The kind of song you hit repeat on and blare again just to feel it take you away.
- Feel Alright - Steve Earle
For those that need a little light at the end of the tunnel, hell, we've all had days or weeks like that, Steve Earle's growling burr can take you from that shade of blue, that foggy time, that blunt edge, and drills home some perspective and a little satisfying up-beat feel. Sure, the lyrics might speak of darker things, poetry of bleak to better, but the chorus let's you know it's all ok. Guitars twang and slide, that harmonica wails, the energy builds, Steve preaches. Now I'm feelin' aright.
Thanks Mike. You, my man, are the Best. What a cool cool set. Now go and slip into something more comfortable. Please. Back soon, Bennie!
Tim Atkin MW, Wine Writer, Judge, Broadcaster, Journalist, Photographer
Ladies and ... and ... and ... oh well. Ladies and “Gentlemen”! Back in The House, and our first big night for 2015! Yes, the Dayglo' is back in business once more. With feeling. And how strangely gratifying -- a full house. Of Groovers.
Probably due to this week's hot DJ -- direct from Ibiza via East Cheam - one of the world's hottest Jocks, and the Master of MWs, the Man himself... none other that MR TIM ATKIN ESQ MW!
Ladies, let the man through, and give the paisley shirt back...NOW! That's better, here he is, clothed and ready to rock. Fast and eager to please on the dance floor (and nothing if not original with those oh so English moves), slow and deaf in a go-kart, he is a positive adornment to any event involving wine. Adornment, I tell you! As well as being one of the most influential wine writers in the world today, he was awarded Online Drinker of The Year 2014! Wow! Respect! Oh wait, I read that wrong. Correction -- Online Drink Writer of the Year (2014 Fortnum & Mason Awards). Ah that makes sense. In addition -- Online Communicator of the Year (2014 Louis Roederer Awards). You really need to keep up, down the back - and check this out -- timatkin.com (2013 and 2011 Louis Roederer International Wine Website of the year). Ok, enough with the awards suffice it to say that no one is more respected here at TPHQ. What a palate! What command of the Queen's English! What profound knowledge of all things vinous! What a good bloke! What a dancer! (Would someone check on those Tim slightly injured earlier in the night when we played Brian Poole and the Tremeloes -- at his request -- those flailing arms...) And did I mention the photography? No? The man is seriously good. Did I mention the millions of column inches he has written for ... oh shit, stop throwing stuff! Olly Smith -- I saw that! Security! Throw that man out. Now! Jolly Olly -- that's the one -- out now. Noisy bastard. So here he is: dapper, charming, erudite, funny, a true wine legend....take the mike Tim ... with your hands! Ladies and Gentlemen the one and only (thank God) MR TIM ATKIN MW!
- Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered - Ella Fitzgerald
As well as being one of the great feats of songwriting -- try finding something that rhymes with “dyspeptic” and doesn't sound contrived -- this features the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald at the peak of her considerable powers. Beautiful phrasing and vocal control, with a voice that's as warm as a fireside blanket.
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow - John Martyn
This is probably my favourite song, performed here by the wonderfully boozy, dreamy, poetical John Martyn. There are lots of recordings on line, but this is the one I like best. I reckon this was Martyn's favourite song too. “They're playing my tune,” he says. And he's playing mine.
- Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind & Fire
It was the American writer Emma Goldman who said that, “If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution.” I know how she felt. Dancing is part of my DNA, an expression of joy at being alive. Dance songs don't get much better than this. And I love the outfits, too.
- Mediterranean Sundance - Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucia and John McLaughlin
I saw these guys play in the amphitheatre in Orange when I was a modern languages' student in Provence in the early 1980s. It always reminds me of a very happy year learning French and it showcases the contrasting talents of three amazing guitarists. Flamenco meets jazz meets rock and roll.
- Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
We listen to this at the end of every day's judging at the International Wine Challenge. To me, it's an encouragement not to be taken in by spoofy wines as well as one of the greatest rock songs of all time. Townsend, Moon, Daltrey and Entwistle: what a band. Wish I'd seen them at their peak.
- A Day in the Life - The Beatles
I had to choose a Beatles' song, but I took me ages to decide which one. I listened to this on the day that John Lennon died. That distinctively nasal voice, the vaguely psychedelic lyrics (the holes in the Albert Hall) and the more upbeat contribution from Paul McCartney: the work of two geniuses.
- Under African Skies - Paul Simon
This gives me the chance to include something with a South African connection in my Top Ten. It's a place I love, partly because it's where my wife comes from. Simon's voice, great lyrics, an African beat and some beautiful harmonies from Linda Ronstadt. These are the roots of rhythm and the roots of rhythm remain.
- Salle Pleyel, Paris Part VII - Keith Jarrett
Jarrett would be my nomination for the greatest jazz pianist of all time. He's not much fun to hear live -- he spends half his time berating his audience for coughing and taking photographs -- but boy can he play. I love the recordings with his trio, but it's the solo stuff that moves me most.
- Minor Swing - Django Rheinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli
This is my happy song. I defy you to start tapping your feet within seconds of the start. There's something about the way the gypsy Reinhardt and the more patrician Grappelli combine that's just perfect. I heard the latter play in St Rémy de Provence towards the end of his life and he was still great.
- A Handful of Dust - Loudon Wainwright III
Says it all really. Wainwright's father, Loudon II, wrote this song and it's every bit as truthful as the stuff his son is still writing. “No sin worth sinning, ain't already sinned” and all that . I wouldn't go that far, but the message of the song is clear. Life is short. Carpe Diem.
Ladies and Gents -- give it up please -- Oh please dear God no! There he is back on the floor doing that windmill thing again. No matter, heads down and a big hand for the impeccable Urban Legend himself MR TIM ATKIN!
Noah Taylor, Actor
Ladies and Gentlemen, and other Lounge Lowlife! Denizens of the Dayglo! Lushes De Luxe, Layabouts and the Lachrymose! In the House tonight...our friend and colleague, the wonderful and definitively accomplished actor, musician and cultural icon...Mr NOAH TAYLOR!
Most recently, you know him from Game of Thrones (Locke), and of course in our own Peaky Blinders as the astonishing London Italian gangster Sabini -- and how feckin' good is he in that, we ask? But those of you with any kind of memory at all will have his debut seared in the frontal lobe area of the noggin (if you still have one) in the great The Year My Voice Broke. And we all thought, here at TPHQ, he really should have had a co-share of the Oscar, with GR, for playing the young Helfgott in Shine. But life's like that, ain't it folks? We also liked him in He Died with a Falafel in his Hand and The Life Aquatic. And a heap of others, but that's another story. Here he is -- a very good guy, who can play bad guys supremely well. Good citizen of both England and Australia. And oh, did we mention he's a very accomplished painter? No? Well now we have…
Ladies and Gents (downstairs at the back), we have the greatest pleasure in introducing, flown direct, coach, on TP Virtual Airways, a big Dayglo hand if you please for the top notch, top drawer, top hole ...MR NOAH TAYLOR!!!
- European Son - Velvet Underground
Beautiful chaos, a maelstrom of feedback and amphetamine delirium that somehow remains very catchy and groovy. Also features the sound of a toilet being flushed and smashed. Joy.
- The Red Telephone - Love
"Sitting on a hillside watching all the people die...." Sixties L.A. creepy crawley magik and mystery on a lush bed of strings...All you need is Love and I don't mean those overrated Mersey muppets.
- Sanctus - The Electric Prunes
So you like a good high mass in Latin and you like a nice big freaky fuzz tone guitar, if only someone could combine the two.... Well, they did, and this is off that effort, The Electric Prunes Mass in F minor. A ripper.
- Bring Me The Head Of Paul McCartney On Heather Mills Wooden Leg - The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Worth it for the title alone, Anton Newcombe may be a provocateur and possibly certified nut job, but what musical geniuses aren't? BJM get my vote for the most consistently interesting and wonderful band of the last twenty years.Except for maybe these next chaps....
- Sue's Last Ride - The Dirty Three
A band without comparison, beyond description,
They don't use words and I'm trying not too... Check em out.. The best Jerry, the best.
- Je T'aime Mon Non Plus - Serge Gainsbourg
Get your Gaelic sex hat on with this tasty treat from Frances leading singer songwriter and all round naughty boy, originally recorded with and as an ode to and for his mistress Bridget Bardot, but eventually released with vocals by his then wife Jane Birkin. It's rude, it's sexy, it's oh so very pretty.
- Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap) - AC/ DC
High school head sexually harassing you? Your old lady a pain? Give Bon and the boys a call on 36 24 36 and they'll be happy to sort it out for you, dynamite, cyanide, they got it all.
- Penetration - Iggy & The Stooges
Sleazy and powerful. Respect.
- I Remember A Time - The Dirty Three
This band is so good they get two mentions, in fact it wouldn't be unjustified to have the whole top ten filled exclusively by these fellas. Go Wazza, Mick and Jim.
- She's Like Heroin To Me - The Gun Club
Haunted desperate rock n roll from Jeffrey Lee Pierce and the gang, listen to on vinyl (this goes for all the tracks listed) belt down a couple of glasses of whatever tickles your fancy, dance round and kick out some windows. Preferably in someone else's house. Yeehaw.
Thanks Noah, great song list, and good to see you in the Dayglo -- we don't see nearly enough of you. Come back soon, give yourself a break from coastal Sussex, and lively up the Dayglo anytime, my man!
Sean Pertwee, Actor
Ladies and Gentlemen! And DC Comic Fans! And Winos all! The Dayglo is back, it's rockin', it's jivin', and Rollin' on a River!
Tonight, courtesy of The Powers That Be (don't ask) all the way from New York City, flown exclusively (Premium Economy) on our own Virtual Two Paddocks Air (DC3s to the Stars), and older and even unwiser friend, Star of Screen wide and small, Supremo of the voice over (the I-haven't-been-to-bed-for-3-days, purr-in-yer-ear Voice) yes, it's Norf London's very own, very clever, very funny, very laddish, very very fun SEAN PERTWEE! Friend of the Prop since Event Horizon all those years ago, and turned up briefly in The Tudors before getting the knife just after breakfast for goodness sake, you've seen him a hundred things (apart from those missing years on the Ashram when Guru Mamunee forbade all media and emptied your NatWest account simultaneously) - he's always nothing short of brilliant. We think he's the Real Deal down here on the farm, and most nights we empty a bottle or two on his behalf. Starring currently in Gotham, yes check it out Marvel fans, all over the world, as Alfred Pennyworth, a sorta heavy/minder/butler/childminder/nanny... Sean is lighting up the screen as always. Brilliant! So here he is, makeup just scrubbed off, direct from the set and Gotham City, Camden Town's very own, the one and only...MR SEAN PERTWEE!
Bloody hell -- selecting my top 10 -- that was really quite hard! It really depends what frame of mind your in. I went “emotive” Hope you like ... I do.
- The Man With The Harmonica - Ennio Morricone
For all you spaghetti heads out there comes one of the greatest soundtracks ever made. I was lucky enough to see Morricone perform this and more at the Albert Hall. Spellbinding.
- Corpses In Their Mouths - Ian Brown
Ian Brown, Nuff said ……
- Where Is My Mind - Pixies
Drunken anthems we all deeply love and we nearly know all the words too...
- Yegelle Tezeta - Mulatu Astatke (The Story of Ethio Jazz)
Covers all the bases for me. Dirty skank vibe, Hammond Organ, splashy drums and a screeching brass section. Head Nod supreme. Buy the Album!
- Best Dressed Chicken In Town - Dr. Alimantado
Title track of my most favourite Old Skool Reggae album. My Father Jon's as well. I once watched my father dressed as Worzel Gummidge perform a 'Head Off Duel' in a scene with Billy Connolly also dressed as scarecrow, to this track, from the safety of my father's Fiat X1.9. Eye opening stuff.
- The Message From The Soul Sister - Myra Barnes
Anything that James Brown touched or had a hand in influencing works for me. Emotive true Funk from the talented Ms Banks with her very large lungs.
- Yeah Buddy - Todd Terry
This one goes out to all you old "Cheesy Quavers" (ravers) out there! Don your whistles, your pink fluffy boots, your smiley T's put your hands in the air for this podium stompin' Shoom ' classic.
- It Was A Good Day - Ice Cube
Being a huge Hip Hop fan I struggled to select just two, but this is a true Summer classic. Roll down your windows, drop your top and blaze.
- Hate It Or Love It - The Game
Again one of mine and my friends favourite Pertwee staple tunes for the summertime BBQ season. Get your 40's out and nod your head .
- Miserere mei Deus - Choir of Kings College Cambridge
Without doubt one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. I surprised myself by including this but throughout my life I have found myself revisiting this work. Through good times and bad it always evokes reflectiveness and peace.
Oh Seany, thanks pally. You the best!
Ladies and Gentlemen, a big Day-Glo hand for our good friend, the great actor SEAN PERTWEE!
Johnny Marr -- Musician, Singer, and Songwriter
Ladies and Gentlemen. Dayglo Denizens! Disco Divas! A moment of reverential rock'n'roll hush if you please! Tonight, courtesy of Two Paddocks Virtual Airways (the only airline that has less idea of how to fly than you do), a true Rock Legend, and a certified God of the Guitar! Yes, all the way from sunny Manchester (or, wait, what time of year is it?) ah, possibly Portland Oregon, or erm ... was it New York City? ... well, definitely the northern hemisphere... it's... Johnny Marr! Yes, THE Johnny Marr! When you picked up your comps tonight, you cheap slatterns, you had NO idea you'd be getting a Living National Treasure, live on our livid, lively, lovely Dayglo stage! Did you now? Johnny Marr - formerly, and crucially, a founding member of massive Manchester band The Smiths, a band that changed music forever, and later The The, The Cribs, Modest Mouse, etc, along with a ton of other work as session musician, producer, solo artist, and all that ... an incredible career and body of work. Here at the Dayglo we first got to know Johnny listening to The Smiths back in the day. And what we liked most was the sublime contrast between, but happy meld of Morrissey's i-am-going-to-throw-myself-under-a-bus-right-now and Johnny's get-up-and-dance-good-time guitar. That maestro. Ever since, he's the kind of guitar player, that you recognize immediately, whatever the context. One of the truly greats. And here he is, we are honoured to have Jonny in the house, Fender in hand, but DJ for the night here in the Olde Dayglo. And you are honored, too -- freeloaders all -- so give it up, big ups indeed, and make some BIG NOISE for the inimitable, the brilliant...JOHNNY MARR!
Here's a list of songs for you:
- Metal Guru - T.Rex
An amazing surge of glam power and off we go. This record is proof that there is beauty in trash. Once I heard it I could never unheard it, and sounds otherworldly yet strangely familiar at the same time. A good time or what...
- Se Telefonando - Mina
A record written and produced by the great Ennio Morricone and sung by
an Italian 60's pop star. Mina was a killer young singer and this song is a dramatic wonder.
- Right Thoughts (Right Words Right Action) - Franz Ferdinand
Taken from their 2013 album, another great single from a consistently brilliant band. They know that pop can be smart and fun and they know how to do it. It&'s not as easy as it looks.
- Bloodlines- Mimicking Birds
Brand new and beautiful from a young band based in Oregon USA. Sublime.
- Needles In The Camel's Eye - Brian Eno
Punk rock UK style way before it's time. Considering that Eno was referring to himself at the time as a "non-musician" it's a great advert for either not knowing too much or knowing plenty about just the right thing.
- Foggy Notion - Velvet Underground
Simple and perfect. If there is something as the coolest band of all time
it would be this band, mostly because they never did anything that wasn&'t cool. “I got my Calamine Lotion baby..."
- Lost In Music - Sister Sledge
Written, produced and played by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. Incredible chords and perfect rythym. McCoy Tyner meets Bohannon with a statement that simply wraps up the whole sentiment.
- Vamos A Matar Comañeros - Ennio Morricone
From the film of the same name a condensed version of the soundtrack done in 3.00 minutes of ace melodic eccentricity. Pretty as anything.
- Shot by Both Sides - Magazine
A great single from a great band that defined a time in my town. The singer considers the fate of the politically non committed. So called “Art Rock” but so it is and so it goes…
- Keep On Keepin On - NF Porter
There weren't many Northern Soul songs built on guitar riffs, usually it was piano and brass and bass. This is the best. Totally unique and gets your attention brilliantly.
Superb Johnny, and many thanks. The Dayglo is yours any time! Come back to NZ soon -- another 7 Worlds Collide is surely well overdue!
Temuera Morrison, Actor
Ladies and Gentlemen! At last, after about five years of procrastination and general silly-shally -- out of the blue, this week's DJ, our pal and colleague -- man of few words (clearly), that great actor, and lately star of his OWN reality show, The Life and Times of Temuera Morrison (pretty brill actually), star of many movies including of course the iconic Once Were Warriors as Jake the Muss, Vertical Limits, Star Wars and many more. From a very distinguished and famous family of performers and entertainers, Tem is a musician in his own right as well as nephew of the great Sir Howard Morrison, king of kapa haka and prominent member of Te Arawa, worked with the Prop on The Piano where he was critical in keeping us all in good heart, a true NZ/Aotearoa National Treasure. On his Facebook page he describes himself simply as "a loveable chap," and, well, that's true. Dayglo Denizens! A big cheer for the one and only, the great TEMUERA MORRISON!
Tena Koe! Haere Mai Tem!
Ok brother here's my top ten.
- Rainy Night in Georgia - Brooke Benton.
Growing up I would listen to my dads collection of vinyls englebert Tom jones dean martin Brooke's voice had a. Rich timbre, very deep at times - he was my favorite.
- Imagine - Randy Crawford
There's a great album live at Montreux featuring the Yellow Yackets Randy's Song. On this album she's singing live she has the audience in the palm of her hand
- Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Nothing could be better listening to this song when I was a teenager (along with Uriah Heap) than me and my mate Eddie would go take our guitars down to the lake edge and play our guitars into the night
- Rain - Uriah Heap
Ken Hensley's voice in Rain is just so real - emotion and raw wicked.
- This Masquerade - George Benson
Benson came on the scene with that great album Breezin'. Us boys in Vegas took a shine to George's smooth style: clean fast guitar licks plus the way he sang alone while he was picking, of course.
- Still Got the Blues for You - Gary Moore
Words can't describe with his unique guitar sound where one note means more than many.
- And I'm Telling You - Jennifer Holliday
One of the most powerful songs ever performed was Jennifer Holiday's performance in Dream Girls.
- Home Sweet Home - Kahu Morrison
(Webmaster's note: I can't find this on YouTube, but you can listen to part of here-->)
I remember being on stage with my grandmother while she sang Home Sweet Home to a standing ovation, it would give me the goosebumps every time. Then she would whisper to me, "Aue, the pain of it," as the crowd was clapping like crazy. There was silence in the crowd when she sang so you knew the voice was cutting it, man she could sing, sing high like a bird!
- Just You 'n' Me - Chicago
Chicago -- great band, big brass sound, whole new era, big voice, big sound...
Space Oddity - David Bowie
I love it because I'm still waiting for the spaceship to come pick me up! And we are all from the cosmos through a relationship between nature, light and Mauri (energy). Tihei Mauri Ora!!!
Arohanui ki a koe me to whanau.
Thanks Tem. You rock my friend! Mauri ora! Kia kaha e hoa!
Phil O'Brien, Vintage DJ
My Lords, Ladies, Gentlemen, and Australians! The swing doors to the Dayglo are swinging once again! And tonight, by popular demand, direct from the Rapa, our own Phil O'Brien -- "Whispering Phil" to you; New Zealand's answer to -- well, pretty much any question you might want to ask. A star of almost every radio station in New Zealand over the years, (at some he lasted but a week), he has been described as a "veteran DJ" -- we prefer "vintage." This after a distinguished career in a number of bands best forgotten, as a drummer. As a drummer it is believed he was known as having more, well, enthusiasm than anything else.
But you know him best from the sensationally brilliant Matinee Idle, on the National Programme over the summer, afternoons, and now by courtesy of The Wonderful Interweb, simultaneously around the planet. Phil and his offsider Simon Morris have been thus causing a worldwide plummet, a veritable crash, in popular taste and standards in general. Moral Rearmament -- where are you when the world need you?
Phil lives in the Wairarapa, next door to comedian and comedy filmmaker Vincent Ward. They are locked in a deadly dispute over whose over-proof homebrew beer is best, and who buggered the ride-on mower they bought together. Phil lives there with his secret live-in lover, Olivia Newton-John. We at HQ are prepared to disclose the address to Who Magazine or somesuch for a very large donation to our Nigerian bank account. So here he is, the man himself, a living national radio treasure -- bounding up to the Dayglo stage, strobing under our brand new Ukrainian lighting system ("Our Citizen's Safety is our First Concern")...clutching his original 45's, larger than life, ladies stand back please, our owm one-and-only, the great....PHIL O"BRIEN!!!
- True Love - Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby
I still listen to this song at least once a week... I had this ridiculous crush on Grace Kelly and always thought she could have done better than Bing Crosby (yes, I used to believe that movies were real, until I found out that Sam DOESN"T know how to pilot a submarine....). Crap lyrics, but it"s Cole Porter so everything"s fine. Peter Skellern did a terrific version of this - Elton John"s was rubbish.
- Eloise - Barry Ryan
Guilty pleasure time (and I suspect there'll be a few more in this list). An under-rated voice, and one of the best screams in the business. Barry Ryan sang 'em, his brother Paul wrote 'em. Brilliant OTT arrangement from this Yorkshire chap in the late sixties.
- At Home, At Work, At Play - Sparks
I always thought Sparks would be absolutely terrifying to interview - eccentric doesn't even start to describe their stage personas. Then I heard them on a BBC podcast and they were just the loveliest guys. LA born, but moved to the UK at the dead right time, the start of Glam Rock. Songs about people who deliberately crash into other cars as a way of meeting others; about buying gadgets that don't work, destroying said gadgets in a fit of frustration, only to see the words "Batteries Not Included" on the packaging... And that voice ...
- You Can't Do That - Harry Nilsson
Harry Nilsson - famously, the Beatles "favourite group." A voice from heaven, ultimately destroyed in a screaming contest with John Lennon (the blood on the microphone was a giveaway). In this song, he pays tribute to The Beatles by giving them some of their own back - tremendous vocals, outstanding harmonies and a great arrangement. And not an auto-tune for miles ...
- Magdalena - Danny O'Keefe
My brother got me listening to this guy back in the seventies. OK, there"s a certain amount of poetic license in the lyrics (“Ooh Magdalena… nothing like the saint you are”…) Something about that voice... Very haunting, and not a good idea to listen to this if you"re driving and a bit tired. It just kind of drones ...
- Any Other Face In The Rain - Dennis O'Brien
This is my big brother, singer/songwriter/pianist extroadinaire. He was in the UK recording while we all sat 12,000 miles away, waiting for the postman to deliver copies of the new albums (where was the Internet when we needed it?). Incredibly proud of all his music, and made him play and sing live in his living room to me on my 50th birthday. Some fantastic session musicians on this track, including members of Costello's band The Attractions and a great sax solo from Raphael Ravenscroft, the man who brought us the fantastic intro to Baker Street...
- I Was Born Blind - Geoffery Gurrumul Yunupingu
This is a song that was scheduled to play at about 3:30am on Radio NZ when I was doing an all-night programme. Knew nothing about Geoffrey so I did a bit of research. I suggest you do too.
- Born To Be With You - Dave Edmunds
I've been a fan of Dave Edmunds for about a hundred years. His work with Rockpile (featuring the incredible Nick Lowe on bass) is full on, hundred miles an hour pub rock - the best sort of rock. However, he"s also a bit of a genius in the studio and recorded an album called Subtle As A Flying Mallet in which he plays all the instruments, does all the vocals ( and there are LOTS of vocals) and produces and engineers the whole thing himself. This version of an old Dion needs to be played very, very loud. The best song Phil Spector never produced…
- Maybe Tonight - Nicole Atkins
Her album Neptune City is another one that turned up on the ol' wireless at some peculiar hour. There are a million female singer/songwriters out there recording some good stuff, but Nicole has that New Jersey edge to her songs. Check out this clip, and watch Metallica's reaction at 1:09 - jaws hanging on the ground. She's as funny as hell too…
- Cuddle Up - Dennis Wilson
In honour of the proprietor of this very webpage, I give you one of the Wilson Brothers. Not trying to sound sexist or anything, but ... whenever this is played on Matinee Idle, we get a ton of emails thanking us for playing that oh-so beautiful song. And they're ALL from women.
Honour duly accepted Phil, and with much thanks, not only for this set, but all the good work you do -- pulling us through the predictably grim NZ summers. You boys ROCK! Love to O N-J...
Tim Hazledine, economist, academic, erstwhile muso (piano: jazz, rock, boogie woogie) uber-niche wine grower, old pal of proprietor
Ladies and Gentlemen! An extra big Daylglo Salute, if you please for the first DJ for 2014; an old friend from deep in the last century, from the deep south, from deepest Dunedin! A man of profound (deep even) musical convictions and a comprehensive knowledge of music of all sorts. He is that very very rare thing these days -- a (vaguely) left wing economist. And that even rarer thing -- an economist that is an extraordinarily gifted musician. He is also that very very common thing -- an economist that is completely unable to dance. Nevertheless, not known as “Nimbleknuckels” for nothing....wait, say that phrase out loud all of you, it's too good... Not Known as Nimbleknuckles for Nothing...thank you, thank you. Yes, Hazledine has always astonished us with his preternatural gifts on the piano. But he has been even more astounding when he stands up and becomes a rare voice of sweet reason, all these years -- these dark years of market driven idiocy and rampant greed....anyway, ahem, no politics here, it's paaatay time back in the old Dayglo, and here he is, a museo of impeccable taste, a DJ of rare distinction, a man whom we have seen and heard play Coltrane and Mingus and Oscar Peterson and Fats Waller and Ray Charles and just as memorably Joe Cocker or Jagger/Richards. Utterly unique, a good egg and a fine musician -- Ladies and Gentlemen, a big hand for Professor Tim Hazledine!
- Papa's Got a Brand New Bag - James Brown
My earliest memory of the proprietor is going to his house in the school holidays, around 1964 or 65, listening to soul and R&B records, of which Sam was an early and prescient collector. I can't remember what tracks we spun, but they could have included this great funk blues with Maceo Parker's rhythm baritone sax and guitarist Jimmy Nolen's punctuating “scratch” rolls. B-side even better -- same song, more solos. To be played loud -- very loud.
- Midnight at the Oasis - Maria Muldaur
Another fine guitarist is the Canadian “Famous Amos” Garrett. His gorgeously filigreed solo on this charming “art rock” 1974 hit by Maria Muldaur should be on every household's list of the ten top instrumental solos in rock music. Muldaur played Ronnie Scott's Club in 1975. Oasis was her only hit and was used as the closer for both sets. I was curious whether Famous Amos could play his own solo live -- first set: not quite; second set: even less quite. And checking out YouTube it seems that Maria found it too hard to sing, live! Never mind -- stay with the 1974 recording.
- (I Could Drink) A Case of You -- Joni Mitchell
Also from the Canadian prairies is the truly great Joni Mitchell, who has absolutely no problem with live performance, as she shows on this 1974 live solo rendition, accompanying herself on a zithery thingy. If Graham Nash had done nothing else (and of course he has -- check out his chirpy autobiography Wild Tales) than break up with Joni to inspire this song, then his time on earth would have been well worthwhile. When Joni interpolates -- I know not why -- the first two words of her national anthem -- O Canada -- I get goose-bumps. Even now, when I don't live in Canada any more.
- Dr Feelgood -- Aretha Franklin
The recent movie Twenty Feet from Stardom, on female backing singers, has been doing well with its theme of talent unluckily thwarted from solo stardom. However, when you hear these splendid and skilful musicians sing solo you can understand why they couldn't track those extra twenty steps across the stage. As (I think) Sting says in the film: “The world's already got its blues-gospel screamer -- Aretha”. I found her Respect/Feelgood single remaindered in a Christchurch music store in 1969. The A-side is a screamer, and I've never really liked it much. But when I turned over and heard Aretha lay down that magnificent G7 chord on her Steinway -- well, I hardly dared breathe for the next two and a half minutes. I rushed back to the store and bought up all the copies -- about a dozen -- and distributed them to my friends, probably including Sam, who was at Canterbury Uni then.
- You Really Got A Hold on Me -- Meshell Ndegeocello
No, I don't know who she is, either. But here's one for the backing singers, on this beautifully balanced Smokey Robinson song, recorded with the original “Funk Brothers” session musicians in the original tacky Detroit basement studio for the glorious film Standing in the Shadows of Motown. I've got the DVD of this, given to me by a grateful student (don't ask), and I play it loud, alone. Or on the phones, as you can -- there is so much wonder here, such as the bootin' baritone solo by the great Tom Scott on Heatwave, etc etc.
- Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby? -- Louis Jordan
Who invented Rock 'n Roll? The proprietor's pioneering musicological investigations have deepened our knowledge here. When “resting” between acting gigs, he would compile cassettes of under-appreciated musicians -- old and new -- and distribute these to his buddies, under titles such as “Sam's Reprobate Music”. I was introduced to much good stuff this way, including the rollicking early R&B of the singer and alto saxophonist Louis Jordan -- forerunner of the Bill Haley school of Rock, if not Elvis.
- Trouble in Mind -- Miss Nina Simone
Simply, perfect. No-one has ever sung better and no-one has ever played the piano better than Nina Simone in this recording from the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival. Bask in it.
- The Lord's Prayer -- Mahalia Jackson
Two years before Nina, the photographer Bert Stern filmed his much loved documentary of the 1958 Newport Festival, Jazz on a Summer's Day. YouTube it for the outrageously cool Jimmy Giuffre and Bob Brookmeyer (major influences on Fat Freddy's Drop), for the simply outrageous Anita O'Day, et al, but perhaps finish as the Festival and the movie did, with the Sunday midnight set by the great gospel singer and her totally phenomenal rocking pianist.
- Night Train -- the Oscar Peterson Trio
Jazz has produced two piano virtuosi -- the Canadian Oscar Peterson, and the blind American Art Tatum (ok, Bill Evans could play a bit). Tatum is the creative genius here, but Peterson, is very, very good. Because he repeats himself, you only need one Peterson album, and Night Train is it, especially for its interplay between piano and the impeccable bassist Ray Brown. Try the tender and majestic Hymn to Freedom; try Honeydripper… try it all.
- I Heard It Through The Grapevine -- Marvin Gaye
All-time best pop/rock/R&B/Soul cut? This is my choice. You may differ. But we must agree that music -- popular music -- was the greatest achievement of the twentieth century, along with Keynesian economics, movies, and the perfection of the vintner's art, yes?
Call me crazy, but I would add the European Union as another great 20th Century achievement. For all its flaws, and they are legion. All you Eurosceptics -- we love ya, but you are wrong! Anyway, an impeccable songlist, and another round of applause, give it up please, for Prof Tim "Nimbelknuckles" Hazledine!
Can't argue with anything at all on the Prof's list , and would add that I have heard the man go even further with Night Train - to say that even if you only have one jazz record, then it might as well be this one. Yes, agreed. And while we are at it: Aretha's Dr. Feelgood ... it is instructive to hear an earlier version of this all time great soul song from the sublime Ms Franklin on Rare and Unreleased - Dr Feelgood, Love is a Serious Business. Somehow Taking Care of Business is even more ...graphic here. Or try "a real long long time" -- almost too much ...
Andrew Denton Broadcaster, Comedian, Producer
Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome back to the Dayglo Disco ... and PLEASE ensure you have your wristbands in order tonight: the bouncers are WAY vigilant tonight. But here we are, the night is young, you're all looking delightful in the new lighting. So what's to stop an all-nighter? What indeed. And tonight, all the way from Sydney... for many years now a DJ of impeccable credentials -- starting we think at Triple J or M -- somewhere up the far end of the dial. And then graduating to the telly and becoming Australia's premier interviewer on shows like Denton and of course Enough Rope. He's talked to everyone from the famous and grand -- Bill Clinton, Bono, Matt Damon, you name it, to the obscure and humble. Like the humble Prop of this humble vineyard. Take a look -- hundreds of first class interviews on You Tube...BUT not tonight -- that's for dancin', and look, there's Andrew on the way up to the stage right now. Wonder if you remember the earlier show where Denton insisted all musical guests were required to do their version on Stairway to Heaven, and then a later show where they would have to pick a random song, blind out of a barrel. Brilliant ideas and loadsa fun. The man has done masses of other stuff, as producer, sketch comedian -- so talented you could kill him. BUT, leave that for another time -- tonight it's Dayglo time, it's DJ time, and here he is -- wit, raconteur, wine enthusiast, husband of the marvellous Jennifer Byrne, and above all music lover... A big Dayglo riot if you please for the one and only ANDREW DENTON!
How on earth did the Romans ever build an empire -- or Bo Derek a career -- on a number as limiting as ten? So many darling children have had to be slaughtered so that these Brave And Transient Few may be brought before you. Apologies to Van Morrison, Billy Bragg, Lennon & McCartney, Prince, k d lang, Prodigy, Joe Cocker, Toots and The Maytals...oh the carnage goes on and on.
Here are ten songs, each of which I could put on repeat and listen to all day.
- Four Seasons in One Day - Crowded House
A lot of people have talent. Not many have a gift. Here, the most fertile sibling rivalry since the Marx Brothers comes to full flower. If intelligent life on the far side of the universe picked this up on their shortwave they would definitely come to check us out.
- Paradise Circus - Massive Attack
Massive Attack have consistently produced some of the most interesting music (and videos) of the last 20 years. There are many of their songs that could have sat on this list -- Protection, Better Things, Teardrop, Live With Me - but Paradise Circus, from Heligoland, gets the nod because Hope Sandoval's vocals are the nearest you can come to being vocally undressed. The slightly unsynchopated handclaps become mesmerising once you notice them. An astonishing clip can be found on Vimeo, with the song set around the reminiscences of ageing porn star Georgina Spelvin (Devil In Miss Jones). Here's a taste: “An orgasm is that point in time that can't be measured. A mystical instant that doesn't really exist in this dimension”
Excuse me, while I open some windows...
- Slip Slidin' Away - Paul Simon
The number of truly great lyricists in contemporary music is not large. The number who can put those lyrics to great music is pitifully small. Cue Paul Simon and a song which, when I first heard it as a teenager, struck me as sweet and hummable but not much else. It was only when I rediscovered it in my 40s that I realised I was hearing the breakout hit from the never released Sartre, The Musical. The verse: “I knew a father who had a son. He longed to tell him all the reasons for the things he'd done. He came a long way just to explain. Kissed his boy as he lay sleeping then he turned around and headed home again” cuts me to the quick every time.
- Sailing To Philadelphia - Mark Knopfler
When Arthur Miller died, the gist of the obits about him went like this: “Did two great things then, after that, it was all downhill”. I remember thinking ‘hey, how many people get to do one great thing, let alone two? Isn't that enough? In that spirit, I will make no mention of Money For Nothing and, instead, celebrate this beautiful piece of songwriting and storytelling, made transcendent by the perfectly matched voices of Knopfler and James Taylor.
- Summertime - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
There is a well somewhere - I know it - rarely and mysteriously accessed, from which comes our universal songbook. In the words of e e cummings “here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud”.
- Fix You - Coldplay
‘Stadium rock?,' I hear you mutter, your lip sexily curling into the beginnings of a sneer. Yes. Stadium rock. An Anthem, no less. And if you've been in a stadium when Coldplay fills the sky with Fix You, you'll know why. It's quite something to see 20,000 people completely united in a mass display of public introspection. I believe Mr Chris Martin may be another one with The Gift.
- I Want You Back - The Civil Wars
All I know about The Civil Wars is that -- wonderfully -- they cancelled their last US tour because they were fighting. I should know more but I prefer just to listen to this song over and over. As a non-musician, it continues to confound me that, just when everything must surely have been written, somebody pulls something as gorgeous as this out of thin air.
- Season Man - Tony Joe White
Recorded, I believe, in one take. Louisiana swamp anyone?
- Deeper Water - Paul Kelly
This song has an uncanny effect on me. It makes me want to burst into tears. Every time. I've tried to put my finger on it. It's not the mum dying of cancer, it's the image, I think, of the little boy being carried “up and over the waves” by the man. Something about it -- the whole cycle of Australian boyhood/ manhood -- speaks to me, even though I've always viewed beaches with great suspicion as places where Men With Real Pectorals go.
- (What's So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love And Understanding? - Elvis Costello
“She said she worked for the ABC news, It was as much of the alphabet as she knew how to use”. Not a bad lyricist either, Mr Costello, though this song actually comes from his Stiff Records stable mate, Nick Lowe. And I just love it. The ringing guitar, Elvis's overwrought vocals, the hippie lyrics that somehow hit a nerve in punk England. “Where are the strong and who are the trusted?” - still great questions at any politicians press conference.
Thanks Andrew -- perfect.
Now Ladies and Gents, shock announcement last month you may have picked up on: Denton is retiring from television. Now it can be revealed why -- and it's a no brainer when you think about it -- why he'd retire at the top of his game. It's always 'new challenges'. And in this case -- it's to be Resident DJ at the Dayglo. And ambition common to many young fellas. Welcome Andrew, and we know it's BIG step up, but you'll be fine...
Charlie Cox, Actor
Ladies and Gentlemen! Where have you been? It's been a belter of a summer here in the Dayglo, and we missed you! It's been groovier than The Rainbow, ravier than the Balearics, more dehydrated than Glastonbury, more rancid than A Big Day Out, more diva than Nell's...and where were you? Never mind you're back, the Dayglo is heaving, the bar is open, and please welcome if you will as tonight's DJ one of the most interesting actors around -- all the way from Blighty a man who was a pleasure to do business with (on The Ordained, and stand by folks, let us see if it gets through the gate to series with CBS); smart, urbane, impeccably mannered and extremely talented. You may know him best from Stardust or Downton Abbey (ep 1) or Moby Dick or heaps of other stuff. We know him best as the IRA fella in Boardwalk Empire (seasons 2 & 3) in which he was WAY WICKED! Anyway, enough from me, the screams are too loud for me to hear myself anyway...here he is, a big Dayglo hand, if you will...for the marvelous....MR CHARLIE COX!
I Thought I'd put together a list of slightly lesser known classics. I've had to resist listing a Dylan, pink Floyd or Justin Beiber (last one was a joke) but hoped it would be more interesting this way.
- Lawrence, KS - Josh Ritter
Through a strange set of circumstances I ended up becoming friends with Josh long after being a huge fan of his. I once heard him sing this one live with no microphone or amp. He just belted it out from the front of the stage. Made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. It was extraordinary.
- Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
There's a quality to Bill Withers voice that is so moving to me. Something very gravelly and resonant. He seems like a real "salt of the earth" musician. I heard that he was discovered whilst fitting toilet seats to Boeing 747's. no idea if its true but very cool if it is.
