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Monday, September 24, 2012

Blam Blam Blam - The Complete Blam Blam Blam (New Zealand 2003)

Uncle Roddus Album Of The Day.

This week is going to be Don McGlashan week due to the fact that I hope to go see him play here on Friday night. 
Blam Blam Blam were an early Post punk band here in New Zealand in which Don played drums and sang, as well as contributing to the song writing. This 19 track CD is pretty much everything they recorded in their short career and contains one of the greatest New Zealand songs ever to assault our ears in the truly fantastic "There is No Depression in New Zealand", a wake up call to the blindness and denial of some of the negative things about NZ society in the early 80s. Coming off their first EP, ".....Depression..." was a top ten hit here and was followed by another NZ Classic of their only album, "Don't Fight It Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us". These two great songs hitting the top 10 was the NZ equivalent of Joy Division hitting the charts in England(although the Blams... aren't quite so dark).
"Luxury Length" is the other stand out track here propelled along by a fab bass line, New Zealand's equivalent of The Teardrop Explodes. 
The rest of this set is good enough and has some quite interesting moments of post punk creativity, with shades of Gang Of Four in places just to give you an idea of what they were up to. Not all of it works but is was a good start for who I consider to be New Zealand's Best song writer, if not the most successful. Rating 3.5/5.

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