Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Better Looking/Better Sounding

Oh man what makes people from New Zealand so goddamn attractive and perfectly, musically stylish? And how can they be so close to Australians, who are the most awful people on earth, and yet be so cool? I am convinced The Go-Betweens are of New Zealand heritage. They cannot have come from the same land that has brought forth such atrocities as Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman and the 2000 Summer Olympics.

For proof go here and scroll down a ways to the "Death And The Maiden" post where you can watch a video of The Verlaines. (via)


At 3:49 PM, Blogger dc nahm said...

NZ is great (though LotR sucks a big one), but you cannot discount that two of the finest and most pradigmatic rock bands of all time--INXS and ACDC--are from Australia.

At 6:38 PM, Blogger stark pimp said...

My hatred of Australia and all things Australian is distinguished in that it is incredibly petty and inconsistent. For example, I feel incredibly grateful anytime AC/DC comes on the radio. And INXS, they were quite something (actually they should be jailed for this remake-the-band-for -TV thing they're doing). But I just don't even think of them as being Australian. When I think of Australia all I think of is Lleyton Hewitt and how I'd like to beat him in the crown of his head with the sharpened edge of a tennis racket - Raskolnikov Stylee.

At 10:30 PM, Blogger dc nahm said...

I was actually only picking out the two good things I could think of. Oh, wait, Kylie Minogue. That's three.

I agree wrt INXS and jail. That was the worst. But damn, when that band was on, circa 87, they were unstoppable. That is what a band should be. Deathly perfect and tighter than a machine.

You know, I don't think I have very many LPs by NZers. I some clean and the Chills. I always loved the Verlaines song on the No Alternative compilation. Suggestions?

At 8:21 AM, Blogger Derek Keogh said...

I'm afraid you people haven't heard the awful Bic Runga. Named after a ballpoint pen and almost as boring, The New Zealand based chanteuse is only dreadful. Perhaps she might be the exception to your rule but there are others. Heres my 'drive by shooting' list for all things antipodean and Kiwi.

1. Paul Hogan (Aus)
2. The All Blacks Rugby team (NZ)
3. Fosters Lager (Aus)
4. Bic Runga (NZ)
5. INXS (Aus)
6. Those Maori Gangster films (NZ)
7. Rolf Harris (Aus)
8. Nicole Kidman (Aus)
9. AC DC (Aus)
10. The bastardisation of the english language. eg. Sheila, Barbi, Blue, Arvo, etc (AUS + NZ)

At 12:29 PM, Blogger stark pimp said...

Derek I feel you bring with you a level of authority on this subject to which we can only aspire. I, personally, bow before this impressive list. Screw AC-DC. Screw INXS. And double-screw Paul Hogan with an xtra large can of Foster's FizzyPiss.

But one caveat:

"Those Maori Ganster Films"

Um, excuse me? I've never heard of this but the very idea of them excites me beyond belief.

At 9:22 PM, Blogger dc nahm said...

You're not talking about "Whale Rider," are you?

Also: you are going to have to pry my copy of KICK out of my hands with something that Paul Hogan would call a knife. But first you have to get past the phallanx of rare "blue" pit bulls I bought off of Big Boi.

At 10:36 AM, Blogger Derek Keogh said...

The Maori Gangster films I refer to are "Once were Warriors" and "What becomes of the broken hearted". Uber Violence and Uber Mindless films like this are confined to the bargain bins of my mind.

As for "Kick"! Don't make me angry Mister Magee, you won't like me when I'm angry...

At 11:49 AM, Blogger stark pimp said...

Right. I had a lady once what watched "Once Were Warriors" and could never sleep again. Not for me. Definitely not my plate of brisket.

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