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Tiki Taane: Light Years Away (ft Crushington)

Nobody could say Tiki Taane -- formerly of Salmonella Dub and with the multiplatinum selling solo album Past Present and Future of 2007 behind him, and the country's biggest selling single ever in Always on my Mind -- had a quite year in 2011.

In April he was arrested after singing NWA's Fuck Tha Police when police appeared at his Tauranga gig as part of a routine patrol. He was charged with "disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence" although the charges were later dropped and Taane insisted he didn't dislike the police and that some of these lyrics had frequently appeared in his concerts.

While all this was happening he also had a new album In the World of Light out, for which he won Best Male Solo Artist, Best Maori Album and Best Electronica Alabum at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards in November . . . where he performed his new song Freedom to Sing while accompanied by dancers dressed as police.

Yep, quite a year.

And shortly Tiki Taane joins a big line-up for the More FM Summer Vineyard Tour (dates and other artists listed below). But he also had time to answer the Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire

The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .

Mony Mony (live) by Billy Idol. That was the first piece of music I ever brought, on 7" vinyl from the Te Kuiti markets around 1984.

Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .

Dad use to turn off the tele and play the guitar and make us sing "we are sailing" by Rod Stewart. Then I heard Free Nelson Mandela by The Specials and everything changed from then on.

Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana, Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?

Lennon, Ramones, Madonna, Jay-Z.

If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .


The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear are . . .

That's too tough for me to answer sorry.

Any interesting, valuable or just plain strange musical memorabilia at home?

A Keyboard once owned by the Skeptics, which has been bitten by what looks like a large dog.

Also signed headphones from Bob Marley's son Rohan, who is married to Lauren Hill.

51mARZhvAGL._SS500_The best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .

I really enjoyed Slash's autobiography. He's the man! Also the Motley Crue autobiography is awesome.

If you could get on stage with anyone it would be . . . (And you would play?)

Prince, and I'd jam on what ever he told me to.

The three films you'd insist anybody watch because they might understand you better are . . .

Well the three movies that changed my life were - Krull, The Led Zepplin Movie and Once Were Warriors.

The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)

Sing Along With The Yoots.

One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .

Well, Always on my Mind has done me good, so I'm proud of that little number, especially since it was never meant to be released.

The poster, album cover or piece of art could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .

Never Mind The Bollocks by The Sex Pistols - a must have.

You are allowed just one tattoo, and it is of . . .

A full body suit with a mixture of traditional moko & tatau, with traditional Japanese dragons and fish.

tiki_taaneDavid Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .” You would spend them where, doing . . .?

On my super yacht traveling the world, putting on the most exclusive, outrageous parties ever dreamt of. Starting in Cuba.

And finally, in the nature of press conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best album ever?”

Because it will be my last.


With John Butler Trio, Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme, Tiki Taane & Annabel Fay

Friday 3rd February, Sileni Estates - Hawkes Bay*

Saturday 4th February, Bowl of Brooklands - New Plymouth

Sunday 5th February, Daisybank Farm – Martinborough*

Monday 6th February, (WAITANGI DAY) Claudelands Green – Hamilton

Wednesday 8th February, Trafalgar Park – Nelson

Thursday 9th February, Peregrine Winery – Queenstown*

Friday 10th February, Pegasus Town – Christchurch*

Saturday 11th February, Turanga Creek Winery – Auckland*

*Bus tickets/packages are available for these venues, for more info go to:

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