- Bulbs - Van Morrison
I see that a few people have chosen Sweet Thing already which would arguably have been my pick. So for a little variation I thought I'd submit this lesser known track from the album Veedon Fleece. Really gets me excited this song especially when the piano kicks in after 30 seconds! I kind of hate it when "old timers" say it, but when I hear this song I tend to agree... "They just don't make songs like this anymore"!!!!
- Within the Rose - Matthew and the Atlas
The vocal harmonies that these guys do are stunningly beautiful. They are still relatively unknown but are on iTunes and I think are gonna be a big success soon. It's not mine to tell but I met Matthew once who told me the story behind this one. Amazing to listen to knowing it ... sorry!
- Telegraph Road - Dire Straights
This one takes you on a whole life journey. It's 14 mins long so if you ever want to kill an hour just listen to it 4 times. I think if there was any band I could see in concert it would be these guys. Mark Knopfler on the guitar would be sensational.
- New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down - LCD Sound System
Just recently discovered this living in NY. Don't really know the band very well but absolutely love this track and its touching melancholia. There's also a great documentary about the lead singer who decided to quit it all one day whilst at the height of success. It's called "shut up and play the hits."
- Crucify Your Mind - Rodriquez
Talking about great documentaries. About a year after everyone else, I discovered Searching for Sugar Man needless to say it was unbelievable and I think I cried for the last 30 minutes. Two days later my girlfriend discovered he was playing so she surprised me with tickets. It felt like an historic experience.
- Something Good - Alt J
Another new favorite of mine. Don't really have anything to say about it other than express my concerns about "killing" this song for myself by overplaying it. I seem to really struggle to not put it on every time I turn my iPod on. Or their album for that matter.
- Gabriel's Obe - Ennio Morricone
Sound track to the film The Mission and a bit of classical to my list. I think this is probably one of the most moving pieces of music I have ever heard. Morricone, has elevated countless movies into a class above what they would have been without him. He's a maestro!
- Untitled - Interpol
I very rarely respond to modern music that have little or no lyrics. This is an exception. I have no idea why I love it so much. It has a very dark, dangerous quality to me. Even the title "untitled" is in tune with the feelings the song invokes in me.
Good work Charlie, and may we meet again very soon! A big three cheers, Ladies and Gents, one more time for...MR CHARLIE COX!!
Sarah-Kate Lynch, Novelist, Journalist
Ladies and Gentlemen! As our friend and colleague, Mr Bryan Brown might bellow in one of his more civilized moments.... A BIT OF BLOODY HUSH!!.
There -- that's better. Now tonight in the Dayglo we are delighted to welcome to the revolving stage (come to think of it, I don't remember it revolving yesterday - either Mary-Jane the caterer has been tampering with the desserts again, or Piotr the Polish carpenter has been more than usually creative overnight) -- no, welcome to the stage please an old Two Paddocks pal, writer and journalist Sarah-Kate, she of the arresting color-co-ordo ensembles (where would Mad Men be without cues from SKL?) and the lovely books; a ridiculously funny person, and living proof of how the Irish Diaspora has vastly enriched the world. And left Ireland the poorer for it. But that's another story...
In her own inimitable words...
Sarah-Kate Lynch is quite a cranky journalist of several decades who prefers making things up to recording them accurately. This is not very good if you are a journalist, which may explain (a) the crankiness and (b) why she now writes novels.
She also writes two columns in New Zealand Woman's Day, New Zealand's biggest selling magazine. One is about nothing and the other is about travel.
Sarah-Kate lives in a cliff top house on the wild west coast of New Zealand's North Island and is currently very glad she has not bothered to amass a fortune thereby saving herself the angst of having it halved.
She is also glad she lives on a cliff top because what with global warming and all, she could be underwater as well as poor.
As it is she lives very happily with a lovely dog called Ginger and a husband called Ted. Oh, hang on, no, that's not right. The dog is called Ted and the husband is Ginger.
You really should read her books - we have along with millions of others - Blessed Are The Cheesemakers, House of Daughters, By Bread Alone, Dolci di Love, Finding Tom Connor, etc.... A rainy arvo and one of these will see you right!
But not tonight it's time to get down ... and rock out with the funky, adorable, hilarious, remarkable ... the gorgeous ... SARAH-KATE LYNCH!!
- Do Rey Mi - Julie Andrews
My first musical memory is of sitting in the good room at home in Dunedin having a cup of tea and listening to The Sound of Music on the record player. I was four and in my happy place. I repeated this ritual most afternoons until I was forced to go to school. Decades later I had the hilarious pelvic-floor-clenching exercise of going to the official Sound of Music singalong at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's Leicester Square. I sat next to six gay bees from Brighton who'd come up by train for the express purpose of standing up and waving whenever they were mentioned. This happens in My Favourite Things. Twice. I was 44 and in my happy place. Since then whenever I need a little something like Maria, I watch the Belgian flashmob version of Do Rey Mi.
- We Belong Together - Ricky Lee Jones
First heartbreak. Still can't think of anything funny to say about it. But Ricky Lee got me through. And James Taylor helped. Thank God I didn't know about Patsy Kline then.
- Smooth Operator - Sade
Anyone who lived in Wellington in the ‘80s knows about Clare's. Anyone except my mother, that is, who still asks, “Who's Clare?”. It was a nightclub off Cuba Street, plain as a pyrex dish in the daytime but full of endless shady possibilities once night fell. I used to go there on my own after a late shift at Radio New Zealand and would always know someone, if not everyone. It was like Cheers, but with more hair product. One night the DJ played Smooth Operator and a snake-hipped man in a cream linen suit whisked a Sade-lookalike in a skin-tight red dress on to the floor and they moved together like they were made just for that song. It was brand new, not yet playing in every café, and it was a sight to behold.
- Kissing With Confidence - Will Power
Carly Simon has a voice like dark chocolate, my favourite kind, so it's not surprising that I fell in love with this song which she sings, uncredited, from the Dancing For Mental Health album. I was kissing someone with confidence myself at the time although I might not have been quite so confident had I known he was doing a lot more kissing than I was. Anyway, my flatmates hated this song so much I came home one night and found the cassette shoved down the waste disposal. Losers! Like that would work. It did, however, burn quite well.
- Freedom 90 - George Michael
The first time I heard this song was the last time I ate Kentucky Fried Chicken. I'm still trying to figure out the connection but in the meantime, I just love George Michael. I even flew from Auckland to London one year just to see him be the first musician to play live at the new Wembley Stadium. Worth every penny. I have a recurring dream where George picks me over Kylie Minogue to be his best friend although sometimes Steve Buscemi is there which is a bit weird. Freedom 90 makes me want to dance, an impulse I often give in to, while You Have Been Loved makes me want to cry. Ditto.
- Love Is Everything - KD Lang
I'll love KD Lang forever just for dedicating a song to Big Boned Gals. Who else is going to do that - Justin Beiber? I think not. KD is a goddess - I have so many favourites -- but the one I've been listening to most over the past couple of years is this from Hymns of the 49th Parallel. The combination of Jane Siberry's lyrics and KD Lang's heart-wrenching vocals undoes me every time. “So take a lesson from the strangeness you feel, and know you'll never be the same”? I defy anyone not to take that lesson who hasn't already learned it after listening to this 150 times, which you will want to do.
- Ghost - Indigo Girls
This is my hands-down all time favourite song for singing at the top of my lungs when I'm driving on my own. Place both hands on the steering wheel and when you hear “I feel it like a sickness how this love is killing me,” get ready so that when “I will walk into the fingers of your fire willingly” comes along your digits are spread out as straight as you can get them and you can dance the edge of sanity -- you've never been this close. In love with your ghost. Yes!
- Let It Will Be - Madonna
She had me at Holiday and I'll be there till she's locked up in the Las Vegas Eventide Home For Half-Dressed Pop Stars. I have a lot of Madonna on my iPod when I exercise because she's mean about fat people, which motivates me not to keep being one. This album had just come out when I went to Kenya a few years ago. We stayed with friends at Lake Naivasha and every morning I would get up and run down to the lake. As Let It Will Be played, I would pass a family of giraffes, two adults, two teenagers, and a baby. At the beginning of the week they ran when they saw me coming (a common approach) but by day six as Let It Will Be thundered in my ears, the giraffe family stayed put, just a few feet from where my own pounded the dust. It was a truly happy moment.
- Pictures of You - The Cure
Like any connoisseur of a decent red lipstick, I've long had a soft spot for The Cure but I near had a religious experience when I saw them play at the Vector arena in Auckland a few years ago. We were in the last row at the very back but this mattered not a jot and when Robert Smith started lamenting if only he'd known of the right words. I'm sure I had, but I couldn't remember ever having heard this song before. Now I can't imagine a world without it.
- Windows Are Rolled Down - Amos Lee
If you're ever at Woody's Bar in Golden, Colorado, you absolutely must have a muy fuerte margarita, possibly two, then get in the pick up truck, put this on the stereo, turn up the volume and drive to Red Rocks. It is THE perfect time-place-tequila-buzz cocktail.
A big Dayglo hand, if you please for one of the best Top 10s of all time!
And a rousing cheer for a great broad, a fine woman, a delightful person, and a charming friend - the one and only ... SARAH-KATE LYNCH!!
Cillian Murphy, Actor
Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome back to the Dayglo! Everything back in order, except for the retractable roof. Which won't actually retract, so some of you may see a little more of the weather than you might expect in an establishment of this calibre (half a star...Rolling Stone). So much for double glazing, eh?
Now I know we promised you some Performance Art tonight, but a bus strike saw to that. The burlesque dancers likewise are stuck somewhere south of Orpington. Feathers and all. Oh well, there's always Bob, as the Archangel Robert...
However! Tonight as DJ, by special arrangement with The Dail and the Islington Council, not only one of today's best actors as well as one of the hottest, but a man who knows his music. You know him best from 28 Days Later, Inception, The Dark Knight movies, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Breakfast on Pluto, etc. But Cork knows him from the short lived band The Sons of Mr Greengenes - a band that could have been the next Pink Floyd. If only they'd ... been better. But you and Cork will never forget him after you see The Peaky Blinders this year, on BBC 2 and elsewhere.
Should you miss it - well, we know where you live.
So here he is -- upstanding please -- a Corkman, a gentleman, a fine actor, a lovely fellow by universal consensus, an excellent collaborator, a friend and a scholar -- help him on stage please ... and a big Dayglo hand for the one and only...MR CILLIAN MURPHY!
- Rock & Roll - Velvet Underground
'Cos I think they managed to bottle rock n' roll in this. It has never failed to stir a little bit of rebellion in me every time I listen to it.
Even in my advancing years.
- Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney
So McCartney wrote and played everything on this on his first solo album (McCartney) after the Beatles break up. One of his rockier love songs which I much prefer. Amazing guitar solo too. Pretty much a perfect song.
- God - John Lennon
A nice counterpoint to Maybe I'm amazed. Also from his own first post Beatles album. The lyrics are exceptionally bold and brave, heartbreaking and hopeful. And the vocal is so raw. "God is a concept by which we measure our pain"
- Sugar - Stevie Wonder
For a pure burst of energy, sunshine and melody you can't go wrong with this Stevie tune from "Signed Sealed and Delivered". Again arranged produced and played by Stevie. Listen to the drums. Amazing.
- The Band - The Weight
Kind of predictable I guess. But I need to listen to this tune quite regularly just to remind me of the potential and purity of music.
- Sweet Thing - Van Morrison
One of the most romantic songs ever written in my opinion. The lyrics seem to transport you back to that feeling of first love/last love.... They are pure poetry. Astral Weeks is an album whose sound other musicians and producers have been trying to emulate for decades but have never succeeded.
- Hymn of the Big Wheel - Massive Attack
Potential funeral song this one! From amazing Blue lines album. Again it never gets old. And manages to ask that "what is it all about question" but make it original. Fantastic vocal by Horace Andy. Play it loud in the church....
- Someday - The Strokes
When I heard all the fuss about the Strokes I wasn't convinced but when I actually listened to "Is This It" back in 2002 I knew they were the real thing.
This is my favourite track, always makes me and everyone else dance when I play it. Energy, positivity, arrogance, youth....
- Man of the World - Fleetwood Mac
I've always loved early Fleetwood Mac before Peter Green left. I love his guitar playing and his voice. This is such a sad song. Honest and beautiful, with such gorgeous playing.
- Blues Run the Game - Jackson C. Frank
I first heard Laura Marling cover this in concert. It's one of those songs that once you hear it you want to listen to it over and over again. He only released one record and had quite a sad life but left beautiful music. Also check Simon and Garfunkel cover of this.
Thanks Cillian! Faultless, and an exemplum of good taste... A big hand again for tonight's Dayglo DJ...Mr Cillian Murphy!
Sam Neill, Actor, Vigneron
Songs You Can't Get Out of Your Head. In a Good Way.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Denizens of the Dayglo! Welcome back. And apologies that the dance floor is still under repair -- the combination of dry rot and termites proved overwhelming, and some nasty accidents were the result. Happily nothing fatal, so we move on. All claims are with our solicitors, the venerable old firm of Sue, Grabbit & Runne, late of Grey's Inn, now c/o a postbox somewhere in the Cayman Islands.
Instead, this week we invite you into the Dayglo Lounge. Pull up a La-Z-Boy, pour a glass of something you like, and treat yourself to some songs you will never forget. Songs you keep coming back to. And we don't mean something like My Way, heard as you wander into a Mall, where some prawn is playing the Richard Clayderman version on a white grand, and there you are with it running crazily around your brain for the rest of the day. Oh no, this is CLASS. Songs the Prop has been obsessing about, for very good reasons, and in no particular order. Promise, you won't regret it. As annoying waiters will insist -- ENJOY!
- Wilco - You Never Know
I love this band. This song as good an introduction as any to their great body of work. And a reminder that we don't hear enough piano these days. See them live if you can.
- P.J. Harvey with Thom York - This Mess We're In
Nothing I can say could convey how utterly cool this is.
- Beirut - East Harlem
I am hypnotized by Beirut, their strange atmospherics, their strange sense of both the familiar and the other-worldly. Sort of amazing.
- Ann Sofie Van Otter - Don't Talk (Put Your Head on my Shoulder)
It is almost a rule of thumb -- NEVER allow an opera singer near pop or rock. This is the GLORIOUS exception. A lovely singer treating a great Brian Wilson song with infinite tender respect, and with Elvis Costello's beautifully restrained production (witness the slivers of steel guitar, like ripples in a still pond), this is an ecstatically exquisite love song.
- Bon Iver - Towers
What to make of Bon Iver? An Indie oddity for sure, but once bitten... I think they are great.
- Eddie Vedder - More Than You Know
Eddie's strange vibrato meshing seamlessly with his humble ukulele, a lovely song full of tension and longing. Timeless.
- The Head and the Heart - Down in the Valley
I know nothing about these people, except they are from Portland. Or is it Seattle? No matter, I'm glad I found them.
- Radiohead - The Daily Mail
Are they the World's Greatest Band? Probably. This recent single sounds like it could be from The Bends or OK Computer. Which is no bad thing. A very good thing in fact.
- Jellyfish - Family Tree
A rather neglected but top drawer band from the 90's, but channeling the 70's here [The Cars et al), cascading harmonies, testosterone guitar and so on. Fantastic. And just a demo! Impeccable pop. That last minute -- wow.
(webmaster's note: sorry, the link for this song is blocked in the US for copyright protection.)
- Paolo Nutini - New Shoes
Paolo is, in spite of the name, is in fact a lad from Scotland. Uber talent. I defy you not to feel good with this one. Go on, have a bop around the Lounge.
- Rufus Wainwright - Jericho
I am Rufus' greatest fan bar none. He is quite astonishing. His last album is not his strongest (that'd still be Poses) but still has some great stuff, and this is my pick.
- Bob Dylan - Long and Wasted Years
How heartening to see someone so iconic for so long have a late career resurgence of such power. Dylan's last 3 or 4 albums are heroically grand. And here is another epic song from the last ; full of spleen, regrets and a life fully lived.
- Sparklehorse - Some Sweet Day
Sweet indeed, but utterly doomed. Unforgettable, but sadly no more.
- Teddy Thompson - Looking for a Girl
Like Rufus, of impeccable musical pedigree. And funny too. Hilarious song ; subversive if seen from a Nashville perspective.
- Derek Trucks - Down Don't Bother Me
Someone else with an interesting rock background. In addition, married to the excellent Susan Tedeschi. Currently easily my favourite guitarist, an extraordinary almost molten technique. Gritty soulful singer too. Love this track, and the whole album.
- Arcade Fire - My Body is a Cage
If you are one of those Arcade fire doubters, and I was one, this will turn you around. Simply magnificent. Massive.
- Audra Mae - Milk and Honey
Oh my God, how downright...sexy can a song get! Listen preferably, on I Tunes: not really sure about the solo live version on You Tube really. This is gorgeous.
- World Party - Put the Message in the Bottle
A very charming band I overlooked for too long.
- Living Sisters - Don't Let the Sun Go Down
Aaahh. Now close your eyes. And drift away to somewhere...better.
- Joy Zipper - Christmas Song
I have been obsessed by this song for, what, ten years now? I have no idea if it's completely vacuous or brilliant. Doesn't matter -- it's Love. See what I mean about those songs that won't leave your head?
OK, put the footrest up, headphones on and start again. And aren't you glad you did? What would we do without music?
Imogene Poots, Actor
Ladies and Gentlemen! Tonight someone you will be seeing and hearing much of in the future, Firstly, because she's awfully talented, secondly because she's tote fabbo, And thirdly, because she's in just about everything right now, and quite right too. In so much stuff, we are struggling to remember all of it, Let's see now … Well, there's the new film by the astounding Terence Malick -- Knight of Cups, Then there is the Soho film, about Paul Raymond, and a couple of rock n' roll movies … one about Jimi Hendrix, another about the Buckley Snr. - Greetings from Tim Buckley, And then there is A Long Way Down with Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, and a mere cough and a spit from the Prop as her Dad. And more.
Here she is, mucho applause por favor, a quiet riot, for the Simply Sublime, the Admirably Adorable, the Greatly Gorgeous -- Imogen Poots!
- This is the Day - The The
At this point in my life, probably my favourite song. Makes me think of walking along freeways in New Mexico with backpack full of water, in denim overalls feeling all silly and brave (and awesome).
- Temptation - New Order
Gives you electric bones and then you can dance electronically.
- I'm the Lover Man - Little Jerry Williams
Yes he was/is/will be.
- Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel - Townes Van Zandt
Townes is an extraordinary poet and has a voice that's simultaneously desperate and humble.
- Cemetery Gates - The Smiths
Wish I could have seen The Smiths play, RATS! Bought Queen is Dead when I was 17 and they were in my ears through last year of school, and ever since. Very special songs. First band I really obsessed over.
- First We Take Manhattan - Leonard Cohen
Jeez look at all this melancholy men I've got going on. Cohen is my hero.
- Start of Something - Voxtrot
Wonderful, upbeat, fall in love and stare at them from across the room. Voxtrot are terrific but where the hell have they gone?
- Bleeker Street - Simon and Garfunkel
I love New York, we're going steady and probably gonna get hitched soon, see you there.
- Heaven Tonight - Hole
Hole are unreal. Love's voice takes me back to my best friend and I and our weird adventures but then it stayed with me growing up. Adore them.
- Don't Think Twice It's Alright - Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons
One of my favourite Dylan songs covered. Big on my doo wop so best of two worlds.
- Swimming Song - Loudon Wainwright III
Brilliant brilliant brilliant. AND it's in the Squid and The Whale.
- Blood - The Middle East
Stunning song, I've always loved the delicacy and then it builds. Sit on your porch and pluck your strings.
- Georgia Ray - John Hiatt
Makes me wish I could go for some bourbon with John. He's quite something.
- A Long Forgotten Fairytale - The Magnetic Fields
Sad and funny. Sunny. what.
- Astronaut - Beach House
I adore Beach House, exquisite, this song specifically is like three different tracks overlapping it's beautiful.
Thanks Immie! Love ya! Big hand, all you lot, for the lovely Imogen Poots! You're the Best!
The Proprietor (III)
The Prop's Essential Beach Boys
Now that's odd -- the Dayglo is curiously empty tonight, just one or two punters who look like they've been here at least a couple of days. Sleep it off boys ...
Never mind, here he is, The Prop himself, with perhaps the least popular songlist ever, the world's least trendy DJ. It's no secret that he is a long standing Beach Boys fan. Seen as proof of some kind of retardation by his friends, nevertheless he sticks to his guns on this one and swears history will vindicate this long time obsession. Up he comes, giving what looks like the finger to all those aesthetes and know-it-alls who have always despised the Greatest American Pop Band ...EVER! Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Proprietor!
- Sail on Sailor
The first track off the astonishing album Holland. This was the record that catapulted me into a lifelong love affair with this great band. I heard it by accident, I think. The rather beautiful cover piqued my curiosity, so I put it on. This was at the nadir of their popularity, they were about the least cool band in the world at the time, and had yet to find their niche as All-American nostalgia blah blah Good Time Band. Holland was recorded in Europe, and from beginning to end is a masterpiece (except perhaps for some parts of California Saga, which has a hint of cheese on the nose. And Brian's very weird, but kinda sweet, drugged out kid's story Mt Vernon & Fairway on a bonus EP). I still think Holland is one of the greatest albums of all time. They were strongly augmented at the time by Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chaplin, and their song Leaving this Town is as good a BBs song as any. Trader is a curiosity -- post colonial politics... who would expect to find that from America's greatest ever pop band? And there is another glorious Dennis Wilson ecstatic hymn to love -- Only with You.
- Cuddle Up
So then I began to go backwards in the Beach Boys Catalogue, and what a wonderful way to go. The previous album Carl and the Passions -- So Tough seemed immediately to me another overlooked masterwork. In the troubled absence of Brian Wilson, his brother Carl (he of the sweetest of all the Beach Boys' voices) stepped up to the plate, and this album was very much driven by him. Brian did at least collaborate on a couple of excellent songs You Need a Mess of Help and He Come Down, but it is the work of other Beach Boys that so surprise here. Two songs from new B Bs -- Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chaplin (both South Africans), Hold On Dear Brother and Here She Comes areterrific and feel fresh, innovative but rootsy. But the quiet knockouts on this record are, from all people, Dennis, the raging party boy -- nobody writes or performs tender love songs like him: Cuddle Up.
- Surf's Up
Next album back may be the best of all, albeit patchy; Surf's Up. Carl emerges as hero here, and I love his strange, haunting and atmospheric Feel Flows and Long Promised Road. And I have an affection too for Bruce Johnston's Disney Girls, a weird bit of sugar candy nostalgia for a fictional America that really only existed on things like The Patty Page Show. But all hail Brian, who finally emerged from his sand pit to produce a suite of three extraordinary songs that complete the album - A Day in the Life of a Tree, Til I Die, and the best of all - Surf's Up. This is the song I often say is the best song of all time. It is really a mini symphony in three parts. Beautiful and apocalyptic.
Amazingly, all three of these brilliant albums were commercial flops.
- Add Some Music to Your Day
The previous record was a much more mixed affair, Sunflower -- the low points being two awful tracks by Bruce Johnston, and Mike Love's lyrics for an otherwise fantastic and strange song by Brian Cool Cool Water ("...cool water is such a gas" - please...). But there are some pleasures here nevertheless -- Dennis' throwaway rocker Got to Know the Woman and marvellous Slip on Through and Forever - Dennis overwhelmingly in love yet again. But the pick is probably Add Some Music -- not for the rather obvious lyrics (Mike?) but for its gorgeous cascading harmonies. Another commercial flop, natch.
- Good Vibrations
Smiley Smile is an odd thing indeed. Here be odd vestiges of the mythical lost album “Smile', largely destroyed by Brian in a dark dark moment - Wind Chimes, Vegetables, Fall Breaks into Winter, and so on. But really interesting for all that, and lovely moments -- Brian's largely accapella With Me Tonight for instance. And at the beginning of Side Two a song from a year or so back Good Vibrations, undoubtedly their best single, or anyone else's come to that. An amazing pop song, and one that absolutely defined my summer of that year. Even now it takes me straight to the beach at Kaiteriteri: bikinis, board shorts, beer, sun and another time altogether.
- Do It Again
Friends and 20/20 are normally lumped together now, and are very peculiar mix ups of all kinds of BBs bits and pieces, and certainly reflect a group somewhat lost -- without Brian. And this in large part explains why no one much was listening any more by the time they reached their zenith with Holland, Carl & the Passions, and Surf's Up. Still there are lovely things to be found amongst the rubble -- Be Still (Dennis) Meant for You (Mike and Brian) Our Prayer (Brian) and Al's reworking of Cotton Fields. But above all there is the timeless pop classic ‘ Do It Again ‘. Try NOT to dance to this. One of rock's greatest moments.
I am quite fond of yet another obscure and forgotten Beach Boys album Wild Honey. This was much more a rock album, and straight up fun. The title track for instance. There's a rip-snorter version of Stevie Wonder's “ I was Made to Love Her “. And then there is Darlin', a terrific pop song if ever there was one.
- In My Room
I know that Pet Sounds is supposed to be Brian's grand opus, and all that, and it's everyone's favourite album from The Beach Boys. It's not mine. I find it a bit overworked, overproduced, overdone. And while there are some good songs on here, they are usually better in later, stripped back versions. I once heard Carl sing God Only Knows with just Brian on piano, and it was lovely. Same with Caroline No -- the simpler the better. Anyway, I'm not choosing any of them, but a really early one, that I play on the uke. It's Brian in confessional mode, taking refuge from the appalling Murray Wilson.
- California Girls
Simply peerless. Much covered, much loved. And the best, and most incongruous, intro to any song ever. The Beatles must have loved this song too, otherwise there'd never have been Back in the USSR. This may be heresy, but I have always liked David Lee Roth's version. He added a wild hedonism that the Beach Boys never intended.
- Surfin' USA
Oh shit, I'd be weeping in hopeless nostalgia for past youth, if I wasn't frantically doing the frug all round the house like a demented teenager circa 1965...
Don't get me wrong, not every Beach Boys' song is great -- in fact Kokomo is one of the worse things I ever heard. But at their best, at their golden harmonizing vertiginous heights, they were sublime. And those albums...
Michael Sheen OBE, Actor
Ladies and Gentlemen!
Our apologies for the club being a little quiet this last little while. A few little hitches of recent times. For one thing, our resident DJ (DJDazza) slipped off to Ibiza for a week's sabbatical, and got stuck there -- no return ticket, the idiot. Then he got stuck in rehab for a few months -- the cretin. Then he got stuck in US Immigration for even longer -- the criminal. Truth to tell, we didn't really want him back; I mean what use is a deaf DJ with a weakness for The Seekers, for goodness sake? And the man is old enough to have dated Judith Durham, back in the day! But he's back alright, with even fewer teeth, and a new moniker. Seems there is another DJDazza, who works the clubs and weddings in Essex, and Daz had no desire to mix it up wiv the hard men of Essex. So from now on it's DJ2P...
But enough of us. Tonight we are incredibly pleased to welcome to the stage one of the world's finest actors, and a funny Welsh bloke to boot. We don't know what to say about him that hasn't been said already -- he surpasses all superlatives. The man has such grace and facility as an actor, and range too. More than anyone we can think of he disappears into a role, he subsumes the role, so much so that the actual people he plays become pale facsimiles of Sheen, in an odd way. Tony Blair more than anyone can only be seen now through the lens of Michael Sheen's performances (and rather more cruelly as the hilarious maniacal charlatan in y-fronts in Steve Bell's brilliant cartoons). Likewise David Frost. And Brian Clough -- how good was The Damned United? Anyway, the man has a huge movie career, he's very very good, his stage work is the stuff of legend (wish we'd seen his The Passion, a 72 hour piece that involved almost all of his home town of Port Talbot in South Wales), he has a very nice girlfriend, and we think he's the bee's knees. Look out for him next year in Masters of Sex, a drama series about Masters and Johnson, and Mariah Mundi, also featuring other Dayglo DJs Lena Heady, Aneurin Barnard and the Prop. And check out his song list -- he knows and loves his music!
Be upstanding, if you will for the utterly incredible, the outrageously talented, the simply superb...Mr MICHAEL SHEEN!!!
- O Superman - Laurie Anderson
This was one of the very first singles I bought as a kid. Makes me
proud that I was into such a bizarre song when I was about 12. It will
either annoy the heck out of you or blow your mind. I used to listen to
it over and over again. So eerie and haunting. Like a Murakami novel
set to music. Or something you can imagine David Lynch singing in the
shower. "Well you don't know me...but I know you." Aaargh!!!
- Song To The Siren - Tim Buckley
If I had to name my favourite song ever it would probably be this.
Written and sung here by Tim Buckley, whose son, Jeff, was also a
musical legend and who also died tragically early. I first heard this
song performed by a Northern Irish Elvis impersonator called The King.
It instantly reduced me to tears. I can't listen to that particular
version without crying from that day to this. It's helped me in a few
scenes where the tears are needed over the years. Its been recorded by
many people but I put Tim Buckley's version here as he was the creator
and it has an extraordinary quality to it.
- Pyramid Song - Radiohead
This is like a beautiful nightmare of a song. Like drowning -
..black-eyed angels swim with me.. Thom Yorke performing live is
quite something. Like an epileptic fit personified, electric and
passionate and tortured and thrilling.
- Blind Willie McTell - Bob Dylan
I first heard this song while filming in New Zealand. Bill Nighy, a
Dylan officianado, told me it was a Dylan song that sorted the men from
the boys, which was good enough for me. It's heartbreakingly beautiful
with a gut-wrenching drama to it.
- The Step And The Walk - The Duke Spirit
Ideally, in the living soundtrack to my life, this would play whenever
I walk down a street or enter a room. It is just very, very cool with a
kind of 60's vibe. It's a strutter.
- Night Owl - Gerry Rafferty
One night when I was about 13, my cousin Huw was left in charge of me
while my parents went out for the night. He was about 17 at the time
and therefore unbelievably cool. He introduced me to 3 things that
evening - Lord Of The Rings, Jeff Wayne's double album of War Of The
Worlds (on vinyl) and the album that this song comes from, NightOwl
by Gerry Rafferty. Thank you, Huw. His voice will, for me, forever be
associated with Frodo and his epic quest. Gerry died recently and a
memorial concert was performed in his honour in Glasgow. I was asked if
I would sing one of his songs which was a huge honour. It was happening
whilst I was doing my final performance of Hamlet on stage in London
and so I couldn't get there in time. I will always regret it.
- Design For Life - Manic Street Preachers
One of the proudest moments of my life was during the 72 hour non stop
live performance of The Passion that I did all over my hometown of
Port Talbot in 2011, when the curtain went back on the stage of the
working men's club where our version of the Last Supper took place, and
the Manics launched into a version of this epic song that they'd
specially re-written for the performance. I'm proud to call them
friends. They brought an integrity, a theatricality and a fierce
passion to the music scene when it was much needed. I also remember,
years earlier, driving across the Severn Bridge which connects Wales
and England as this song was playing on the radio. As my homeland
receded in my rearview mirror and James Dean Bradfield sang his heart
out over the airwaves, I thought I would never stop crying.
- Cantus In Memory Of Benjamin Britten - Arvo Part
Part is a composer that I've only recently come to appreciate. His
music can be quite difficult at times but mostly it has a beauty and a
power to it that can be breath-taking, like here in this piece written
for a fellow music-man. I tried to recreate the drama and the beauty of
this, with its bell-like tolling and sense of ritualistic propulsion,
on the final walk through the town on the Procession in The Passion.
- Sacrifice - Lisa Gerrard
When I was at drama school, I got introduced to a band called Dead Can
Dance, who created extraordinary music using old and exotic
instruments and drawing on myths and primal themes for their work. Lisa
Gerrard was one half of Dead Can Dance. After they broke up she went
on to write music that was used in a number of films, like Gladiator,
Whale Rider and Inside Man, to name a few. This is just
jaw-dropping. Her voice is unbelievable in its range and power and
emotion. She is like a force of nature with the kind of quality that
can only come from a combination of extraordinary technique and a total
belief and commitment to something ultimately unknowable but deeply
- Passion - Peter Gabriel
This is really just representing the entire album which this piece
comes from - Peter Gabriel's soundtrack to the Scorcese film Last
Temptation Of Christ. Gabriel gathered together musicians from all
over the world, representing an array of cultures and ethnicities,
(many of whom were, at the time, completely unknown to Western
listeners), and out of this historic collaboration created one of the
most inspiring and powerful records of all time. As a result of this
project he went on to set up the RealWorld label that would bring
World music to the fore as never before. Since I first heard it aged
about 14 I think, it has always inspired me and worked on my
imagination like no other album. If I need ideas for something I will
listen to this and it seems to open up my mind and my heart like
Michael...from all of us at HQ, thank you so much. THIS is what it's all about!
And apologies for using the above somewhat unflattering shot of your good self, but...it just made us laugh!
Vinnie Jones, Footballer, Actor
Ladies and Gentlemen! We regret to inform you that the Dayglo is off limits this week pending discussions with The Authorities who slapped various notices us this week -- certain safety issues relating to the disco dance floor, if you must know. We will keep you posted. In the meantime we sent the M.C. (the Prop), with time on his hands out on the road, in search of the next Top 10 contender. Didn't take him long to run down the living vivid legend ...Football Luminary, Hard Man, Really Nice Guy and Movie Star ... The one and only ... MR VINNIE JONES!!!
Vinnie Jones' Top 10 as told to the Prop on the set of The Tomb:
- She's in Love With a Rodeo Man - Johnny Russell
I would've been 8 or 9 years old. My Mum and Dad were big followers of Country and Western music. I'd put on the cassette when I was going to bed (we didn't have TV in the bedroom in them days,) and I was listening to it one night when I fell asleep. Woke up the next morning and I knew all the words. Amazing. To this day, 30 or 40 years later, I sing it to me Mum ; she'll say, “Go on Vinnie, sing Rodeo Cowboy.”
She remarried when I was 18, I gave her away, and I still sing it to her husband, 30 years on (laughs) -- “She won't go home with you, cowboy,” and he says, “We'll see about that.”
They're still together, very happy.
- Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
My Mum used to work in a hospital, and when we were on holidays, they had a sort of a recreation area for the kids. They had an old fashioned record player there, and only one record -- Hound Dog -- and we played it over and over again. That's when I fell in love with Elvis: I grew up thinking I was Elvis!
My wife loves Elvis, there isn't a film or a book on Elvis she hasn't read or seen. She's been to Graceland four times -- I've been only once.
- Green Onions - Booker T and the MGs
I had a job when I was 18 and I'd listen to all sorts -- Jan and Dean, The Beach Boys... Monotonous: mowing up and down the rows, keeping them straight -- and I'd listen to them on the headphones...yeah, the Walkman. Then I discovered, out of the blue, this song -- Green Onions -- and I played it for days. There's a great part in it ... they're playing their instruments, and they all go "Ayeah" - it made it, you know ... human for me. It's my "wait for moment" in the tune.
I was working in the day, and training (for football) in the evening. I turned pro after that. Two years later we won the FA CUP.
- The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff
There was a time, at the end of school, growing up, when you had to sort of label yourself to a ... fashion of music. There was Rude Boy (ska), Punk Rock, Skinheads or Soul Boy. And they all dressed accordingly. And I loved the reggae scene, and the nearest was ska, so, yeah -- Rude Boy. Bob Marley was a big influence on me then. And someone told me to go and see Jimmy Cliff's movie The Harder They Come: great. With music -- different songs can put you in different memories of your life... With Rude Boy -- it was a grown out crew cut, like a marine cut. They'd have a big old comb and literally shave you across, and very short at the sides. Like Elvis in the army.
And with that came my favourite bands of the time -- Madness and The Specials.
(Much later) Madness got me on stage in Monaco...i was doing all the dancing...
- Honky Tonk Woman - The Rolling Stones
Priceless moments -- we were at Elton John's, his party, at St Tropez -- all sorts there -- at my table Roger Moore, Shirley Bassey and so on....
Anyway much later, Elton had gone, and we sat by the pool. Ronnie Wood's a mate of mine, it's four in the morning, and he breaks off the neck of a Heineken bottle and starts playing bottleneck guitar. We sang Honky Tonk Woman. Richard E. Grant was doing laps in the pool.
Elton and I have a connection -- I played schoolboy football for Watford F.C.. He was Chairman at Watford F.C.
- Wild Rover - The Dubliners
Ireland had qualified for the World Cup in 1990, and it got into the press that my grandmother was born in Ireland. The Manager for Ireland got in touch and said get your paperwork in order, you might make it into the squad. So we went to Dublin, but the Births and Deaths office had been burnt down in 1914, so we had no proof. But while we were there, this song meant a lot . Love it.
In 1994, the next World Cup, we found my other grandparents were from Wales, so I played for them... but we didn't qualify.
- I Don't Like Mondays - The Boomtown Rats
At the time in England the easiest job was labouring -- and we had a thing called The Monday Club -- we wouldn't go to work on Mondays because we were so hung over from Friday, Saturday and Sunday...and we'd go to the pub. The hair of the dog. And we'd play this song all the time in the pub.
My only with connection with Geldof is -- a couple of years ago a soap star wrote her book, and the three famous people she'd slept with were Geldof, my mate Frankie Vettori and me. This was before I was married, thank Christ.
- Charisma - Charisma
When I played for Wimbledon we were known affectionately as The Crazy Gang; we had a huge ghetto blaster -- we'd blast it out in the dressing room for home, and away games too. There was this song -- high beats, we'd blast it out, get us pumped up for the match. We used to go to the Hippodrome, that was the scene then. We were there one night, a Tuesday night, and a friend of mine got a number off a girl at the bar...a very good looking girl I might add. Fifteen minutes later, the barman leant over and said the girl might have a little more in her pants than we thought. It was Tranny Night -- and we didn't know. This song reminds me of that moment.
Webmaster's note: we can't find this song on the web. If anyone know it, let us know -- firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Puppy Love - The Osmonds
I did The Royal Command Performance, six weeks rehearsal, me dancing away -- the Queen just up there in her box -- I did McCavity's Cat. I was sharing a dressing room with Stephen Fry and Rowen Atkinson, Elton John's was upstairs. And afterwards Andrew Lloyd Webber invites us back to his house, an afterparty. Things are flowing, a few glasses of wine, and there's Donny Osmond on the piano. So I wander over and I say, "Oy. How about a bit of that Puppy Love for my Missus, it's her favourite." And I get Andrew Lloyd Webber on the piano, and me and Donny sang it for me wife. Much applause. Then later a record executive who was there calls me. He says, "What music do you like?" I said, "What do you mean?" He says, "Well, what are you listening in the car?" Anyway, that lead to me doing my own album. It's called Respect, because its all songs by the artists I love the best -- Ray Charles, the Stones etc. I did the album, 14 tracks, toured England in 4 days, all sold out, and the highlight was going on Top of the Pops. The album went to #12.
