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Show 2 – Full Playlist

  1. Sexy Times at the Parachute Festival – Gold Medal Famous
  2. Open Mic Nite in Tokoroa – Disc Jockey Joe Bloggs
  3. Pop Idol Song – Take aim featuring Miss Priss
  4. Peaceful Karamea – Hiro
  5. I am Dunedin – Dick Jokes
  6. Green Grass – The Weatherspoons
  7. Alexandra Stockbrokers Consortium – Gadget Goose
  8. I Will Find You – AashaWill&Cullen
  9. Chicken – Paul Williams
  10. Diamonds – Paul Williams
  11. Death And A Maiden            – Stephen Malkmus
  12. Longs I for You – TrinityRoots
  13. People Talk – Die! Die! Die!
  14. Dirty Creature – Betchadupa & King Kapisi

Nature’s Worst – Volume 3

Here’s the main feature from Show 2 – a sampler of Nature’s Worst 3.

We start with Sexy Times at the Parachute Festival by Gold Medal Famous, a Wellington three-piece. They also do a series of songs called John Key is a dick and once, I am told, played in a pedestrian tunnel underneath a railway line in Tauranga. It’s pretty rock and roll..

The song comes from from a 2012 compilation album called Natures Worst 3. It’s part of a series, with the fourth currently being released track by track on facebook and bandcamp.

Put together by Dylan Parry, a guitarist and vocalist, who has lived in Hamilton, Wellington and is currently in Kuala Lumpur, the third compilation features 24 tracks of bands that mostly you’ve never heard of.

We played Dunedin outfit Brown’s track Our Love is like a David Bain Jersey last time – and that track is one of the many that feature a different take on our image of ourselves – You see Nature’s Worst focuses on the inane, boring, annoying and frustrating things that make this country as unique as all the other inane, boring, annoying and frustrating places that are out there…
Here’s another example

DiscJockey Joe Bloggs – this is Parry having fun as a bad beat poet –

This gives you a taste of a Tokoroa open mic night there. The idea of the album is part piss-take and part satire – and and all sorts of our sacred cultural cows come under the microscope – like rugby and housing and public service announcements, but our our obsession with pop idols cops a serve as well in tracks like Pop Idol Song

Take Aim. Feat Miss Priss – The Pop Idol Song ( Tomorrowpeople Mix)

Nature’s worst is an off-beat look at ourselves– and songs like the ballad of happy feet, the suicidal penguin will be gold for a social historian twenty or thirty years down the track. AS well as our attitudes, our small towns are in the spotlight too.

Hiro Peaceful karamea – 1.30

At the end of the road, at the edge of the world – its’s a wonderful line in the song called peaceful Karamea by Hiro – and when was the last time you heard a song about Karamea or Granity? That gives you a bit of a clue as to the other motivation of this compilation – Parry says he’s also trying to put together a musical geography of new Zealand. It’s an interesting idea – relating music to place, and again, one that will cause all kinds of debate for future arts or music students.

As well as Karamea and Tokoroa, there’s this classic southern anthem taking on the marketing slogan – I am Dunedin

I am Dunedin but if I try hard enough I might be Wellington by a band called Dick Jokes.

Nature’s Worst 3 has songs about social issues like freedom camping, but there are also quirky tracks about peanut butter toast, or that accidental battered sausage you got when you ordered a crabstick.

Among all that silliness though, there are real gems like this cover of Tom Wait’s Green Grass by the Weatherspoons – an off shoot of the Serious Ukulele Ensemble. And the big muffin serious band. Check out the beautifully moody Martha Weatherspoon – Debra Powell, on vocals.

As well as smooth performers There’s well known songwriter Robert Scott –from the Clean and the Bats – who features on a recording with some schoolchildren. And that’s the real appeal of this album – quirky, unpretentious snapshots of us – raw and unexpectedly fun. There’s melodic rant, swearing, noisy, shouty homages to Janet Frame – All in all it’s kind of like the solid gold records you used to get as a kid but for the off beat and out of tune dissenters of our musical spectrum – and that’s precisely what makes it so interesting.

The last track was a taste of the fourth compilation, My home town, being released track by track on facebook and bandcamp – this is Alexandra Stockbrokers Consortium by a band called gadget goose.

Here’s the Deal: Fly My Pretties Tickets

Here’s how you can win four tickets to see Fly My Pretties bring their Homeland tour to the NBS Theatre in Westport next Saturday.

You need to be a Club Fresh member, or be intending to join, and then you will be eligible to go in the draw. That’ll cost you just $30 dollars for the year, and help support Fresh FM its the wonderful programmes.

Here’s a sample of what you’ll be in for, Hit the Hay:

 

About Fly My Pretties

Fly My Pretties are a collaborative group of musicians who only record live albums. There are 12 musicians involved in this tour, including founder Barnaby Weir and featuring Anika Moa, Ryan Prebble, Mike Fabulous and Mel Parsons.

Read all about the band and the tour on http://www.flymypretties.com

Show 2 – Nature’s Worst, Paul Williams and Fly My Pretties ticket giveaway

Lend me your ears next Wednesday at eight on Fresh FM and online, and you’ll hear some hilarious, honest and hard case Kiwi songs.

  • Selections from Nature’s Worst, an annual compilation of songs about New Zealand;
  • A track from the only South Island band in the rockquest finals – AashaWill&Cullen;
  • (Hopefully) An interview with Paul Williams – part-time rapper and Guy William’s brother;
  • Go in the draw to win four tickets to Fly My Pretties Westport Gig (if you aren’t a member already, join Club Fresh to be eligible);
  • Plus regular features:
    • downbeat upbeat – where a listener chooses the tracks;
    • track from the stack – blowing the cobwebs off Kiwi music history.

Join In

Find out how you can join in, and tune in on Wednesday at eight to listen live.

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  • Blenheim 88.9

See you at eight on Wednesday!