Friday, May 21, 2004

A consumer writes... Part 2
A few weeks ago I wrote a whiny entry about feeling ripped off by Wrigleys with their new 'improved' Juicyfruit Gum. It used to be 17g in weight, now its 'longer lasting', but is smaller (14g), for the same price. I emailed Wrigleys.com (their nz branch doesn't have a website or contact details) and my email was forwarded from their Chicago head office to the NZ office, where the managing director took the time to reply, which I thought was pretty impressive. What he had to say was less impressive, however...

"Your question is about the "apparent unfairness" in charging the same price for the new, reformulated version released in New Zealand recently, despite the reduction in piece weight.

I should mention in passing that the Wrigley Company does not determine the retail price, as that is ultimately the perogative of the retailer. However, that is not the issue you raise, and you are correct in saying that we have not reduced the price at which we supply the new product.

The key factor is that the new versions of Juicy Fruit - in both the
original flavour and the new Strappleberry - embody significant new technology and performance improvement. Flavours and textures are
improved, and in particular the flavour duration is extended very
significantly.

Consumer research and feedback consistently tells us that flavour duration is the most sought-after product improvement, and this we have achieved. However, I'm sure you will appreciate that improving an already-great product means higher ingredient costs, and this was the case here. We are glad to have been able to deliver this improvement without an absolute price increase, but we were not able to do it and reduce the price per piece as well."

Hang on, it's still 70c, but its smaller - you are paying the same as the price for the old size (17g) but getting less. Missing the point, me thinks.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

I had the pleasure of attending the Inaugural Flying Nun Pub Quiz last night at the Kings Arms, which was highly entertaining, and free. Found a good spot down the back, with Andrew Dubber (which is why I'm writing this as fast as I can, so I get to blog it before he does).
Two teams of highly skilled geeks fielded question from quizmaster Hat, and MC was Oliver Driver. The first team was the Oddities; Russell Brown (former music hack) Grant Fell (bass player Childrens Hour, Headless Chickens) and Alan Holt (ex FNun employee, did 9 years hard labour). The other team were The Sally Army - Chris Knox (living legend) Russell Baillie (Herald journo and ex keyboard player for JPSE) and Lesley Paris (ex Look Blue Go Purple, Olla).

Oliver introduced the teams, then noted that the evenings competition was being recorded for broadcast on National Radio (this Saturday May 22, at 1.06PM). Russell Brown chipped in, saying that Oliver might want to stop swearing, as he was making extra work for National Radio's Lissa Mcmillan, who would have to go thru and edit it all out. Oliver replied that he would f*cking stop swearing when National Radio started funding some more local drama. Nice.

One of the early questions was about the first album from the Gordons. Was it recorded in A 2 days, B 22 hours, C 20 hours, or D, 10 hours. One team said 20, no, wrong, the question goes to the other team, they said 20, no, wrong - it was done in 22 hours, of course. the question goes to the audience, I shout out the answer, and I win a prize - a copy of Very Short Films, the new FNun dvd. How choice! And I know that they recorded it at Harlequin studios. What a bastion of useless information.

Ran into lots of old school Nun types, including Rachael King. She was disappointed they hadn't used the question about her, so here it is to challenge your brain (no googling allowed) - Name three Flying Nun bands that Rachael has been in. Answers posted in comments later. (UPDATE: all the nights questions are over here at the FNun site - you can win a copy too!)

It was a very amusing night, with much laughter. I now know that the man in the Verlaines video for Death and a Maiden doing the 'expressive' dancing was a young Shayne Carter. Looks like rock n roll saved him from a lifetime of interpretive dance. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

While I've got your attention I'd like to invite you to come along to this....

DUB ASYLUM - SHE DUBS ME... 12" VINYL REMIX EP

EP release exhibition/party -Tuesday May 25th at Rakinos cafe, 1st floor, 35 High St, Auckland, from 6pm. Free!
Art by Daniel Tippett, DLT, with DJs Dub Asylum, Rob Warner, Timmy Schumacher, Big Matt (Bassteppa).


Dub Asylum (aka Peter McLennan) are pleased as punch to announce the release of their brand new 12" remix ep, featuring some of the hottest DJ's/producers from Aotearoa - Timmy Schumacher vs Substax, Rob Warner and Josh Webb, The Audioslut, and Matt Scott at Woodcut Productions.

The EP launch will be celebrated with a very special event: Peter has hooked up with leading NZ graffiti artists Daniel Tippett and DLT, and they will be getting a bunch of the record covers, laying them down in a grid pattern, then doing a big graffiti art mural over them (prior to the night), so each individual cover is a limited edition artwork. It's going to look choice!

There will be a one-night-only art exhibition at Rakinos on Tuesday May 25, displaying the finished covers (for sale on the night), after which they will be split up and sold. About 50-60 covers will be painted by Daniel and DLT, the rest will have an art stencil design on them, so every copy of the EP is an original work of art. There will also be DJs on the night, including Dub Asylum. See you there.

Monday, May 17, 2004

Headline writer cops a beauty...

"BANANAS GWYNETH NAMES HER BABY APPLE", from the Sunday Mirror
Says it all, really.

Tribute to Coxsone Dodd is an excellent site, put together by Rob Chapman, author of several extensive Studio One discographies. Have a look here.