- Mack the Knife - Frank Sinatra
I've been singing this a long time, and it's become my karaoke song. I'm a big Sinatra fan, love many of his songs. I sing it very well -- after a few glasses of wine -- and I then roll into Dean Martin's Little Ol' Wine Drinker Me. My favourite red is Chateau Margaux -- an old friend of mine runs a benefit dinner for his amateur football club, and I make appearances for him. Because I won't take money for it, he used to buy me cases of Margaux. I'd give it away like Vitamin Water. I've had to give it away though, too many punch ups -- it's a chemical reaction with me. I only drink champagne now, keeps the weight off too. Lot of blokes I played with have these big beer bellies now. I don't want that.
- Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin
Number 10 has to be I'll be Sailing , the reason is it's me and my son's song. First sang it in the King's Head in Santa Monica on his 18th birthday. Very special.
And so, as they say, Sam ... It's been emotional.
(here Vinny shows the Prop his tattoo of his immortal line, written in gothic letters)
You know, they did a survey in England -- that is their second favourite line ever after Michael Caine's, "You was only supposed to blow the doors off." And since here we are on the set of The Tomb, don't forget that the world's number one line...is Arny's "I'll be back."
And with that, Vinny is off. It's been a Privilege, Vinnie!
PS. For a bit of a laugh, (the Prop laughs like a hyena every time) try googling Vinnie Jones/Paul Gascoigne images -- for a shot of Vinnie applying the heat to Gazza some time ago.
Aneurin Barnard, Actor
Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome back to the Dayglo, and tonight we are pleased to announce the all-you-can-eat buffet is as fresh as you like -- the Health Dept threw out last week's -- so tuck in. In addition, Dave, our short order cook, did a runner to Marbella, so we won't be having a repeat of the prawn disaster of last month, with any luck, enough said. So! Tonight our DJ is a startling new talent -- oy, we'll have none of that screaming from you girls down the front thank you very much -- an arresting new talent from Wales, that fount of incredible actors, a man you'll be seeing a great deal more of in the years to come, a lovely fellow to boot as well as a fantastic thesp...someone the Prop loved working with on Mariah Mundi (out in a cinema near to you some time next year we assume) ...we thought he was fantastic in We'll Take Manhattan, playing the young David Bailey (bringing to mind not entirely coincidentally the young David Hemmings in Blow Up) ...he took London by storm in Spring Awakening, and drove most of the female population of Britain wild in Hunky Dory ... and so on. Here he is, flown directly First Class on Two Paddocks Virtual Airways (even if your seat doesn't work, there's complimentary champagne all the way: it's not exactly free, but we always say something nice about you when we pour!), all the way from the Valleys, a man who can actually sing, and sing beautifully -- well he's Welsh, he would, wouldn't he? - an excellent new bona fide star from Britain, a cracking bloke ... bring him up to the stage, the completely charming, the ridiculously handsome, the outrageously gifted ...MR....ANEURIN BARNARD!!!
Ok so here we have the list of 10 songs that I have picked. There were soooo many that I would have loved to have put on this list.t
Such as :
Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Kings of Leon, Gotye, Incubus, Tempar Trap, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, Scott Matthews, Jeff Buckley, Stevie Wonder, Mumford and Sons, Elbow, various soundtracks to movies... And so many more
But had to draw the line somewhere, so here are the ones that I have chosen.
- A Day In The Life - The Beatles
I am a huge Beatles fan so took great difficulty in trying to figure out from many which Beatles song was one of my favourites. I have chosen this song because I think it's them writing musically and lyrically to their most talented standard... There are many ot their songs that do this .. But for me when I hear this song it always make me marvel at their talent!
- Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
Basically every time my grandmother has had too many glasses of vodka and orange juice, she ends up singing this song to me. This song is very close to my grandmothers heart (and now mine) as it was her and my grandfathers song. So it always reminds me of the love they had for one another and how two people can live their lives together, and always through thick and thin and find complete happiness, joy and excitement within one another! Simply Beautiful.
- A Thousand Trees - The Stereophonics
Now then...i picked this song as when I was a kid/teenager, I use to go to a boys and girls club. Which was kinda like a youth centre where you could go play indoor football, play pool, snooker, darts and several other games. And always Stereophonics where playing on the tape player every time I was there. So when I hear this song it takes me straight back to this youth club deep within the welsh Valley where I grew up!
- Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Again a band that I love all their songs so was near impossible to pick one from many that I loved by them! But this one seems right, as it was basically played through my teenage years with me and most of my friends.
- Telstar - The Tornados
This may seem like an odd choice, but I shall explain. When I was a kid my father had an organ and old Lesley speaker in my living room at home. So now and then on the weekends my father would jam out a few tunes on it.. including Telstar. At this point I did not know that this song was written to evoke the dawn of space age, complete with sound effects that were meant to sound "space-like". As this song was named after the AT&T Communications satellite Telstar which was launched into Orbit in July 1962. But after all that rambling, I simply was amazed by listening to my father create this amazing sound from the mahogany table like instrument!
- Suburbs - Arcade Fire
This band to me is one of the greatest modern sounding bands, who have merged old sounds with new to the most incredible musical stature! All their albums and songs are unique and faultless. I picked this song as I can listen to it at any time of the day or night, any kind of mood - happy or sad -and really enjoy it! Also I heard it life and it was a momentous moment of live music at its best!
- The Seaside - The Kooks
This song reminds me of when I was just finishing A-levels, upper school, college and whatever else you may call it, as I used to listen to this song whilst driving to the beach after picking up an ex girlfriend or friends to go chill in the sun!
- Home - The Foo Fighters
Whilst I'm away filming most of the time, and now I live in London , my family home is still in Wales where I grew up, and so are most of my family. So this song, no matter where I am, makes me think of them and home and instantly makes me home sick, resulting in me in that split second, picking up my phone and calling my mother, father and sister to tell them I'm missing them and thinking of them no matter where I may be!
- Who Wants to Live Forever - Queen
Haa! Again I have to explain this choice. I loved and still do love the classic 80's movies. This song was the theme tune for the movie Highlander. I remember that movie as a kid so vividly and then onto Willow, Dark Crystal, The Labyrinth, Neverending Story and others of that era. So this song pays homage not just to Queen and the late very great Freddie Mercury, but also all those classic 80's genres movies!
Now finally I have a song that has a story to it that only came back to me whilst trying to figure out this list...
- Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles
Now then. I am a massive fan of Ray Charles and his music. But the first time I ever heard of him was when I was on my primary school bus and the conductor on the bus started singing it at me. The conductor was a man called Tommy The Sing. Tommy was well known in the valley where I'm from as he was the lead vocalist male voice choir, Ogmore Male Voice Chior. Tommy had a stutter when he spoke, but had a terrific powerful clear dinging voice. So Tommy would sing this song to me most days on my school journey whilst talking about his stomach ulcer tablets. But out of all this I was introduced to the wonder artist that is Ray Charles.
So there you have it, I have given you my top ten songs for vast reasons. It was a memorable experience, and a lot of fun to do!
Many thanks Ni, and thanks for all the fun on Mariah too, my man. We all love your Top 10 here at HQ. Ladies and Gentlemen, give it up BIGTIME, for our friend and top DJ, the marvellous ... MR ANEURIN BARNARD!
Toa Fraser, Director and Playwright
Ladies and Gentlemen! And Eurotrash. Welcome to the Dayglo Disco, your very own doofdoof -- free club, where Cristal spraying is positively verboten, and if you think we might play The Gypsy Kings' My Way - THINK AGAIN! And ... oh oh, that's the Eurofolk gone -- so, it's just us then. Happily the aircon is back, the suds will be on about 5 am, and in the meantime - tonight's very special DJ is nearly here, a man possibly from Mt. Raskol, but flown direct courtesy of Two Paddocks Virtual Air (first class, where only those with dangerous allergies are served the peanuts, Fairtrade of course), one of New Zealand's finest literary talents, and latterly a major contributor to our National Cinema. A man who has pushed the Prop firmly out of his comfort zone not once, but actually twice: once to play the Rev. Dean Spanley in the eponymous film about 3 years ago (a man of the cloth with a vaguely canine dimension), and then to appear LIVE for the first time in 30 years on the actual stage in Bare last year in aid of Christchurch (playing a part written by Toa as a drunken female dog lover). A man we rate very highly indeed, a sharp observer, an excellent companion, an insightful director, a graceful writer, and look, why don't we get out of his way, here he is coming up on stage, and with more useful things to say in five minutes than we could muster in a month, a man who would love Two Paddocks, the libation, if only he wasn't actually tea-total -- and big ups for that my friend! - the writer and director of one of our very favourite films -- No. 2 -- make absolutely sure you see this movie -- a lovely fellow indeed -- here he is the one and only ... Mr TOA FRASER!
Kim Dotcom said, “When wine, women and song become too much for you, give up singing.” They did all get too much for me, back in 2008, and one of them had to go. But for me -- startling place, really, to announce this, chez-TP - it was the booze. I was in a hole and as the British winter closed in on the South Downs, I sang my way out of there, blasting these jams across the fields.
They say a frog in a well cannot conceive of the ocean. These songs got me to the shore.
- You Do Something To Me - Paul Weller
I saw a picture of a younger Paul Weller on the roof of the Hyatt on Sunset Boulevard. I'd had my own experience (read: nadir) of that joint a couple of years prior, and the picture spoke to me. This is an entry level singalong for my voice, and always feels good to hit, “Hangin' on a wire/Said I'm waiting for the change…”
“I'm hoping to get close to a peace I cannot find.” A great, great song.
- Wild Horses - Alicia Keys, featuring Adam Levine
One of the great love songs, and Alicia Keys's version makes my heart feel nice. Yeah, it was given to me by a girl.
It is also one of the few songs I can play on the ukulele, and drove The Prop crazy between shots on Dean Spanley (“Will somebody please tune that ukulele!” he shouted, from one of the stately rooms of Peckover House). Strikes me, he is the man to ask: was it written for Marianne Faithful, or not?
- All Things Must Pass - George Harrison
Bit more challenging for my vocal chords, I remember singing this at full voice coming out of the Tube station at Leicester Square, before the Dean Spanley UK premiere. For me, when I can sing this in the same key as George H., I know I've been working out my vocal chords.
He was my Mum's favourite Beatle and now he's inspiring to me. “A mind can blow those clouds away… It's not always gonna be this grey.” I think about this song just about everyday. All things must pass. Big or small, happy or sad, things come, things go.
- All I Need - Jay-Z
One of the few songs I know all the lyrics to by heart.
“Now understands we can't be stopped/From blowin' Swisher Sweets outta candy drops/Like we underground kings, ridin' dirty/This n___ been focused since I said hi to 30 (what up?)”
With this song I got my swagger back.
- Forever Young - Bob Dylan
I sang this, knees knocking, at my girlfriend's (she of Wild Horses romance) thirtieth, with my old mate Steve Tofa (formerly of The Mercenaries). Another song with an exultant leap into the chorus. Steve and I used to hang out in his garage in Glen Innes when we were teenagers and I would watch in awe and envy as he played along to Hendrix and Mozart. He reckons this is one of the greatest songs of all time. The other is:
- A Change Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
First heard this in that beautiful sequence in Spike Lee's Malcolm X, where Denzel glides along the street, on the way to the Audubon Ballroom, and to his death. Feels wrong not to mention Bathe in the River on this list, Don McGlashan's beautiful song he wrote for No. 2; but that ain't no singalong for me. Can't do it justice. But I always think of Don and Hollie Smith and that wonderful experience when I'm walking along a country lane late at night, singing to the trees: “I was born by the river/In a little tent/And just like the river I've been running/Ever since.”
Far be it for me to say, but Steve Tofa says this is the greatest song of all time.
- It Makes No Difference - The Band
First experienced Rick Danko's performance The Last Waltz when I was on a plane. Sometimes things you see on the plane hit you harder. He was a striking young man, and it is more striking to see clips of him in later life, swollen and sad. I can't be alone in thinking the lyrics are kind of naff: “Those old love letters/I just can't keep/'Cause like the gambler says/Read ‘em and weep…” but that's the point isn't it? Kind of naïve, vulnerable, open. Shit, all these guys are dead! Danko, Harrison, Levon Helm… I was born in the wrong era.
- My Weakness Is None of Your Business - Embrace
These guys aren't dead. This was an anthem for me back in about 2000, in a FTW kinda way. I don't see like that any more, and the song -- pretty ambiguous, I think -- has softened for me. Interestingly enough, has similar chords to It Makes No Difference. Two of the few songs I can play on the guitar. Haven't had the chance to torment The Prop with my axe skills yet. Saving that for when we make our Western.
- I Believe in You - Cat Power
No stranger to survival anthems herself, Cat Power was on high, high rotate for me for a while. I love her covers album Jukebox. This song, from that album, has got an awesome intro that screams to be used in a movie. It's another Dylan song, of course. I didn't grow up with Dylan but I guess he comes to us all in the end, and for me he's worked his magic across my airwaves over the last few years -- through the brilliant Todd Haynes film I'm Not There (Cat Power has a cover of Stuck Inside of Mobile on that soundtrack), the Scorsese documentary, to the Theme Time Radio Hour series that found its way into my hands somehow. NZ music maestro John Gibson may or may not have been involved.
- Show Yourself - Tim Finn
(webmaster's note: this is not on YouTube, so we linked to Amazon where you can get a taste of it)
Finally, another NZ maestro. Tim wrote this song when he and I were working on a musical. The show didn't go on, but the song made it to his album Imaginary Kingdom. Steve Tofa performed a ripping guitar solo on one of the early incarnations. This was one of the staples of my self-selected survival playlist at the end of 2008, and I'm grateful to Tim for that.
Tim and I went to the same school, Sacred Heart College, and the song has almost the avuncular wise-counsel quality you'd hope for from a boy who's a few years ahead of you, who you look up to:
“It's so easy to lose it/And so hard to get it back again/So you better had use it/I say this as a friend.”
“Show Yourself/That you're all that you thought you could be.”
Thank you Toa! IMMACULATE!
Now as a footnote, speaking of Toa and music -- we had a little Two Paddocks party in Auckland last year -- with music galore, including Eddie Rayner, Che Fu, Tim Finn, Don McGlashan, Suzanne Lynch and Mike Chunn -- a line up of iconic New Zealand musicians in other words. Toa and his then heavily pregnant partner, the wonderful Miriama McDowell, were there. The excitement must have been a little much -- instead of going home, they went straight to hospital, and their daughter was born that very night (see above, the littlest one). Another top result for Two Paddocks.
Thanks Toa, and may we collaborate on many more, mon ami.
Lena Headey, Actor
Ladies and Gentlemen! A respectful hush if you please. Please! Welcome back to the Dayglo and another Bacchanalian Bacchanal, another night of song and...oh sod it, you know why you're here. However may we take this opportunity to apologize momentarily for the heat in here -- not only has Andrzej the Polish Plumber stuffed the air-con, but our special guest has single-handedly raised the mean temperature on the Dayglo floor by a good 20 degrees. It's the way she wears that dress.
Yes punters and puntees, all the way from Hollywood California, and before that, London England, it's the talented and utterly gorgeous Lena Headey! All you Game of Thrones fans...yes it's your actual Lena, right here in the Dayglo -- but we'll have none of that pogo dancing here thanks. Or are you Man City fans? We're confused... Anyway, you know her best, other than that, from The Brothers Grimm, 300, The Terminator on the telly, and heaps of other stuff...but we know her best when working with the Prop three times -- The Jungle Book, Merlin and the upcoming Mariah Mundi -- The Midas Box. And you'll be seeing a lot more of her in the upcoming Dredd. She's always brilliant, always funny, and we are very fond of her here at TPHQ.
And here she is with her Top 10. Actually, looking at the list, we see she has gotten out of control, and chosen more than the allotted 10...Oh Lord, where is the discipline these days? I'm afraid it's 10 or nothing, young lady!
Bring her up to the stage, let her pass you mongrels, here she is -- a vision of loveliness, our old friend and all round good egg, the simply ravishing ... give it up for ... LENA HEADEY!!
- Make You Feel My Love - Adele
When I was pregnant with my son, now two, I played this and I wept. The depth of the lyrics equaled the love I felt for someone I'd never met. Someone I knew who was about to change my entire being. He did and it's wonderful.
- Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti
I was stuck in a funny little shack in southern Ireland with a new baby, doing a new job. Things were a wee bit stressful. I would put Wylie in the baby bjorn and dance around to this song. It's impossible not to grin.
- Case Of You - Joni Mitchell
Mackenzie sang this on his guitar in a hotel room in Prague. (Yes, that sounds dodgy. It wasn't.) I've loved this song ever since. Saw Joni and Dylan in Toronto. What a night. My sweet friend Larissa sings it whenever we drink a wee bit too much.
- Mexico - James Taylor
I did a TV show way back when. We shot in new Zealand and on our days off we would drive around, park at the beach and swim and lay on the warm sand, we'd leave the car doors open and let James Taylor sing to us.
- Only if for a Night - Florence and the Machine
This just makes me tingle and inhabit a different world. The whole album is just genius. Beautiful beautiful. I saw her at Coachella recently. She is otherworldly. I grinned and jumped and swayed and was unearthly bound for a few hours.
- Fools Gold - Stone Roses
Anthem of my northern teen years. Just fantastic. Used to bunk off school and go to Manchester to look for Ian brown and Sean Ryder. Never found em.
- Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones
A well spent Misspent youth ( musical education) The only indie club in my area. Underage and too much fun. They played this track at the end of the night. A Sweaty and collective band of northern teens on a journey of discovery.
- The Piano - Michael Nyman
Beautiful. Touches my very soul. Not JUST cause you're in it Sam.
- BMFA - Martha Wainwright
Just a fantastic angry song. It's been my companion on a journey of the heart filled with disappointment. Good to play loud if you've had a shitty day.
- Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk - Rufus Wainwright.
I was talking to a dad who was saying how upset he was that his son was born to ENYA! It was on the playlist at the hospital. Brilliantly Wylie did not come into this world to Enya, but to Rufus and the celebratory song of indulgence.
Oh dear, here she is, sliding up to the MC (me) batting the eyelids, asking for more ... Oh well, just ‘cause it's Lena, and she IS a honey ...we reluctantly permit the following addendum:
- Ain't No Mountain - Tammy Tyrell and Marvin Gaye
Song for my son. Ne'r a truer lyric sung.
- Spooky Little Boy - Dusty Springfield
Great tune. Kooky in every a sense. Evokes feelings of adventure.. A sense of freedom. Gallivanting around a city at sunset.
- Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
Got to have a boss track. This is my absolute fave. Faded floral dresses.. Warm beer .. Dusty open roads.. (think freedom may be a theme here)
- The Whores Hustle And The Hustlers Whore - PJ Harvey
Need I say more.
- Blue Ridge Mountains - Fleet Foxes
Again. Freedom. Driving. Smiling. Contentment.
- Come Closer - Miles Kane
New discovery. My pal introduced me on a drive recently. Love this. And he's a northerner. Of course.
- Hounds of Love - Futureheads
Kate Bush is the true queen here. BUT there is something undeniably addictive about this version. The heart thumping oh oh oh's guarantee some jumping around.
This is a bad precedent, can't help but feel ... but, look, just this once, and it IS Lena ...Thanks, Darl!
Roger Donaldson, film director
Ladies and Gentlemen! Tonight, exclusively at the Dayglo, an Old Friend and Old Bodgie (and we say exclusively with confidence since no other club will allow him back, not after the last time), a man we've known since 1977, since the fateful day when the Prop received a letter out of the blue from Hong Kong (yes, a letter, remember them?) from two strangers, Roger D and Ian Mune, offering him a part, the lead in a FEATURE FILM! Blow me down with a feather! Now this was freaky; no one had made a proper movie in New Zealand for 15 years (the late great John O'Shea)...this was so far off the radar as to look like a hoax, or something similar. But it turned out to be a real thing, and a few weeks later the Prop was trying to work out how to act in ... well ... a motion picture. (Still working on that.) And make it we did. Sleeping Dogs -- perhaps not the greatest film in the history of cinema, but a milestone for all that -- one that kick started a film culture if not an industry, as such, in New Zealand. And, of much lesser significance, meant a modest start for the modest screen career of the Prop, such as it is (enduring thanks Rog). And, in a round about way, lead to the existence of our distinguished wine label -- Two Paddocks.
Roger and the Prop have stayed firm friends over the years, and indeed planted their first vineyards side by side in 1993. Their initial idea was to form a small company together (hence Two Paddocks) - this evolved into two companies -- Two Paddocks (the Prop's), and Roger's Sleeping Dogs. And if you have never tried our neighbours' Sleeping Dogs Pinot, we urge you to do so as soon as possible.
Of course, there is a great deal more to Roger's career than that; he was only just beginning, and a raft of Hollywood films followed. Our favourites here at Movie Nights at the Dayglo (every second Monday, dress according to movie theme of course, unless it's zombie night) are No Way Out, The World's Fastest Indian, The Bank Job, Cocktail (for Bryan Brown), The Bounty (for the stories) and Smash Palace. He has become one of the very best, and one of the most successful of today's Hollywood directors.
And look, there he is now, coming up on stage with, of course, one of the World's Great Women, Marliese D, and NO to all of you fools who thought that was Bill Clinton coming in the room -- GET REAL! Here he is, annoyingly eternally youthful, irritatingly talented, charming and urbane, a good cook, a good mate, an unflagging father (we lost count a while back), an Aussy come Kiwi come Los Angeleno, a legend and a lout. A big Dayglo roar (go on make as much noise as you want -- we flout the by-laws here) for our friend, our colleague, our mentor and our ally -- the great ... MR ROGER DONALDSON!!
First, get yourself a SONOS system or subscribe to Pandora and Rhapsody. I'm sure there are others, but you can literally enter any artist and find their music. It's changed the way I listen to music at home.
Here it is, in no particular order:
- River -- Herbie Hancock (From the album River: The Jonie Letters)
All tracks, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be River (Track #4) with Corinne Bailey Rae. The original from the 60s by Jonie Mitchell is brilliant, too, but you tell me which is best. This leads me to:
- Woodstock - Jonie Mitchell.
I have always loved this and used it in one of my first films, Start Again.
- Adagio for Strings - Samuel Barber
Just 'cause I like it. Very emotional
- Moon River -- Jerry Butler version.
This was my dad's favorite song. Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini wrote the song originally for the film Breakfast at Tiffany's (It happened to the win Best Original Song Oscar®)
- Masters of War - The Roots
If the Roots come to town, go see them live.
- All Along the Watch Tower - Jimmy Hendricks
- Love Interruption - Jack White
From the debut album by Jack White from an album due out in April called Blunderbuss
- You Are My Sunshine -- Bryan Ferry
Album -- Another Time, Another Place. I used to fantasize as an eight year old that I could play the guitar and play this to the girl on the other side of the classroom.
- One Love -- Playing for Change -- Song Around the World
- Nights in White Satin -- Bettye LaVette
Bloody great! This whole album is great. The British Rock Songbook.
And for a bonus collection.
Beatrix Potter -- Nursery Rhyme (Book and CD)
If you have young kids and you enjoy a family singalong in the car to keep everyone from going crazy then this collection of very professionally produced songs is for you.
Thanks Rog. High five. Aww you missed, you prawn.
As a side note, one thing that's always fascinated me is the depth of the cast in
The Bounty ... check out all the leading men -- rowing longboats and drinking kava - Anthony Hopkins, Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson, Dan Day Lewis, Laurence Olivier, Edward Fox, Bernard Hill, Wi Kuki Ka, Phil Davis, John Sessions, Neil Morrissey, et al. Now shove them on a tropical island together, and see what happens. Fascinating. Get Roger to tell the tales, if you can.
|And a footnote: Here is a shot of the Prop being directed by Roger. Looks like he wants to finish it all then and there... Happy days.
Thanks again Rog, and a big Dayglo hand for... Mr ROGER DONALDSON!
Jenny Morris, musician
Ladies and Gentlemen! I give you fair warning, and I'm only going to say this once ... the next idiot who wolf whistles is out on his ear, and banned for a fortnight! Yes, I know it's Jenny Morris, well I would wouldn't I -- jeez, I book the acts for goodness sake ... and yes I know she's the sexiest damn thing we've ever had on the Dayglo stage, but any more of that crude carry on, you louts down the front, and I'm bringing out the yellow card! We won't have it!
Here she is, Ladies and Gents. You've asked for her, and at huge expense, and an even greater effort, we've flown her in on Two Paddocks Virtual Airways First Class (where everything is complimentary, except the lifejackets -- negotiate at the escape hatch, please). She's one of Australasia's greatest ever Chanteuses, a rock legend, an all-class, all-sass, all-singing and geetar playin' sensation. And we love her here at the Dayglo for being a great NZer as well as a great Australian (Order of Australia, Brava that girl!), a model citizen, a tireless worker for charity. We play and love her stuff all the time here (the Prop's particular favourites are Tears, Break in the Weather, Gonna Get Hurt, She Has to be Loved, You I Know, and the Paul Kelly song Street of Love) ... But more than all of that she's a great pal, generous, funny, good company, and she's lovely. Give it up please, big time for a National Treasure, the one and only, the gorgeous ... JENNY MORRIS!!
The top 10 could change on any given day but as of today, in no particular order ...
- Rusty Cage - Johnny Cash
Sophia Loren said that sex appeal has nothing to do with age. I agree. Listening to Johnny Cash sing you know if you've got it, age means nothing. This was originally a Soundgarden song which Johnny has smeared Johnny all over. (Looks like Tom Petty on guitar in the video too.)
- Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You - Colin Hay
I've always loved Colin's voice. When you see him live (especially solo) you realise what a beautiful musician he is and what an amazing showman. In fact, Men At Work showed the least of his talents. This song was on the sound track of a favourite movie, Garden State.
- Oh Darlin' - The Beatles.
It makes me funny in the crutch whenever it gets to ‘…when you told me, you didn't neeeed me anymore….' (mind you, so does looking down from a great height make me funny in the crutch.)
This is the song I always refer the ‘Paul's a wimp and John's the cool one' mob to, to show them how wrong they are.
- I Feel Better - Gotye
Wally (Gotye) is one of the best singers of this generation in my humble opinion. He writes a mean song and is a total original while using lots of samples. I love the uplifting feel of this song. He has a world number one Somebody That I Used To Know so I guess I'm not alone in the fan club. I recommend the whole album Making Mirrors. It's a ripper! The videos are amazing although this song doesn't have one but check out Somebody That I Used To Know and Eye's Wide Open
- Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
All right, I admit, I want to be Dusty when I grow up. I also would have happily turned for her. She's one of the few singers to hit the big note without making you hold your breath. That smoky voiced, passion filled, soulful woman was a total original.
- Message of Love - Pretenders
The slow vibrato, the poetic lyrics, the leather and ruffles, the power chords…what a woman. I identify with the passionate delivery she gives all of her songs. I Go To Sleep is one of my favourite songs ever. The only time I ever met Chrissy was at the Royal Albert Hall after an INXS gig where she spent quite a long time drawing bat genitalia on a napkin.
- Lujon - Henri Mancini
Lush, sensuous, French. The strings, the muted trumpet, the sax, the classical guitar…. It's heady, it's the 60's, it's hot, it's cool.
- Way Of The World - Max Q
Max Q was a recording project done by Michael Hutchence and Ollie Olsen in 1988. I wish the rest of the world had heard it before they made up their minds about Michael being just a drug addled, hedonistic, source of interest. The Michael I knew was fiercely intelligent, funny, caring, loyal and probably most surprising, politically involved. This is Michael let off the INXS chain and exploring on his own. It's amongst my favourites of his catalogue of music.
- Downtown Train - Tom Waits
I love music that makes us feel like we're not voyeurs but part of the story. Tom speaks to ME (It's all about ME) and no one else. I'm in his dark and broody world having light shed on the way things are. It's a little bit scary, a little bit edgy. I'm getting an education here.
- Tell Me What You Want - Pyjama Club
Saving the best for last. Neil and Sharon Finn don't finish dinner and put feet up and watch telly. They go and record an album. We all know how much Neil has contributed to the world of music but its his choice of collaborators that is most interesting. Sharon is my new favourite bass player (although if she ever reads this she'll get totally up herself so mums the word) . I used to think Tina Weymouth was the chick bass player of the century but she's not a patch on Shazza I'm afraid. Funky, solid, tasteful AND she plays Paul M's bass of choice, a HOFFNER!
Thanks Jenny, an unbelievably great set.
And here is a little bonus (please don't sue) ... here she is, the Goddess herself, singing at Bryan Brown and the Prop's birthday bash, where she oh so generously coordinated the music. As always, Jenny rocked the house. The Earth Moved! (4.25 MB, MP3)
Love ya Jen!
Oy! Down the front! I heard that! SECURITY!
Simon Morris, broadcaster and musician
Ladies and Gentlemen! Quiet please. QUIET! Good, that's better. Wouldn't want to send any of you to see Mr. Turner after school now, would we?
Welcome back to the Dayglo Disco, ravers! Sorry we've been closed for a couple of weeks -- some Russian oligarch took a block booking for that time, and then failed to show -- another lesson hard won -- the Dayglo first and foremost is The People's Disco, and that's the way we like it! So, good to see you, friends and neighbours, ne'er-do-wells and ratbags! Good to see most of you have a bevvy or two at hand, and what could be a better foot-facilitator than a large glass of TP Pinot?
Speaking of friends, here's a very old friend (as in not very old, but as in long standing). Since 1970, to be precise. First spotted Simon whipping a Vietnam demo outside the Wellington Town Hall into what passes for a frenzy In NZ (ie. one or two tapping feet and nodding heads) belting out Street Fighting Man, while thrashing what was probably a vintage Strat. Needless to say, the last thing any of us wanted was to be actually fighting on any streets, but this was riveting stuff nonetheless.
Okay, we know the Dayglo is no place for biography, but bear with us for a moment -- This is Simon Bloody Morris we're talking about here! Our favourite show-off guitarist! Our favourite film reviewer! (overlook for a minute that there is no record of his ever giving the Prop a favourable review) Our favourite raconteur! Our favourite irrverent broadcaster (big ups to Simon & Phil O'Brien for turning the National Programme on its head and making the Dog Days of summer bearable with the sublime and hideous Matinee Idle). Our favourite student of obscure musical facts! [ ‘ He gives trivia depth! ‘ John Clarke ]. Here he is, sprightly, courtly, curmudgeonly, wildly enthusiastic, outrageously funny, perpetually amused; he knows more about music than NASA knows about space, and we knew he'd make a killer Dayglo DJ. Look at him making his way to the decks: a credit to the airways and an adornment to his country....Give it up please for Mr Rock n Roll himself....Mr Simon Morris!
It's been fascinating looking at your friends and relations' take on the Greatest Pieces of Music Ever Constructed by a Genius, and while I agree with many of them, I won't be doing that. Fact is, most of the usual Kosmik Klassiks have been ruined forever by Solid Gold radio stations and their bloody high rotate policy. While I yield to no-one in my respect for Good Vibrations, Like A Rolling Stone, Strawberry Fields Forever and Heartbreak Hotel, frankly if I never hear them again for at least five years that'll be all right by me. And the same goes for bloody Bohemian Rhapsody and Stairway to Heaven. Sod off the lot of you!
So my Top Ten, in absolutely no order, are simply songs that whenever I hear them I turn the radio up and send any dissenters out of the room. I'll try to give reasons, if any, as I go.
- Hello Dad I'm in Jail - Was Not Was
Heard it first when I was working on Radio With Pictures and thought it was hilarious. “Hi Dad, I'm in jail… I like it here, it's nice… say hello to Mom -- from -- JAIL!... (and the cruellest cut) Happy birthday Dad from jail…” Oddly when Alec turned about 14 the song ceased to be remotely funny.
- Cuddle Up - Beach Boys
You share my love of the BB's, I know (I remember we cleared a room once discussing the finer points of Dennis Wilson's voice…) Dennis it is here, turning the whole room to tear-stained mush before he's finished. But the backing vocals are the point -- from the much maligned Mike Love holding down the bottom end, to Carl and Al pirouetting in the middle and Brian hauled out of the sandpit to look after the tops. Sheer genius.
- I'll Be Back - Beatles
Not sure why this one, but I'm certain it's the one, partly because no radio station (apart from ours) ever plays it, and partly because it's John Lennon before he became a genius, and much the better for it. Paul, as usual shadows John most of the way through, but ace in the hole (again as usual) is George, who conjures up the weirdest, rightest riff at the start, and sings a sitar-like single note behind the harmonies. This a good year before he'd ever heard of a sitar. Ringo's in there too. Hello Ringo...
- Tunnels - Arcade Fire
The Matinee Idle sufferers are aware of my obsession with Canada's finest a year or so back, but the song that did it for me was this one -- and it has to be the live YouTube version, directed by Terry Gilliam. Just about all the Arcades swap instruments (the drummer plays lead guitar), everyone sings it and you'll notice the third or fourth hearing that the reason you keep turning the volume up is that Tunnels speeds up slowly and inexorably all through. Culminating in a fake snowstorm. Go Gilliam!
- I Can Hear the Grass Grow - The Move
The only Move worth listening to is the original 5-piece, and they all get a brief go on their second single. Roy wrote it, and sings “Can't seem to puzzle out the sound…”. Carl sings a lot of it, and spends the rest of the time pouting at the camera. Ace shows him how it should be done (“Get a hold of yourself now baby…”) and Trevor bangs rhythm guitar and sings the weird falsetto backing vocal. And last and by far the lowest, Bev hammers the drums and sings the one bass vocal line (“I see rainbows in the evening”) Pint of lager psychedelia…
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Jeff Beck
Only Flash Jeff would end a tumultuous rawk-n-roll concert in Japan with this. Most rock bands would finish with a rock and roll medley, or even a spirited rendition of “Hi ho silver lining”. But The Greatest Guitarist in the World ™ sends half the band home and plays Judy Garland's signature tune COMPLETELY IN HARMONICS. He touches the note, and if it isn't the right one he uses his whammy bar to yank it INTO the right one. This is almost impossible in the studio with copious drop ins. On stage, in front of a sweaty Japanese rock crowd, it's FLIPPIN' IMPOSSIBLE.
- Wise Up - Aimee Mann
I bought this album about two years before I saw the film Magnolia from whence it came. And even not lipsynched by William H Macy, Phillip Symour Hoffman, Jason Robards Junior and Tom No Middle Name Cruise, Wise up was absolutely stunning. If you can listen to this and at the end not want to be a better person…. Well, you deserve to go back and listen to Hello Dad I'm in Jail…
- Say I Won't Be There - Springfields
Unarguably the most contentious one, but I love it for the final bridge. The Springfields were, I suppose, cheese personified, but they had two things going for them. The first of course was Doosty…And the second was Tom Springfield's vocal arrangements. No-one else sounded like the Springfields -- no matter how hard the Seekers tried. And no-one sang “I don't want a new lover, I just want a true lover” like the blonde beehive queen.
- You Really Got Me - The Kinks
The first and the best - completely accidental, I gather, on everyone's part. Ray never beat his first song, Dave never recaptured that 16-year-old hysteria in the opening riff and the ridiculous solo. Best two noises on it are (1) the first snare-drum thwack, courtesy of session drummer Bobby Graham, and (2) that cling-cling-cling piano bit by Perry Ford, who wasn't actually a pianist. He just happened to be there. Than which there's no better description of this number. It wasn't the First Hard Rock Number, or the Birth of Heavy Metal. It was itself, all on its own.
- Evangeline - Emmylou Harris (and Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton)
Before they were Trio, they just showed up on each other's sessions and asked if they could help. The original, sung by Emmylou and the late great Levon Helm was masterful, but this version is the business. Emmylou sings it, then in comes Linda underneath, and finally Dolly puts the icing on the top in the chorus. Those voices make Evangeline the best story Robbie Robertson ever wrote.
When we say Simon is our favourite show off guitarist, here's proof - Simon lifting the roof off in a completely unauthorised recording at the Prop's and Bryan Brown's birthday bash, tearing up Gimme Some Lovin(5.42 MB, MP3)(please don't sue us...anyone). Simon was amazing. As always.
Mammal -- one of the great bands. And who remembers Tamburlaine -- we do -- there is a younger Simon seemingly about to plunge to a severe injury on one of those dodgy old NZ verandahs.
Great Top 10, my man! A big Dayglo hand please once again for the inimitable, fantastic Simon Morris!
Emeritus Professor Dr. Michael Neill
Ladies and Gentlemen! Quiet please! Thank you, thank you. Now, a word of advice, which may come a little late ... but, too bad. Right, so here’s the thing – if you want to get an early education in, and appreciation of, good cool music, get an Older Brother. Like this one. Ideally about five years older than yourself, and one that’s kind enough to let you listen to his stuff. So, flash back, if you will , to sleepy obscure Macandrew Bay, Dunedin in the 50s and 60s, a half timbered house on Howard St – still then unsealed and dusty - and upstairs - two boys, in short trousers, still a bit British/Irish , fairly shy... and here’s the older one, easily the cleverest – the one I would catch the train with when off to our respective grim boarding schools, and later the same bloke off to Otago University in Mum’s Fiat 500, and there, while no one actually says so, he becomes, in hindsight, something akin to a beatnik. Yes, a duffle coat, pipe, bongo drums...and I can’t be entirely sure, but I seem to remember an actual beret. Maybe it was a black sombrero. Details aside, the important thing here is, we have adjoining rooms. So, when small, he would usually deign to talk to me as we drifted off to sleep, play with his Dinky toys and even (the single most kind thing he ever did for me) read me Treasure Island, complete with blood curdling pirate voices etc. And on his Pye radiogram, he’d play all this cool music. Elvis, Bill Haley and the Comets, The Lord Invader, The Mighty Sparrow. And then later cooler stuff still – Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee, Mingus, Miles, Cannonball Adderley... some of it a bit challenging when you are 12, but when you have an Older Brother, you take their word for things, and wisely so, because they are usually right. This was the real deal – then as now. Stuff that took you right through that comfortably tiled roof above you, away from the green empty windswept Otago Peninsula to another world altogether, an imagined cosmopolitan world, full of saints and sinners, and women with hips, and smoky clubs and woah... now the Brother has girlfriends, and he’s acting in plays ; man this looks cool ... And then suddenly all too soon, he’s off to Cambridge University, and we never live together again ... And so then it’s time for me to find my own growing up, and my own music and... And quickly it’s The Kinks, and The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and, Good Lord this is GOOD...and I wonder if The Older Brother is also listening to this over there among those dreaming spires? Will we ever know?
