5 Nov 2016

Dunedin songwriter Bill Direen's Beatin' Heart

From RNZ Music
Bill Direen and Kiran Dass

Bill Direen and Kiran Dass Photo: RNZ

Dunedin-based singer-songwriter Bill Direen's first group 'The Vacuum' inspired U.S. record label Siltbreeze to credit Direen with being “the clay tablet from which all great Christchurch groups worth a plug would glean substance to formulate THAT sound.”

With their 1983 album 'Beatin Hearts',  Direen's the Builders were the first group to release a long playing studio album on Flying Nun Records. 'Beatin Hearts has just been re-issued by Brooklyn's Grapefruit Record Club. Kiran Dass caught up with Direen at the end of his recent four date tour of New Zealand.

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    Artist: Builders
    Song: 1,000,000 Hearts
    Album: Beatin Hearts
    Composer: William Direen
    Label: Flying Nun Records/Grapefruit Record Club

    Artist: Builders
    Song: Evidence
    Album: Beatin Hearts
    Composer: William Direen
    Label: Flying Nun Records/Grapefruit Record Club

    Artist: Builders
    Song: Outer Dark World
    Album: Beatin Hearts
    Composer: William Direen
    Label: Flying Nun Records/Grapefruit Record Club

    Artist: Builders
    Song: Magpies
    Album: Beatin Hearts
    Composer: Denis Glover/William Direen
    Label: Flying Nun Records/Grapefruit Record Club

    Artist: Builders
    Song: Russian Rug
    Album: Time to Go: The Southern Psychedelic Moment 1981-86 (V/A)
    Composer: William Direen
    Label: Flying Nun Records

    Artist: Builders
    Song: Kicks
    Album: Beatin Hearts
    Composer: William Direen
    Label: Flying Nun Records/Grapefruit Record Club