I stumbled across this last week at http://www.dreamstuffbooks.com/blog/ and I thought hey, cool, what a great idea. And then I got distracted by something shiny, or TV possibly, or by Patrick standing on the coffee table.
Anyways, I'm not really a muso, by any stretch of the imagination, but May is New Zealand Music Month: http://www.nzmusicmonth.co.nz/ and I realise that May is nearly over, but I spaced on this last week, so I'm totally going to bombard you with links to Kiwi songs. Probably just links rather than videos, I never seem to have any luck with that.
Also one of the TV stations here had a massive countdown of the nation's favourite song this weekend, which also put me in mind.
So this is an eclectic collection; it's really just songs that I think inform my experience of listening to New Zealand music. Which, you know, everyone should ;)
First up, is Brother, by Smashproof, featuring Gin Wigmore
It's a cool track, I think, plus they broke a 23-year-old record by having the No 1 single in the country for the most consecutive weeks _ 11.
Next is definitely one from Back in the Day:
This is Poi E by the Patea Maori Club
Ah ... the 80s. ;)
This is by Hollie Smith, who sometimes sings with Fly My Pretties (which I'm mentioning because it's fun to write) and their info can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly_My_Pretties
However, this is Bathe in the River from the film No 2:
Here we have Steriogram, with Walkie Talkie Man, which was directed by Michael Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and used in an iPod ad:
Heh ... I'm having fun with this.
This is one of the most iconic Kiwi music tracks.
Not Given Lightly, by Chris Knox:
And this one, Why Does Love do This To Me by The Exponents (formerly known as the Dance Exponents in the 1980s) was a nightclub anthem when I was at uni:
If you've seen the film Knocked Up, then you'll have heard this track by Savage
Of course, no half-assed post on Kiwi music is complete without Split Enz:
Wandering Eye by Fat Freddy's Drop:
Stop the Music, from P Money; featuring Scribe, and PNC. Guesting on instruments a couple of members I THINK of metal band 8 Foot Sativa, and the guitarist from Elemenop. I've googled, but not come up with much info
And last, but not least, the No 1 most favourite song, according to the countdown, was Slice of Heaven by Dave Dobbyn and Herbs, from the soundtrack for the animated film A Dog's Tail, based on the comic strip Footrot Flats by Murray Ball
That's more than enough to get you started. I hope the links all work :)