Dayglo dancers! All these years later, here he is ... one of the world’s greatest authorities on Shakespeare, Jacobean Theatre, modern African literature, and lots of other things above and beyond thickies like you and me. To this day an enthusiast and student of great music. The finest of fellows, and the best of brothers ... a big big hand for ... MICHAEL NEILL!
[Webmaster's note: Apologies for the quality of some of these links. For the more obscure songs there weren't many choices on You Tube.]
- Fine and Mellow - Billie Holiday
The definitive version is from Billie’s last session with Lester Young. The two had been on no-speaks for some years; Billie was in a losing battle with heroin and Young had become an ailing recluse. At the end of the session they left the stage by opposite doors. But in the course of this song something extraordinary happened between them.
- The Lass of Aughrim - Frank Patterson
Patterson is normally the sort of Irish tenor who gives both Ireland and tenors a bad name; but his version of James Joyce’s favourite ballad makes you understand the inevitability of his casting in John Houston’s film of The Dead.
- The Mountain - Abdullah Ibrahim
I once heard Ibrahim play this with Carlos Ward in a sublime concert at the Piazza Annuniciata in Florence – the nearest thing I’ve had to a religious experience, I suppose.
- The Great Speckled Bird - Marion Williams
Williams was surely the greatest of all gospel singers, and here she manages to make one of the weirder pieces of Old Testament prophetic rhetoric seem transcendentally significant.
- Happy Mama - Hugh Masekela
Masekela’s celebration of the triumphant end of the anti-apartheid struggle, which is also a lament for all its martyrdoms.
- Pirate Jenny - Nina Simone
Only Nina could transform Brecht into a prophet of Black Power.
- The Foggy Dew - Odetta
Strangely enough, the most moving version of this paean to Easter 1916 is by a black American folk-singer
- If I Should Fall Behind - Bruce Springsteen
The song I’d like to sing to my wife, if only I could sing.
- Closing Time - Leonard Cohen
A song for our times – unfortunately.
- Evening Hymn - Purcell
One to go out on.
Wish I could have included Bob Marely's No Woman, No Cry on my list -- the song that filled the cells at Ak Central Police Station after the Bastion Point arrests; and just about everything from The Harder they Come -- one of the great political films of all time. Ten is not enough!!
Actually, here is a vivid memory, a transitional moment, a matter of days before the Brother leaves for Cambridge. We are in the sitting room, the only ones home: Michael is typing and a study of concentration. I have a new record, just out that day – the Beatles second LP - "With the Beatles." I very much want him to hear this, I put it on Dad’s big Murphy Stereogram: "Michael, you gotta listen to this, you gotta, please, listen, you gotta." It’s John Lennon screaming "Money" ... it's fantastic. I look over, hopeful ... maybe, just this once, please once, the Brother will actually like a record of mine? He must like it surely, it’s bluesy. It’s R & B . It finishes. Silence. He doesn’t look up. And then, very quietly, he mutters "Yep. Not bad." YES! YES! Its a small concession. Very small. But it's something!
Roger Hall CNZM QSO, playwright
R E S P E C T! And a bit of hush, if you please, The raffle has been drawn – this week’s meat tray, as always, was won by Bryan Brown of Balmain, On ya Bryan! And Toni Collette won the Limbo competition for March – big hand for Toni! How LOW can you GO!
So now it’s time for the rare glimpse of culture we occasionally afford you here in the Dayglo -- culcher to you Rossco -- tonight, all the way from Takapuna, New Zealand’s most successful playwright, the urbane, the dry, the droll, the determinedly un-doolally, he is to NZ what Alan Ayckbourn is to England, Neil Simon to America, Chekov to Yalta. Look at him cutting the rug down there on the Dayglo floor: ballroom specialist, compulsive cyclist and ocean swimmer, with the figure to prove it - that man can shake some ass, his best known plays you’ve seen many times -Glide Time, Middle Aged Spread, The Share Club, After the Crash, Gliding On etc. There’s masses of them -- indeed looking around the room, it’s clear at least half of you have BEEN in a Roger Hall play,..he is a pillar to NZ Theatre, a brick to his friends, a menace at charades, a patron to The Starving Artists of NuZild .. we rate him and value him more than we can say,..a man who has invaluably contributed not only to the life and times we live in, he has in large part defined those times ... give it up please for the Mild Man of New Zealand Culcher ... our very own ... the wonderful ... MR ROGER HALL!
- The Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Look, think yourself lucky it’s not The Laughing Policeman or Captain Beaky. The Teddy Bears’ Picnic is a damn good song that’s hard not to sing along to. Which is why it’s on the list.
For the last six years (and now into the seventh) I have written a pantomime for Circa Theatre. And each year I have asked, pleased, cajoled that there be a sing a long in it. It’s a traditional part of panto. But each year this gets turned down. Oh sure, there is the catchy Pantomime Whirl that is sung each year, and while the audience is certainly familiar with it, and can sing bits of it, it’s not the same as stopping the show (in the old days this was done to give the stage crew time to set up the glittering finale set) and the whole audience singing with gusto.
I’ll get an audience singing it in one of my shows before I die. Or maybe not. Perhaps it’ll have to be played at my funeral.
- Joyce The Librarian - Peter Skellern (webmaster's note: linked version sung by Liz Ryan)
Peter sang this for me at the concert I arranged for my 70th birthday. Some of the funniest, wittiest lyrics ever written, with a brilliant punch line. Catchy tune, too.
Peter has now written a great selection of songs for our new show, You Can Always Hand them Back (Advt.)
- Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett
The only concert I was ever prepared to book for knowing I wouldn’t get a seat was for Jimmy Buffet., last year in Auckland. But Jimmy B fell off the stage in Sydney and never made it.
In 1983, I had a semester as writer in residence in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I was slightly familiar with Jimmy B, less so with margaritas. We were given one by way of welcome. Mmm, OK. But with the second one my eyes went wide as saucers, and whilst there it became my drink of choice along with Dos Equis beer.
Listen to a Jimmy Buffet concert live and you’ll know why I was prepared to stand for the man. Think Clive James in a Hawaian shirt.
- Boogie With M’Baby - John Williamson
Oh how I wish he came to NZ more often. This guy we did get to. (With a seat). What a performer. This song is soooo funny. Williamson’s comic timing is brilliant. Listen to the audience beside themselves with glee.
- The Dixie Flyer - Randy Newman
Love all his stuff. This is supreme. Historical savage nostalgia.
- We’ll Sing in the Sunshine - Gale Garnett
Pure nostalgia. One-hit wonder for Kiwi-born Gale Garnett. I was about to go to VIC full-time (instead of part time combined with T Coll), I had moved into a flat in Kelburn, and it was the hit of that summer, a summer of love, freedom, discovery (Dvorak’s Cello Concerto among other things), and, yes, sunshine. We'll sing in the sunshine warbled Gale. Then I'll be on my way. Indeed, she was.
- Jump (For My Love)- Pointer Sisters
The Otago Nuggets Basketball team used to play this before each match. The wonderful musical crescendo gave one a euphoria that quickly disappeared once the game began. In that era, the Nuggets’ slogan was opposite that of Tip Top ice cream: the Nuggets were “Always licked, always beaten”. (Didn’t stop the crowds coming, though.)
- Fields of Gold - Sting
Went to this concert. (Mission. Booked a seat, of course.) A great show, the guy performed for about three hours, gave it his all. I’d heard the Eva Cassidy version, and hadn’t realised it was written by Sting. Triffic.
- Fire and Rain - James Taylor
Wonderful sad, moving chorus. Even better, the man now has less hair than I have.
- Beanfields - Penguin Café Orchestra
Wikipedia describes their music thus: The Penguin's sound is not easily categorized, but has elements of exuberant folk music and a minimalist aesthetic. Beanfields has a slow, gentle start, but then “exuberant” is definitely the word.
Roger, a pleasure as always, tasteful ,bordering on the erotic, Let’s give him a BIG hand, a DJ non pareil, as well as enormous gratitude for all the years of great work, He’s back on the floor, the ladies are marshalling again, there he goes, that damned sex symbol for an entire generation, shaking the Hall bootie ... goooaarrr ... go easy girls .. give it up, please for the incomparable .. MR ROGER HALL!
Jonny Coyne, actor
Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you ready to rock? You what? I said are you READY...?
Terry, turn up this bloody PA, the punters won’t shut up. Good, thanks mate, yeah better. LET ME HEAR YOU – ARE YOU READY TO ROCCCKKK??? Oh, geeze, sorry Mrs Guthrie, are those your eardrums that appear to be, well, bleeding? Terry, you prat...yes, your fault...
Ladies and Gents, my apologies, and let me introduce, right here on the Dayglo stage, the most loved actor from that landmark series Alcatraz, our very own Mr Jonny Coyne! Stand up Jonny! Oh you already are, sorry old boy... Here he is, shorter than some actors, but taller than others ... all the way from a part of Norf Landon that we’ve never heard of, and have no intention of ever visiting ... Jonny is at the same time both British and a good Greek boy. He has had a long and distinguished career in the Theatre, and has the vowels to prove it, and has done masses of good work on the telly (Sharpes War, The Bill et al) and various movies (Irina Palme, Lara Croft Tomb Thingy etc.)- look at his damned IMDb page because he wants you to...and so on. Which should put to rest once and for all, those unkind rumours that Jonny was somehow responsible for the eventual collapse of the Greek economy, and potentially Europe’s as well. Look it’s just too easy to pin all the bad stuff that’s going down on Jonny – really he’s only to blame for some of it. And his absolute excellence in Alcatraz as the dastardly Warden James should, in some measure, make up for it. Here he is, one hell of a fine actor, one very available single man (ladies, no rush please), a man of considerable wit and dubious personal habits, good company and bad news...here he is, Cyprus’ answer to Brad Pitt ... Give it up, if you please, for the immaculate, the hip, the hop, the rockin’... a big hand for groooveee ... Mr JONNY COYNE!
Here they are. A lifetime spent buying albums that I only played once has convinced me that I am just not Rock 'n' Roll. Thank god for the iPod and the current trend towards "guilty pleasures." It might just make me seem cool. Not eclectic, just confused.
- Theme from Department S - Cyril Stapleton
Probably the best TV theme tune ever for the worst possible show! The screaming string section evokes an excitement that the series never got close to. And check out Jason Kings outfits. Best dressed man on TV for years!!! Ouch.
Theme from Thunderbirds - Barry Gray
I wanted to be Scott Tracy. Imagine a little boy (Lets call him Renos) sitting up on Saturday morning to the 'Supermarionation' of Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds, enthralled at the technology that he knew one day would be possible. Play this anytime and you will be happy for the whole day. I often put it on after a few hours on a long drive and I am good to go.
- Cucurrucucu Paloma - Caetano Veloso
I defy anyone to not shed a little tear at the sheer beauty of his voice! This version only however, though there have been many. But interpretation is everything. This version by Luis Miguel is horrible but very entertaining.
- The Habanera
You lucky, lucky girl. You get to dance the Habanera with me. Deeply personal this one. Ina was a puddle by the end of it and every subsequent dance of this tune. Sorry, can't find the right version.
- Oblivion - Astor Piazzola's masterpiece
Guaranteed to make you fall in love with your partner, even if it's only for the three minutes duration of the tune. It's what we old Tangueros believe happens with each dance. Sad bunch. PS. All versions work!
Harvest Moon - Neil Young.
It just makes me happy.
- I Saw the Light - Tod Rudgrens
I have played this song more than any other in the history of me! I don't know what hold it has over me but I have never tired of it. It is, unfortunately, as rock and roll as I get.
The Nutcracker, Waltz of the Flowers - Peter Tchaikovsky
It does have "box set classics" written all over it, but, again, it makes me happy. It's also an attempt at making me seem sophisticated.
- Hungarian Dance 5 - Johanes Brahms.
Particularly this version. Exciting, funny and thoroughly satisfying.
- The theme from Il Postino - Luis Enríquez
And yet I have never seen the film! I promise that by the time this is posted, I will see it and re-write.
Thank you Jonny for a splendid guest DJ spot, and come back to the Dayglo any time mate. Oh wait, you’re here most nights of the week anyway. Word of advice – if you bump into Jonny on the floor, feel free to compliment him on that tailor made, hand detailed, fits-like-a-glove, cashmere suit! He will love you for it. And I can tell you what it cost...
Anyway, we love him in jail, we love him at Two Paddocks, we love him everywhere ... the old nutbag. Big cheers for a very good friend -- the one and only MR JONNY COYNE!
Benedict Cumberbatch, Actor
Today, not just one of the world's finest actors, but hands down the actor with not only the most difficult name, but simultaneously the most distinguished name ... Mr Benedict Cumberbatch! (And here we hasten to add that Benedict is absolutely not to be confused with those somewhat lesser actors Burnybun Crumblybatch, Binder-twine Cummerbund or Bendydick Lumbercrutch.) No, it's Benedict himself ... we are delighted he's here as our Special Guest DJ, not only because he is an avid music fan, but also because (and this is a first we believe for Dayglo DJs), he can actually dance! Gather round, yokels and other denizens of the Deep South, and see how it's done -- all the way from the dives of Soho and the South Bank, here he is to show us the latest dance craze from the North (and here thanks to The Hobbit and Peter Jackson) ... Mr Betterfit Clumsypants!
As for his acting ... well you know him best for ... well, just about everything ... because he's in just about everything! We've just been watching him in the wonderful Sherlock -- big ups, bro -- next thing you know he's in JJ Abrams new Star Trek, Spielberg's War Horse, Tinker Tailor, having been great in Atonement, Creation, and Amazing Grace, and so on.
We got to know him in South Africa on To the Ends of the Earth (BBC), just after he'd astonished us all as Stephen Hawking in Hawking ...but look, he doesn't need any more spruiking from us here in the Dayglo, his career has more momentum than a runaway train. And he, like us, is here to do the boogie-woogie. Here he is, the best of fellows, a miraculous actor, and an excellent friend ... applause to the max please for the great ... Mr BENEFIT BLUNDERBUS!
This list changes depending on the weather, my tummy, the company I'm keeping, the time of day... But it has been a pleasure to do the soul searching and memory lane trips. So here goes the ten from Ben, an over-privileged white kid!
- Sweet Thing - Van Morrison, From the Astral Weeks album
Though Liam Neeson I agree anyone of the tracks of this album deserve inclusion, they all swing have soul and the poetics of the Jazztastic vocal stylings of the man when he could and can and did. But the landscape of sound and lyrics of Sweet Thing and the bitter sweet story of a man unable to give up his love of a woman...
It's perfection. As a teenager discovering it I yearned for the life experiences that could inspire such music and as a thirty-something I have to hold back the tears as old wounds are made raw again. But what a self indulgent and heavily perfumed way to grieve. Beautiful. For all who have loved and lost.
- I Am the Resurrection and Fools Gold - Stone Roses
Yes I know, but they stand side by side on the album and are inseparably brilliant. I went to Manchester university partly on an insane surge of nostalgia from when I discovered these mischievous mancs and their Madchester ways! God bless the Happy Mondays and Joy Divison and all the other Tony Wilson 'Factory' recorded bands.
- You Can't Always Get What You Want - Rolling Stones
First heard this in my over privileged youth at Harrow. And as posh boarding schools go you can pretty much do or get anything you want out of an experience like that. However adolescence and being without girls or the freedoms of living outside of your school meant that this inspiring hymn to patience didn't fall on deaf ears. It's just a stunning daring funky soulful uplifting one off from choral beginning to end. Anyway I don't need to tell you any of this just that it inspired my brief filtration with being a front man.
- Young Americans - David Bowie
How to choose one! Sorrow is my karaoke failsafe but the groove of this one and the dystopian patchwork of fractured images in the lyrics the sax solo, the drums it's just brilliant.
- Clair de Lune -- Claude Debussey
James Rhodes' version on the Bullets and Lullabies album is best, but not available on YouTube. This is the one piano piece I would dearly like to learn in this lifetime. But if it's in the next I will be quite content to listen to my inspiring friend Mr James Rhodes playing it. PS--though nowadays a tea totaller he is pure rock and roll and you should have his playlist soon. He's more than a little inspiring.
- How to Disappear Completely - Radiohead
The only reason for honing onto this track, as opposed to any other in a back catalogue whose range defies belief, is a personal one. It signifies how the best of times and the worst of times really do sidle up to one another. I first met your dear proprietor when filming a mini-series called To the Ends of The Earth for dear old Auntie (BBC) in South Africa which and I'd had the most amazing time on the job and a weekend learning to scuba dive with two other cast members -- the best of times. Then the front right tyre blew on our car, we pulled in and were surrounded by men who came out of the bush and we were carjacked -- the worst of times. A long (2.5 hours of ordeal) story but the intrinsic part for the song choice is that it was playing just before the tyre blew when I had lit a spiff and was contemplating how ridiculously blissfully happy I was. The next time I heard it was bundled against the windscreen of the car on the front passengers' knees with my back and head hitting the windscreen as we were driven off road. My bum hit the car stereo and for a few surreal minutes Tom Yorke was sound tracking me to my death. I turned round as we bounced over the sand track, the headlights showing the passing sugar cane and kept thinking of the shallow graves they dug for themselves in the movie Casino as the master of introspection and modern ennui Mr T Yorke sang 'I'm not here... This isn't happening' ... We all lived.
- Prelude to Tristan and Isolde - Richard Wagner.
Yes, it's widely acknowledged as one of the peaks of the operatic repertory, notable for Wagner's advanced use of chromaticism, tonality, orchestral colour and harmonic suspension... But it just makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Reminds me of the best of Beethoven and Mozart and the best of what's to come in Strauss and Rachmaninov. So a milestone as well as a gut wrencher. The recording of this one that I'm currently wearing out is the BBC orchestra's.
- Hyperballad - Bjork
But what about Mitchell, Joplin, Ella, Tina, Oh god I need another list. It's all very white and male.... ! Damn.Beautiful song though. And a nod to a lot of dance music that hasn't made it to this top ten.
- Superstition - Stevie Wonder
For all those whose weddings I have danced at and have yet to dance at! What a great groove from a master at the height of his powers. Thanks to Martin Freeman for properly introducing me to the full brilliance of SW.
- We Grew Up At Midnight - The Maccabees
A current album I'm giving a lot of play is The Maccabees Into the Wild. It's hard to pick one but listening to We Grew Up At Midnight while typing and feeling pretty uplifted. And that's what great music does beyond all other art forms isn't it? This has been a joy. Can I do it again tomorrow?
If you have never seen Blenderdax on stage, do yourself a favour, save the shekels, and make the trip to the National or wherever he's treading the boards. Always a privilege.
And anytime he's on the telly -- same thing.
But here in the Dayglo, fans and fanettes, give it up please, a roar of approval ... for the great MR Betterfit CABBAGEPATCH!!
Bob Campbell MW, Writer and Educationalist
Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome back to the Dayglo! Yes, apologies -- we've been closed for a couple of weeks so that Andrejz and his Polish Plumbers could complete yet another dazzling reno here at the "World's Most Garish Nightclub" -- Christian Science Monitor. Delays were unfortunately necessitated by having had to relieve various Kardashians of their décor duties -- their innate good taste proved to be problematic. However Desiree's inspired suggestion of hiring Barry Manilow as consultant proved to be a winner, and now we're back bigger and better than ever, slap bang in the middle of the world's biggest lava lamp. That, combined with Barry's inclination for a Safari sub-theme (How about those zebra pattern banquettes?) and the Dayglo feels more exotic than Marlon Brando in Tahiti!
Today, on the decks, please welcome a most distinguished man of letters and booze, a man who has done more to put New Zealand Wine on the map than just about anyone else we can think of (mind you we're not exactly thinking at our best right now -- after all, this is Dayglo Dancing Dementia time). He's a wine buff, critic, judge, educator, writer ... He has worked with wine for almost 40 years ; good lord, he's marinated in wine. You can find his work in the Wine Spectator, Decanter, Gourmet Traveller, North and South etc, and books galore. He travels everywhere, speaks everywhere, judges all over the world, and has drunk absolutely everything. His unflagging enthusiasm and immaculate palate are legendary, as is his wit and bonhommie. Let's face it, writing and talking about wine can often be a bit ... well, dull -- Bob Campbell is a glorious entertaining exception.
Give him a big hand, Disco Divas, we unfortunately don't have time today for Bob to give us the skinny on wine, he's here on equally serious business -- he's our D J tonight...make way please for the one and only...MR BOB CAMPBELL!
- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
My evening wine classes end at 8:30 pm and I'm in the habit of playing a little Mozart to lift my spirits while I clean up. This bright little piece energies me. I never tire of it.
- Heart Attack and Vine - Tom Waits
I'm a huge Tom Waits fan and have most of his albums. I recall being quite shocked when I discovered he wasn't black.
- Una Furtiva Lagrima Giuseppe from Allegro al Dente sung by Italian tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano
A joyous Italian opera that demands to be played whenever I cook Italian food (or any food for that matter).
- Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
I was profoundly moved when this album was released nearly 40 years ago. It touched something so deep within me that I continue to become almost catatonic when I hear it today. My daughter gave me a DVD of Pink Floyd performing it live. Can't wait to experience it.
- Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Amazingly polished piece that leaves me slightly exhausted.
- Moondance - Van Morrison
OK, OK, it's a bit of a cliche but I loved it then and I love it now.
- Ain't No Big Thing - John Lee Hooker
Love Hooker's gravelly voice and the lyrics on this track.
- The Moon is Low - Zoot Sims
I often ask music lovers to name their favourite album or artist. Wine writer and jazz enthusiast, Graeme Barrow, introduced me to Sims and I love every track. Wine writer and classical music enthusiast, Michael Cooper, introduced me to Schubert but I found him slightly depressing, particularly when I learned he'd been suffering from advanced stages of syphillis while writing the music on the CD I purchased.
- You Can't Always Get What You Want - Rolling Stones
Released in about 1969, vintage Stones in a year at I got my first job and steady girlfriend (later my wife). The lyrics affirmed everything I believed at that time.
- Vietnam/Mother and Child Reunion - Paul Simon
Haunting lyrics with a classic Simon delivery.
Big hand for Mr Bob Campbell please, a lovely list by any measure! (And our apologies to the two dozen or so patrons who took a bad turn when we turned on the strobe lighting. Management assure you that we asked the Polish Plumbers to tone down the FX, but their English is at best limited.) But, for the rest of us, a great set Bob. And let's put our hands together for Bob, and massive applause please for his longstanding great service to NZ Wine! We salute and thank you Bob! Give it up please for the great...Mr BOB CAMPBELL!
Glenn A. Baker
Glenn A. Baker, music writer, broadcaster
Ladies and Gentlemen! A little hush if you please in the Dayglo...we know the Kahluas and milk are kicking in about now (for those of you who unwisely choose not to be drinking Two Paddocks on this your big night out) and you're all a tad over-excited, but look, tonight you'll not just be dancing, but you might just learn something. Because tonight's special guest DJ knows more about rock, and pop, than pretty much anyone else alive. So much so he won "Rock Brain of the Universe" no less than three times on the BBC. It has been his life's work. At last, someone who knows what they are talking about.
Not just that, but he's managed bands (notably Ol' 55, with the brilliant Frankie J. Holden), writes music, has done his time -- decades -- on radio and television, run record labels (you remember actual records...Raven Records he runs to this day), written countless books and articles on music, and heaps of other stuff. We love him at HQ as he helps while away the hours on our favourite airline QANTAS with his regular audio programme "Reelin' in the Years."
He is a scholar of music, a booster of Australian music in particular, and above all a fan. He knows everyone living or dead in popular music, and has stories about them all. He is also a generous and good bloke, he's great company, and we are delighted to have him here in the Dayglo (this weeks colour -- chunder-chartreuse), a big Dayglo Dazzle of a hand for the distinguished and learned...Mr GLENN A. BAKER!
- Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
We are all captives of our adolescence and, musically, mine began not so much with the Beatles as with a burst of confrontation, allegory, opaque poetry and stream-of-consciousness that washed away yeah yeah yeah and moon-June-spoon. The radio would never sound the same after I'd been exposed to Bob Dylan's Like A Rolling Stone, with Al Kooper's incomparable and eternally evocative organ intro (rather amazing for a guitarist). I knew I would be a writer after I'd lived with this for a few months. The Blood On The Tracks album, from a decade later, remains my favourite long player.
- My Generation - The Who
My GNow whether it was 1965 or me being 13 in 1965, I skittered around like the steel ball on a pinball table. When The Who's amphetamine-fuelled vocalist Roger Daltrey stammered “Why don't you all ffffade away....... I hope I die before I get old” in My Generation, I almost went out and bought a razor blade (which would have been no use at all to me for shaving). Chairman Pete Townshend, with his windmilling guitar, his absolute understanding of his generation's confused stance, was a worthy hero. The pure anarchy of the Who was the punk era's blueprint. That Clash probably owed them royalties.
- That's Alright Mama - Elvis Presley
I was the only kid I knew who went backwards as well as forward when rock'n'roll enveloped me. Elvis Presley may not have mattered much when the Who/Stones/Beatles/Yardbirds/Animals/ Kinks were reigning but I understood implicitly just what he had done a decade before at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis. When I got hold of the Sun Sessions I could hear white country and black rhythm being fused into rock'n'roll before my very ears. Which song? Buggered if I can choose between That's Alright Mama, Mystery Train, Trying to Get To You and Good Rockin' Tonight.
- Be My Baby - Ronettes
He must have been insufferable to be in a studio or even a room with but the Napoleonic Phil Spector arrogantly thrust upon us a Wall of Sound that increased your heart rate and pulse. His name is on the writer credits for some of the most loved songs of their time (You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' Spanish Harlem) but what really matters is that when he heard Veronica Bennett's Hispanic lisp and saw he beehive and slit skirt he cast the Ronettes into immortality with Be My Baby. He also married her and left Ronnie Spector a sad and imprisoned lady but that's another story. River Deep Mountain High could represent him just as well but he didn't fall in love with Tina.
- Friday on My Mind - Easybeats
I have to go back to '65 again. Sitting in my jim jams cross legged before the telly watching The Easybeats on Saturday Date, absorbing instantly that they were both the Beatles and the Stones and that they were ours, even if they were actually a bunch of ragged rock urchins from England, Scotland and Holland who'd only been down under for five minutes. Eight smash hits in eighteen months and then off to England to create a working class anthem that would capture David Bowie's imagination so much that he'd later cover it -- Friday On My Mind. Vanda & Young would do it again with Good Times and a brace of ambitious London studio masterpieces such as Falling Off The Edge Of The World. Heaven & Hell and Come In you'll Get Pneumonia.
- Surf's Up - The Beach Boys
Like Spector, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson was crafting pocket symphonies for the kids and the word genius was not misplaced when it came to the epic Good Vibrations. But the step toward his unparalleled masterpiece was found in its follow-up, Heroes and Villains, with compelling words by Van Dyke Parks. The association crumbled in a narcotic haze but not before they put together Surf's Up for the ill-fated Smile album. Rescued to be a 1971 album title track, its shimmering majesty, its poetic complexity, it's sheer bloody beauty makes it rock's Mona Lisa. I have no idea what it means yet it moves me so powerfully every time I hear it.
- I Think It's Going To Rain Today - Randy Newman
You can throw in a few dittos for I Think It's Going To Rain Today. Wry, dry Randy Newman, a lifetime before he was winning Oscars for Toy Story songs, was defining the genre of the singer-songwriter for all time, with little tossed-off gems that took the piss and also put an icepick through your heart. Like Jimmy Webb's The Moon's A Harsh Mistress, this perfect observation of the human condition is moving in almost any treatment, though I'm particularly partial to Joe Cocker's and Judy Collins'. Those opening words should be engraved on marble somewhere: “Broken windows and empty hallways, a pale dead moon in a sky streaked with gray. Human kindness is overflowing and I think it's going to rain today.” A considerably younger Jackson Browne almost got there with These Days but Randy gets the cigar.
- What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
I feel almost guilty passing over I Heard It Through The Grapevine, with its eerily atmospheric opening lines and Motown pre-eminence, but Marvin Gaye -- who was pretty much unknown to anyone listening to Australian radio in the 60s and 70s - climbed into another stratosphere again with his What's Going On album and song in 1971. So on the money about the forces shaping his environment was he that he frightened even his label boss Berry Gordy, who'd have preferred to have incinerated the tapes than release them. Like Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, it came from another place and each year gains another captivated following.
- Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
To be dubbed a love child of Phil Spector is too odious a tag to place on anyone but Bruce ‘ The Boss' Springsteen existed because he and a brace of other determined creators lit up their firmaments with honking, howling, pumping, sweating rock'n'roll. The New Jersey folkie of two Dylanish albums arrived commercially on the simultaneous covers of Time and Newsweek and then showed what all the fuss was about with his own Like A Rolling Stone moment -- the instinctive illumination of Born To Run, left him places to go though none would ever be as scintillating. Rendered live with his E. Street Band it was truly cataclysmic. “Oh Baby this town rips the bones from your back, it's a death trap, it's a suicide rap, We're gotta get out while we're young ‘cause tramps like us baby we were born to run.” Apocalyptic visions indeed. RIP Clarence.
- Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
Ornery and irritating little bastards they might have been but the Gallagher brothers understood the essential elements of rock like few others. Oasis wanted so very badly to be their generation's Beatles and must have been watching a video of the Fab Four playing Hey Jude on the David Frost Show when they cooked up the rather grand and eloquent Don't Look Back In Anger. It think I was permanently positioned in my consciousness when I saw the video clip, with Patrick MacNee driving a black cab in a county estate as if he belonged there. A perfect hook and refrain: “And so Sally can wait, she knows it's too late as we're walking on by. Her soul slides away but don't look back in anger I hear you say.” I guess I'm a sucker for a chorus.
Is that ten? Oh dear, what about Waterloo Sunset, A Day In The Life, Pretty Vacant, You Can't Always Get What You Want, Goin' Back, Fortunate Son, Return Of The Grevious Angel, Mr. Tambourine Man, Golden Miles, Rain, Before Too Long, Immigrant Song, Walking On The Moon, Suite Judy Blue Eyes, I'm Not In Love, Both Sides Now, Alfie, What Is Life, Life On Mars, A Change Is Gonna Come, Strange Fruit, Try A Little Tenderness, In Dreams, Reason To Believe, Orchard Road, The Logical Song, Tutti Frutti, That'll Be The Day, Blue Suede Shoes, almost anything by Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie, more Leiber & Stollers than I can count, the perfect pop of Dancing Queen, Heart of Glass, Venus, West End Girls and I Got You, and a few thousand others. Oh well, you all know who you are.
Well, what intolerable torture to ask a man who loves music more than life itself, so much music, to whittle it down to only 10 songs! Too bad Glenn old boy, that's the way we do it here.
But what a list! Can't possibly take issue with any of these (with the exception of those pallid 60's-wannabes Oasis), and look there it is -- the song that the Prop considers the greatest 3 minutes in rock history The Beach Boys' Surf's Up, a pocket symphony...
Glenn A. Baker -- a man of erudition and enlightenment, and a Top 10 to write home about. Beautiful work.
Thanks Glenn mate. Ladies and Gents, another roar if you please as he modestly leaves the stage... Mr Glenn A. Baker!
Fred Schepisi AO
Fred Schepisi AO, Film Director
Ladies and Gentlemen! And Rob Sitch! Tonight, a very special DJ appearance in The Dayglo Delite, a formidably distinguished Lion of the Cinema, and a Great Australian, and not least an old Two Paddocks friend, ally and supporter, one of the key figures in the cultural renaissance that Australia enjoyed in the 1970s and 80s, and a leading light in Antipodean movies to this day, as well as a director of great import internationally. You perhaps know him best for The Devil's Playground, The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith (btw, how interesting to see Tommy back in Red Hill wreaking revenge once more!) The Russia House, Six Degrees of Separation, Last Orders, Empire Falls and the recent Eye of the Storm with Geoffrey Rush and Charlotte Rampling. But here at HQ we know him best for Plenty and A Cry in the Dark ... because the Prop appeared in both along with La Streep ... an inspired DJ choice by Dayglo management not least because of Fred's profound interest and knowledge of music (see his movies as an insight into that) and because of course we love him to bits. A gentleman, a lout, smart cookie and clown ... here he is ... lurching up to the stage, half tanked and half ahead of all of us ... roaring and right! Put your hands together for our great friend and delightful colleague ... a big Dayglo Disco welcome please for ... Mr FRED SCHEPISI!!
- Blues in Orbit - Gil Evans, from the album Svengali
The title is an anagram of his name worked out by another famous musician. The culmination of his writing and orchestration that he perfected on the famous Miles Davis albums. The music is orchestrated laterally and vertically. It also uses many counter and competing melodies, plus remarkably tuneful discordancies that reflect our modern city life. It fills every corner of my brain. It also reflects my view on life - knowing when to be an integral part of a group in perfect controlled synchronicity and when to be a freewheeling improvising individual. I first heard it when it was suggested by Bruce Clarke, a famous Melbourne Guitar player/band leader and composer who ran the Bruce Clarke Jingle Workshop. We worked on many sound tracks for commercials together when I was in Advertising. He had a great influence on my musical appreciation over many years having very eclectic tastes and always searching the world for the truly original.
- Trois Gymnopédies - Erik Satie
The music of a mad mind seeking to calm itself. I was 25 married with 4 children when I first heard it and was soothed by it. The actor Arthur Dignam, who played Brother Francine, the 'tortured' monk in my first Feature film The Devil's Playground suggested it would be perfect for his character to play on piano when the Monks were 'off duty' in their common room. (or the composer Bruce Smeaton suggested it, time is taxing the memory) It was perfect. It has since become a cliche as it's been used as score in so many indie films.
- Blackbird - The Beatles, White Album
A whole group of us, who'd been waiting for it's release, gathered at a still photographer friend's house the day it came out and had a party to listen to it together. We played the double album at least twice. I had a new Chrysler Valiant at the time that had every major component fail within the first thousand miles. After much yelling and screaming the dealer sent it back to the factory in Adelaide to rebuild it. They gave me a loaner which I was driving the night of the Beatles party. When the party was over I went to go home and the loaner wouldn't start. You can possibly imagine what I said as I kicked the grill in and flung the dealer's keys into the night.
- Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley and The Comets
I was 15 and playing for the Richmond 4ths at the time. We were undefeated premiers. And I was Best on Ground in the Grand Final. We went on a country train trip to celebrate and played that song ad nauseum. Including the flip side which was also a big hit.
- In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning - Frank Sinatra
I drove my mum mad playing that song in my teens. She used to call him Frank Stinkatra. I fancied myself as being able to sing like him. I even wore the kind of hats he used to wear in the movies, with wide pink hat bands. Gun metal suits and shirts with pink ties. I used the song to lull the young women I fancied into a kind of swoon. One in particular, who introduced me to the wonderful world of sex.
- Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman, 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert
So many greats were in that band. It was the record that introduced me to Jazz.
I used to listen to it endlessly when I was 15. It inspired me to take clarinet lessons, which I did for a year or so. And it made it essential for me to go to New York for jazz in general and for Carnegie Hall in particular.
- This Guy's In Love With You - Herb Alpert
Very popular and infectiously romantic song that always reminds me of the first few years I ran my production company The Film House. A Commercials and Documentary Company. We were all so happy and free and creative. Working very hard trying to be original in everything we made. Partying very hard to celebrate what we achieved and to encourage ourselves to do even better, against much resistance I might add.
- Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major - Gustav Mahler (also know as the Symphony of a Thousand, because it requires huge instrumental and vocal forces)
Which I saw in Carnegie Hall with choirs from all over America standing all around the auditorium and the whole back of the stage. 1000 singers. Every person including the singers and players were taken to a joyous place, which was evident all over the streets of uptown New York as people poured from the theatre all smiles and practically danced their way to restaurants and bars and homes. I went with my wife Mary and Sam Cohn the Uber Theatre and Film Agent of the time who had a habit of taking us to great theatre, ballet and concerts almost twice a week. For which I will be ever grateful and enriched.
- Tenterfield Saddler - Peter Allen (or Quiet Please There's a lady On Stage, or You And Me (We Wanted It All).
I got the album these songs were on when I first moved to Hollywood with my 2nd wife. I played it over and over as each song spoke to me and my new situation in so many ways. About a life left behind, A life desired and a life disappointed. Both my 2nd and my 3rd wife were well acquainted with Peter Allen. One a friend of his in Australia and the other a friend of his in America. Through them I got to know Peter as a mate and was lucky enough to be around for many of his seminal moments.
A great thrill and pleasure as he sometimes drunkenly, in lobby of The Sebel Town House in Sydney, tried out his new material on Mary and myself.
- You Bring The Sun Out - Randy Crawford
Because it's my love song to my third and most wonderful wife. (A close second to that is Am I Losing My Mind from Stephen Sondheim's Follies.)
I know I'm not allowed 11 but, if you have any idea of the many, many, many more musical compositions I've had to ignore, you'll allow me this one
- Move On - Stephen Sondheim, Sunday In The Park With George
It's a truly motivating song that propels me forward with hope and energy leaving behind regrets, failures and successes.
Oh man, I'm so distraught about the ones by so many creative, talented, motivating artists that deserve to be on this list as much as these, but I have to stop before I'm the first person to get tear stains on an email.
We really love it at HQ when people we love, and find fascinating in themselves, go to all this trouble to choose their music with care, and then give us insight into both that music and also themselves ... thanks Fred, matey. Loved it.
I was going to tell a couple of stories about Fred at this point, but caution prvails. They are generally unprintable. Fred has his own vineyard now -- Pinot mostly -- but we think it goes into someone else's wine ... perhaps. One doubts if much of it gets past the front gate.
Fred is married to a saintly sort of woman, also a red hot artist -- Mary. No one has been able to count exactly how many children he has. Most of them work in the film industry one way or another -- in fact it has been estimated that about 28% of Australian casts and crew are Schepisi progeny.
We love you Fred.
Jimmy Barnes, musician
Ladies and Gentlemen! And John Hay! It's Living Legend Time! Tonight, the house is rockin' larger than life and considerably more dangerous, a Great Australian, the veritable embodiment of all things rock n' roll, an artist with more hit albums than any other Australian, a survivor, reviver, a testifier, family man, Working Class Man, all class hero ... and a good friend. We are lucky to have him here in The Dayglo, and lucky to know him, generous, funny and a consummate entertainer. Here he is, courtesy of Two Paddocks Virtual Airways (So cheap, we did away with the planes). First Class only for a first class bloke ... A big Dayglo hand if you please for the wonderful ... Mr ... Jimmy Barnes!
- Milk Cow Blues - Johnny Kid and the Pirates
Because it rocks
- Tobacco Road - Edger Winter's White Trash
Because the singers scream more than Jeffrey Dahmar's house guests.
