It was way back in the 1940s that the very first end-to-end New Zealand record was cut. And Just as the Clean felt out of place, looking for answers in empty doorways, this song was about staring out into the distance, missing home, yearning for something out of reach.

You might recognize it – Pikiteora Maude Emily Gertrude Edith Williams singing Blue Smoke. Recorded in 1949, written by Ruru Karaitiana. Pixie passed away in the last few weeks at the age of 85, and what a wonderful, sweetly scratchy sounding legacy she leaves.

Incidentally, the engineer for ‘Blue smoke’, Stanley Dallas, is credited with being one of the first engineers to record an electric guitar by connecting it directly to the recording equipment, rather than using a microphone. If you want to find out more about pixie – visit