In the 1980’s, I went to
There was certainly an element of exclusivity in my NZ music fandom. I was the only person I knew of who was going to NZ between ’81 and ’87 strictly for the music. I did make some very good friends in NZ, however. There are several people there that I still know 25+ years hence. Hi Gary!
Easy: English is spoken in both countries. Kiwis and Aussies are very easy to get along with. It seems to me that I spent a lot of time, especially in NZ, having people wonder aloud WHY a young
What I was really a fan of was the voice and writing of Phil Judd (of Split Enz, The Swingers and Schnell Fenster). In
When they closed the record pressing plants in NZ about ’87 or so…and all Kiwi product had to be made overseas…maybe that’s what burst my bubble. And, as always, the mode of the music changed. Gone was the sweet NZ pop music I had grooved to for so long; NZ bands were then (late 80’s, early 90’s) all trying too hard to sound like U.S. acts, as far as I was concerned.
It is not out of the question that I would return to either NZ or
And I know some of my friends in the
She’ll be right, good on ya, mate – too right, ah yeh, nice (pronounced “no-o-o-ice”),,,
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