- Mannish Boy (I'm a Man) - Muddy Waters
From the hard again album because it's so butch.
- All the Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople
Don't want to be alive, when I'm 25.
- I Found a Love - Wilson Picket
The best singing ever.
- I Was Made to Love Her - Jackie Wilson
The man was an angel.
- Maybelline - Chuck Berry
I love a song about cars when the windshield wipers beat out time.
- Helter Skelter - Paul Mc Cartney
Didn't Manson know John was the dark one. He lost all his credibility.
- Texas Girl at the Funeral of Her Father - Randy Nueman
A 1000 miles from the sea.
- Ladate Dominum - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Katherine Jenkins sings like an angel.
Footnote from the Dayglo Proprietor -- Jimmy's career, his astounding output, his seemingly inexhaustible energy and commitment, his indestructible capacity for touring, his massive voice, his utter dedication to his craft, the loyalty of his legions of fans, his fabulous wife Jane, the amazing musicianship of his children ... and so much more ... we can do no justice to any of it, and anyway you probably know it anyway ... but if you don't by some remote chance , google Jimmy.
And in short, should you need it, here's the Prop's guide to his favourite Jimmy Barnes ... in no order particularly
- Yakuza Girls - Cold Chisel
- Stone Cold - Jimmy Barnes
- When Something is Wrong - Jimmy Barnes
- Red Hot - Jimmy Barnes
- Rising Sun - Cold Chisel
- Everything's Changing - Jimmy Barnes
- You Got Nothing I Want - Cold Chisel
- Pretty Little Thing - Cold Chisel
- Baby's On Fire - Cold Chisel
- God or Money - Jimmy Barnes
Woah! That was funnnnn. That voice! It can strip paint at a hundred yards, or get your girl weak at the knees in under a minute. Our heartfelt thanks to Jimmy for all the laughs, all the rock n' roll, and not least, singing at a couple of old blokes' birthday. Hands in the Air, Dayglowers! For the Great ... Mr ... Jimmy Barnes!
Ricky Fataar, musician
Ladies and Gentlemen! And Mark Joffe! Drum roll if you please! Tonight, by special request of the Prop, and flown First Class on Two Paddocks Virtual Airways (your pilot today ... Al Gore!), an old friend and a remarkable musician. Cutting to the chase, if it wasn’t cool enough to have been the sublime Bonnie Raitt’s drummer for the last thirty years, and having been a Rutle, he was (and here The Prop almost faints at the very idea) an actual, real life Beach Boy – not just a member of that extraordinary band, but a member at the very height of their powers 1970- 1973, which necessarily covers those sublime albums Carl & The Passions: So Tough, Holland, and The Beach Boys Live: God in Heaven, how unbelievably cool. All of that, AND he has worked with (often as a producer) Boz Scaggs, Tim Finn, Crowded House, Renee Geyer, Delbert McClinton ... on and on, so many cool dudes. And not only is he a drummer, and one of the world’s great drummers, he is also extremely handy on guitar, pedal steel and of course ukulele. Ladies and Gentlemen, our cup runneth over ... bring him up on stage if you will, a sweet man, and a powerfully sweet musician ... all the way from Durban via San Francisco and, oh, a bunch of locales ... the one and only ... Mr RICKY FATAAR!
- Jailhouse House Rock - Elvis Presley
I remember being taken taken to the movies to see Jailhouse Rock....a Saturday Matinee I must have been about seven years ....When that song came on I just remember being knocked out by the drums especially the snare drum sound. I mean there up on the screen was Elvis in the hoosegow shaking a tail feather and wiggling his hips with a bunch of jailbirds but all I was interested in was this rocking band.
- Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
This is such a fun song to play drums on, but the Guitar riff kinda surfy ... pretty damn good ... how about that Ggggrrrowll by Roy in the middle .. Killer!
- Rip It Up - Little Richard
Earl Palmer on the drums I mean that's grease in the pan right there! And it’s hot and spitting...
- Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye
James Gadson on the drums when this record came out I played it over and over again. What a slinky groove with all the fills in the right places.
- Let's Stay Together - Al Green
I think there are two drummers on this cut Howard Grimes and the great Al Jackson Jr. who co-wrote the song with Willie Mitchell and Al Green. Monster cool groove influenced me for sure listen to Nick of Time by Bonnie Raitt.
- Say I Love You - Eddie Grant
I fell in love with this song when I spent some time in the Caribbean with Eddie Grant.
Love that Caribbean groove. Got it to Renee Geyer and co-produced the song with Rob Fraboni. Gave Renee a smash hit down-under and landed me more gigs as a record producer. Tim Finn heard it on the radio and said I want to work with that drummer!
- I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
Of course I have to include The Beatles. Teenage excitement. I get high I get high
- You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones
Even though it’s not Charlie Watts on drums. If I could say Epic with a Kiwi accent that would describe this cut.
- Sail on Sailor - The Beach Boys
I have no idea what the song is about but it’s such a weird combination of elements. the Beach Boys vocalising on a 6/8 Shuffle Groove, Blondie Chaplin’s soulful voice ... synthesiser sounds, pedal steel guitar. We couldn’t get Brian to come down when we cut the track but I remember Carl on the phone with Brian... Brian asked Carl to play a guitar riff that sounded like a S.O.S. signal. Wacky stuff but nice. Having Brian in the studio dishing out the background parts totally cool totally together.
- Trenchtown Rock - Bob Marley and the Wailers
That groove can make anybody dig a trench....no Problem Mon!
Fantastic, thanks Ricky. That anecdote about Sail on Sailor, that is more than The Prop has got out of Ricky in 25 years about The Beach Boys, mucho frustration. Either the man is completely discreet (very plausible) or he was still enjoying the 60s and wiped the tapes (equally plausible).
One little anecdote about Fataar... after hanging out at his place in San Fran, it suddenly occurred to me that, oddly, the one thing missing in the house was a set of drums. I asked him about this, I said ... um, don’t you need to ... er ... practice or something? Ricky just looked at me as if I was mad. And on reflection, I see his point – it’d be rather like an actor having a stage out the back, or something. And besides, for Ricky, drumming is just like ... breathing. I suppose.
Once Tim Finn told me that the mark of a great drummer (in reference to Ricky) is that he is always slightly behind the beat. I think I get it. But try listening to Ricky cruising behind Bonnie in pretty much anything post 1979 , for instance this vid of A Thing Called Love.
And here is a little footnote. Bonnie actually asked the Prop to be in the above video, but alas was unable. Dennis Quaid did it instead, and of course was better anyway.
Thanks Ricky – the phrase "You Rock" was invented in your honour. But please come back and give us Ricky’s Top Beach Boys...Anytime! Ladies and Gents – a roar, a cacophany, please for....MR...RICKY FATAAR!
Tony Backhouse, musician and choirmaster
Ladies and Gentlemen! And Simon Morris! Tonight, live in the Dayglo Disco one of New Zealand’s (and indeed the World's) finest and most accomplished musicians and singers, a very old chum of The Prop's, and a very fine fellow indeed. A veteran of some of our country's best bands – the legendary Mammal, the extraordinary if short lived Crocodiles, as well as the unforgettable and beautifully named The Vulgar Beatmen ... and then, in a kind of self-reinvention, became a progenitor of gospel choirs and a giver of harmonizing workshops that are truly inspirational (having been to one for a weekend we know of what we speak – even Grahame Sydney found he had a voice, a miracle in itself). Among his many achievements perhaps his greatest is the founding, and running for 20 or so years, of the amazing Sydney a cappella choir, Café at the Gates Of Salvation, as well as The Heavenly Light Quartet, and has sowed the seeds for a number of different choirs that have sprung up in his wake. He's a man who brings song and harmony and light and pure joy wherever he goes, all around the world. On your feet if you please! Put your hands together, in the Amen Corner! Give Praise Brothers and Sisters! Shout it out now! Oh Happy Dayglo Day...bring him up to the stage Ladies and Gentlemen, and give it up for...Mr...Tony Backhouse!!
- Sister from Texas - Aretha Franklin
Some of Aretha's most soaring and rhythmic vocal lines over the unstoppable rhythm section of Chuck Rainey and Bernard Purdie. Love the chirping and mumbling wah wah clavinet. Up there with 'Rock Steady' as Aretha's funkiest.
- Golden Years - David Bowie
Great groove with a wicked riff, and charmingly cynical backing vocals.
- Prisoner of Love - James Brown
An alarming collision of the kitsch (neurotic and syrupy strings and a schmaltzy tune that had been a hit for Perry Como) and the funky - James' phrasing, dynamics and changes of register are fearless and scary. As a classically-oriented radio host asked me once, 'What sort of voice IS that?' It doesn't fit any known category, for sure. The radio host declined to play this on air as he opined it was 'too wide' for his audience.
- Lonely Women - Laura Nyro
I saw her once in New York. Gorgeous, dramatic, moving, fearless.
- The Way - Meshell Ndeogocello
Funky as, critical as, beautiful as... A spiritual anti-religion song.
- Le Mystére des Voix Bulgares - Pilentze Pee
Jonathan Zwartz gave me a cassette of random recordings in the '80s, no indication of who the artists were. In between the funk and the jazz, WOH! in come these incandescent female voices in ever widening harmonies from outer space. I'd never heard anything like it. I tracked down every recording I could find of what turned out to be the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir singing contemporary arrangements of folk songs. Awe-inspiring.
- Jesus on My Mind - Gospel Harmonettes of Demopolis, Alabama.
I first heard this group in a small church in Bessemer, Alabama, four women singing with sureness, sweetness and humility. Found myself in tears as young Linda Wilks sang the first line. Later, I was glad to be able to help fund their one and only recording - now on iTunes. (I don't get any royalties, so don't go there for my sake.)
- Gloria from Missa Prolationum - Johannes Ockeghem
Surging oceanic angelic bewildering ecstatic - a mathematical feat (two simultaneous canons: ie soprano and tenor singing the same thing in different times and in different keys, while alto and bass sing another line in different times and keys) which is impressive enough, but the music soars, unfurls, dips and swoops like a flock of seraphim. Ockeghem, what a god.
- My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord - O'Landa Draper and Associates Choir
Contemporary gospel choirs always have a unbearably funky rhythm sections, banks of keyboards and guitars, but occasionally do an a cappella number because they can.
- We're All Light - XTC
This pretty much speaks for itself.
If you have never experienced the joyous delight of singing four-part harmony in a big Gospel choir, do yourself a favour and give it a go. Belief is not necessarily a requisite. And better still, look out for Tony’s movements (which can be tracked on his website). If he’s coming to town, do not miss the chance of a weekend's singing workshop with the man himself.
Tony is the only person we know who has actually sung in the Rev. Al Green's church. But the Prop first got to know Tony when he was studying at Victoria university, and the Prop was ... doing anything but. One of those people that’s always popping up in your life, and we are always delighted to see him. He nailed Heard it Through the Grapevine at the Prop and B. Brown's last big birthday bash.
We’d like to see a big medal on that man’s chest – he has brought music into more people’s lives, good music, music you make, than anyone we can think of in the Antipodes. Respect and thanks. And what a cool and different Top 10.
A major Dayglo roar for the one and only ... Mr ... Tony Backhouse!!
Ian McKellen, actor
Ladies and Gentlemen! Pray silence in the Dayglo! Be upstanding, if you will, for a Knight of the Realm! Have we ever been grander? I don’t think so! Have we ever been smarter? No! Have we ever been more plush? Well, perhaps back when we still sported the velveteen couchettes. Today, a rare and extreme honour ... the nobbiest of nobby nobs, one of the Very Greats of Stage and Screen, a marvelous actor and a lovely man. Here gracing the newly reno’ed Dayglo (how do you like the Orange we found in the Army Surplus Store in Haight-Ashbury then?) ... someone with so many theatre credits you need another couple of pages when you print the programme, a stalwart of the RSC and the National as well as the West End in general, a great Shakespearian thesp, and, as it happens, a big old Movie Star, to boot. Of course you loved him in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and X Men, and who wouldn’t? But we thought he was the bloody bees knees in Gods and Monsters, Scandal, Apt Pupil, Richard 111 and...oh, bollocks, the list is too damn long, and at the end of the day, you’re here to boogaloo in the Dazzling Dayglo Disco ("Vile" -- International Herald Tribune). So put those dancing pumps back on, and put those hands in the air, and make way for the great, the one and only
... SIR ... IAN ... McKELLEN!
Music is not a daily part of my life, with no Ipod, no CD player and the radio stuck on BBC’s Radio 4, which is mostly talk.
Any live music is what I like most, whether classical, jazz or pop or opera or musicals or singing in the shower. Here are my faves through the years.
- When I’m Cleaning Windows - George Formby
The first song I remember hearing, apart from hymns and carols at church and school. This was in industrial Wigan, where Formby was born up north.
- All in the April Evening - sung by the unaccompanied Glasgow Orpheus Choir
My parents took me to hear them and after the concert I queued up for the conductor’s autograph. Hugh Roberton kindly asked me did I want to be a conductor when I grew up (I was 9). “Yes” I lied. I’d already decided to act, if I could.
- She Loves You - The Beatles
At the brand-new Nottingham Playhouse in December 1963, I was sharing a dressing-room with young Michael Crawford. Leo McKern sang “She Loves You” in the corridor on the way to the stage as Menenius in Tyrone Guthrie’s opening production of Coriolanus. The same night The Beatles were playing the Nottingham Odeon Cinema.
- Come to the Cabaret - Judi Dench
The most convincing of all the other remarkable Sally Bowles. I saw Jill Howarth on my first time in New York, upstaged by Lotte Lenya and Joel Grey. In the movie, Liza sang too well. Judi breaks your heart because her Sally ain’t that good singing at the Kit Kat Club. She did it again in Sean Mathias National Theatre version of Little Night Music. Her “Send in the Clowns”, another song about performing, is her “Cabaret” 30 years on.
- We Are the Champions – Queen
- Judy Garland live at the Carnegie Hall, 1961 (If Love Were All)
My most treasured tape, every song a classic. How I wish I’d been there on Shakespeare’s birthday 1961, instead of studying for final exams at Cambridge.
- Dancing Queen - ABBA
When I came out aged 49, I discovered in London a gay world I’d previously ignored, including my local gay pub in east London. Evenings at the White Swan always ended with this song as the boys swayed on the dance floor.
- The Lady and Her Music - Lena Horne
I was doing Amadeus on Broadway just two blocks away from Lena. Her show was chat and songs including Stormy Weather, twice.
- Being Alive - John Barrowman
Company is Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece, particularly in this complicated anthem, best sung, as here, by someone who understands that it’s not always easy being gay in a straight world.
- I’ll be Seeing You - Billie Holiday
My favourite song tho I can’t stand some of the lyric: "the wishing well" for goodness sake! Even the music almost falters at this point and singers can come crashing down. But not Holliday, who slowly wrings every thing out of everything
Big Ups! And many thanks -- Ian -- you The Man! This is Top 10ery at its best, a little slice of autobiography, and what could be more fascinating than what other people, the people you like, are interested in? A fascinating top 10, and a fascinating fellow. We are grateful.
For any actor, it’s extremely flattering if other actors "do" your voice, and like a previous TP DJ, Alan Rickman, Ian is much imitated. 10 points if your inner McKellen is up to par. Come on, give it a crack. Here’s a hint. Speak more quietly than you might otherwise, choose each word judiciously, be posh but allow a hint of the north, and retain an air of constant inner amusement .. .good, that’s coming on.
The Prop has in fact appeared twice with Sir Ian, in Plenty and Restoration, a privilege indeed, and while Ian was as always brilliant in those, nothing compares to this.>>>
Enough said! Ladies and Gentlemen, a big Dayglo roar for the incomparable...Sir Ian McKellen.
Jimmy Nesbitt, actor
Ladies and Gentlemen! Brruuppp! Your M.C., in the Place To Be ... Tonight, direct from the set of The Hobbit, a very special guest D.J. ... Boom! Yes, courtesy of Two Paddocks Virtual Air (The airline of choice to the virtual jet set) here in the Dayglo Disco (this week’s colour - Livid Lime) the fourth actor from Ireland to grace our decks – count them, and award yourselves ten free points if you’ve got them all -- yes, one of the world’s best loved actors ... and one of the very best, period. You knew him first from Cold Feet, great series, you followed him religiously every week in Murphy’s Law, he made you laugh in Hear My Song and Waking Ned Devine, he rattled your cage in Bloody Sunday, you thought him a knockout in Five Minutes of Heavenand Jekyll and ... look, this is beginning to sound like bloody Spotlight. Let’s just say we wish we had half his talent, his wit, his charm, his charisma ... yes it’d make you crook, the man’s got it all. Without further ado, let’s bring him up here, the likeable larrikin, Ballymena’s Best, here with his very own Top Ten, a big Dayglo hand, if you please for ... Mr ... Jimmy Nesbitt!
- The Green Glens Of Antrim - Paddy Reilly
(webmaster's note: we apologize, but couldn't find a recording of Paddy Reilly performing Green Glens of Antrim, but please enjoy what we did find -- Green Glens of Antrim played by two Ballymena schools at Arthur Cottage, Cullybackey.)
My mother is from the beautiful green glens in Northern Ireland and she sang this ballad to me to help me sleep. I, in turn, sang it to my daughters, Peggy and Mary to imbue them with a sense of Irishness. Just before Peggy was two, she asked her mother to draw heaven. When my wife, Sonia asked her what it looked like, Peggy, quoting from the song said, " It's where the sea ripples over the shingle and sand." Priceless. My girls shall forever be connected to their Granny through this song.
- Stardust - Nat King Cole
My father's favourite song. "And now the purple dusk of twilight time steals across the meadows of my heart". Unbeatable.
- If I Fell - The Beatles
As the only boy growing up in a family with three older sisters, I spent most of my time kicking a ball against a wall. Then I heard The Beatles. They were my first musical obession, introduced to me by my adored cousin, Andrew. Not wanting to offend the living Paul nor the deceased John, I've chosen If I Fell. It showcases them at their youthful, innovative, harmonious best. Try hitting the harmony in the chorus. It's a bastard to get.
- Cum On Feel The Noize - Slade
For a Presbyterian Ulster boy, living in the country, with one pair of crinoline flares and an Aran sweater, Slade represented unimaginable glamour and excitement. Noddy Holder's intro used to scare the pats out of the friesans in the field beside my bedroom. And their skewed spelling was pure class!
- Get Over You - The Undertones
When Northern Ireland was reaching its nadir in the 1970's,The Undertones emerged from Derry, which itself had borne witness to the defining moment of The Troubles. Electrifying, unfettered and joyous, they suggested hope. And this song starts with a whistle!
- Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra with Count Basie, Live at The Sands
(webmaster's note: we apologize, but couldn't find a recording of Frank Sinatra and Count Basie at The Sands, but we've linked to a nice recording of Frank performing the song live in 1965.)
I'd give it all up to be Frank for a day. The opening track on this live album from The Sands in Vegas finds the greatest of them all completely at one with his gift. I could, and have listened to it all day. Fix a martini - or three - kick back, and listen to the man "and the man is ... Frank Sinatra!'
- Hear My Song - Vernon Midgely, the voice of Ned Beatty
A moment of indulgence. Hear My Song was my first film. It tells the story of Irish tenor, Josef Locke. When Joe sang, women wept. In the film my character magically mends a clock belonging to Joe, with the suggested help of the fairies. When my sister took my parents to a screening in Derry, the journey home was apparently completely silent apart from when my mother turned to my father - bear in mind, they'd never seen me on screen - and said, "I didn't know our James could fix clocks." Our tenor on the soundtrack was Vernon Midgely. His voice is haunting but this song reminds me of the start of my career and the happiest of times supping pint after pint of guiness with the star and co writer Adrian Dunbar.
- The Way Young Lovers Do - Van Morrison
No top ten is complete without Van. Musical genius, Belfast icon, grumpy bollocks, he and George Best were my idols. It's almost impossible to choose one Van song but this track from the seminal Astral Weeks has amazing vocals, syncopated rhythms, striking dissonance, an arsenal of brass and wind instruments exploding in a cacophony of ecstasy as it soars to its thrilling climax, the way young lovers do.
- Nothing Rhymed - Gibert O'Sullivan
In 1983 I had a brief stint at The University Of Ulster, studying for a degree in French. I say brief as I lasted only two terms and was rarely there. I shared digs in Belfast with my childhood friend, Alistair Carson in an apartment above a pub called The Four In Hand. To exit the building you had to walk through the bar. Notoriously late to rise, we wouldn't leave the flat until around eleven each morning just as the pub was opening and more often than not, the lure of the black stuff would prove too strong for us to venture outside. Several hours and many pints later we would crawl back upstairs , sit in the living room with our heads in our hands and despair at the futility of our existence whilst listening over and over again to this classic from the curly haired Dubliner. It wasn't quite appreciating the existentialists but it came close. And the supreme irony? I received an honorary degree from the university a few years back and am now its Chancellor!
- Failure - Laura Marling
And finally, one for my daughters. Marling is one of the new wave of young musicians reinterpreting English folk. Her voice is pure, her songwriting incredibly mature and the girls and I adore this song. They are, of course, my greatest success.
Words fail the MC – a dream of a Top 10. Hats off to you Jimmy, excellence as in all things. And a beautiful piece of writing , the sort of prose that makes you nostalgic for things you remember and things you never knew, just as a great song will. You make us all proud to be from Ulster! Ladies and Gentlemen, grateful applause please for The Man himself – the absolutely unique, the brilliant ... Mr Jimmy Nesbitt!!
Neil Finn, Musician
Ladies and Gentlemen! At last, in person, a man who has long been a staple in the remodeled Dayglo Two Paddocks Virtual Disco ("Interior design for the visually impaired" --The Guardian), yes, a staple and favourite here since the beginning of rock. The great Neil Finn, a man who has transcended the unfortunate misspelling of his first name, and risen from the shibeens of Te Awamutu to grace the stages of the world’s biggest stadiums; an ambassador for his country, an inspiration to millions, a luminous creative force driving in the heart of New Zealand, collaborator and spur to his brother Tim as well as hundreds of other musicians, a father to two rising stars Liam and Elroy, a husband to Sharon (she of the chandeliers and The Pajama Club), as prone to gaffes as he is to mysterious inspired creativity ... here he is, he lives just up the road, but we decided as a courtesy in deference to his mana, to fly him First Class by Two Paddocks Virtual Air (Is that Paris out the window, or is it just me?) here he is finally after a journey of five months, (It should have been three hours, but sometimes if you’re lucky, we don’t just lose your bags, we lose you, too.) Up you come Neil ... the eternally youthful, the great guy, our Two Paddocks friend ... the wonderful ... Neil Finn!
- Your Song - Elton John
The first Elton song I learnt on piano at 14 after the his concert at Western Springs in 1972, my first ever concert; recently played and remembered (except for 3rd verse) in Largo nightclub with John Brion
- Marquis Moon - Television
I saw Television and Blondie at Hammersmith Odeon in 1977 and this song was amazing, still play the vinyl.
- Ramble On - Led Zeppelin
The best bassline ever, reminds me of summer holdays at Mt Maunganui. I never listened to the lyrics in those days but I suspect he was singing about Mordor. Oh well.
- Ashes To Ashes - David Bowie
What a record, what a video, what a song, what does it mean, who cares! The absolute benchmark for me in pop music
- Summertime - Ella Fitzgerald
With a voice like a dreamy zephyr on a sultry afternoon Ella Fitzgerald (and Louis Armstrong) do Gershwin that way it should be done.
- God Only Knows - Beach Boys
I suspect this is on Sam's list as well. I saw Brian Wilson perform this recently and it made me cry, it feels like its alway existed this song as a piece of songwriting perfection but to think, he actually wrote it one day on his piano, the bastard.
- Once In A Lifetime - Talking Heads
I had the pleasure and privelige of performing this song with David Byrne in NY recently and I got a cramp in my fingers playing the floaty jangly keyboard bit for 3 minutes before he walked on stage. I thought he'd changed his mind and gone home.
- Harvest Moon - Neil Young
One of the most romantic songs ever, we all danced to it at our 20th anniversary party and couples were cavorting and carousing left right and centre.
- Message Of Love - Pretenders
Chrissie Hynde has such an extraordinary voice and James Honeyman Scott was a master of blurry chord and and stirring riff.
- Waiting In Vain - Bob Marley
Bob has the most positive life affirming music of all and this song reminds me of my first time in London and seeing him drive past on the Kings Road in his black BMW.
Okay, an immaculate songlist, as one might expect, and great notes Neil. Thanks, my man. And look, I’m going off the page now, but because we think he’s fantastic, and just because we can, here’s the Prop’s Top 10 guide to The Essential Neil Finn – if you happen to be one of the few who may not know every note, as we do at HQ.
- I Got You
- Take a Walk (Split Enz)
- Left Hand
- Not the Girl You Think You Are
- Chocolate Cake (Crowded House)
- Pineapple Head (Crowded House)
- She Will Have Her Way
- Turn and Run
- Don’t Ask Why (Neil Finn)
- Part of Me, Part of You (Finn Brothers)
Partial, we know, but that’s Top 10 world isn’t it? But oh my god, what a songwriter. So back to the floor Neil, do that awkward New Zealand bloke dancing thing, we are with you! Ladies and Gentlemen, a big hand , ecstatic applause please, for a man who is The Stuff of Legend ... The one and only ... Neil Finn!
Ladies and Gentlemen! Oh ... none here? Just the riff raff then. Tonight in the newly renovated Two Paddocks Virtual Dayglo Disco ("Visually toxic"--The Times) our first guest DJ who actually looks at home in this pleasingly garish environment – most of us in Central Otago merely put on clothes in the morning ... here's a man who dresses up, each and every day!
Regular Dayglo punters will know, that here at HQ, we take our hats off to many other wineries, we love quite a few; but some we love more than others. Mt. Edward in Gibbston is one of those, and here is its Vigneron, dressed in an appalling flared powder blue suit with lapels as wide as a B-52, unseemly yellow crocodile boots, and a genuine Memphis string tie with Native American motif, worn on a dizzyingly embroidered Taiwanese shirt. Yes, it could only be the one of a kind Duncan Forsyth!
Raised in the salubrious Hutt Valley, barely educated in Nelson, trashed at Vic, munted in New Orleans, obliterated in Sun Valley, demolished at Lincoln, Duncan, by great good fortune, found rehabilitation and sweet reason at last at Chard Farm in the early Nineties, and thereafter at Peregrine. Which lead to Mount Edward in 2004, which has become one of the very best Central wineries. The fall and rise of the Prodigal.
Occasionally, however, Duncan will revert to type, as his DJ set proves -- every year Duncan chances his health and sanity (such as he has left) with a pilgrimage to the madness that is Burning Man. Rash and extremely ill advised, yes, but at least when he gets back, bedraggled and rueful, he has good stories to tell. And here’s one...
Denizens of the Dayglo ... avert your eyes if you are easily offended by kitsch on a grown man, but in any case, a huge Two Paddocks welcome to our friend and colleague, an awfully funny man, and awesome winemaker, and our ambassador at large, god help us ... The one and only ... Duncan Forsyth!!
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My TP top ten list comes on the back of a return visit to one of the great counter culture festivals on the planet, Burning Man, based in Black Rock City, Nevada. The tracks are drawn from music I managed to inflict on my friends and burners alike during the course of the festival and are paired with photos, moments in time that illustrate its draw for me.
Burning Man is an alternative art based festival where freedom of expression, often radical self expression, and respect for others to do the same is the base tenant – a city of instant proportions – containing art, interaction and entertainment on an epic level. There is no commercial activity at all with the entire festival being created by its participants.
After driving through the night from San Francisco we arrived at Black Rock City, near dawn, in a convoy of tens of thousands, listening to this slightly dubbed out Nina Simone re-edit by DJ Ex-Friendly. A super chilled classic.
- Baltimore -- Nina Simone
It is in this high alpine desert two hours out of Reno, that a mass of humanity appears out of nowhere. We’re greeted by tutu clad elves, steam punked desert warriors … people of all shapes and sizes dressed in everything from nothing to the bizarre. All this, and you haven’t got past the gate.
Here we listen to a killer re-edit of one Bill Withers best tracks from a long time favorite DJ, Left Side Wobble. A smoking soulful track that gets just a little dirty.
- Who Is He and What Is He to You - Bill Withers
Our camp - The Crown Collective – is a superb group of new and old friends based out of New Orleans but includes folk from all around the US and the globe. Aside from ourselves, perhaps our most visible contribution to the festival: hosting the Lady Sassafras – a replica New Orleans paddle ship steamer built with salvaged parts of Hurricane Katrina. The Lady is just one of hundreds of “art cars” that cruise the playa (the desert landscape) at the festival.
Another re-edit from Left Side Wobble – this time a track from the great late Gil Scott- Heron – a superb mix that mixes the poetic hip hop and spoken word delivery of GSH with some House samples behind it all.
- Space Shuttle -- Gil Scott-Heron
The Lady Sassafras provided our camp with a means of entertainment and transport, but moreover was designed to provide other ‘burners’ with our gift to them – an experience in itself. Driving through the infectious madness we witnessed art in all forms and sizes – a creative feast that stays with you long after the event and something that for many pushes your own artistic bent further along.
A New Orleans stalwart – the legendary Dr. John with some pure NOLA sounds
- Mos Scocious - Dr. John
The festival runs for a week – 24 hrs a day - although many burners work all year on their projects giving the festival a life if its own over the whole year. Our own art car, the Lady, took 2 years to build and involved dozens of people. This sort of commitment is mirrored across hundreds of art pieces, interactive bars and clubs of all description, venues that fitted a couple of people to several thousand in size, performances, art cars and outfits.
Next a change of pace with an excellent piece of almost old school hip hop
- Sugar (Gimme Some) - Trick Daddy ft Ludacris
At the other end of the spectrum is without question the wild parties that can dominant the pursuits of many. No boundary of possibilities here with the driver being that almost everybody is so goddamm friendly, fun and social – you just have to decide where your limits are! The surprise for many is that you will find a complete cross section in ages, inclinations and ideas, this is no one-size-fits-all festival. In our camp, for example, ages ranged from 19 to 64 with our neighbours coming for the first time on their 70th birthdays! Whatever the weather though one should always dress to go out – especially when Esther Phillips is rocking the house – once again care of Left Side Wobble
- All The Way Down - Esther Phillips
Festival tradition dictates that many installations get burned at the end of the week, mirroring the transitory nature of the event as well as re-enforcing the idea that the art is made for those who are there and it is purely non-commercial. This makes it even more surreal. For a moment it is there. Then it is gone.
A yearly highlight is the Temple – a spiritual home for many. This year’s temple was in part coordinated and built by a bunch of Kiwis. Some had dedicated six months to the project – it burnt on the Sunday night to near total silence in front of 30,000 people
A jazzed out Balearic house tune with some killer vocals – pure summer daze – Wax Poetic featuring Norah Jones –
- Tell Me – Norah Jones, Temple of Soul re-mix
The festival is so much more than a party though and those who come to party the whole time miss much of the essence of the festival for me. It is the culture that drives the festival, a culture of like minded people, artistic and creative minds, full of respect for others who have thrown off many of the conservative and constrictive shackles of society today (even if only for a week). At Burning Man the only person who will make you feel uncomfortable is yourself.
A super classic for me, Papa was a Rolling Stone by the Temptations – here one of the best versions I have heard with a sweet reggae twist – The Pioneers give it up
- Papa Was a Rolling Stone -- The Pioneers
One of my favourite pieces this year was The Pier. Conceived and built within a 6 month period just outside Reno this was put together over two weeks prior to the festival opening - I mean how funny – all this in the middle of a high alpine desert. Mind you at the end of a week, after seeing most of what was on offer, also surprisingly normal.
One of the great pop disco tunes, sung by the greatest soul/funk maestro.
Sunny (Funk Master J.B VS Funk Master J.S Hardboiled Remix)
- James Brown - Sunny
Here's superb time lapse – for those of you who don’t have attention deficit – an excellent encapsulation of the festival.
Timelapse-icus Maximus 2 HD Burning Man 2011 by James Cole, Music by Elite Force/DISTRIKT.
With my final selection – another remix – this time from the Boss. This track we played whilst leaving the festival – its images fresh in our mind and parodied in part by the ever constant presence of the feds! No Punch without Judy in the good ole USA
- State Trooper - Bruce Springsteen
Duncan! What a saga ... and here you are, in one piece and not just still standing, but actually still doing the Boogaloo like a man possessed. Respect! No-one has ever taken on their DJ responsibilities with such flare, conscientiousness and such flagrant disregard for their own safety and well being. Major kudos from all of us here at H.Q.
Speaking of health, many of you will be aware that Mount Edward produces consistently great Pinots, and a Riesling that is pretty much ambrosia. Seek them both out when you can. Give that dancing, burning man some space, and applause not only for his inimitable flair for fashion, but for moves never before seen in the Dayglo. A massive Two Paddocks hand for our friend... Duncan Forsyth!
Richard E. Grant
Ladies and Gentlemen! Yes, you asked for him ... well you can have him! Without a doubt one of the very best actors of his generation, and a very amusing interesting bloke -- but that’s by the by since he’s here as tonight’s DJ, in the recently reno’ed Dayglo Disco ("...Rancid..." The New York Times). What? You want more about Richard? Why, for goodness sake, everyone loves him enough, we say! Oh alright then ... we will always love him for Withnail and I (with the possible exception of The Big Lebowski, every actor’s favourite fillum), we loved him in Prêt-à-Porter, Gosford Park, Portrait of a Lady, How to Get Ahead in Advertising, on stage in Importance of being Earnest and My Fair Lady, and we are not alone in our undying gratitude for his lavish extravagance in Hudson Hawk ... the list goes on and on ... But most of all, we love him for Wah Wah, one of our all time favourite films -- his heartfelt semi-autobiographical story of growing up in Swaziland, a brilliant post-colonial film about colonialism (and growing up and betrayal and ... lots of things). And we are fizzing at the bung to see him play Michael Heseltine opposite Meryl in Iron Lady. And here he is direct from the set of the Kath and Kim Filum (another not-to-be-missed epic), looking as unruffled and debonair as always, courtesy of Two Paddocks Virtual Airways (First Class: Take to the skies, without leaving home) ... the completely, deliriously splendid ... Mr. RICHARD E. GRANT!!
- Try a Little Tenderness - Sam Cooke
Best first pash song I've heard so far
- Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Annie Lennox
Was a waiter in Covent garden in '82 and this song was a mantra.
- Respect - Aretha Franklin
'Cos the moment you hear it, your feet start dancing
- In the Wee Small Hours - Frank Sinatra
Melancholic and perfect
- When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
Words say it all
- No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley Live
Chorus that is worth repeating all life long
- A Case of You - Joni Mitchell
Longing and lost love perfectly expressed in three minutes
- American Tune - Paul Simon
As timely in the 21st as it was at the end of the 20th century.
- If I Loved You - Barbra Streisand
Once in a lifetime voice that bullseye's the heart
- When I Fall in Love - Nat King Cole
Lush, lush, lush.
Alright ... if I have to name one scene, one little part of one scene, that I wish I’d done, but know I’d never pull it off — it’s this: the scene when Withnail (Richard) drinks lighter fluid, is stoned hysterically for about ten seconds, and then passes out. Sublime. We admire Richard E. immensely. A lovely actor. Witty, scabrous company. Fabulous Top 10 Richard, you’re the BEST! Come on groovers -- on your feet once more for our friend, the immaculately unique...RICHARD E. GRANT!
Grahame Sydney, painter
Ladies and Gentlemen! Tonight in the Two Paddocks Dayglo Disco (not so much psychedelic décor, more bilious, if seen in the light of day), direct from our kitchens where he’s been helping the short-order cook, a man who has made a most distinguished career painting a once little known corner of New Zealand, and made it famous as a result.
The Maniototo, a profoundly empty seeming landscape, eerie and beautiful , is now commonly known as Grahame Sydney country.
In fact, he not only has defined that landscape, he is now part of it -- if you see a stringy, gnarly looking geezer painting en plein air among the tussocks, it’ll be him. Either that, or it’s a telephone pole, they are easily confused.
So here he is, a very old companion of Two Paddocks (and an avid drinker of our best, the bastard) ... the Prop has been kind enough to be his friend since 1968, Otago University, and well remembers Syd’s first of many rash pronouncements at that time (“Impressionism is shit!”) ... he is also a good keen man when it comes to music (the Prop and Syd have gone far too late far too often arguing about songs) and what is more is a pretty fine uke player, having had a Kamaka concert ukulele given to him by yours truly ... the jams, the jams ... Let’s give a big Two Paddocks cheer for our friend, our neighbour, our old mucker ... he’s dry as a biscuit and very funny ... we rate him here in the Dayglo ... give it UP for ...Mr ... Grahame SYDNEY!!
Reading through your previous contributions I am struck by a) the frequency of selection of B Dylan, and b) the vast chasm which separates me from Josh Kronfeld. Not only have I never heard of any of the music he selected, I've never even heard of the MUSICIANS, if indeed that's what they are.
I too would have included a B Dylan, but having noted a short-list of about 45 songs vital to my very existence on a daily basis, this below is a random grab from that necessary bunch. In no particular order:
- Last Chance Texaco - Rickie Lee Jones
A brilliantly extended metaphor, delivered with the delicacy and strangeness which marks all of her work. A gloriously idiosyncratic soul, whose career has roamed across standards and original material in an unmistakable style. True artistry.
- Across The Borderline - Ry Cooder
From the great Get Rhythm album. Cooder's music is the soundtrack to my life in many ways, there from the early 1970s, a guitarist and session man to an endless list of greats (check out his Wikipedia!), selfless promoter of roots and world music, genius slide/mandolin/lead electric ... you name it. Cooder does it better. Is there a more beautiful film score than his Paris, Texas work for Wim Wenders?
- Swinging on a Star - Oscar Peterson Trio
On the Live at the Stratford Shakespearian Festival album. Correctly identified as God amongst us, Peterson astounds me every time, no end to the surprises and pure genius by the chunky-fingered big man on keyboards. Fascinating to hear him muttering and murmuring as he performs, quite out of time to the extraordinary games his fingers play.
- Promised Land - Johnny Allen
I know very little about him, but saw this on Jools Holland's great Walking to New Orleans doco many years ago, and have never forgotten it. Dim, red bar-room, drinking, lurching crowd. If I could be a stage performer, I'd love to be just like Johnny doing this one. Chuck Berry's song, of course.
- Beside You - Dave Dobbyn
This song lounges permanently in one corner of my heart, and has done for years. Dave has helped we Kiwis know ourselves. Best version is the Together in Concert: Live with Tim Finn and Bic Runga.
