Monthly Archives: February 2011


It’s the culmination of New Orleans Mardi Gras this weekend (leading up to Fat Tuesday), so this week on Putting Out Fire it’s a selection of New Orleans specials. For more, make sure you tune into the excellent New Orleans Radio and Mardi Gras FM… Continue reading

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Gang of Four, Powerstation

There are hardly any people when we arrive at the Powerstation 15 minutes before Gang Of Four are due on stage – the upstairs balcony is shut and only a couple of hundred people hang around the edges of the auditorium. It’s horrifying – a tiny cro… Continue reading

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Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On

I’ll never forget hearing this in our local, The White Horse Brixton, on the night of the London bombings in 2005. Never has a song brought so many people to tears and hugs so quickly as when our friend dropped this. Kia kaha, Christchurch. Continue reading

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Ned Doheny, Get It Up For Love

Summer tune/s of the day #4 Continuing this series of ultimate summer tunes, today it’s a pleasure and privilege to showcase the opinions of another great music blogger, the mighty Mr Christopher Tubbs of Heads Down and BBC 6Music fame. (You may a… Continue reading

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The Clash, Sandinista!

Summer tune album of the day #3 Today’s pick comes from the venerable Opinionated Diner, Mr Simon Grigg. If you don’t follow this blog, go forth. Man is a veritable legend of the Kiwi music scene – and a pretty fine blogger too… When I asked Sim… Continue reading

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MFSB, Love Is The Message

Summer tune of the day #2 I was in New York on a sweltering day in the summer of 2005, walking through Central Park for the first time, killing time sightseeing while my mates worked their day jobs, when I heard the strains of some far-flung disco… Continue reading

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Karen Young, Deetour

Summer tune of the day #1 (the start of an occasional series) I listened to this tune on near-constant repeat last summer and am making a decent job of repeating that effort this time round. This isn’t Karen Young’s first appearance on these pages… Continue reading

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Visage, Fade To Grey

It’s my birthday this weekend. 36, I shall be. Christ. They always say you’re only as young as you feel (or as the person you feel, in which case I’m sweet for a few more years, he’s only 32). It’s a cliche but – as cliches often are – it’s true. … Continue reading

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Doobie Brothers, What a Fool Believes

Mayer Hawthorne covered this last night at Splore City. It was awesome – but I couldn’t help feeling a little bit cheated. That’s MY guilty pleasure! That’s MY dancefloor cheese bomb! Now the secret is well and truly out. Nice one Hawthorne. What … Continue reading

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Raphael Saadiq!

It’s old news and it’s not rocket science – but if you love old school Motown, then you NEED Raphael Saadiq in your life. How can tunes like this not make you smile like the village idiot? Or this (yes that is Stevie Wonder you’re hearing)? Smooth… Continue reading

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