The Artist and the Album Cover

I’m going on holiday for the rest of the week so that Richard can get some work done around the house and stop commenting on my blog.  In the meantime here are five things I have found painful over the last month of (ahem) “research” into the world of 1970s pop culture.


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Best New Zealand band of the late 60s early 70s?  TV2 use their music to promote themselves (…here it comes, here it comes…).  Fantastic.


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North Island, South Island, Northland, Southland.  New Zealanders have always had a gift for names and titles, and the marketing men have certainly worked their magic here.  I wonder what The Chicks first album was called?

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Lusted over by a generation of New Zealand teenage girls here we have Craig Scott.  Did they only take one picture in this photo shoot?  Photographer’s direction: “Look like your brain is trickling out your ear”?  I’m not joking when I say this guy was popular.  The Listener published a picture of him in their magazine in 1972 and for weeks afterwards fielded thousands of requests for reprints.  Last week I was in a record store in Petone and found a copy of his album Smiley (yes, he is smiling on the cover).  I noticed that it was a lot cheaper than the other records, and then I noticed that someone had cut his head out of the LP cover and that the record  store had carefully glued a replacement head back in.  For a moment I was confused, and then I realised: in the 1970s a female fan so infatuated with Craig’s gorgeousness had chopped his head out of the LP and stuck it up one her wall.

Allison Durbin

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Ok, you’re lonesome, but leave the poor defenceless dog alone, lady.

Peter Posa

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Peter Posa and his “golden guitar”.  Looking at where the golden guitar is in this picture I would say that this is supposed to be a euphimism.  There are ALL KINDS of mixed messages going on here.  I’m not sure which gaze makes me the most uneasy.  Is it his casual checking out of her assets, or her attempt to look homely?  The word degrading springs to mind.  All class.


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All the rest of the entries have been New Zealand album covers, but top prize in this selection goes to New Zealand as a whole for keeping this British single at the top of the charts for six weeks from 15 December 1972 until 2 February 1973.  Please visit here to experience the “band” Lieutenant Pigeon performing their song Mouldy Old Dough.

This song was also number one in Britain for four weeks.  The lady in the witches hat at the start of the video is the lead singer’s mum, Hilda, a 59 year old piano teacher (although the piano refrain looks so easy that I reckon I could play it… with my feet).  Why is it called Mouldy Old Dough?  Apparently Vo-Do-De-O was a phrase used on some dance records in the 1920s.  Whatever.  There is no excuse for this.

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