- The 12th Man Boned - Billy Birmingham
I listen to lots of comedy while I work or drive, The Goons, Garrison Keillor, Spike Jones and His City Slickers chief amongst the many. But no one makes me laugh out loud, to the point of tears even, than the utterly brilliant Billy Birmingham in any of his 12th Man releases. One cannot watch or listen to cricket commentaries without hearing him, and I treasure it.
- I Can't Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt
From the Road Tested DVD. It must be love: I've got everything she's done, and that's plenty. What a woman, what a guitarist, what a voice! I flew to Auckland to see her performing. Roger Hall and I were sitting in the second front row. We felt a little old in that audience, and Roger whispered half way through the concert, "Let's throw our long-johns at her!"
- Valentine's Day - Steve Earle
From the live album Together at the Bluebird Cafe with Guy Clark and Townes van Zandt. A love song which says it all. While not thrilling as much to Earle's heavy hard-rock material, gentler items like this are small miracles of tenderness.
- How Mountain Girls Can Love - Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder
My guilty pleasure, Bluegrass. I've always loved it - lock-tight harmonies, incredible instrumental skills, "cabin-in-the-holler" nostalgia (not that any of us ever had a cabin in the holler...!). Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder playing live are almost unbelievable, and his mandolin dexterity defies understanding. Oh to be able to play and sing like that! Fascinates me, that.
- I Can't Wait to Get Off Work (to See My Baby) - Tom Waits
The Small Change album is crammed with gems, but I select this. It could have been one of dozens, Waits has done so much I love and listen to weekly as I work: his music builds a world so graphically its almost filmic.
All a bit predictable, on viewing it.
Had I space I'd have included Jesse Winchester, Loudon Wainwright III, Joni Mitchell, John Martyn, Little Feat, Marc Cohn, Django Reinhardt, John Williamson, Louis Armstrong, Randy Newman, Kid Creole and the Cocoanuts, Paul Simon, Bruce Hornsby.
Well, dammit, we can’t argue about any of that, much as we love fighting with Sydney, an impressively tasty songlist, and we love every track there. And one excellent surprise there, my Sydney neighbour, the extraordinary Billy Birmingham [(the12th man) -- caveat for North Americans -- you kind of need a working knowledge of cricket commentaries in Australia to get a full grasp on what genius Billy possesses. As for Sydney himself, if I called him a genius, that would spoil an unbroken run of forty plus years of being blisteringly rude about each others’ work, so I won’t. But here are a few images that will give you an idea of what the man does -- you decide. And follow this link for more...
Oh okay, I will grudgingly admit through gritted teeth, he’s a great artist. But don’t tell him I said so. Oh there he is now, back on the floor doing that awful dance thing he does... Let’s give a big Dayglo cheer for the Maniototo Marvel himself...Grahame Sydney!
Peter and Margaret Lehmann
Vignerons (Peter Lehmann Wines)
Ladies and Gentlemen! Settle down at the back, we know you are excited about tonight's DJs, and why wouldn’t you be, and as a lot of you are Australian, it’s going to get noisy ... BUT we have, very unusually for the Dayglo, some cultured people playing their grooves live and ... yes, I said CULTURED ... (blimey, some of the sorts Security are letting through lately) ... so a bit of bloody HUSH would be in order. Yes, that means you too.
Kev ... thank you!
So, tonight, flown in by Two Paddocks Virtual Airways First Class (The kind of service you can only fantasize about when you are on B.A.) two people we love and admire here at TPHQ more than we can say ... yes the familiar avuncular presence on my right is of course the one and only Peter Lehmann, widely known as the Baron Of Barossa ... an awkward sobriquet we admit given Peter and Margaret’s firmly lefty inclinations, but one that indicates just a fraction of the mana and affection with which he is held in that beautiful corner of Australia, in the Australian wine world, and of course here at TPHQ, where he is held in awe and spoken about in hushed tones. We like to gather around the TP fire at night and tell stories of how Peter virtually singlehandedly and heroically risked all to save the wine growers of Barossa in the late 70s, early 80s, and at the same time chancing his arm, and leg too, in setting up the distinguished firm of Peter Lehmann, makers of some of the world’s greatest Shiraz, Riesling and Semillon. Respect!
And on my left, one of The Great Women, and unquestionably a Great Australian ... the irrepressible, the hilarious, the socially committed, the fascinating, the hospitable, the outrageous, the thrillingly subversive, the other half of a great partnership ... the wonderful Margaret Lehmann.
Here they are, making their way up to the stage, about the best damn couple we know ... a big warm welcome for the amazing Peter and Margaret Lehmann!!
Well, here goes, And they are not all songs simply a sampling of music we like
- First has to be Charles Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass because that's the first record Peter bought for us!
- All of Mozart’s Operas. But if you are going to be a meanie and say they can’t count as one then it has to be The Marriage of Figaro, the Bryn Terfel, Cecilia Bartoli and Renee Fleming version is stunning.
- Ted Egan’s Ballads The Drover’s Boy, The Last of the Packhorse Bagmen, She’s Australian sung by Ted with his Fosterphone providing musical accompaniment. The Fosterphone is an empty beer carton! They are deceptively simple and have been known to bring a tear to the eye.
- Song to the Moon (from the opera Rusalka) - Antonin Dvorak. The mermaid Rusalka's beautiful aria to the moon.
- Chants d'Auvergne - Joseph Marie Canteloube
- Another balladeer, Fred Smith’s Dust of Uruzgan. Fred is an Australian diplomat who was posted to Afghanistan and these songs give the best insight into that sad, sad place.
- Coventry Carol because Christmas is on the way and that is the most beautiful of all.
- Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana because it is outrageous.
- Richard Meale’s Cantilena Pacifica. A most beautiful elegiac work.
- And another friend in music, Peter Sculthorpe’s Small Town. His moving piece about Anzac Day.
Thanks so much you two. Such unalloyed beauty on this list. If you are a Top 10 follower, you will know that occasionally we ask as guests winemakers from other vineyards for whom we have a particular affection, and the Prop was lucky enough to get to know these two (having already been a longstanding admirer of Peter’s wines) while judging wine in Hong Kong a few years ago ... an immensely amusing and enlightening week, where, for instance, having cigarettes outside the Mandarin with two of the driest wits we know will be something we will never forget (none of us smoke now, but that’s another story).
Anyway, what luck to have them here in the Dayglo, and cheers and good health you two. Give it up once more for our beautiful friends – Peter and Margaret Lehmann!
Jason O'Mara, actor
Ladies and Gentlemen ... and Australians! Just kidding ... we love Australia here at the Dayglo! Here’s a SURPRISE tonight, someone we hardly know really, but we think is terrific, and we suspected would make a top DJ, and by gads we’ve seen his list, and we were right. Mind you, he comes highly recommended, by our pals Scott, Josh and Andre, the writers of Happy Town (that happiest of jobs) who had written Life on Mars, and loved him. And we really dug that show, and his work on it. A really good leading man – a harder job than it looks by the way. And now he is the solid beating heart of Terra Nova, and he is rightly garnering a huge following from that ... we watch it every week here at HQ. So here’s one or two things Jason and the Prop have in common – Ireland, time travel, and we both run from dinosaurs if needs be, with style and grace. But look, here he is, ready to play his stuff, we are delighted he’s here, flown straight from NYC on Two Paddocks Virtual Airways (First Class - Close your eyes and you’re there in no time at all), a marvelous actor, and a famously good fellow ... Ladies and Gentlemen ... Jason O’Mara!
- Sympathy For The Devil - The Rolling Stones
Not only is this one of the greatest all-time songs, but it seems to
follow me around and plays randomly (on the radio or TV, etc.) whenever
a major event in my life takes place. What that says about me, I don't
know. Maybe it's more the irresistible hypnotic samba beat than the
clever diabolical lyrics, but I find this song tremendously positive
and life affirming. Speaking of feeling blessed to be alive, I just
finished Keith Richards' autobiography. Can't believe that guy is
still walking around.
- Love Rears It's Ugly Head - Living Colour
British guitar legend Vernon Reid fused funky jazz with metal in New
York City to create this mind-blowingly cool track that represents
some of the best the early 90's had to offer. It reminds me of my
student days at Trinity College, Dublin. Not that I remember much of
it, I was too busy having a VERY good time.
- Ride On - Christy Moore
Huge in Ireland for many years, Christy Moore is still relatively
unknown internationally. He's a singer-songwriter who usually records
and performs his own stuff, but ironically he didn't write this - his
biggest hit (it was written by another famous Irish songwriter, Jimmy
MacCarthy). It's been covered by others may times but there's
something about Christy's soulful, raw delivery that deeply affects
me. It's also the only song that I'll sing publicly - when I sang it
to my wife early on in our courtship, she said it was the moment she
fell in love with me. So thank God for Christy Moore!
- The Rat - The Walkmen
You like your music loud, intense and smart? This'll do it. It'll also
get you through the last minutes of a tough workout. Heavy but not
heavy metal. Angry but not dark. Can't listen to this too much. What
an iPod is for. Love. It.
- New Years Day - U2
Although supporting "the lads" is considered compulsory by many in
Ireland, I have gone through phases of falling in and out of love with
them over the years. Ultimately though, their songwriting talent and
musical ability is undeniable (we have a phrase in Ireland; 'the cream
always floats to the top'). Their gifts are fully utilized in this
well known earlier song about heartbreak, reconciliation and hope.
I'll probably be a U2 fan until my dying day. I know it's probably
missing the point, but I actually have made it a tradition to play it
every January 1st. It's a sound from my childhood that I find
- Harder Than You Think - Public Enemy
Public Enemy refuse to just go away. To me, this one is an
acknowledgement that life and career can be a struggle but it's the
struggle that makes it all worthwhile. Fight the good fight and enjoy
the journey. Listened to this a lot while waiting out the writers
strike in 2007 to find out if 'Life On Mars' (US) was going to be
picked up to series. Invigorating stuff from the grandaddys of hip
- To Build A Home - The Cinematic Orchestra
Listened to this before every show while performing a play at the
Donmar Warehouse in London last year. The song (and the play) explores
the destruction of a family that falls apart despite their efforts to
'hold on tightly'. What could be more heartbreaking? Exquisite song
- Don't Go - The Hothouse Flowers
This mighty Irish band enjoyed their time in the sun in Ireland in the
late 80's, particularly one summer where they played live gigs to
stadium crowds (needless to say, I was at one or two of them!). An
Irish stew of gospel, soul and jazz. Only the Irish can truly make
happy songs out of sad subjects: 'Don't go! Don't leave me now!' By
the way, this one instantaneously makes me feel 17 again.
- Bang - Blur
Of course, I should have 'I Am The Resurrection' by The Stone Roses in
this slot, but there's no accounting for taste, is there? The cool
sophistication of a young Graham Coxon on guitar in this early effort
from 1991 impressed me so much, I became a lifelong Blur fan. It also
made me want to move to London (the sound of The Tube in the intro of
the track filled me with excitement - I was 19!) By the time I got
there in 96, Blur was poised to become the Next Big Thing. Unlike
- One Day Like This - Elbow
Waking with the one you love to the anticipation and hope of a new
day. I was never a morning person until I met my wife, who taught me
how to wake up happy. Ok, maybe not EVERY day...
Well now, this is what the Top 10 is all about -- if you didn’t know Jason well before, you kind of do a bit now -- a brilliant set of songs, many of which you may not have considered before, but more than that an insight into a life -- growing up in Dublin, moving to the bigger smoke, being in love -- all that good stuff. It seems to me that music is particularly important to many actors because it marks the chapters in our weird random traveling lives, cheers us up in the dark passages, brings a fanfare to our small triumphs, such as they are. Everybody needs a soundtrack. Thanks Jason, please come back to the Dayglo any time -- and bring the Cinematic Orchestra with you -- what a find! And make sure you get here early, I’ll tell you my U2 story, but it takes about a bloody half an hour ... Ladies and Gentlemen, a big Dayglo hand for ... Jason O’Mara !
Lillian Haynes, CEO Northeast Wines and Spirits Hong Kong
Ladies and Gentlemen! Tonight, in the Dayglo, courtesy of Two Paddocks Virtual Air 1st Class (So convenient we just leave you at home.) arguably the world’s most glamorous, and nicest, wine distributor: Lillian Haynes.
Lillian runs Northeast Wines and Spirits in fabulous Hong Kong, and they sell our wine in that most fantastic of cities. We love Hong Kong, and we know you do too, especially since Lillian ensures you are able to freely access Two Paddocks on both sides of the Fragrant Harbour. Awesome, and reassuring at the same time. And we know none of you really like to travel to foreign climes where the grizzly possibility of a great dinner without a great TP Pinot is a genuine risk.
Lillian runs an extraordinarily successful business in the fiercely combative commercial milieu of Honkers (check out some of the other prestigious labels in their portfolio - Geoff Merrill, Man O’ War, etc.) but she is also a wife and (rugby) mother, skier, golfer and above all DISCO Queen! Great company and good friend to Two Paddocks, she’s got it, and here she is, as always dressed in something super, swanning her elegant way across the Dayglo floor with her stack o’ wax, we have no idea what she wants to play, holding breath here, but here she is ... a big Dayglo welcome if you please, on your feet and hands in the air for the remarkable and oh so beautiful ... Lillian Haynes!
- Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Hong Kong Stadium, Rugby 7’s, South Stand, the biggest karaoke of all time
- Oh What a Night - Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
Jersey Boys, London, 2009, the best musical.
- Banana Pancakes - Jack Johnson
Chill out in Phuket, lazy Sunday afternoon...
- Kokomo - The Beach Boys
White sand beach, steel drums, pina colada...
- Mustang Sally - Tom Jones
my ringtone and great sing-a-long song when driving
- Hey Baby (If you’ll be my girl) - DJ Ötzi
One of the best rugby songs whether it’s in HK, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Wellington…
- What's Up - 4 Non Blondes
The first song son Ed learned after ABC and it’s one of his favorites still
- Something Stupid - Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman
Mismatch but sweet
- Sway - The Pussycat Dolls
Great rhythm, Richard Gere on the dance floor…..oh no!
- I Feel Good - James Brown
All time classic.
No, No NO NOAAHH, oh god Lillian, you chose the Beach Boys, bless you, but you chose the ONE certifiable stinker they ever sang!* Still, you make up for it with James Brown, and anyway ... we’ve snapped out of it ... and that’s the thing with Top 10s, you can play WHATEVER YOU WANT. It’s your party, and you’ll twist if you want to! Rock on Lillian!
So thanks Lillian, we are your BIGGEST fans here at Two Paddocks HQ, and we’ll play your stuff any time – and goodness knows you have exquisite taste in so many things, not least in wine.We can’t wait to get hack to HK and Northeast, and to see you back here – you are way overdue!
And all you disco divas, when in Hong Kong, check out Northeast Wines. And in a tight spot, always remember you can get a glass of Two Paddocks at the Four Seasons.
* The Prop is a fervent Beach Boys fan, and his B Boys Essential 10 is coming soon.
Parminder Nagra, actor
Laaadies and Gentlemen! Tonight in the Two Paddocks Dayglo 24/7, shaking her stuff on our pulsing dance floor, exquisitely reflected a thousand times in the TP mirror ball, all the way from Alcatraz, First Class courtesy of Two Paddocks Virtual Airlines (the canapés are literally lighter than air), a surprise and a delight – the lovely and super talented Parminder Nagra. In January you will see her luminescent on Fox in Alcatraz. You know her best from Bend it Like Beckham and as the longest serving cast member in E.R. (seven years – heroic) with any luck you may have seen her in the heaps of other theatre and film she has made ... but we know her best from cocktails and vino after work. A great team member, a funny friend, a devoted mother, a fabulous actor and dammit ... a bona fide Star. Here she is, with a bunch of songs she promises will be a surprise ... All the way from Leicester via Los Angeles directly here in living colour and surround sound ... the all singing, all dancing, all outrageous ... Parminder Nagra!
- Good Life - One Republic
This song just reminds me of travel, friends, and about reminding you too be optimistic and inspiring about your life. Fills me with joy. Also a great running tune.
- Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People
A funky fun tune that for some reason reminds me of London ... I was filming 28K at the time. (A new indie I did this past spring.)
- Rhythm of Love - Plain White Ts
Another great running tune. This song just makes me happy.
- Neelay Neelay/Only You - Penn Masala
Penn Masala is the world's first and premier Hindi a cappella group, formed in 1996 by students at the University of Pennsylvania. This brings together my two worlds. Fusion of two great tunes.
- Teri Ore - Rahet Fateh Ali Khan, Shrey Goshal
Together with my brothers and sister we have probably listened to this song a hundred times, it is just truly beautiful.
- Salaam-E-Ishq (From Salaam-E-Ishq) - Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Shreya Ghoshal, Sonu Nigam, Sadhana Sargam, Shankar Mahadevan & Kunal Ganjawala
If you want to keep your hips swinging this Bollywood song will be sure to keep your toes tapping. For some reason if I'm cooking in the kitchen I can't help but start dancing.
- Quiet Town - Josh Rouse
I am winding down my top ten with Josh Rouse. He makes me feel sentimental ... in a good way. Reminds me of home and travel, and life now.
- Where Do You Go (To My Lovely) - Peter Sarstedt
Darjeeling Limited is one of my favourite movies. I love the character in this song. Sort of tragic. Romantic. Jason Schwartzman's reaction to this song just makes it feel even more tragically romantic.
- 1963 - Rachael Yamagata
Just love love love her voice. Deep and sultry. This song is also very romantic.
- Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
This song I remember from ER and is such a wonderful take on this song.
Wow ... what a top 10, with all kinds of places to go that you never thought of previously. Salaam-E-Ishq – if you don’t know how much crazy, sexy, psychotropic, giddy, sentimental, exhilarating fun Bollywood can be – here is a really good place to start. Parminder Nagra is the only other fan I know of Rachel Yamagata, apart from myself. And the late Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow -- that huge man with the sweet high voice and the tiny ukulele -- almost impossible not to be moved to tears by this, especially if you have spent any time in Hawaii.
Anyway, all of us inmates of Alcatraz love working with Parminder, and all us Dayglo lot are thrilled to have her here, in 3D and completely gorgeous, a fantastic Top 10, ... give it up, with thanks and deafening applause ... for the splendid ... Parminder Nagra!
Marianne Faithfull, Chanteuse Extraordinaire.
Ladies and Gentlemen! Tonight in the Dayglo Disco, courtesy of Two Paddocks Virtual Airways (First Class: Those Hostesses are just a Dream!), a treat of such rare privilege, one of the coolest people on the planet, so cool I think I may be hyperventilating ... yes ... I am, does anyone have a brown paper bag? Or a Ventolin puffer? Oh thanks, much better. Yes here she is, one of the great beauties of our age, a completely remarkable artist, the most delightful company imaginable -- someone who has lived at least five lives in the most vivid ways imaginable, a great singer, writer and actor -- she knows everybody, and has done absolutely everything. Good Lord, it’s exhausting just thinking about it all, let alone living it. She’s sashaying her way across the floor, make room if you please! … Oh stuff it, I’ll get out of her way and ask her to come up here to the stage with her Top 10, someone we feel privileged to know -- a big Dayglo welcome please for one of The Great Women, the always astonishing ... Marianne Faithfull!
Wait...she is saying something, she has the list in her hands, quiet please, she’s handing the list up to us here, what’s she saying?
I really hope you like it and I hope our Sam will like it too.
- Lush Life - John Coltrane
- Across 110th Street - Bobby Womack
- Drift Away - Dobie Gray
- Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin
- Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
- Get Up, Stand Up - Bob Marley
- You Go To My Head - Billie Holiday
- Love Is a Losing Game - Amy Winehouse
- Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
- Champagne & Reefer - Muddy Waters
The only story I really have is Mustang Sally. I went on my 1st road trip -- I mean without work -- in '65 or '66, I think, with my roadie Pat driving, to Positano. Going through Paris and Rome taking cool lovers in every city, having what I think was the best time of my life, honest and free! And I bought a ford Mustang to do it; so I WAS Mustang Sally and when I got back to London I went off with Mick Jagger.
Well, in fact, Marianne is straight back on the floor dancing and waving, and is saying nothing more about her absolutely CLASSIC list; well, until next time she tours this way perhaps. (A flawless set, as interesting for its omissions as inclusions – but, you know, that's top 10 world!) And if you do get the chance to see her live, do not miss the chance. In the meantime, if you have nothing else in your own stack o’ wax, do not live without Broken English, one of THE defining records of the 20th century. And speaking of which, for anyone interested in the 20th century and indeed the 21st, music, or pop culture, Marianne’s autobiographies are required reading. More than that, we always like seeing Marianne as an actor -- she was a knockout for instance in Irina Palme. But hers is a long and fascinating career -- a few words here do it or her no justice -- enough to say she is one of the most interesting people of our time, and a great artist by any measure --everyone, on your feet please, and salute the wonderful ... Marianne Faithfull!
Tim Evans, Negociants Australia
Ladies and Gentlemen! Attention please on the Dayglo floor. (Speaking of which, we know the flashing lights have been going a little strange this week, triggering migraines and one or two petits mals – apologies, but Boris the electrician has been on some kind of vodka all week sent from whatever Balkan country where we found him. Not pretty). No, say what you like about Australia (and many things have been said ... e.g. God’s own country, a fly cemetery, a den of cricket cheats, the greatest little country on Earth, you beauty and so on), we love it here at HQ, and we love Australians as well.
And part of our mission at TPHQ has always been to bring Two Paddocks to as much of The Lucky Country as we can. They love a top drop, even in Alice Springs – and believe me you need a top drop in Alice Springs!
And we realized very early we wanted to work with the best, to bring the best to The Best.
We have been with Negociants Australia from the beginning; they, like us, are a family-owned company (their family has been at it slightly longer than us – the Smiths founded Yalumba, the parent company, 160 years ago, the Neill’s started purveying wine in Otago 150 years ago) and they are dedicated to premium wines, just as we are.
So Our Man at Negociants, Our Man in Australia, Imported Wines National Sales Manager, Tim Evans, a good friend of us here at Two Paddocks, has been crucial in this critical mission.
An Adeleide man through and through which means he has an accent so refined he could be mistaken for a Kiwi! Tim is a Crows fan (no we can’t explain that, some weird rugby deviate game they play there – AFL). Tim is about the most laid-back bloke we have ever met in a country where Laid-Back is an art form and a national pastime.
He has been at Negociants 15 years, only slightly longer than us...he is married to the splendid Danni who also has a wine background, two kids, loves cars, fine barbequer – in short top bloke at a top firm.
Here he is now, one of our favourite of all Australians, and a credit to the world of wine merchants ... the one and only, the entirely likeable, the urbane and charming , all-dancing, all-singing, all-imbibing ... Mr Sociable himself ... Mr Tim Evans!
- Viva la Vida - Cold Play
Great band and lyrics. I rule the…..
- Teardrop - Massive Attack
One of the classics from Massive and it takes me back to the old days of working at Odd Bins in the UK.
- This Boy’s In Love or If I Know You - The Presets
One cannot decide as there is so many great songs from their second album. (Apocalypso)
- Man With The Red Face - Mark Knight & Funkagenda
Awesome piece of music, saxophone and vibe!
- Someone Like You - Adele
Beautiful vocals and just a beautiful piece of music…
- Lift Me Up - Moby
How could you not love this song!
- Rabbit Heart (Raise it Up) - Florence & The Machine
Love it, but what are they doing in the video.
- Blue Jeans - Lana Del Rey
A very new find and one that I just keep going back to. Her film clips are also a must view also!
- Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
One of the great 90’s bands out of the UK, lyrics and the violins what a symphony.
- God is a DJ - Faithless
You have to turn this one up ... and it takes you back to the younger years.
Jacqui Murphy , TP Manager gives thanks to Tim...
Bravo and let's all have a massive thigh slapping, feet stamping, heart racing, back clapping, table thumping round of polite applause for the dry witted and delightful Tim Evans.
We're surrounded by gold-mining tailings here in Central Otago from the days when thousands of men, many of them our Aussie cousins, toiled to dredge their fortunes out of the ground. The Proprietor's family were also here then - supplying these thirsty men with liquid refreshments, so it seems fitting that 150 years later The Prop is himself working hard to produce fine liquid refreshments (read Pinot Noir) and thankfully there is just enough to send some back across the Tasman. Anyone in the wine industry will tell you that it is a privilege to be working the team at Negociants Australia and we look forward to seeing them back here at Two Paddocks soon. Ladies and Gentleman, goodbye and good drinking from the most Southern vineyard region in the world at TPHQ. JM
A.O., Antopodean Thespian, and Producer
Laaadies and Gentlemen! Tonight, flown directly from NYC and the set of The Good Wife, (by Two Paddocks Virtual Air – first class -- "you only imagine that bed is flat.") a very special Dayglo guest, arguably the Prop’s closest friend, The Nipper from Panania, and latterly the Bodgie of Balmain; one of the greatest Leading Men of Australian Cinema of all time, a menace to himself and to his peers, an adornment to Australian Society, an advertisement for a good Catholic Education, an example to the fathers of Oz, a disgrace after 6 pm. Why he has been selected as DJ at all is a mystery in itself, the man is tone deaf (what little he can hear at all) and we have proof of his tin ear – a recording of him butchering a version of his mate Billy Thorpe’s great anthem Mashed Potato Yeah at the last big birthday bash. But here he is, he’s dusted off the old 45’s, he’s got the winklepickers on, plus he’s raided the old brylcreem jar, he’s looking good, the crowd loves him .. .give him room please. Security – he’s fine he’s with us – bring him up to the stage, he’s got his records on... A big Dayglo roar if you please for the one and only...MR BRYAN BROWN!!
Part 1: The Beginning
- There was always music. A piano being played during childhood. She loved Bing Crosby and White Christmas. But real music started with Elvis Presley and Heartbreak Hotel.
- I became a rocker. Had the best haircut and the tightest pants. Thirteen inches at the ankle. Stovepipe. Then a summer holiday by the beach and it all changed. No more grease just the Beach Boys and Good Vibrations.
- And a moment later music exploded and the word was The Beatles. And I sat up until midnight because they were going to play it straight after. Hey Jude, the greatest seven minutes of song I’d ever heard.
- The Hordern Pavillion. Roy Orbison opened for The Rolling Stones. His set ended and the roof lifted. No way The Stones could do better. They walked on stage and the roof was sent to Mars. "On a blanket with my baby' could a lyric be more sexy. Under the Boardwalk, that’s where I wanted to be.
- Sex, sex, sex. What else was there? And Diana Ross was the sexiest woman ever with the Supremes and I wanted to be her Baby Love.
- The '70s and troubled and creative and Carly Simon sang You're So Vain
- and James Taylor answered with Fire and Rain.
- And I brooded and brooded and the poets arrived and Neil Young had a Heart of Gold
- and Leonard Cohen spoke for me to every women when he breathed I'm Your Man.
- The world that we were born into was no more. A new world had arrived and some of it would be good and some of it bad. As Dylan spoke it -- The Times They are a-Changin.
And so begins Part 2...
Bryan, mate ... you rock.
Do we get a Part 2 one day, let’s hope...?
One of the Prop’s favourite ever chansons is Dexter and Sinistraby Karma County, which features Bryan on vocals. A heartbreaking story from a marvelous band. There is a surprisingly cheerful clip of it on YouTube, with BB in some vile shirts – do not miss it.
Speaking of Bryan’s greatest hits (yeah we know you’re going to say The Thorn Birds, A Town Like Alice, Breaker Morant, etc.) the Prop’s fave is Two Hands, with a very young Heath Ledger. And who can forget Bryan’s vast hat in Australia? Baz – put the scene where David Wenham treacherously feeds Bryan to the crocs back in the Director’s cut. Please!
Bryan – don’t go yet, we will be dancing til 5:00 am tonight. Oh well, toddle off then, you old fart. See you back at the Dayglo next year!
Special guest, Jim Eustace of Hayes, Hanson and Clark, Wine Merchants
Ladies and Gentlemen! At least those who are still standing ... Today, the Quiet Man of Wine ... our Man at HH & C, Gentleman Jim Eustace is here, rocking the house and bustin’ his moves! And what a line-up - Jim's mild and affable, besuited exterior belies a rumoured history of wasted days and trashed nights in the clubs of Soho and Southwark in the notorious 80s, and here, that wax under his right arm, perhaps the proof positive. Mind you, things did turn around later – after leaving Art School and abandoning plans to become the Simon Le Bon of the world of installations and found art, and having put the big permed hair behind him, Jim started at HH & C as a van driver and rapidly worked his way up the slippery pole to partner, buyer and director. Parent, rugby coach, husband, but above all Pinotphile ... here he is, and GOOD GOD, he’s back in the shoulder pad suit and he’s done something horrid to the barnet ... no matter... give a big retro Ministry of Sound-type welcome please, give it up for to the charming and civilized ... MR JIM EUSTACE!
- Just Can’t Get Enough -- Depeche Mode
Sorry, but I love a bit of eighties electronica – it’s my era.
- Too Much Too Young - The Specials
Because I never could…
- Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster
Every now and then it’s good to dig out the 10-holers and go a bit mental to the angry boys from Ulster.
- Jackson - Johnny Cash/June Carter
Because it’s a happy song!
- Queen Bitch - David Bowie
Today, it’s my favourite Bowie song, tomorrow ...
- This Is What We Find - Ian Dury and the Blockheads
Any song with ‘half-a-pound of uncut pork’ in the lyrics has to be in there – just listen to the story, always puts me in a good mood.
- Boiling Pot - J.J. Cale
A voice like melting silk (not dissimilar to the texture of Two Paddocks Pinot!)
- Song for the Dumped - Ben Folds Five
This was our go-to song driving through France this summer – the kids loved it (but probably just because of the swearing).
- Candy Says - Lou Reed
For quiet moments.
- Arrested Development – Tennessee
It’s funky yet restrained and I like it.
Melting silk – what an excellent analogy for TP Pinot! And anyone who loves Ian Dury, as I do – respect, dude!
Thanks Jim, and kudos for everything you do for Two Paddocks in Blighty. And Disco Daygloers ... Next time you are in London, pop in and see Jim at Haynes Hanson & Clarke. When you walk in the door, you may find the music turned down, but you might just catch them (I know we have) with Jim’s tracks turned to max, and they are boppin’ in the back ...
Seriously though, the best wine shop in the land. Worth the journey.
E. J. Barnes
Special guest, EJ Barnes, chanteuse.
Ladies and Gentlemen! A special thrill today in the Dayglo Disco (predominantly agent orange with lime green highlights, and a fluorescent strobing see-through dance floor) in the House tonight, an old young friend, the delightful and beautiful EJ Barnes!
If anyone in these parts could be called Oz Rock Royalty, it’s our darling EJ. Daughter of the legendary Jimmy Barnes (currently roaring through Australia with his great band Cold Chisel), niece to the wonderful Diesel, sister of two terrific singing sisters Mahalia and Elly May, sister to David Campbell (ripper singer) and Jacky Barnes (ripper drummer) niece to the fabled Swanee, etc. etc. Brought up in a noisy musical house full of hundreds of musos, actors, cuzzies and the best of bludgers (you’d need an historian to document it all) and it’s no accident that she not only has talent to burn, but she is out there with a crazily successful career of her own: writing, collaborating, singing, playing an assortment of instruments, recording and more.
She’s here in the Dayglo, taking a brief break from touring with Liam Finn (let’s not get started with his extraordinary musical pedigree) - last month we saw them in Vancouver, the night after Eddie Vedder had sung with them in Seattle, as well as touring between times with Evil Jane & St. Cecilia – do yourselves a favour and go to You Tube and see them and the increasingly hirsute Liam Finn to see the glorious EJ play and sing.
And, look, we do understand that a lot of our DJs, while hand-picked by the Prop are, well, male, and not as young as they once were, so here’s an antidote – EJ Barnes, the opposite to that, and decidedly alt rock as well!
Here she is, just a lovely person and a lovely singer, we’ve known her since she was a kid, she’s completely gorgeous, and she’s here with her kind o’ tunes!
Give it up for the utterly radiant ... EJ BARNES!
The Top Ten Songs by Bands I've Discovered on Tour
- The Mystery Lair - Lawrence Arabia, from Lawrence Arabia
A song by the wonderful James Milne, who I met when I first moved to London. He was first Kiwi to have me in his band. I loved touring with him and getting to sing in harmony with a gorgeous bunch of Kiwi fellows. He quickly became one of my favourite songwriters ever! I was swollen with pride when his song Apple Pie Bed won the Silver Scroll last year. This was the first track on his debut album and one we used to open shows with.
- Welcome To Nowhere - The Mint Chicks
Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! I heard this album when I was on tour with Lawrence Arabia & The Erotic Threads. I loved it instantly. Plenty of awesome beats for erratic dancing and beautiful melodies. I was thrilled to do tour of New Zealand with The Mint Chicks a couple of years ago. Not so thrilled when they broke up last year.
- It's Chode My Dear -- Connan Mockasin, from Please Turn Me Into The Snat
Connan is another New Zealand fellow I met when I moved to London. He had a trio called Connan and The Mockasins back then. A strange and wonderful artist, he makes incredibly psychedelic music and this album is amazing. This song is a sexy little number about a penis that is as wide as it is long.
- Tiny Head - The Luyas, from Too Beautiful To Work
This is a really captivating band from Montreal. I met Jessie on my first tour with Liam Finn in The States. She was playing in a band called Miracle Fortress at the time. We were fast friends and when I heard The Luyas record I was entranced.
- Stupid Ocean - Adam and The Amethysts, from Amethyst Amulet
Adam is another Montreal based musician, who was a part of Miracle Fortress when Liam and I toured with them. I love the ramshackle nature of his music. It really reminds me of Canada- maple sweet and evergreen.
- Little Bird - Griffith Goat Boy, from The Chimera
Davey, a dear friend made this album whilst studying to become a doctor I was so blown away by his beautiful and pure music. Still my favourite person to see play when I’m back in Sydney When he can pull himself away from being a doctor that is. This song makes me feel like I’m home.
- Yours Truly, The Commuter - Jason Lytle
This song takes me back to the tour bus ... and makes me long for the open road. We toured the west coast with Jason when he’d just released this record. I love his melodies.
- Hot Tania - The Drab Doo Riffs, from Fist Full of Doo-Riffs
We just toured NZ with this great band. Rockabilly pop at its best. This was one of my favourite song to watch live.
- Deep In My Heart - Marques Toliver, from Butterflies Are Not Free
I’m currently touring America with Liam Finn and this lovely young man from Florida now London-based. He’s a violin playing soul singer with a voice from heaven. I’m loving watching him play every night. This song is off his current EP.
- Meet Me In The Hallway for a Kiss - The Motts
I’m also currently on tour with man responsible for this track. Jol aka “Mulholland” is playing bass in Liam’s band. He released this album a couple of years ago. He’s another of New Zealand’s great songwriters and a killer engineer. He played a few solo sets on Liam’s UK tour This song always moves me.
What can we say – the most generous of lists, and a great road of discovery for all of us...exquisite taste.
Thanks so much EJ, we love you and come back soon to the Dayglo!
A huge round of applause again, groovers, for the completely fab EJ BARNES!!
Special guest Roi Colbert, humourist, writer and critic.
Ladies and Gentlemen, are there any of you here, or is it just the usual line-up of hooligans and louts here in the Dayglo? Yes, I believe I see one at the back, a small but impressive gentleman from Dunedin, making his way to the stage, a familiar figure ... wait while I put on my glasses ... yes, I’m right, it’s the man who gives a good name to Dunedin ... columnist for the Otago Daily Times, satirist, commentator, and documentarian of his own hapless delightful life.
A very old and treasured friend of Two Paddocks, Roi, while not the world’s wildest dancer, knows more about, and cares more about music than anyone else we know – he has been a master of music criticism since the last King died pretty much. He also ran the best second hand record store in NZ for many years, just up from the Octagon.
Technically blind as a bat, he still plays golf twice a week at Balmacewen – terrifying – FORE! Here he is with his all-vinyl selection, magooing his way to the tables – he makes us laugh, and he’s here to ROCK ... give it up people for our dear old friend ... ROI COLBERT!
- Astral Weeks – Van Morrison
Unfortunately, or fortunately, it’s a line call, heard this for the first time on acid, and immediately grokked its every word. Then Van told Ritchie York Madame George was about a cheese sandwich and I had to start all over again. I generally fling this out as the best album ever made, it’s just got everything I want in a record.
- While You Sleep – Mutton Birds
A lovely ringing song but I especially like it for the utterly quintessential Kiwi scenario of pretty girl answering ad for vacancy at all-male flat, and protagonist showing her through the flat so overcome he forgets how to breathe. How many times have us men forgotten how to breathe in the presence of a fine woman? I know I have.
- Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly
The best, greatest, most whang-your-head-on-a-wooden-toilet-seat guitar break in all of rock. Wasn’t it Oscar Wilde who said, if you’re going to play an electric guitar, make it SOUND like an electric guitar? Or was that Reg Presley of The Troggs?
- Mr Tambourine Man – The Byrds
Maybe my favourite single of all time. It seemed monumental when it came out, a thousand jangling guitars, ten voices in gorgeous harmony, escapist words to stun a boy in short pants at high school wanting to get out of the classroom NOW. All that in 2min 33sec.
- No Stranger Am I – Dusty Springfield
There’s an argument for saying the ten best of anything anywhere is by Dusty Springfield, but just look at this one, the B side of I Close My Eyes And Count To TenIt’s a tiny wee song and everything about it is beautiful and perfect. You could base a movie on this, and if you played it at the end, tears would flow down theatre aisles like the waters of the mighty Manuherikea.
- God Only Knows – Beach Boys
Brian Wilson is really the only true genius in rock music, I mean, the only one would pass every test if the tests were written down. A song of high irony though – how many have thought of having it played at their funeral for their stranded partner only to find the first line is “I may not have always loved you?” Carl Wilson told me Brian wrote this in twenty minutes. Genius.
- Return of the Grievous Angel – Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris
The pinnacle of all harmony country that had gone before (Louvin Brothers/Everly Brothers) and all the alt.rock that would come after. A classic example of making a wobbly singer sound magnificent simply by attaching him to a woman who can really sing.
- America– Simon & Garfunkel
Trivia question to win money in a pub – how many lines rhyme in this song? You’ll be thinking, oh, those words are exquisite, it must be a lot. The answer is none. Breath-taking.
- Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
I dunno, this is number one for everyone, but it just blew everything else beside it to pieces when it came out. Unbelievable snarling tobacco and Beaujolais vocal. It was a single and it just went forever. I walked all over Dunedin driven by the sound of this in my head.
- Mule Skinner Blues – The Fendermen
A folk song turned into black thunder by these two Fender-playing weirdos. A vocal that had never been done before and hasn’t been done since, a lyric of baffling stupidity, and a guitar sound to launch ten million ships. The best one-hit-wonder song of all time.
Choice choice from the Master. Give the man a huge vote of thanks also for what he’s done for NZ music over the years.
