29 Oct 2017

Flying Nun Nostalgia

From New Horizons, 5:00 pm on 29 October 2017
...from the original 'Bewitched' EP insert.

...from the original 'Bewitched' EP insert. Photo: Kath Webster/LBGP

Life was simpler, and happier, back in 1985 when Look Blue Go Purple brought out their first EP, Bewitched. Five women who proved that they could do the Dunedin jangle every bit as well as their guy counterparts.

William Dart was a devoted fan of LBGP thirty odd years ago. This is music with a convivial swing to it, catching a sense of good times that were maybe a little feisty around the edges.

And now Flying Nun has re-released the band's three EPs along with some previously unreleased live recordings in a single package. Heaven.

Sneaky Feelings, from the same place, same time, have gone one better: released a brand new album, their first since Hard Love Stories in 1988.

Progress Junction picks up where they left off, creating songs with melodies that unfurl in the air like streamers in the wind, following a perfectly navigated harmonic trail.

What's changed is a reinforced democracy - whereas in the 80s, Matthew Bannister and David Pine were the dominant songwriters, the new album presents three songs from each of the four members.

Sneaky Feelings 'Progress Junction' album cover

Sneaky Feelings 'Progress Junction' album cover Photo: supplied

Music Details

'Song title' (Composer) – Performers
Album title
(Label)

'Circumspect Penelope' (LBGP) – Look Blue Go Purple
Still Bewitched
(Flying Nun)

'Cactus Cat' (LBGP) – Look Blue Go Purple
Still Bewitched
(Flying Nun)

'Husband House' (Bannister) – Sneaky Feelings
Positively George Street
(Flying Nun)

'Do You Like That Style' (Pine) – Sneaky Feelings
Progress Junction
(Flying Nun)

'Mettle' (Bannister) – Sneaky Feelings
Progress Junction
(Flying Nun)

'You Never Know' (Durrant) – Sneaky Feelings
Progress Junction
(Flying Nun)

'Progress Junction' (Kelcher) – Sneaky Feelings
Progress Junction
(Flying Nun)