Graeme Gash: Watching Television (1981)

 |   |  1 min read

Graeme Gash: Watching Television (1981)

Posting a From the Vaults song off the Waves album of 1975 (here) was almost more trouble than it was worth. There was so much off-line (ie. e-mail) traffic along the lines of, "Loved that album, why isn't it on CD?") that I even formulated a standard reply.

It went along the lines of "Thanks for your interest, but I don't know why it isn't. It should be".

Someone suggested that guitarist Graeme Gash -- a key member of Waves, although he didn't write the song Arrow which I posted -- wasn't keen to see the album reissued for reasons of his own.

Hmm. Okay. But . . .

Anyway, if that is vaguely true (and I don't know), this posting might not take him to a happy place either.

His album After the Carnival of '81 -- which had assistance from drummer Steve Garden, saxophonist Paul Lee, bassist Paul Clayton, guitarist David Marshall (of Waves) and a few others -- is yet another of those exceptional but currently forgotten Kiwi albums. Except by those like me who hold it dear to their hearts.

On the Siren label (was there another release by them?) and recorded at Harlequin by Gash and Lee Connolly (who played percussion, guitars and did some backing vocals) After the Carnival -- in Gash's own impressive cover art -- is, like that Waves album, one of those elusive but always memorable albums.

And this song strikes right to the heart of the most insidious drug of them all.

Unfortunately it has become timeless.

And therefore this song with its unsettling chiming guitar and domestic story is also timeless. 

Forgive the surface noise but, as with the Waves album, there's a simple way around that.

If the parties would just come to the party?

(For another poke at the same subject have a listen to Frank Zappa here.) 

For more oddities, one-offs or songs with an interesting backstory use the RSS feed for daily updates, and check the massive back-catalogue at From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

Fraser Gardyne - Jul 16, 2012

I remember the song but it sounds strangely better now than I recalled!

Rosco - Jul 17, 2012

23 years old and surfing my brains out at Makarori Point with this running through my head... Oh yeah!

Where Else? - Jul 17, 2012

I wish "Watching Television" would come out on CD. I've been waiting for it to come out on CD for a very long time. Even better, put the whole "After the Carnival" album out on CD... with bonus tracks! Hmm, that would be nice.

Steve - Oct 15, 2013

...and Lee Connolly's "Voodoo Groove" would be awesome too. And Big Sideways....

Steve - Oct 15, 2013

That should be "Past Kalylee" that Voodoo Groove was from.

Steve M - Nov 24, 2013

Hey, all serious music fans. My cassette of "After the Carnival" is stuffed - remember when they cost more than records, and would last forever? - I would love to buy someone's copy on vinyl (or if you want to upload a flac rip). Such a shame that a classic Kiwi album like this can't be sourced anymore (like the Hits & Myths cassettes - I must be getting old!). I would probably swap it for my original vinyl of the Dunedin Double! (if you don't know what I am referring to, you need to dig deeper)GRAHAM REPLIES: Relax folks, Cassette-Steve has been "taken care of".

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Noel Coward: London Pride (1941)

Noel Coward: London Pride (1941)

A glance at the year puts this classic Noel Coward song into the context of its era. It was the height of the Second World War and London was being battered by the Blitz. Coward was real... > Read more

Alvin Robinson: Down Home Girl (1964)

Alvin Robinson: Down Home Girl (1964)

When the Beatles and the Stones covered songs by black American artists on their early albums and championed Motown soul (Beatles) and Chicago blues singers (Stones) they undoubtedly drew... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba: Jama ko (Out Here/Southbound)

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba: Jama ko (Out Here/Southbound)

It has been five years since this superb ngoni player (a lute/banjo-like instrument) from Mali delivered his beautiful Segu Blue album. Formerly a member of the late Ali Farka Toure's inner circle,... > Read more

LAM CHING-YING (1952-97): The fearless vampire killer

LAM CHING-YING (1952-97): The fearless vampire killer

Those who knew Hong Kong actor Lam Ching-ying describe him as disciplined and often severe, generous to his colleagues, but so private that when diagnosed with liver cancer in mid-1997 he didn't... > Read more