Roi is married to one of The Great Women -- Christine ... and look at her cutting the rug!
Play them again, oh southern seer of impeccable taste, and many more years of all of it my friend!
Guest DJ Wine Writer and Commentator, The Wandering Menace, Curtis Marsh.
One of the Great Men of Wine, Curtis Marsh, has been based in Honkers and now in Singapore for many years now, and when he's not clubbing here at the Dayglo, he devotes his time to exploring the world of wine. He is a sound critic and a terrific commentator, and we highly recommend his website thewanderingpalate.com for top info on wines and sheer pleasurable reading. Look him up -- we will spare you the bio -- but suffice it to say he's been everywhere in the pursuit of excellence and a decent beverage -- they know him in Burgundy, in Central Otago, in California ... he's out there in your vineyard, he's interrogating your winemaker, he's keeping you up all night with hilarity and more of the good stuff. In other words, a major liability. The Wandering Menace ...
So, give it up Clubbers, iPhones in the air please, do a little stretch before maxing the boogie, hit the flloor, and DANCE! Here he is, our pal and yours -The Wandering Palate himself ... CURTIS MARSH!
The Wandering Palate Cure for Writer's Block Top 10
Like all great talent, there are days when it flows and days when it don't. Most of the time it's simply lack of motivation and lethargy of the brain and what one needs is to energise the brain cells and neurons. To which I find a good dose of hard rock and heavy metal turned up loud enough to make our old colonial house windows rattle and the neighbours give me dirty looks whenever I see them.
So here it is; The Wandering Palate's menacing selection of predictably nauseating head bangers that is guaranteed to cure writer's block, or at worst lose the whole day chilling out!
- Even Flow -- Pearl Jam
Always the first track I play to for inspiration, thought provoking and brings back all the disordered thoughts and intoxications when I bummed out of school at 14...and when I went troppo for a while in 2001, “Even flow, thoughts arrive like butterflies.” And it's definitely a pinot noir gig; complex, nuanced, great rhythm and flow yet full of vitality and rebellious, just like pinot.
- Fuckin Up -- Neill Young and Pearl Jam
Sobering song/lyrics highlighting a strong personal trait I have, constantly brought to my attention by the wife. I find consistency is the key to mastering this and something I have not only maintained but seemed to have perfected. Oh, and great guitar riff!
- Smells like Teen Spirit -- Nirvana
Well, it goes something like if your brain is apathetic feed it something that is completely unintelligible yet powerful (power guitar riff from Coban and incompressible lyrics) and uplifting and has you start jumping around the room air-guitaring, volume at the max blowing out the cobwebs... and I just want to be a teen again... nothwithstanding this is possibly one of the great rock songs of our time.
- Woman from Tokyo -- Deep Purple
The first album I bought at 12 years-old, when my brother and I purchased a PYE Isotronic Stereo, much to the displeasure of our neighbours for the surrounding 5 kilometres. I find it very useful when I have to write a note on a cabernet sauvignon, as I get so caught up in the music I forget to write up the cabernet, which is the perfect result.
- Hey, Hey, My My -- Neil Young
If the music score is not inspiring prose by this stage then it's probably time to take more direct action open up a bottle of Champagne or a good Fino Sherry and see if a glass or two gets the onboard thesaurus going, besides the high notes in the guitar riffs of this little tune remind me of invigorating acidity in Champagne or cut of Fino Sherry... drink more of the Fino if you are really stuck.
- Rock n Roll -- Led Zeppelin
Time to move things up in beat and decibels and add some jam session spontaneity, as John Bonhom did with his drum fill and Jimmy Page coming in with the guitar riff that took all of 15 minutes to get the song down... and this was the second and moist cherished album I ever bought... Stairway to Heaven.
- Not Fragile -- Bachman-Turner Overdrive
By this stage you're probably pissed on Sherry and cursing deadlines and editors. This little tune actually reminds me of editors or how much I hate them and equally deadlines and constraints of word count. It's the sort of song that puts you in a bad arse "go get fucked" mood and I usually end up writing a piece that's way to long and straying off the brief, and telling the editor to go - well you know what - and the piece invariably ends up on my website and the list of medians gets more exclusive.
- Thunderstruck -- AC/DC
I would suggest you get off the Sherry by this stage and liberate a good bottle of pinot noir, not so good as to be distracting, but enough to add warmth to the inner olfactory and spark that chip in the onboard computer. Besides, it might be time to take a break from the keyboards and whack on Black in Black.
- Comfortably Numb -- Pink Floyd
By this stage you are totally back in the saddle and have banged out your best work ever, or the bottle of pinot noir is fast disappearing and you're horizontal... “Hello? Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone at home? ...and most likely becoming “Comfortably Numb”... “There is no pain you are receding.”
- All Along the Watchtower -- Jimi Hendrix
Well, it all over by now, whether you have cured the writer's block or not, it's now all a haze... "There must be some way out of here," said the joker to the thief”, and anyway what do those editors or anyone for that matter know, they don't appreciate my talent... “Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth, none of them along the line know what any of it is worth”... as the second bottle of pinot noir opens and you fantasizing about writing like Dylan and playing the guitar like Hendrix; and if only wine writers had this much talent ... “Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise ye princes, and prepare the shield. /For thus hath the Lord said unto me, go set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.”
Thanks, Menace, and we only regret we took your drinking instructions there a tad too literally. Speaking of music and a glass of something tip top, Curtis is married to on of The Great Women, Lee Leng, a formidable but utterly glamorous figure in the world of high finance, and together they are generous and delightful hosts in their Black-n-White in Singapore.
Footnote - "Swampy Marsh" served his time in the NZ Army -- artillery -- in the days before ear plugs, so it's a wonder he can hear music at all, let alone conjure up a Top 10 as good as this one. A medal on that man!
Special Guest DJ Oscar Kightley, MNZM.
Ladies and Gentlemen! On your feet, if you please, for a great New Zealander, and simultaneously a great Samoan! Yeah! I know ... crazy but true! Here he is in the Disco Inferno -- our good friend and confidant, the completely unique and utterly marvellous Oscar Kightley. "As funny as a fight," as they say in Ireland. Who knows what they say in Samoa? Do they even fight in Samoa? We love what Oscar does here at TPHQ. Excellent Actor, Writer, Producer, Comedian, TV Presenter and All Round Good Guy – all of these. Having said that, who knows what Oscar does, since he is almost invariably part of an excellent collective. One of the amazing Naked Samoans (if you haven’t seen Niu Sile, you haven’t lived or laughed enough), and one of the guys of Bro’ Town, New Zealand’s wildly succesful animated series, about a bunch of kids ar a South Auckland school. If they ad a leader &at all, it was Oscar. Just as he cowrote and starred in the brilliant movie Sione's Wedding probably the best comedy ever from New Zealand, and much loved here at HQ. (Look forward to the sequel ... the Prop should have been in it, but failed the Samoan accent test somehow). The Prop was in an episode of Bro' Town – "To Sam With Love" - check it out.
So here he is - one of the funniest men in New Zealand or anywhere else – our friend and dance guru, on your feet please, lighters up in the DaygloDisco, Let’s hear it from Club Two Paddocks – his sounds, his moves his moment – yes it’s Oscar Kightley!
- Like A Rolling Stone -- Jimi Hendrix, Live At Monterey
A great song by a great songwriter performed by a legendary great. It’s like chicken and rice. Individually they are awesome but together they are absolutely magic.
- You Can’t Always Get What You Want -- The Rolling Stones
Philosophically it’s very sound. The title is a good thing to remember when you’re planting grapes and other assorted life activities. Surely no one on Earth has had more fun lives than these fullas.
- Stir It Up - Bob Marley and The Wailers
Not manym if anym people can take a name like Bob and own it to such a degree that everyone knows him just as Bob. Perhaps they should retire that name now that he owns it.
- Hot Stepper - Gregory Isaacs
This is from Night Nurse, his most dope album. One of the coolest guys and coolest voices who ever lived. No wonder he was known as The Cool Ruler.
- The Show Goes On - Lupe Fiasco
I would like this played at my funeral with everyone handed the lyrics so they can rap along to it.
- Express Yourself - N.W.A.
From their game-changing first album that heralded in a golden age of hip hop in the 90s.
- Symphony of Sorrowful Songs - Gorecki
I must be quite a goth deep down. Out of this world piece of music.
- Atmosphere - Joy Division
Yep definitely I am part goth. Must be thanks to all the white kids I went to school with at Rutherford High in Te Atatu.
- 93 'til Infinity - Souls of Mischief
Part of the golden period of 90’s hip hop. One of the best beats ever created. Even if you don’t like rap music you’ll love this song.
- Waiting On A Friend - The Rolling Stones
"A smile relieves a heart that grieves." One of the best songs about being mates ever written.
- (10s) Picture Me Rolling - Tupac
Had to have Tupac on my list so sneaking this in as not 11 but 10s. Once you’ve picked all your grapes and are looking forward to a bumper harvest you can picture yourself rolling. Either rolling drunk or rolling in bucks.
Special Guest Winemaker and Diva from Neudorf
Ladies and Gentlemen! Tonight in the Dayglo Disco, Club Two Paddocks, special guest New Zealand Wine Legend Judy Finn! We love a lot of other wineries here at Club HQ, and some we love more than others. Neudorf, in Nelson, is one we adore. 30 years on, making some of NZ’s greatest wines (try walking past their Chardonnays ... go on, try ... see you couldn’t do it!). And here she is, the glamorous Judy Finn, co-founder of Neudorf with her husband Tim Finn (imagine the sheer inconvenience of that alone -- like a Californian winemaker who happened to be married to an Elvis Presley) ... Judy has immaculate taste in wine and music, and we are honoured to welcome her to Club Two Paddocks, a rousing cheer please for the wonderful ... Judy FINN!
My musical memories started with my father and Friday night trips to Baden Winchcombe’s (love that name?) to buy 33 RPMs (jazz, musicals) followed by fish and chips at Deans Fish Shop.
- Green Door - Jim Lowe
Listening with siblings while parents down Gin with friends – euphemistically called a cocktail party.
- Spanish Harlem Incident - Bob Dylan
A revelation after Cliff Richard – music as poetry.
- Ruby Tuesday - Rolling Stones
Memories of halter necks, heavy fringes, exams, boys, kitten heels and garter belts.
- N.S.U. - Cream
Student flats – Aubrey Beardsley posters, blackberry nip (as nature’s true emetic). High times good times.
- White Wedding - Billy Idol
Working three jobs, planting vineyards, sooo tired. One job was working shifts at local radio station – still love this.
- Anything from Madame Butterfly ( Maria Callas and Nicolai Gedda sing the duet Vogliatemi Bene from the First Act of Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccin )
It reduces me to tears.
- Tower of Song - Martha Wainwright
I know Mr L Cohen wrote it but Martha nails it.
- Carmelita - Warren Zevon
Great man.Will always be a sucker for the ol’CW ballad.
- This World - Katchafire
Hard call could be OpShop, Woolshed Sessions or Che Fu’s version of The Beatles Come Together, but New Zealand music reigns
- 99 Problems - Jay Z
Daughter teaches me, I am hooked but resist her adulation of Beyonce.
Fabulous choice Judy. New Plymouth girl through and through. We very much admire Neudorf down here in the Paddocks ... they produce wines with what we believe is a similar sustainable philosophy to ours, and their wines are elegant, balanced and restrained with marvellous textures and flavours. We recommend them. Good people too.
Thanks Judy, and our best to The Other Tim Finn!
Special Guest DJ Thespian LEGEND, Alan RICKMAN Star of Bottleshock (Just to show this is in some small way connected to wine.)
Ladies aanndd Gentlemen! Tonight only, direct from Broadway, the utterly unique and completely brilliant Alan Rickman, right here in the Dayglo Disco spinning his discs just for you. And you. And you two in the corner. Yes it's Alan Rickman ... NOW I have your attention. Yes, it's the man who brought you Snape in Harry Potter (if you're under 20), Valmont in the RSC's Dangerous Liaisons (if you are grown up), the bad guy in Die Hard, he IS Colonel Brandon, Truly Madly ... oh alright you've got the picture ... and masses of other luminous performances on stage and screen. He is, like his namesake Chicken Rickman, sexy, charismatic and very scary. And here he is ... RESPECT ... sashaying up to the turntables with a stack o' wax under his immaculately cut armpit -- give it up, if you please, for one of the greatest actors of his and any other generation -- the simply great, the inimitable the fantastic ...Alan RICKMAN!!
These are songs to have grown up with:
I Won't Dance - Fred Astaire
My hero. Completely disciplined, completely free.
I'm Easy - Keith Carradine
From Robert Altman's great film, Nashville. The scene has an acting lesson from Lily Tomlin.
Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts - Bob Dylan
10am. Monday morning. RADA student. Our brilliant teacher, June Kemp, gets us moving.
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
Desperado - Langley Schools Music Project
Recorded in a school gym in 1976. The singer is 9 years old.
Dancing in the Street - Martha and The Vandellas
Real Good For Free - Joni Mitchell
She says it all, really. No comment required.
Coney Island - Van Morrison
Nostalgia about everything. Everywhere.
You've Lost That Loving Feeling - The Righteous Brothers
Last dance at the party. A red light bulb. The dregs of cheap wine.
Imagination - Little Jimmy Scott
A great jazz singer rediscovered just in time.
Thanks to Alan from taking a few minutes from learning his lines and rehearsing Seminar for Broadway. Fascinating list, and illuminating too. Go see it if you can.
Oh, and when we said inimitable, we were exaggerating. In the Proprietor's experience, AR has one of those voices that actors all over the world absolutely love to imitate. Like Michael Caine and Sean Connery. And Christopher Walken. It's a compliment.
Anyway, we always love any Rickman performance. What's your favourite?
He is the Bee's Knees. Practice your Rickman with that phrase ... mutter through your teeth with eyes half closed and a kind of hypnotic drone “...heeez the beeez neeez." Good.
Special guest DJ
Ladies and Gentlemen! Today, and all night too, right here in your favourite limegreen and agent orange Dayglo Disco ... none other than our good Two Paddocks friend, the one and only Mark Lizotte -- aka DIESEL! Not just Australia's greatest guitarist but perhaps its greatest living singer too. A Living National Treasure! At last, some class! So, a big hand if you please -- here he is (Mark has sung for us at birthdays, dinners, picnics ...there is no end to his generosity, but today instead he's spinning discs) -- a big hand for the fabulous ...DIESEL!!
What I'm listening to this week -- top 10 (in no particular order):
- Video Games - Lana Del Rey
Sometimes you hear a song that stops you literally in your tracks.
- Champagne & Reefer - Muddy Waters
Ain't a crime? This song makes everything elicit attractive, the way the verses turn around, an extra bar here, there ... poetry.
- Psychotic Girl - The Black Keys
Great textures from the background vocals .. and a (rocking??) banjo.
- Little Wing - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
How they managed to make this song evoke an orchestral landscape will always amaze me .. it's all in the song ... and ... they only had 8 tracks!
- My Alberta - Link Wray and his Ray Men
Cinematic, this track is like a massage around the shoulders like "albatross."
- Valerie - Amy Winehouse
I love this paired back version. Amy working the melody beautifully.
- Harvest Moon - Neil Young
I'm in love with the idea of rural life... Linda Ronstadt adds some much on this track.
- Mystery Train - Little Junior Parker
Syncopation taken to new levels on this track... sorry Elvis!
- I'm New Here - Jamie X X and Gil Scott-Heron
Two generations of the 5 Burroughs meet on this track, brutal and vulnerable at once.
- When The Devil's Loose - A A Bondy
Makes me think about Savannah and weather that hangs like a water filled flour bag.
Mark, your roots are showing. Cool , so very cool ...
Special guest DJ
Ladies and Gentlemen ... and the rest of you can leave ... now! Go on -- out!
Tonight, all the way from sunny Norwich, flown in at gaggingly high cost on Two Paddocks Virtual Airways (First Class --So good, you never sleep). The Most Loved Man in Television and Film, and pretty much any other medium yet devised ... the Ridiculously Funny, The Unnecessarily Handsome, the Alarmingly Intelligent, The Absurdly Tall, The Overly Modest, the Unfairly Talented, The Abundantly Charming, Man of The Fens, here tonight exclusively in the Dayglo Disco: Actor, Producer, Director, Author, Satirist, Comedian, Tweeter, Soccer Tragic, Occasional Political Activist, (Lordy this is exhausting) ... Sometime Theatrical Luvvy, Bloody Blogger, Winner of the Hair Lottery, and so on ... a list as long as your arm. Here he is gliding his way through the adoring crowd ...
You love him in Q.I. (Should be B.F.*), you loved him as Jeeves, you loved him in Blackadder, you loved him with Laurie, you loved him as Wilde, you loved him as the Cheshire Cat, you loved him as Kingdom, you love him with animals, with words, with Wagner, with taxis, with black dogs, with ancestors, with, with .. .oh God there is no end to this ... the man not only defines Polymath, he can bloody well spell it. And you will love him as the highest Hobbit ever.
We just love him as a good egg.
Give it up, if you please, on your feet, hands in the air, a big Dayglo Disco welcome ... for the Superbly , Staggeringly, Stunningly Splendid ... Mr ... Stephen FRY!!!
So here we are. I am deeply aware, as you will be when you've examined my ten, that I'm not one of the world's great popsters, so I hope you'll forgive my mad eclecticism.
- Spanish Flea - Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass.
Herb is a good old Jewish boy from Fairfax, LA, but that doesn't detract from the genius of this phase of his extraordinary musical life. If this doesn't cheer you up, you are uncheerupable.
- Exsultate Jubilate Alleluja - Cecilia Bartoli.
This singer can do no wrong in my eyes, or should that be ears? Her attack, passion and verve always thrill me. This final section of Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate is an encore and should have you cheering and bouncing.
- The Intro and the Outro - The Bonzo Dog Band.
From their Album Gorilla this mad and wonderful piece exhibits the inimitable voice of Vivian Stanshall one of my great heroes. I could have chosen any Bonzo number, they influenced me even more than Monty Python, but this seems like an amiable example of their surreal brilliance
- Young and Foolish - Tony Bennett and Bill Evans
Absolute brilliance from two geniuses at the peak of their form. Bill Evans was one of the greatest jazz pianists who ever lived and Tony Bennett - well he needs no plaudits from me. My heart breaks every time I listen to this, especially the way he hits the word "rain" ....
- Sunday Morning Going Down - Johnny Cash
This great song was written by Kris Kristofferson and is a matchless evocation of a lifestyle of nostalgia, loneliness and a longing for hearth and home that is secretly felt by all troubadours, artists and restless vagabonds. I adore Cash and this is him in prime form with prime material.
- It Should Have Been Me - Yvonne Fair
Why isn't this great artist better known? What a song. What delivery.
- Der Holle Rache from Mozart's The Magic Flute.
Lucia Popp as The Queen of The Night. Yes, that's a human voice. The same organ you and I use to order pizza or ask the way to the honey-wagon. How does she hit those notes with such purity and fury? A jealous mother sings her rage.
- Fernando - Abba.
Well, why the hell not, Hm? Hm?
- Without You - Harry Nilsson
It was either this or Everybody's Talking. A great songwriter and this song reminds me of early fumbling embarrassed adolescent discos. It was the smoochy one the DJ played last.
- Sorry but you're not getting away without Wagner. I know how much of a trial he is to some and I know that this is long, but it's the piece that switched me on to the genius, sonofabitch that he was. The Overture to Tannhäuser. Wait till those strings start sweeping in.
Stephen, consider us cheered! A terrific Top 10 we will revisit again and again. The Disco Horde te salutate! The Proprietor pulls a forelock! Many many thanks. A big hand MAXaPPLaUSE PLEaSE as the big man leaves the room! Once again ...Stephen Fry !!!
Q.I. - easily our favourite thing on the telly here at T.P.H.Q. We feel ‘Quite Interesting' should be in fact called ‘Bloody Fascinating' , but then it wouldn't have the same exquisite sense of understatement, would it?
Footnote: The Proprietor remembers with complete clarity hearing Stephen for the very first time on Radio 4 circa 1983, while parking the car on Old Marylebone Rd., and being unable to leave, laughing himself silly until they were finished. Hugh Laurie was there, and reasonably sure Emma Thompson as well ... A moment for the Road to Damascus.
Two Paddocks All Rounder and Redbank Farmster
Ladies aanndd Gentlemen! Yes, we know you are still reeling from Bob's radical DJ session, but we haven't finished with you yet! You knew it had to be ... yes, Keith, Keith, Keith ... cometh the hour, cometh the man. And yes, we know you dread Keith's selection, we see you gritting your teeth, bracing for the torture to come. But wait, while we know Keith's been round the block more than once (formerly coached the Highlanders, ran a motel in Invercargill ... a thousand life experiences, none of them remotely musical) what we DO know is that he's had the tremendously civilizing experience of working for Two Paddocks for ... what, five years, ten (feels like fifty), so who knows what he'll choose? Stockhausen? Rimsky-Korsakov? Shostakovich? Let's see! Here he is, we love him, our favourite greens man -- look he's broken into a run on the way to the sound desk -- never seen that before -- Give it up Ladies, Gents, Chickens, and Goats ... you know him, you love him, he's here with HIS music, kick back, kick forward here he is ... it's KEITH!
- Mr Tambourine Man - The Byrds
One of the first groups I ever saw live.
- San Francisco - Scott McKenzie
Our son has lived in San Francisco for the past 12 years.
- Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
I just like S & G
- Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
One of THE great songs.
- Turn, Turn, Turn - The Byrds
- Graceland - Paul Simon
First heard it in South Africa touring as coach of the Highlanders in 1996 -- two years after apartheid had finished.
- Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
For what the words stand for.
- Substitute - The Who
THE first and possibly the second BEST concert I have everseen. Saw it as the old Sydney Bowl -- 1968. Manfred Man and the Small Faces opened. Rod Stewart was singer for the Small Faces…
- Lucy in the Sky of Diamonds - The Beatles
THE BEST concert I have ever been to.
- Paint it Black - The Rolling Stones
John Lennon reckoned this is the best pop song ever written. My #10.
See, that wasn't too bad was it? Some of it was actually quite good, go on, admit it! Next week, we take you to the dentist. No painkillers.
Thanks Keith. Now, back to work! Honestly, some people think it's all song and dance around here.
Ladies and Gentlemen! Duck! Here he is, the Wild Man of Twitter, the Indoors Man of Bel Air, the Human Contortionist of Brooklyn, the Veteran of the Catskills, the Family Man, The Star of Wings, Humorist, Poet, Political Commentator, the Suave, the Savage, the Lush, the decidedly wacky, the Fully Trained and Qualified Thespian, as seen on Broadway (The Producers ... how good was that?), as seen in Happy Town, a hell of an actor, an even more hellish guy ... he sings, he dances, he drives, he paints, he rides a horse, he has six languages, he drinks our wine but shouldn't, he travels but should be banned; he's a liability, he's a Star and he's our good pal ... he is, of course ... the magnificent ... STEVEN WEBER!
My Top Ten!!! -- or "A Clearly Deficient Sampling of One's Musical Tastes Served in No Particular Order Up for the Scrutiny of Total Strangers at the Behest of Master Sam Neill, Gentleman, Oenophile, Sadist."
- Strange Fruit - sung by Billie Holiday
I have a late recording of this almost terminally haunting song, her legendary voice ragged and beautiful. Like Sam Neill's bath towels.
- Alfie - sung by Burt Bacharach in a live concert in Sydney.
Delicate, almost whispered, it cuts into your heart. Like Sam Neill's World War 2 era toenail clippers he keeps in the guest bathroom.
- Quadrophenia - the whole damned album (The Who)
I listened to it every day for four years while in my late teens. Bittersweet, beautiful, raging. Like the people Sam Neill employs to pick his perfectly ripened grapes.
- Frank Sinatra sings for Only the Lonely- The entire album
Each sad, brilliantly crafted song is perfectly arranged by Nelson Riddle and exquisitely sung by Sinatra. But be warned: remove all booze and sharp objects from the room you're listening in.
- Instant Karma - Beatles
Hard to pick just one Beatles song but this one isn't heard as often as many others. And it's anthemic, it's passionate, it's angry, it's amused. And it still, as the kids say, rocks.
- Hurt - Johnny Cash
This haunting version of the Trent Reznor song, recorded soon before he left this realm. Amazing.
- Nessun Dorma - Pavoratti
If we had to send one example of human-created beauty to an alien race in order to dissuade them from destroying Earth, this would be it. Either that or a scene from Reilly: Ace of Spies.
- Tramp the Dirt Down - Elvis Costello
Pound for pound, Elvis Costello is my favorite musical artist and impossible to narrow down my preferences to a single song. This, however, bottles al the righteous political anger a person of liberal persuasion could have, plus a classic EC melody that is totally original, evocative and able to rouse a crowd before a battle. Like Sam Neill's pre-dinner toasts.
- 53rd and 3rd- The Ramones
Shredded and in many ways sloppy, this tune is also raw and rocking and real (and known to inspire alliteration). I grew up in New York City then and, while I was a complete dork and utterly isolated from the music scene which The Ramones personified, still find this to be dangerous, graphic and cool (which, oddly, are the same names Sam Neill has for his trio of adorable pet prawns. What?)
- Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
In many ways, the culmination of their decade's work. The harmonies soar, the words inspire, the arrangement never fails to move. Like many of Sam Neill's house guests after a case or two of Two Paddocks 2008 Pinot Noir. Which I'm about to crack open right now.
Let it be noted that when Steven stays with us, we do not permit him to soil our towels (they are never the same after). So he has to run naked around the garden for sometime after showering until we deem him sufficiently dry to let him back into the house. He's a pretty good sport about this and seldom complains.
One thing he is allowed to touch in the house (under supervision) is the stereo, since he has great taste in music -- see this immaculate list. And great taste in women too ... Mrs Weber, Juliette Hohnen, is one of The Great Women. No supervision required.
A big hand please for today's great sounds from DJ WEBER!!
National Retail Sales Manager, Negotiants
Ladies and Gentlemen! Direct from Herne Bay, our favourite Auckland Bopster: a menace on the dance floor, a terror on the road (white GTI wheels, natch) Jane "Twister" Jackson -- our good palat Negociants NZ. Wild and very very funny ... keep your heads DOWN, here she is, one hot daaangerous Naki chick heading for the DJ booth ...give it up, listen carefully and hit the floor ... it's our very own, the lovely ... Jane JACKSON!
- The Air that I Breathe - kd Lang
It's a combination of her vocal range, impeccable timing, inherent and intelligent musicality that get me. This song, delivered with depth and feeling, sum all of that up. There were so many songs I could have chosen as she is absolutely my favourite female singer.
- Please Read the Letter - Alison Krauss and Robert Plant
Two more of my favourite musicians on one blinder of an album -- an inspired pairing with magical results. An outstanding version of this song in which you can feel the agony of yearning and love.
- Oh Very Young - Cat Stevens
My love of Cat Stevens music was sealed in the mid 70's at boarding school. My lifelong friend Tina played this piece then and almost 40 years later still does so his music speaks of the very deep pleasure that both enduring friendships and music give.
- Think - Aretha Franklin
The woman's voice is all power, fearless and sassy. Love the bit when she belts out the word ‘freedom' and reckon it is the best 2 and half minute dance workout ever -- can't listen to this without wanting to do so.
- Heroes - David Bowie (live in concert, Berlin, September 2002).
My musical hero of the 70's, so anything of his from that decade would work. This live performance of Heroes is a cracker and in it he reeks of the cool I thought he had then and still has today.
- So Long, Marianne (Live in London) or Closing Time (studio version) - Leonard Cohen
Love his insightful, astute and cynical observations of life and the human condition with a voice to match. Couldn't choose between these 2, so I haven't.
- Us and Them - Pink Floyd
Dark Side of The Moon was the BEST present I got for Christmas in 1974 and the album remains a favourite to this day. It started a long love of things Floyd and this particular track still transports me to another place as it did the very first time I heard it.
- Have a Little Faith - John Hiatt
Poetic, heartfelt words that can bring both tears and joy. Everyone needs someone to catch them when they fall. Frequently turned up full bore.
- Nimrod, The Enigma Variations - Elgar, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall, 1997, conducted by Barenboim. Quite simply, beautiful, it feeds my soul and makes me wish I could play the violin.
- In the Mood - Glenn Miller
My father's signature piano piece and as children we would dance as if demented whenever he played it. It's not a favourite piece as such, but I couldn't not include this one for the incredible memories of a house that was full of music, dancing and laughter.
One word Jane -- immaculate! And another big hand everybody, for all Jane's good work in the righteous mission of taking our wine to the darkest and driest corners of the land.
Actor, wine lover, bon viveur, raconteur and competitive dancer.
Ladies and Gentlemen! In the house! Direct from the clubs of Rome, and originally Studio 54, our old friend DJ DAFOE! One of the world's greatest screen actors (Spider Man, Last Temptation of Christ ...oh, 100 other movies), and no slouch on the stage either, wine lover, bon viveur, raconteur and competitive dancer -- the man oozes DJ charisma. And he's a friend of Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson -- respect! Here he is, flown in First Class on Virtual Airways, our pal and yours - the Great, the One and Only ...WILLEM DAFOE!
- Cantù - Fratelli Mancuso
In dialect, so I don't understand a word but love the raw but lush sound of this Sicilian folk song.
- Sunday Morning - Velvet Underground
I heard Lou Reed wrote it for Nico's voice but ended up recording it himself. Love the celesta. Makes me think of coming home with the dawn in my youthful New York City days.
- Ja Sei Namorar - Tribalistas
A special colaboration of Arnald Antunes, Marisa Monte,Carlinhos Brown 2003 Brazil. Joyous sound, sexy and inspires me to dance around the house naked.
- Absolute Beginners - David Bowie
A sing along song for my wife's guitar practice
- La Cura- Franco Battiato
I'm a huge Battiato fan. This is one of his classics. I'm always moved by this song.
- Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix
a fragment of a song- I once read it was one of Hendrix's favorites, but then again don't believe such things. My sister played Axis: Power of Love for me when I was 13.
- Love Minus Zero/No Limit - Bob Dylan
My favorite poet
- Rain and Tears - Aphrodite's Child
Rediscovered this when heard it in Hou Hsaio-Hsien's great film THREE TIMES (2005). Also check out Aphrodite's Child's It's Five O'Clock.
- Rapture - Antony and The Johnsons
Antony Hegarty has the voice of an angel. Both ethereal and earthy, male and female. The is the first song I heard of his. He performs it in the film Animal Factory (2000).
- Este Seu Olhar - João Gilberto
A beautiful Bossa Nova classic by Tom Jobim-in my favorite interpretation by Joao Gilberto (second only to my wife's). Chill, cool, simple, complex. To accompany any activity.
We love Willem here at HQ, and we dig his music too. We loved seeing him in Toronto, and check him out in The Hunter.
Ladies aanndd Gentlemen! Our DJ today -- a man who needs no introduction here in the TP Inferno! So we won't give him one! Oh , alright you lot, we will. Our winemaker since 1999, our partner in the Central Otago Wine Company, and friend for all of that time, Dean is the original rock'n'roll winemaker -- the speakers at work are bigger than some of the vats! Knows more about music than most, and much more about how to craft great wine than just about anyone! Just do not ask him to dance though -- not a pretty sight! Anyway, here he is larger than life, and lurching towards the turntables. He's in the House, he's ready to Rock! Are You? Let's hear it for ... DEAN!!
- How You Doing - The Front Lawn
- Don't Eat That Yellow Snow - Frank Zappa
Songs 1 and 2 always remind me of going skiing up Mt
Ruapehu where the mantra was always: don't eat the yellow
snow and How You Doing always reminds me of the inane
conversations you would have with long lost half friends on the
- Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off Sucker) - Parliament
Just a ripper of a tune especially at 3.00am just before noise control arrive for the last time.
- Earth Is the Place - Nathan Haines
So many songs to choose from here. The man is a genius, an absolute gem. Like many he is totallyunappreciated but just gets on with it.
- Down in Splendour - Straitjacket Fits
Wailing guitars, gnashing teeth in a Dunedin haze stuck at the Oriental Tavern trying to smuggle two $5.00 bottles of McWilliams Port into the gig, a bottle down each arm of the
- Gone Daddy Gone - Violent Femmes
Always reminds me of when my father left us to run off with the Avon lady and we ended up living in a cardboard box. Nah. Joke. A great summer, beach, bbq and too much sun song. The whole album got thrashed to death. Everyone knew every lyric -- great. Oh Dad you are forgiven come back please.
- Dance to the Music - Sly and the Family Stone
- Alphabet Street - Prince
Songs 7 and 8 are just that: Californian funk -- the big fro and those platform shoes do it for me every time. -- oh it makes me so envious. If only white guys could dance.
- Pull Up to the Bumper - Grace Jones
Wow, Grace. Say no more.
- Blue Lady - Hello Sailor
Could easily have been anyone of the great Kiwi artists that we have. It nearly was April sun in Cuba but Blue Lady always reminds me to sedate myself if I am getting too excited.
Special Guest, Wine Loving DJ, the Stunning and Unique Toni Collette.
Ladies aaanndd Gentlemen! Today, in the Two Paddocks Disco Inferno, one of the really Great Actors of our time!
Not only that, she is herself a musician and singer! More than that she's married to a great musician, Dave Galafassi!
It gets worse -- she's now giving birth to little musicians! (Two.) No wonder she loves her music! No choice! And no wonder we love her! Funny, fantastically talented, good company and supremely gorgeous ... yes the perfect Guest TP DJ ... here she is: Lift the Roof People! It's our very own ... TONI COLLETTE!!
Note -- TC has never been one for rules or even guidelines , so here she is flagrantly, fragrently, busting at least two. Oh well , we've never been able to say no to Toni...here she is.
From TC -- OK, I am taking you up on listing albums and not just singles. Because the art of album making feels like it is slipping away. There is a story in an album. You can lay down and listen and travel with it. Where as a single is more of a quick f***. Sorry but I prefer the former?! Most of the time ... I have whittled it down but I cannot get it down to 10 faves. I got it down to 13. Very difficult in itself. Here goes (in no particular order):
- Harvest - Neil Young
- Grace - Jeff Buckley
- Alina - Arvo Part
- Spirit of Eden - Talk Talk
- Hunky Dory - David Bowie
- Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
- Funeral - Arcade Fire
- O - Damien Rice
- Wrecking Ball - Emmylou Harris
- Time (The Revelator) - Gillian Welch
- Automatic for the People - REM
- Closing Time - Tom Waits
- The Bends - Radiohead
Flawless. Couldn't argue with a single thing here ... what impeccable taste. Thanks TC.
Liam Neeson, OBE
Special Guest DJ, Acting Legend and Pinot Dude
Ladies and Gentlemen! He's here. Our friend and colleague, all the way from Ballymena via NYC (the long way), and now here, in the Two Paddocks Disco Inferno: Liam Neeson. Last time we saw him actually dancing with intent (as opposed to by accident) was at Nell's about 20 years ago, so this is MASSIVE. And here he is, taking to the turntables with all the conviction you'd expect of a true action hero. On your feet boys and girls ... you are in the presence. A big roar of applause of a man who's given more great performances than most of us have had hot breakfasts ... a lovely man and a top DJ ... it's Liam NEESON
- Danny Boy - Eva Cassidy
Love this version and I used to sing it to my kids at bed time. It still makes me tear up whenever I hear it sung.
- Hyndford Street - Van Morrison
It evokes a Belfast I remember before The Troubles.
- Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles
I remember hearing it for the first time and thinking that The Beatles could do anything!
- The Wall (any song) - Pink Floyd
I'm still a Floyd guy. Seeing The Wall at Earls Court, in London in 1981 blew my mind. I was sitting with Helen Mirren. A great concert!
- Paris, Texas (opening theme) - Ry Cooder
Haunting music to a haunting film by Wenders. I listen to it regularly.
- Astral Weeks (any song) - Van Morrison
One of the great albums and Van was a local boy!
- Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
This song sort of defined the eighties for me. A classic.
- Greensleeves - Vaughn Williams
Evokes pastoral England and Shakespeare somehow. Love it.
- Requiem - Mozart
How do you begin to describe this incredible piece of music. Every emotion is there and then some. Awe inspiring.
- The Mission, opening theme - Ennio Morricone (The Mission trailer)
Great movie music. Wonderful fusion of high religious and native South American. Plus, I was in the movie, ha, ha, so, I'm biased.
O Jeez, Liam, wasn't expecting that. I've been tearing up here too. Lot of tracks there with personal meanings. Lotta water under the bridge ... harrumph. Okay, I'm clearing my throat, and I'm off pruning. Thanks Liam, and see you buddy.
Special RWC2011 Guest DJ All Black Great, and semi-great ballroom dancer.
|After a career as an AB who sustained many injuries in the course of his duties, on retirement Josh had to be largely reconstucted. The NZRFU rebuilt him comprehensively and included special and innovative features. Josh now has an iPod implant somewhere near his groin, and his hands conveniently house small speakers. Here he listens to Martha and the Vandellas while Dancing in the Streets.
Ladies and Gentlemen! Today, a special World Cup appearance, spinning the discs -- All Black immortal Josh Kronfeld! Not just one of the greatest flankers of our time, but one of the great AB dancers. Yes, believe it or not, for the first time in the TP disco, someone who can actually do the moves! Ranked third 2009 in Celebrity Come Dancing, Josh is now more than ever the object of envy of NZ Blokes, especially those who've seen Josh play mouth harp! So, here he is, Sportsman, Muso and
NZ's own Semi-Astaire ... A big House of Pain roar for ... Mr .. .Josh ... KRONFELD!!!
Note from Josh: These are not necessarily my all time top ten but if I was listening to music and or making a play list they would be the some of the first to go on. cheers, jk.
- I Need a Dollar - Aloe Blac
- Doncamatic Featuring Daley - Gorillaz
- Live Wire - AC/DC
- Bonfire - Live From The Atlantic Studios
- Daft - Punk Musique
- Rolling In the Deep - ADELE remix
- Soul Without Sale - The Have
- Faith No More - Easy
- On My Mind (which rolls into
Down The Road) - Kora
- Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat
Josh is a veteran of two World Cups, no less. Fairly sure he'll be out and about a bit later this time, so if you run into him late night, possibly at the Two Paddocks Disco, or the Britomart Country Club where TP is available by the glass, ask him again about the infamous Johannesburg poisoning in 1995, maybe. Nah, forget it, it's all behind us now. Instead, lets crank up Kora, and rock on! Thanks Josh, great Top 10, my man ...
