Everett True

(Anti-)Song of the day – 277: New Waver (free download)

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This is just about the worst music I’ve heard in years. So bad it’s bad.

It thinks maybe it’s Negativland. It’s not. It thinks maybe it’s The Residents. It’s so not. It think maybe it’s Plunderphonics. It really, really isn’t. What it is is a bloke from Melbourne singing horrendously tuneless, contemporary lyrics set to hoary old songs (Dire Straits’ ‘Money For Nothing’, The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’, etc). It’s a bit like the singing segment from Whose Line Is It Anyway?, only done really horribly badly. Peter Kay, with no talent (Peter Kay, then). It’s the sort of thing you might watch for about 15 minutes when you’re totally fucking hammered and think is the funniest thing ever, and then wake up two days later with a stinking headache vowing never to venture outside again.

I know I got sent an entire history about Greg Wadley’s Melbourne anti-music group – something about how they’ve been going for two decades, and released a million cassettes and MP3s of ‘satirical’ music, of which Bohemian Surfer Rhapsody is merely the latest, but frankly I need to go listen to The Undertones’ ‘When Saturday Comes’ on mega-blast for five hours now to cleanse my ears. Oh wait, here you go. (A ‘New Waver’ is 80s vintage pejorative Queensland slang for a male who is interested in music, rather than football, and thus deserving of harassment or violence. Apparently.)

Respect due to Mr Wadley. It’s rare that I find music this objectionable – and that is totally a recommendation in itself.

I mean, sure it’s culturally subversive. Music this bad, this deliberately, always is. Here.

Oh… and if you really want to piss off your friends and neighbours, you can download the entire new album for free. I can recommend the Prince reworking, ‘Party Like It’s 1979’, as being particularly objectionable.

3 Responses to (Anti-)Song of the day – 277: New Waver (free download)

  1. DC February 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Fuck me.

    There’s a tangible delusion floating about this lot/guy.

    From Their/his Bandcamp blurb: “New Waver’s new album looks at modern inner-city life, exploring the interactions between culture production and consumption, class relations, romanticism and real estate.”

  2. DC February 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Ah, it IS a ‘they’ – found their label(?) page & ‘bio’:


    I particularly like their opening salvo:

    “The members of New Waver grew up in the Australian inner-city suburbs of Carlton and Fitzroy, where in the genteel grounds of Rock and Roll High and the University of Arts they mixed with other children from the middle-class families that characterized Melbourne’s inner north. The city abounded with cultural resources, and was a favourite with academics and professionals alike. But despite, or perhaps because of, their relaxed urban lifestyle, something was stirring in the breasts of Australia’s youth: a yearning for the gritty realism and wide open spaces of the outer suburbs. “

  3. Everett True February 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    (from Facebook)

    Chris Hearn
    didn’t greg play with the legend at some stage, everett?
    4 hours ago · Like

    Everett True
    yep. sure did. i like the fellow. and i’m impressed at how much i don’t like this music.
    4 hours ago · Like

    John Willsteed
    the written work was exceptional.
    3 hours ago · Like

    John Willsteed
    is it “diary of a cold”? ian will know . .
    3 hours ago · Like

    Donat Tahiraj
    Diary of a Cold is an amazing read. I think the IMA might have free copies of it still.
    2 hours ago · Like

    John Caples
    On “Hey Dude” he sounds slightly like Robert Wyatt in some parts, and this is ruining my future Robert Wyatt listening.
    11 minutes ago · Like

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