At the National Party’s Conference Party on Saturday night Natties were supposed to dress up in 1930’s gangster costumes (very appropriate I thought) and they hired some of NZ’s best to play for the gang. I don’t blame the musos for agreeing, because they need to making a living. But Facebook comments and suggestions were not so discreet once followers found out who the band were playing for. Here’s a sample:
- Make sure you throw a shoe!
- Just remember they are innocent victims of being born rich, and dumb, a dangerous mix.
- Into the Jaws of Death rode the xxx… good luck brave fellow
- There must be some sort of modal weapon that you can subtly employ?
- If you hit just the right low frequency, and hold it, they should all spew.
- Subtly change all of the rhythm into charge of the light brigade – and shoot them all with your laser “peace and money for all” guitar… let me know how that goes for us.
- ABBA: “Money Money Money”
- The Beatles “Little Piggies”
- Sadly the fabled “brown note” (between 9 and 20Hz) doesn’t work, although you may be able to induce some anxiety.
- Sell out Saturday
- “Depression Blues”:
- Crank out some old school metal for them man… for whom the bell tolls!
- Hope you didn’t try too hard (to bite your tongue, that is).
And there’s heaps more. I’m giving no clues about the origins of the Facebook comments, because these are musos who need the money. Even though they are part of NZ’s wonderful musical talent pool, beggars can’t be choosers and if they kick up a fuss, they might be next on the hit list for John Key’s removal of rights for performers.
But it seems like National Party shindigs are not popular gigs in the NZ Music scene.
Musicians need to eat and while they might play the tunes, they are definitely not in tune with John Key and his mob.