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Colour me amazed that there isn’t a band called Knights in White Satin. There damn well should be.

You need this song in your life. It is OTT pop bombast at its apotheosis:
Nights in White Satin: The Moody Blues.

My sister’s imaginary video for this song might well include Michael Fassbender in a suit of armour. And, for a dash more music video literalism, some rolling round on white satin sheets.

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James Reyne. I’ve picked Fall of Rome as opposed to more well known Aussie Crawl number ‘Reckless’ for the nice guitar and vocal grind.

On re-watching the vid, I realise I had no idea he was wearing a white skivvy and a vest, visible white socks and boat shoes – and a mullet. 1987 ow.

Of course, us gals would prefer the tennis-shorted Reyney from Return to Eden – more snaky and lizard-like – the real Gordon Gekko.

A lunchtime quickie for the Sister Jukebox.
Midge Ure and his lovely sideburns  and that cool pin thing. I had this on 45.

Back at school, we used to do re-enactments of the Easter and Christmas stories – and play some music.

I remember one year in the school chapel, our form and the one above us each picked a song to some up Christmas.

They picked It must be love by Madness. Loveliness.

Our class picked The power of love by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Besides being a brilliant song, it has this Christmas story themed video.

Merry Christmas to whanau, friends and everyone. Take it easy.


This Maddy Prior song existed for me only as a taped version on a C60 compilation. It is epic folk, with the lyrics of an apocalyptic seer:  Godforsaken wasteland; flames sear the sullen air; your body is warm but your brain is cold; the spine of love is snapped …

My sister had the great plan of sharing some classic tunes with me via the interworldweb.
Her first playlist:

  • land of confusion – genesis
  • making me high – toni braxton
  • never take the place of your man – prince
  • mistadobalina – del the funkee homosapien
  • do the right thing – redhead kingpin
  • love thy will be done – martika

Alas we found Spotify doesn’t work here in New Zealand, but there’s always Youtube.

My first selection for my lovely sis:

Ephraim Lewis – It can’t be forever. This one is seared into my memory – the combination of an intensely sung song, a voice that sweeps down to deep & dark territory, and a striking video. A quick spot of web research uncovers these two interesting pages:

  1. According to this article the song was written with Kevin Bacon (but not that one)
  2. and this feature tells a sad story about Lewis’ death.

The Hurts “Better Than Love” – I’m smitten. No-one’s done a better Depeche Mode style track in all this 80s synthy revival. And what a video – androgyny, ballet,  suspenders (of both varieties). Enjoy.

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