28 Sep 2017

‘Pull Down The Shades’ by The Enemy

From Nights, 6:48 pm on 28 September 2017

This song is on the CD I Write the Songs Okay, a selection made by the late Roy Colbert. We have stopped outside the Beneficiaries Hall on the corner of Hanover and Filleul Street in central Dunedin. We have had a coffee and a cheese roll. We are ready for punk rock. The hall is where The Enemy played their first gig in November 1977. This is where the 'Dunedin Sound' begins. The Enemy inspired the Kilgours and many other others who would form bands. This is my favourite NZ punk song. Someone should put it out for Record Store Day as a 7" inch. Chris Knox is a terrific singer and he was as fearsome as hell when he performed. I never saw The Enemy but I did see Toy Love a heap of times. Unlike most of the Dunedin school, Knox has a great sense of theatre. He is a 'performer'. A natural born show-off. (Part of Bryan Crump and Richard Langston's Dunedin: A Magical Musical Tour).

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