Another Blast From The Arse Production:
Rip It Up, May 1979:
Radio Windy Homegrown Album Volume 1 (there’s to be another if this is successful) is the title of an album for release in late May.
Unlike Auckland’s AM album, which is a hotch-potch of disparate styles, this is described by producer Graeme Nesbitt as mostly “orthodox rock and roll”.
Sixty-five tapes (groups and artistes) were auditioned and a further eight groups auditioned in the Rock Theatre before choosing the best of the bunch.
The album was recorded over a two-month period at EMI’s Lower Hutt monolith, and was engineered by David Ginnane.
The 10 tracks are all originals. Groups and artistes are as follows: Rough Justice, Hot Ash, Spatz, Bill Lake, Bacchus, The Wonders, Wide Mouthed Frogs, Paul Schreuder, Smashed Executive and Half Moon.
“Every track has singles potential,” says Nesbitt. – GARY STEEL
2012 note: It makes you wonder. Like, what possessed poor Graeme Nesbitt (bless him, RIP) to think that every track had singles potential. Like, who comprised the judging panel? Like, who was on Auckland’s “disparate” AM album? Like, does anybody out there have a copy of either album today? (I must have flogged my copy off pretty swiftly). Like, do the master tapes still exist? Like, do the audition tapes of those 65 bands still exist? And was there ever a Volume 2? Ancient NZ music history: it’s like a black hole.