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ON SONG: Stories Behind New Zealand’s Pop Classics

By Simon Sweetman

Published by Penguin Books, 2012

hardback, 208 pages, colour and black and white photos, illustrations

Very good condition

On Song is a lively journey through New Zealand's diverse pop landscape. Prolific music journalist Simon Sweetman has interviewed the writers and performers of beloved Kiwi classics, presenting 'in conversation' text that illuminates the fascinating stories behind the pop songs we all know and love, all complemented with a plethora of artists' personal imagery and archival photography.


Bold as Brass: An Introduction (6-7)


0l Don ’t Dream It’s Over - Crowded House (10-17)
02 Gutter Black - Hello Sailor (la-2 5)
03 How Bizarre - OMC (26-31)
04 For Today - Netherworld Dancing Toys (32-39)
05 Anything Could Happen - The Clean (40-45)
06 Counting the Beat - The Swingers (46-51)
07 Slice of Heaven - Dave Dobbyn feat. Herbs (52-59)
os E Ipo - Prince Tui Teka (60-63)
09 Not Given Lightly - Chris Knox (64-69)
10 Pink Frost - The Chills (70-75)
11 A Thing Well Made - The Mutton Birds (76-a 3)
I2 Death and the Malden - The Verlaines (84-119)
I3 The Beautiful Young Crew - Lawrence Arabia (90-95)
14 (Glad Pm) Not a Kennedy - Shona Laing (96-99)
15 She Speeds - Straitjacket Fits (100-105)

16 The Way I Feel - Jan Hellriegel (108-113)
I7 Drive - Bic Runga (114-121)
18 In the Morning- Anika Moa (122-127)
19 System Virtue - Emma Paki (125-133)
20 In the Neighbourhood ~ Sisters Underground (134-139)
21 Chains - DLT feat. Che Fu (140-145)
22 Victoria - The Dance Exponents (146-151)
23 French Letter - Herbs (152-157)
24 Screemsfrom tha Old Plantation - King Kapisi (158-163)
25 Not Many - Scribe (164-169)
26 Out on the Street ~ Space Waltz (170-175)
27 Can’t Get Enough - Supergroove (176-1a1)
as Nature - The Fourmyula (1a2-189)
29 Jesus I Was Evil =- Darcy Clay (190-195)
30 Spellbound - Split Enz (196-205)
Acknowledgements (206-207)
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