The godfather of NZ music, Chris Knox is a terrific performer, song writer and lover of music. From the anarcho greatness of The Enemy to the polished punk of Toy Love, the DIY alternative noise of Tall Dwarfs and the box of chocolates that is his solo work, he has pushed boundaries, and found the mainstream all at the same time. “Not Given Lightly” is the reason I was allowed to play annoying alternative music in the seventh form common room, and having Chris play it at our civil union was brilliant. His music has sold bread and beer, but he has never ever sold out. You are my favourite all time musician Chris, and you and the lovely Barbara are very special people.
The actual video for Not Given Lightly is not on You Tube, but you get the gist from the version below, and you can watch the real thing at Amplifier. UPDATE: As Brenda helpfully pointed out in the comments, there is a great collection of Chris videos at NZ On Screen, including the real Not Given Lightly video, as shown below. And the bonus video is to show you just how far Chris has reached. “Its Love”, a fantastic song of his solo album Beat, was used by Heineken for a commercial, and inspired this person from Detroit to express his love for the song in his own unique way.
Thats it for Music Month. Apologies for anyone who found the posts annoying, but I hope it has reminded you of the great Kiwi music that is out there- old and new. Please keep buying the CDs, paying for the downloads and going to the gigs. Its part of us all, and the musicians need your support to keep going.