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When live is actually really live

Written by: 7 September 2015 No Comment

I don’t really have a pick of mix of the week this week – I’ve been a bit busy to actually take much notice of whats been playing on my office puter where I do most of my listening – the new mixes I’ve downloaded have mainly gone unplayed – yet the show must go on as I have set myself the task of posting a mix a week.

So instead of a mix I’m going to post a live song from a band I followed religiously for some years a long time back.

The band was/are The Headless Chickens and in the mid to late eighties they were one of the most exciting live bands playing in New Zealand, which is quite a claim given their label mates on Flying Nun Records active at the time were all pretty damn amazing too.

The thing I loved about the Chickens were you never quite knew what would happen at a show, you could guess the songs they’d be playing and as ever there were always a few personal faves I hoped they’d play… but the thing that was always seemingly random was how well they’d play, which was often dependant on how their machines would perform… would samples and sequences trigger as designed or would it all turn to custard – things were a little more random equipment and technology wise than you’d expect today. Be it a good or bad night the experience was always similar – witnessing something special. Can’t complain that on a couple of occasions their support bad was the Skeptics either.

This recording is done by my fellow Chickens fan and good friend Matt, who I’d surfed and schooled with at the Mount, I’ve dozens of live cassettes in a box from the Chickens and other Nun bands from back then. Check out his soundcloud page for more greatness from back then – he’s been digitalising a lot of late.

This particular song is Railway Surfing a fave of mine that often when played live saw the band experience problems, starting and restarting the song time after time till it worked. Sometimes not so good and sometimes so freaking amazing – this version is somewhere in the middle. Its off their highly successful Body Blow album, a album that contained Flying Nun’s first ever number one charting single (and the bands) Cruise Control. The album version is good but not as good as they sometimes managed live.

 

If you’re a Flying Nun fan do yourself a favour and follow Matt (Darkstation) on the soundcloud.

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