Two Paddocks' Viticulture Young Gun, Tractor Expert and Bathroom Singer
Ladies and Gentlemen! Nathan is in the House! Now look, we make no promises here, and we cannot vouchsafe what is to follow. We DO know that when Nathan arrives at work, the car is cranking doof doof, doof doof, his radio is tuned to unmentionable stations, and it's playing tunes you hope you will never have to hear again in your life. So here goes, and play at your own risk. Ladies and Gentlemen, HIS greatest hits ... here he is, it's his hour in the sun, and he likes what he likes, so we have nothing to say on that ... our own Nate, a great bloke with cloth ears ... it's none other than .... NATHAN!
- Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
- Stranger Things Have Happened - Foo Fighters
- We No Speak Americano - Yolanda Be Cool vs DCUP
- The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie - Red Hot Chili Peppers
- What You Do - Stellar
- You Spin Me Around - Dead or Alive
- Ramp! The Logical Song - Scooter
- Running Down a Dream - Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers
- Paradise City - Guns n' Roses
- Move, Shake, Drop - DJ Laz
Thanks Nathan. Mmm ... well I like Tom Petty ... and the Logical Song, bit of a 70s revival there ... and Stellar, that's our own Bo ... and actually that's a pretty good Chili Peppers ... Oh alright Nathan, you win.
GM of Negociants NZ, Two Paddocks splendid NZ Distributor
Ladies and Gentlemen! In the House, for your Old Time, Anytime's the Right Time, Big Time Timeless Dancing and Listening Pleasure, The Man himself ... Not just the nicest man in NZ Wine, but easily the tallest! Here he is, striding across the Two Paddocks Disco floor; head, shoulders and torso above the dancing midgets of #nzwine! He's dug out his scratched old vinyl, and he's ready to Rave! Give it up please for our Favourite NZ Distrubutor, Party-Boy-Menace, Reckless Dancer, and Two Paddocks Drinker! Here he is ...applause please for Clive ...WESTON!!
Clive's all time fab faves:
- Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
An all time favourite, which featured on one of my earliest Brit vinyl purchases “Stars of 68.” Inspiration for many a fun jamming session. Forty years later, my teenage kids are now Kinks devotees.
- Stand by Me - Oasis
Forget the “Bad boy” talk, this is enduring anthem material. The crowd, ourselves included, did go wild when Oasis played this at the Logan Campbell centre a decade ago.
- The Last Time - Rolling Stones
Huge hit, Jagger's young voice and the guitar work are toe-tapping, singalong standouts. Heard it recently as an intro to a RWC 011 feature on Radio Sport -- sounded sweet as.
- Venus - The Feelers
Kiwi band take their anthem, lead by James Reid's distinctive vocals from ballad at the start to an all out rock fest by the close. First heard them play live at the late great Tutukaka Tavern before it was destroyed by fire. Memories.
- Wild Horses - Rolling Stones
Sits beside Angie as a classic Stones ballad. Remember getting up close and personal on the dance floor on one occasion and strumming it on another -- not everyone knows the verses but everyone knows the chorus.
- Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting - Elton John
Couldn't get through a 70's/80's London party without this one popping up.
- Father and Son - Cat Stevens
New Year's Eve, Staffa Bay, Northland, two or three guitars, bonfire, beach, Two Paddocks in cup, in our cups.
- Someone to Watch Over Me - Gershwin/multiple artists
Mum's all time favourite ballad, played or sung to me all life through -- enjoy the Ella Fitzgerald version but prefer Mum's.
- Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum
The power of the lyrics, music and mood all add up to legendary status and an automatic top 10 choice
- Waterloo Sunset - The Kink
Thanks to Terry, Julie and the great Ray Davies for giving us nostalgia and the many happy memories of old London town.
Whew, the go go dancers need a break. Think I might need a chilled glass of Riesling to cool my jets. Thanks Clive. Groovy Baby.
Chef, gardener, restauranter, and Special Guest DJ, exclusive and live from Bondi Beach!
Ladies and Gentlemen! One of the World's Great Chefs, and one of the World's Worst Singers! Sean Moran!
Yes, it's Seany himself from Sean's Panaroma, probably our favourite joint, down at Bondi, Sydney, very cheerful, far from cheap, but worth every razoo and more! Don't ask the Prop to get you a table there ... he wants it for himself! Sean sings as he cooks, the food is heavenly, but ... well, the voice ... s crank it loud, drown the singalong, and get in the Groove ... with SEAN MORAN!
- I'm Your Man - Leonard Cohen
- Come In From the Cold - Joni Mitchell
- Love and Affection - Joan Armitrading
- Harvest - Neil Young
- Talkin Bout a Revolution - Tracy Chapman
- If Not for You - Bob Dylan
- Nick of Time - Bonnie Raitt
- Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
- Perfect Day - Lou Reed
- Young Americans - David Bowie
P.S I'm a pretty bad singer, but it never stops me.
Lots of time tested beauties there, most of which the Prop has heard Sean butcher at one time or another.
As a footnote, another sensible reason to book ahead for Sean's is that you can get Two Paddocks Picnic by the glass with their fantastic fresh and succulent tucker. Try the school prawns if they are on, and the chook -- mmm mmm mmm.
Thespian. (And retired Two Paddocks ram.)
Ladies and Gentlemen! Two Paddocks proudly presents, here in the Dayglo Disco, on the turntables and occasionally the vibraphone, not just perhaps England's Finest Actor, but also its most persistent! Star of the Potter flicks, Pierrepoint, The King's Speech, The Damned United, most of Tim Burton's films and many of Mike Leigh's and ... and ... oh stuff it ... pretty much half of all movies made since 1980, in fact! As if that wasn't bad enough, he and Mrs Spall are heroically circling Britain in a barge: "At Sea" - 40 lashes if you haven't been watching it on the Beeb ... So here he is, Captain Pugwash himself, the splendid and completely unique Two Paddocks pal ... TIMOTHY SPALL
Tim's choices, from Radio Matilda, with
comments from him included.
- Mary's Prayer - Danny Wilson
I love the tune and the lyrics and it reminds me of Sunday lunches when the kids were growing up. Lots of food and we all danced.
- Don't Let Me Down and Down - David Bowie
No sentimental association with the lyrics, but a beautiful song, beautifully sang, with Bowie's voice at the most resonant. A criminally underestimated
album, released at a time when he wasn't particularly in favour.
- Case of You - Joni Mitchell
Joni like the wine she sings about is in vintage voice, a ballad about a love lost.
- What a Fool Believes - The Doobie Brothers
Michael Mc Donald's voice inhabits another great ballad about lost love and the foolish mistakes that lead to the demise of something that was once great and shared.
- All the Single Ladies - Beyonce
Sexy, sassy with an irresistible beat, I defy anyone not to dance when it's played. A song about strong independent women saying men should commit to them if they have balls.
- Win - David Bowie
Another Bowie classic, which manages to celebrate in a humble way, the desire to triumph.
- At The River - Groove Armada
Makes you think about glorious places, more effective in the pursuit of relaxation than a strong valium.
- April Showers - Al Jolson
Jolson after a long gap and ten years in the wilderness, came back to record this, his voice an octave lower, his microphone technic superb, even though sentimental this rendition has never been bettered.
- Sigh No More - Mumford and Sons
A wonderfully poignant and simple love song, performed by this new band, a mixture of indie rock and rustic English country music. The lead singer's voice is exquisite.
- The Dog Days are Over - Florence and the Machine
A passionately sung song, obviously personal to this new young song writer. A rites of passage, a journey, painfully experienced, but successfully overcome, I defy you not to dance to it!
Not just a great song list, but fab notes, and as is the intent of the Disco, we now know more about the protaganist than we did before.
The Proprietor has (what good fortune) seen Capt. Spall dance to more than one of these numbers, and let it be said, the man is light on his feet. If he asks you for a dance, our advice is -- seize the day. In the TP Disco!
Oenophile, Critic, Writer, Television Presenter and, surprisingly, Music Maven.
Ladies aaannnddd Gentlemen! Tonight, in the Two Paddocks Disco Den we honour the world's most celebrated wine writer! Such a star, she only needs one name: Jancis! (Like Meryl. Or Sigourney). As deeply respected at the top table at, say, Chateau Lafitte as she is among the humble vines at Two Paddocks. Not just erudite, but also funny as a fight. Here she is, approaching the DJ booth, looking sharp indeed in Issey Miyake ... put your hands together and put on your jitterbug shoes! Gentry and Ratbags, with her own vinyl and her very own toons ... the wonderful, the utterly unique, the fabulously glamorous ... JANCIS ROBINSON!
- That Nina Simone one that starts "donkey, donkey, donkey, donkey, donkey, donkey, don-key" - My Baby Just Cares for Me, is it?
- Ry Cooder -- Why Don't You Try Me?
- A rousing Hallelujah chorus from The Messiah
- Kate & Anna McGarrigle -- Dancer with Bruised Knees
- Amy Winehouse on Rehab
- Maria Muldaur -- Midnight at the Oasis
- Rufus Wainright -- you know, that chocolate/heroin one
- Overture to Cosi Fan Tutte
- The Holly and the Ivy (Kings College, Cambridge ideally)
- Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick -- Ian Dury and the Blockheads
-- Right, now I've got to tackle a questionnaire on the first growths…
Wild applause for Jancis as she leaves the stage for her next gig -- The 100 Club on Oxford St, I believe. Come back to Otago soon Jancis, we're always up for a dance at the TP Disco! And what great taste in music! If it wasn't for wine, a career in DJ-ing could have been yours. Like Moby. (Not sure, however, if we will ever take Nina's into for "My Baby" entirely seriously again).
Wallaby Great, Jazz Beatnik and RWC Special Invitee Two Paddocks DJ
Ladies and Gentlemen in the TP Disco! On your feet please! Tonight We of the Disco honour the Man himself! The most capped player in the
history of the great sport of Rugby Football! 139 internationals for Australia! And countless appearances representing his country in karaoke bars around the world! Yes, as the World Cup
kicks off, here he is, The World's Greatest Ever #9, Mr Cool himself ...GEORGE GREGAN!
Note -- followers of rugby, and indeed of GG's career will not be surprised that George has taken The Rules perhaps not as seriously as others, and has gone straight to the Ref, having decided he would just plump for ALBUMS rather than songs, as directed by the IRB.
- Synchronicity - Police
- Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
- Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
- Somethin' Else - Cannonball Adderley
- Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill
- Under the Munka Moon - Alice Russell (links to Someday, one song on the album)
- Blue Lines - Massive Attack
- Hi-score - The Best of Che Fu
- Big Calm - Morcheeba (links to Fear & Love, one song on the album)
- Rebirth of Cool - DJ Cam Quartet
A very very cool 10 indeed. George's stellar career meant that he spent a lot of time on planes and in hotels listening to toons, so he has it well sorted what he likes, and what he doesn't. We note that he includes one Kiwi (the great Che Fu). This may augur well for the Abs in some fashion , we don't know. All bets are off after the last two games!
Two Paddocks Head Viticulturist (and failed Come Dancing Entrant)
Ladies & Gentlemen! He may be in Burgundy as we speak, but he still insists on Classic Rock! Oh Yeah! Charles Aznavour? Don't be stupid! Melanie Laurent? No way, you poofs! Give us
ACCADACCA and shove your continental crap! Lets rock out and dust off the Air Guitars! Crank it UUPPP! Open another one! Get ready to ROCK!
A big Two Paddocks Vineyard roar for Redbank's own! Here he is ... MIKE WING!
- Dice - Finlay Quaye
- War Pigs - Black Sabbath
- Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
- Too Drunk - Dead Kennedys
- Kiss Off - Violent Femmes
- Refuse Resist - Sepultura
- Let There Be Rock - AC/DC
- Cruel World - Ben Harper
- Angel - Jack Johnson
- 5 to 1 - The Doors
Note. Mike Wing is a sensitive new age guy really, within reason, so the Prop's puerile intro is simply unseemly and unnecessary. It's just that ... well, the inclusion of those great headbangers ACCDACCA really made it too hard to resist.
The Proprietor (II)
The Prop's Essential Classic R&B
Yes, the Prop is back exercising Droit de Seigneur as today's DJ. Again. And it's back to the days when R&B meant what it said. It never got better than this. Truth to tell, some of the following great s may have had one or two better songs, but this is what the Proprietor is playing this week. Because he loves 'em! So tonight ... in the Two Paddocks Disco INFERNO! A little Soul Train action! Get Up and Get ...Down!
- Can I get a Witness? - Marvin Gaye
Look at the flair and sheer elegance of the great but ultimately doomed Marvin Gaye here. Always loved this song which I first heard (wrong way round) by the Stones. Reminds you of the gospel roots of R&B. The go-go dancers on this clip are also an hilarious reminder of how dead-on the Muppets were.
- Money - Barrett Strong
Another fab number I first heard white boys sing -- the Beatles -- and sing well, too. But this, the original, can't be beat -- Motown's first ever hit. Love the perverse anti-sentimentality of the lyrics. Contrast this with the kind of stuff the Bobby Vees, etc. were doing about that time. It's also , curiously, hard to argue with the Flying Lizards' version.
- Respect Yourself - Staple Singers
They define authenticity. Mavis Staples still going strong. Check her last album.
- I Believe to My Soul - Donny Hathaway
Another doomed and unhappy genius -- nobody sang better. Graceful, seemingly effortless vocals.
- Love Letters - Ketty Lester
Timeless. Loved it ever since I heard it on 3ZB in 1964.
- Heard It Through the Grapevine - Gladys Knight & the Pips
Many people have covered this (cowritten by the above Barrett Strong)and perhaps Smokey Robinson or Marvin Gaye's versions are the classics. But Gladys is the one for me. And this clip -- Fro City! And who exactly dressed The Pips?
- Your Good Thing (Is About End) - Lou Rawls
The strangest video imaginable, with a weird joke, and unsurprisingly even the suave Lou Rawls looks mortified. Nevertheless an utterly compelling song and who better to handle it. Great horn arrangement.
- Spirit in the Dark - Aretha Franklin
Any number of Aretha's songs would do me: she is the undisputed Queen of Soul. Dr Feelgood, Spirit in the Dark, Do Right Woman ...
- Use Me Up - Bill Withers
I never knew what Bill looked like until we dug this clip. It's almost hypnotic this song, and speaks of obsession. I think so anyway. I never really take in words in music, a good song for me is a kind of visceral experience and the words hardly ever impinge. This is probably a failing, but that's how it is.
- Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
Again, so many great songs, but for me the golden period for Stevie comprises three transcendent albums -- Innervisions, Music of My Mind, and Songs in the Key of Life. Best to try and forget I Just Called to Say I Love You , and don't even mention Ebony & Ivory.
PLUS, a special bonus just in case you thought great soul/R&B was dead ... the fabulous Janelle Monae with Tightrope!
PLUS, another bonus - a little bedtime story ... the Prop was sitting behind a bloke with cornrows on a plane once who was shaking his head, and rattling his beads, in time with his iPod. The bead rattling had been a tad annoying and went for hours, and the prop wanted to strangle him.
Until he realized it wasn't some random guy pretending to be Stevie Wonder, it WAS Stevie Wonder. At which point he wanted, instead, to kiss the great man's feet.
Hey ... why have you stopped dancing?
As a footnote, it's amazing what you can find on YouTube these days ... all of the above. For instance, there is Ketty Lester on Shindig, black and white, 1964 -- it'll make you weep. Was there ever a more beautiful singer?
Writer, comedian, satirist, raconteur, wearer of trousers, special guest DJ
Ladies and Gentlemen! A little hush PLEASE in the Two Paddocks Disco Inferno! Appearing tonight, all the way from Melbourne Australia, such an old TP friend he could be almost described as a Veteran! Simply the funniest man in Australasia! JC is in The House! With videos! On your feet, Party People, a roar of approval please! The dude has impeccable taste in Music! Yes, the Man Himself ... John Clark!
From John: Well-known South Island vintner and promising young actor Sam Neill, has a website on which he presents selections of music chosen by people with whom he has been on the turps. Here is John's list of songs, in no particular order.
Follow the links to YouTube vidoes of each song.
- She's Not There - The Zombies
1964. The year I sat School Cert. Beatles up and running. British music going well. Colin Blunstone in fine voice.
- Why Don't You Try Me - Ry Cooder
Ryland Peter Cooder is a Latin expression meaning 'made of rhythm.'
- Arthur McBride - Paul Brady
Great anti-recruiting song sung by Paul Brady, a key figure in the Irish music revival and in its fusion with other music.
- We Can Work it Out - Teddy Thompson, Martha Wainwright
Nice version of the song. Good singing together. Maximum musical pedigree permissible in one youtube clip.
- The Ship Song - Camille O'Sullivan
Great version of the song. If you like this, try Camille doing 'Look Mummy, No Hands'.
- Hey Joe - Tim O'Brien and Jerry Douglas (dobro)
What a cracker this is. Top flight musicians going for the doctor. Stand well back.
- Nowhere Man - Natalie Merchant
Best version of the song I've heard. Natalie sings like Clive Lloyd used to hit sixes; slowly, majestically and with ridiculous ease.
- The Way it Will Be - Gillian Welch, David Rawlings
Great writing and beautiful singing, as always. One of the songwriters of the age. 'The Harrow and the Harvest' is the album.
- Don't Leave Nobody But the Baby - Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Alison Krauss.
Just three voices. What pleasure.
- Killing the Blues - Alison Krauss, Robert Plant
Alison Krauss sings on this album? Thank you. No further questions Your Honour.
Killer songlist, John. Is there a better Irish song than “...me and me cousin, one Arthur McBride." We love each and every one of these here at HQ.
General Manager, Two Paddocks
Ladies and Gentlemen! Raised in Taranaki! Schooled ... somewhere else! Three time Hawera Twist Champion! One time Hullygully Runner-up! She's Outrageous! Courageous! Give it Uupp! You can't win! Tonight! Welcome to the stage please!...DJ...Jacqui Murphy !
- Song 2 - Blur
- These Days - Powderfinger
- Screamadelica - Primal Scream
- Can't Always Get What You Want - Rolling Stones
- Gotta Get Away - Lenny Kravitz
- Six Months in a Leaky Boat - Split Enz with NZSO
- Don't Cry for Me Taranaki - Half Full Udders
- St Germain - Tourist
- Victoria - Dance Exponents
- Today - Smashing Pumpkins
Thanks DJ, Jacqui, great Top 10, and particularly for The Half Full Udders ... I don't think they ever toured this far south.
Our famous friend and colleague
Ladies and Gentlemen! By popular demand, direct from Los Angeles, right here in your very own living room!
The iconic! The celebrated! The wildly talented! The really nice guy! The one and only! Yes, he's in the House! Give it up please ... for JORGE GARCIA!
- Manchester - The Beautiful South
Never ceases to put a smile on my face. Always makes me wish I had a hat and cane to do a little soft shoe.
- Stay With Me - Lorraine Ellison
Did someone say "suffering?" No one else bleeds like this.
- Someone Like You - Adele
I'm a fan of great suffering but this track
goes one louder by adding cover and that makes it truly beautiful. If I were to let my guard down, this song would destroy me.
- No Nostalgia - AgesandAges
The Handclaps. The Tambourine. This song just makes you feel good. Who's up for a
good old fashioned hippy singalong?
- And Now - jj
No matter how many elements they add to this song her voice keeps it sounding simple and sweet.
- Calgary - Bon Iver
No matter what you're doing this song will make you pause to listen. It reminds you why it's great to own headphones.
- My Body - Young The Giant
Of course they can't all be breezy. Sometimes you want a song that makes you want to push people around. You can feel the movement in this song. It gallops.
- In The City - Chris Bathgate
A great song for watching the sun go down.
- Rill Rill - Sleigh Bells
This song just make me want to dance in my chair.
- Too Young to Burn - Sonny and the Sunsets
An easy breezy garage surf tune that's in no hurry to get to its end.
Thanks Jorge -- coolest 10 to date. Big fans of Bon Iver and Beautiful South here at HQ! Good work , mon ami ...
Webmaster Classical ...which is not extremely high-brow classical, more romantic classical.
Ladies and Gentlemen! Pray silence for a moment in the TP Disco! Ssshhh ... down the back please! Security, please remove the semidressed winemaker! Thank you! NOW ... Just when you were thinking that here at Two Paddocks we were all a bunch of semi-literate, uncultured (if hardworking) oiks, here is our one and only, long serving -- and long suffering -- Webmaster, Cathy. She's savvy, well read, musical, but is still outrageously devoted to a Good Time!
Here she is, all stand please, a warm Two Paddocks Welcome to ... our own ... CATHY SCOTT!
- Simphonie Fantastique - Hector Berlioz
- Any Chopin Nocturne
- Slavonic Dance in C Major - Anton Dvorak
- In the Hall of the Mountain King - Edvard Grieg
- Asturias (Leyenda) -- Isaac Albeniz
- Waltz for The Sleeping Beauty, Act 1 (The Garland Waltz) - Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
- Nights in the Gardens of Spain from the Three Cornered Hat - Giulini-De Burgos-Falla
- Til Eulenspiegel, Op.28 - Richard Strauss
- Malaguena - Isaac Albeniz
- Cantata; Iphigenia in Brooklyn - PDQ Bach, Peter Schickele
Brava! Brava! Brava! (Cru and Prop wild applause.) Wait...what was that last one?
Webmaster's note: If you haven't discovered the hilarious Peter Schickele, check out this video with Peter and Itzhak Perlman and Boston Pops with John Williams. And Part 2.
Special Guest -- Chef and Tap Dancer
Ladies and Gentlemen! Long time Two Paddocks ally and co-conspirator Pete Gawron! Famed for his excellent food (and wine list) at Saffron Restaurant in Arrowtown! Famed for his athletic and lithe approach to party-dance! Famed for his immaculate taste in music! Hit the floor, boys and girls! And give it up for ...Pete GAWRON!
- Batonga - Angelique Kidjo
- Temptation - Moby
- Jackass - Beck
- Sweet As Honey- Honey Root
- 25th Floor - Patti Smith Group
- Brother Jake - Neville Brothers
- A Tribute To Jack Kerouac - Hunter S. Thompson (on the album Kicks Joy Darkness)
- Raga Patdeep - Ravi Shankar
- The Butcher Boy - Elvis Costello
- Born Slippy - Underworld
- Burning Down the House - Talking Heads
Thanks Pete, and could we have a second of the Marmalade Pudding while you're up please?
Our special revered guest DJ and TP alumnus
Ladies and Gentlemen! Retired but far from forgotten! So uncool, he's WAY cool! So unhip, he now has a replacement titanium hip! The one and only! The great! The sublime! Put your hands together, and bow low in humble RESPECT! He's back! And better than ever! Yes it is...it's Brian CROOT!
- Rock Around the Clock - Bill Hayley
- The Carnival is Over - Seekers
- Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
- Islands in the Stream - Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton
- Mull of Kintyre - Paul McCartney
- Poems, Prayers and Promises -- John Denver
- Waterloo - Abba
- Lyin' Eyes - Eagles
- My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
- Last Rose of Summer - Andre Rieu and Orchestra
If we might say so, only the addition of Susan Boyle, could possibly make this more uncool! Onya Brian! This is what Brian was listening all those years when mowing on the vineyard! And he's still deadset sane! Amazing!
Thanks Brian, and we really admire how you deftly slipped in Macca's daggiest number Mull of Kintyre! Wow!
Anyway, although he retired about 3 years ago, we all miss Brian very much, so it's a comfort he's just across the valley, happily ensconced with his beloved Mavora. And here they are, 45 years married, and still in love. We love them too.
And for that reason, we will love their Top 10.
The Prop grooves in NZ
Ladies and Gentlemen! Because he is an egotistical maniac, who can basically do whatever he wants, because this is his blog, The Proprietor reserves the right to have as many as he wants! So here is the first -- The Prop's top NZ toons. Well, today, anyway. Love NZ music, and there is so much to love. SO ... get dancing NOW!
Top Ten, New Zealand Edition
Why do I love NZ Music? Why not? Why do I love NZ mountains, painters, wine, people, pies, rainy days ... it's what we have, it's what we hear, it's who we are, it's how we sing, it's the voice we bring.
And because it's from our place it always has another dimension -- call it pride or ownership or empathy or gratitude or what you will ...
Everybody's Top 10 will have a different approach, and this one is really more of a sampler than a top 10 perhaps -- a sampler of the kind of NZ music I love. And here are some of the reasons why -- and if they are a bit personal, I make no apology -- there are few things more personal than musical choice. In no order of preference ...
- Misty Frequencies - Che Fu
My favourite Che song. Just how beautiful and expressive is his voice in this strangely atmospheric song. I've followed him since his work with Supergroove in the 90s, and when I was asked by National Radio in 1999 to choose a song to be played for New Year's Eve and the new Millennium, this was the one -- I felt it was of the moment, and looked to the future ... our Pacifika future.
I first met Che at a launch for the Labour Party campaign in 2005 -- I normally steer well away from politics, but that year I came out for Helen Clarke because I felt National under Don Brash was intent on steering NZ down a dangerous neo-con Donald Rumsfeld far right track, and so, somewhat uncomfortably, I stood and spoke on the stage in Auckland.
Brash had also made remarks that many felt were divisive -- he was undoubtedly hoping for traction by stirring up latent racism among white New Zealand. If there is one thing I loathe, it's a politician who seeks to divide us rather than bring us together as a people. So maybe that's why Che was there singing for Labour, just as I was speaking for them.
This was familiar to me, I remember the politician-driven hysteria about Polynesian immigrant ‘overstayers' in the 70's, the police dawn raids -- it was a horrible and I thought shameful time. Very like the absurd current Australian hysteria (again driven and fuelled by politicians) about the tiny trickle of the most unfortunate people on earth -- the so called boat people.My view is if people are willing to risk everything, even their very lives, to bring themselves and their families to your country, let ‘em in. You could not ask for better motivated immigrants.
Immigrants invigorate and enrich a country. Here is a case in point -- we are immeasurably enriched by that wave of island immigration in the 70s, and artists like Che and Oscar Kightley are proof positive of that - a generation or two on.
Now when I see Che, we kind of beam delightedly at each other, not entirely sure what to talk about, but I love being in his company -- he is a man with a great heart. And I feel enormously privileged to say he has sung just for us -- at my home and at a Two Paddocks party as well. And he sings so directly and sweetly from that great heart, that I always tear up.
- Luckiest Man Alive - Finn Brothers
Tim and Neil Finn are, it goes without saying, Living National Treasures. We love their solo work and projects, but somehow together I always feel the sum is greater than the parts -- Lennon McCartney, the Everly Brothers -- they are not alone in this.
Tim is one of my dearest and closest friends. And this song, beautiful in itself, is very personal to Tim (although I have never discussed that with him), and curiously for me as well. And here is why.
Some years ago we were at dinner in Sydney with a bunch of friends. There was a very attractive and vivacious girl sitting nearby, and I thought she was great. I was pretty sure Tim did too, when we all met backstage a couple of days later after a Finn Brothers show (where my wife had done the hula on stage to “Niwhai”) and I asked him straight up the next day when he came around for coffee if this was so. I was right, he did.
Now this is not a thing I would normally do, but given Tim's shy and recalcitrant nature as well as the current adriftness, it was clear a little shove could be called for.
I insisted he seize the moment, nothing ventured etc, and call her and ask her out. Tim was abashed and appalled. I found the phone book, and looked up the number -- with luck, only one Marie Azcona in Sydney, and she was listed. Tim still dragged his feet. I brought him the phone. Tim was virtually curled in a ball by now. I dialed the number, she answered...and Tim had to speak. He asked her out. And she said yes.
Fifteen years later, theirs is perhaps the happiest and most successful marriage partnership I know. Two great kids too...
Luckiest Man indeed.
I have a thing about the songs that Tim writes on a piano rather than a guitar, and I'm fairly sure this is one of them -- I particularly like them. The chorus of ‘Luckiest ‘ is so great, you just want to sing it another two or three times, and I think the track could last another 3 minutes easily with one more guitar solo from Neil...but it's not to be. When they toured it 3 or 4 years ago, I'd say to Tim -- extend that sucker, but they never did.
Anyway, a great song about finding love, and not being adrift any more.
- As Close As This- Muttonbirds
No icon discussion would be complete without the amazing Don McGlashan, and from his huge body of work with Front Lawn, Mutton Birds, and his solo self, I think this is my favourite album -- Rain, Steam, and Speed. I never fail to find it completely exhilarating. And this particular track I heard him play in a little pub on the west coast, just because I requested it.
We've worked together on a few things, he also composes for movies, and he did the score for Dean Spanley, directed by our mutual friend, Toa Fraser.
- Guilty - Annie Crummer
Annie Crummer, one NZ icon, singing something written by another: Dave Dobbyn ... an irresistible combination.
Annie is gorgeous, and I love listening to her on a long journey through an empty landscape. And Dave is a lovely fella, who has written more iconic NZ songs than anyone else. ‘Welcome Home' -- a great sentiment and a great song. Dave went to the same school as the Finns. Which probably means nothing more than we live in a small country.
Like many of us, he's struggled with one or two things over the years, and I reckon that has only given his work even more depth.
I last saw Annie as a killer queen in the Queen musical, and she tore the roof off. I also strongly recommend her Dad/s record Songs from a Suitcase, gorgeous strummy south seas stuff, which Will brought with him under his arm in one of those earlier migrations we were talking about, and there is Annie on harmonies, along with the next iconic kiwi.
- And No More Shall We Part - Bic Runga
Bic has also sung for/with us on numerous occasions, and I am very fond of her. She is an utterly unique talent.
And she is one of the most beautiful people I have ever seen. Men have to look away, and catch their breath when she walks in, and I am one of those. She is also an interesting mix of steel and feather gentleness, it seems to me. Like every great artist, she has complete conviction about what she does and her own voice.
This is actually atypical of her -- it is a song written by Nick Cave, and she is backed by the Christchurch Symphony. But once heard, you can't really get it out of your head.
At our last party she sang, at my request, Take a Walk on the Wild Side. She smoked it. I have a recording of it. I should bootleg it and make a fortune.
- Superman You're Crying- SJD
I know nothing about SJD, and have no idea why, but I play him all the time. I sent him some wine once, but I never heard back, so some courier probably had a party instead.
- Not the Girl You Think You Are - Crowded House, Neil Finn
Sometimes Neil writes a song that just takes your breath away; you think, my god, where the hell did that come from, what left field, what strange hitherto unseen cloud did that emerge from? And this is one of those. There is nothing like it.
Who is he talking to exactly? In that strangely hypnotic 3/4 waltz time?
I brought it to the attention of Gaylene Preston when we were rehearsing Perfect Strangers, and we used it in the weird kind of seduction scene in the island batch ... and because it's such a strong song I still love it despite all the takes, and hearing it again and again.
Bryan Brown and I now mark each decade with a big party, and at the last two, Neil and Tim have played, so generously. They come from Te Awamutu and were schooled in family sing-a-longs and parties, and wherever they are, out comes a guitar, and you sing. I can manage a decent harmony now and again, and if pressed or pissed, I'll get out the ukulele. Only play with the best! We all should sing more -- it's good for you.
- Bathe in the River - Mt Raskil Preservation Society
Written and produced by Don for Toa's first film Number 2. A sumptuous gospel number that was remarkably moving in the movie, sung by a great choir with Hollie Smith in the lead. Love it. Don is the renaissance man of NZ music.
- Poor Boy - Split Enz
There is a school of thought that early Split Enz, pre-pop Enz, was the real thing, and somehow they sold out or some such nonsense. Like Pink Floyd were never any good without Syd. Bollocks.
Split Enz caught fire with True Colours, a helter-skelter screaming stunning rock record that blew away all and sundry, including me.
Poor Boy is definitively Tim Finn -- neurotic, driven, crazed, inspired, delirious and delightful.
- On My Mind – Kora
The sound of Aotearoa right now is undoubtedly Dub, and wherever I am in the world my ears prick up when I hear that NZ sound in a bar or somesuch. I don’t pretend to know much about it, but my reading of it is it started when reggae and cannabis sativa took root in the bush clad hills of the North Island (seeds scattered by Bob Marley in the 70s), later got mixed in someone’s bong with some hip hop and jazz and dance music and mutated into this NZ soundtrack which has become so distinctive.
Not at all sure what to pick of it, there is a wealth of talent out there - my godson for instance plays horn in the great Fat Freddie’s Drop - but I like Kora, and this song will get you moving, or nothing will.
Get up you dancers, and shake that thing!
- Bonus Track --- Not Your Girl - Fur Patrol
For air-guitar enthusiasts -- best ever thrasher . Turn it up to max.
Anyway, those are what are in my car this week, and always. What about you?
God Defend New Zealand.
Tim and Marie Finn
Special Members of the TP Team
Ladies & Gentlemen! Tonight in the Two Paddocks Disco Inferno! Our very good Two Paddocks Friends! Live and Raving! In the House! In the Groove! You asked for them! You gott 'em! They've been on the Two Paddocks programme for years! She's pretty! And he's ...well, not. And here they are! Put them together now! Applause, please! Tim ... and Marie ... FINN!!!
Top Ten for a Roadtrip:
- This Time Tomorrow -- The Kinks
- Soul Connection -- Diplomats of Solid Sound
- So Much Love -- Dusty Springfield
- Jimmy Mack -- Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
- Don't Look Back -- Teenage Fanclub
- The Ballad of El Goodo -- Big Star
- Long Promised Road -- Beach Boys
- Portland Oregon -- Loretta Lynn and Jack White (Everyone belting out …"and a pitcher to go")
- Sometimes Always -- The Jesus and Mary Chain
- Ooh La La -- The Faces
Very cool. We love it. And a big thanks to Tim Finn, who always plays for Two Paddocks whenever we ask.
Social Media Rocks!
Ladies and Gentlemen! From the Cool Side of Town! She's Chilled! But She's Hot! She's a Mum! She's Really Brainy! Yep, Really Really Brainy! With the Coolest Sounds Around ... A Big TP Cheer for our Own Media Guru-ette ! Applause Please ...On your Feet ...Lighters in the Air, Now ...for Hana!
Drive - Incubus
Say It Ain't So - Weezer
One - Shapeshifter
Always On My Mind - Tiki Taane
Heart of Gold - Neil Young
Speechless - Kruder & Dorfmeister
Hold You (Major Lazer Remix) - Gyptian
Heartbeats - The Knife
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Angel - Jimi Hendrix
Whew... how utterly ...cool ...
Queenstown's Own Bond Girl Hits the Floor
Ladies and Gentlemen! Today's DJ -- PA to the Proprietor, Top Equestrian and Veteran Party Animal ... our own Desiree Bond!
The disco ball is on revolve ...the DJ approaches the stage ...the crowd is going off ...Give it UUPPP for -- Desiree!
- My House - Kids of 88
- Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet
- F**k You - Lily Allen
- My Baby Just Cares for Me - Nina Simone
- Half of My Heart - John Mayer
- Wild Horses - Rolling Stones
- Super Massive Black Hole - Muse
- Phlex - Blindspott
- Bang Bang - Nancy Sinatra
- Promiscuous Girl - Nelly Furtado
Actually, we are not sure what sort of disco this is, Des has covered a lot of bases here. Maybe it's the Routeburn Falls Hut, you're snowed in, and someone's iPod is on very random shuffle...Never mind, get up and DANCE!
Brylcreem Bob Hoppin' and a-Boppin'
Ladies and Gentlemen! Boppin' Bob takes you back to the halcyon days of Joe Brown's Dance, Dunedin Town Hall, in the 50's. (Ballroom dancing upstairs, rock'n'roll down.) Ladies, adjust your corsets, Gents, straighten your ties! Take your Partners for the Lindy Hop! Here he is ... The Man you've been waiting for ... Lothario and Legend ... Spooner, Crooner & Vine Pruner ... It's Brylcreem Bob!
- Pearly Shells - Burl Ives
- Jail House Rock - Elvis Presley
- Move It - Cliff Richard
- Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - Lonnie Donegan
- I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
- Bernadine - Pat Boone
- He'll Have to Go - Jim Reeves
- Who's Sorry Now? - Connie Francis
- Red Red Wine - Neil Diamond
- Hawaiian Cowboy Song - The Howard Morrison Quartet
Ah, those were the days! Thanks Bob. Say, how about we take the girls for a milk shake in the Octagon on the way home?
Clubbin' Catherine's Croozy Toons
Ladies and Gentlemen! Tonight Only! In your joint! She's clubbed in Berlin and Bangkok! She's Raved in Rio! Danced in Denver! Partied in Paris! And now she Sets the Style in Alex! She's Born to
be Bad! Ladies and Gentlemen, put your hands together for the Londonderry Air herself ... It's Catherine!
- Don't Stop the Party - Black Eyed Peas
- On the Floor - Jennifer Lopez
- Keep the Faith - Michael Jackson
- She Ain't You - Chris Brown
- Only Girl in the World - Rihanna
- Forget You - Cee Lo Green
- Ready for the Weekend - Calvin Harris
- Someone Like You - Adele
- Pencil Full of Lead - Paolo Nutini
- Nobody's Perfect - Jessie J
Yep, that's One Krazy Kid! Still, it's good to know one of us is actually is more or less committed to the 21st Century.
More groovin', more shmoozin' -- the smooth sounds of summer in Wellington.
Ladies and Gentlemen! Today's DJ, our old hipster friend Dennis Hearfield, Two Paddocks Designer, raconteur, bon vivant, drinker, chef, and occasional Ladies' Man!* Friends -- jump up, and get down! He's rockin'! He's rollin'! It's Dennis!
- After the Gold Rush - Linda Ronstadt version
- Sailin' Shoes - Little Feat
- The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down -
- Closin' Time - Leonard Cohen
- Across the Universe - Sean Lennon and Rufus Wainwright
- Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
- Irish Heartbeat - Van Morrison
- Love In Vain - The Rolling Stones
- The Ballad of Lucy Jordan - Marianne Faithfull
- Speed of the Sound of Loneliness -
Note for Dennis Fans: Oddly enough, our second DJ is also unaccountably single as of now. Just sayin' ... but those of you who like a more ... mature chap, you could do a lot worse than Den. As always, please form an orderly queue.
All dancing, all rockin', all groovin' Good Times.
First up, the youngest of the bunch -- Simon Gourley! Ladies and Gentlemen! Jump up! And get down! This week's D.J. -- Simon!
- Voodoo Chile - Jimmy Hendrix
- Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd
- Jeremy - Pearl Jam
- Night Prowler - AC/DC
- Hurt - Johnny Cash
- Other Side - Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Panama - Van Halen
- Since I Been Loving You - Led Zeppelin
- Roadhouse Blues - The Doors
- Hero of the Day - Metallica
Note for Simon Fans: Quietly there has not been a lot of perceptible movement on the girlfriend front. This may be connected by the decidedly retro nature of Simon's taste in music, (see above), cars etc. We don't know, we can only speculate. However, it is entirely possible he has a whole bunch of nice girls up in Christchurch who are into '70s rock and red Capris, and he's just keeping it quiet, as a gentleman should.