Friday, March 18, 2005


I read about this new Marmite ad doing the rounds on UK TV yesterday on Life of Reilly. Now the ad in question has been banned.

"LONDON (Reuters) - A Marmite commercial that parodied 1950's science fiction film "The Blob" has been banned from all children's' programs in Britain after leaving kids too scared to watch television, the advertising watchdog said. Two Marmite adverts featured a giant brown blob rolling along a crowded street, terrifying some people who tried to flee while others ran toward it with delight. The ad ended with Marmite's slogan: "You either love it or hate it."

Six people complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) that their toddlers had been terrified by the adverts, with four refusing to watch television after seeing them and two suffering nightmares."

Reilly sez: "I saw this "Blob" ad for marmite last night. You see the little fella [in the photo above] on the right. If you are a Kiwi, you would have grown up with this him. He's the 4 Square man. He's been ripped off on t-shirts, and in some fine art paintings to good effect. It seems he's been ripped off again.

Now DDB London have put their hand up for this ad, and I'm wondering if it's just been overdubbed from a Southern Hemisphere ad? If you look at the ad, the prices are in dollars, and the whole street looks very Kiwi [a bit of digging uncovered that the ad was shot in Thames, NZ]. Have a look here and tell me what you think. (If you are from New Zealand, or it won't make any sense what so ever.)"

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

For the love of...
"While U2 got a knockabout Bruce Springsteen lead-in for their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, the poor O'Jays had to make do with Justin Timberlake, and, to be honest, they weren't thrilled:

Eddie Levert, 62, said they were unhappy about Timberlake inducting them into the Hall. He said: "We protested, kicked and stomped. But it is out of our control." His bandmate Walter Williams, 61, added: "No offence to Justin, because he deserves the respect he has earned, but I could think of a few people who know more about our pain and suffering and history." Via No Rock n roll Fun.

Someone wrote asking about Battlestations - KFM vs BaseFM. So, how did it go? Very nicely, thanks. Many wicked tunes, jumping genres all over the show. Reggae, hiphop, jungle, drum'n'bass, live MCs, even had a breakers circle going, with the Disruptiv Breakers challenging the KFM Breakers. It was good to see the ladies on the decks representing for the Base.

Big thanks to the crew at KFM for inviting us down and putting the gig on. We were talking with Mr Rivers from KFM after the gig, and he commented that these sort of gigs were a really good way of bringing the LPFM stations together, as we all have a passion for music, and getting a chance to share that is great. It builds a wider sense of community beyond our own little circles of audio influence. Oh yeah, KFM won it, home turf advantage and all that. We'll get em next time.

Lyn Collins, 1948-2005. Farewell to Mama Feelgood:

Lyn Collins, singer and James Brown Revue member, dead at 56

Lyn Collins, whose funky vocals landed her a spot early in James Brown's stage show and the nickname "Female Preacher," has died. She was 56...

...Born in Dime Box, Texas, Collins took up singing as a teenager. At 14, she married a man who worked as the local promoter for the James Brown Revue. Brown heard Collins sing and in 1970 she was invited to join his traveling show.

Her powerful voice led Brown to nickname her the "Female Preacher," and two years later, she cut her first solo album, "Think (About It)." In 1975, Collins released "Check Me Out If You Don't Know Me By Now."

Over the years, Collins' songs have also appeared in various compilations, but it was hip-hop duo Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock who exposed Collins' work to a new generation when they sampled one of her songs for their 1988 hit "It Takes Two." "She was surprised and elated by how it took off," Jackson recalled. "It really kind of spurred her. It really let younger artists know who she was." Via Hiphopmusic.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Ha Ha Google Goo Goo.
Recent searches like these below have landed you here....

mp3 "max sedgley" "peter gunn"; "paul nice" mashup; +vinyl+extinct; M.I.A. Interscope Arular Interview; overproof soundsystem, tour diary; amerie's tattoo; eldred stebbing nz; amerie + "one thing" + ".mp3" + blog; Adidas Superstar 35th Anniversary Music Series #20 bad boy; encore Jay-Z -"linkin park" review Sly; "Paul Holmes", magazine covers; "chad taylor" auckland writers festival; kfm battle stations; feelies tshirt; dj ted shred mixtapes; Astrud Gilberto “The Gentle Rain”- RJD2 Remix; RJD2 "Since We Last Spoke" protection; Carlos Anaia; "hugh sundae" [that's not googling your own name, Hugh?]; amerie's shoes in the video; BLACKJays; herb alperts restaurant; Good Charlotte nz herald concert review; nesian mystic mtv; dimmer shayne carter live review; marty fuck "marty fuck; walking in the sun lyrics Prince tui teka.

So, welcome. Freaks.

Speaking of Adidas 35th Anniversary Shoes, I saw the Lee Quinones Adidas today, and damn, it's red hot.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Brawling at the Bowling Club.
No, there wasn't any fighting, tho Frontseat producer Gemma Gracewood did get a bit pissed at Damian Christie for bagging TVNZ for not doing a better job promoing their screening of Taika Waititi's film Two cars One Night. When he laboured the point, that Maori TV had heavily promoed their screening of this Oscar-nominated film, and TVNZ had done very little (Frontseat screened the film), Gemma let fly. "Oh fuck you, Damian", which shot him down in flames and bought much applause and laughter from the assembled honkies. Still, it's not every day you get to play tunes by Kraftwerk, Bob Marley and Daphne Walker (Haere Mai) at a DJ gig, so I have to say yesterdays Public Address Live event was pretty cool, from my point of view. And free coffee! Cheers to everyone involved in setting it up.

Jeff Chang interview (author of Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hiphop Generation), plus downloads from the official mixtape of the book. Wicked.

M.I.A. gets Boinged.

"Two Australian DJs were ordered to pay more than $800,000 in damages for illegally using dance tracks on their mix CDs.

"The CDs of both DJs contained 17 remixed works that were produced without permission of recording artists and other DJs. In evidence to the court Fraser-Smith (one of the defendents) said he had been granted copyright licences for all the works."

What, he didn't get it in writing?" Via Coolfer.

Following on from the Verve Remixed series, Atlantic have decided to borrow the concept and apply it to their back catalogue of funk and jazz. "Due May 10 from Rhino/Atlantic, "Atlantiquity" is based on material from the likes of Donny Hathaway, Carmen McCrae and Chic and defined for the dance floor under the guidance of Los Angeles radio/club DJ Garth Trinidad." Here's the tracklisting.

"Tonight," Kleeer (Sa-Ra Remix featuring the Sa-Ra All Stars & Me'Shell Ndegéocello)
"Watching You," Slave (Vikter Duplaix Remix)
"Bold and Black," Eddie Harris (DJ Nu-Mark Remix)
"Getting Uptown (To Get Down)," United 8 (Quantic Remix)
"Pick Up The Pieces," Average White Band (Charlie Dark Remix)
"We Are Family," Sister Sledge (Daz-I-Kue Remix)
"Little Ghetto Boy," Donny Hathaway (Freddy L. Remix)
"A Warm Summer Night," Chic (King Britt Remix)
"I'll Be Around," Spinners (Kev Brown Remix)
"Just a Little Lovin'," Carmen McCrae (GB Remix)
"Riding High," Faze-o (Remix featuring Tiombe Lockhart & The Army Of Love)
"Nubian Lady," Yusef Lateef (Metisse Remix)

ADDED: It's official: blogging is over. The evidence? Rosie O'Donnell has one. And it aint a hoax either (oh how I wish it was).