Gary Steel is tired of NZ musicians making albums that are glorified calling cards rather than coherent musical statements.
Today, NZ’s ‘most acerbic music writer’ assesses a compilation tracing both the peaks and the lows of Ray Columbus in the ’60s.
It’s Gazza’s Big Ketchup, wherein GARY STEEL chips away at the massive review pile that accrued during 2016. Today, NZ’s ‘most acerbic music writer’ compares the claims of a press release with the reality of a band debut.
The idea? Every day in May, to mark NZ Music Month and 38 years of his own rancid opining and reportage, Gary Steel will present something from his considerable behind. Personal archive, that is. The following piece on Greg Malcolm was published in Metro in August 2000. I still love the album 16 years later.
Local guitarist has all the ingredients for a great debut, but it comes out of the pan deeply flawed.
Rattle is an exceptional label, but The Cut doesn’t quite make it.
Gary Steel’s nightmare interview with The Stones.
The Crocodiles were a late ’70s/early ’80s NZ band. They were really good. Here’s an interview with them.
The first item Gary Steel ever had published in a “proper” rock rag: Rip It Up, 1979
Helen Collett** sort of gets the only New Order interview during their first tour of NZ.
Is Creedence Clearwater REVISITED really the ‘Summer event of 2012’? asks Gary Steel
International Dynamics has announced that it will be taking on the acclaimed Oppo brand.