26 Mar 2016

Brendan Smyth - Musical Chairs

From Musical Chairs, 4:05 pm on 26 March 2016

NZ On Air’s Music Manager, Brendan Smyth, retired in February 2016 after 26 years in the job.

To celebrate his career as NZ music’s biggest fanboy, Kirsten Johnstone visits Brendan at home for tales of his earliest days as a public servant with an afro and a granny-smith green velvet suit, his mission: to systematically infiltrate commercial radio with local music, and succeed in getting 20 per cent NZ music on the airwaves.

You can visit Brendan's All Tracks playlist or listen on Spotify

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  • Music details

    Artist: The Veils
    Song: The Tide That Left And Never Came Back
    Composer: Andrews
    Album: The Runaway Found
    Label: Rough Trade

    Artist: Shihad
    Song: Home Again
    Composer: Toogood
    Album: Shihad
    Label: Wildside

    Artist: Band Of Hope Jug Band
    Song: Boodle Am Shake
    Album: Band Of Hope Jug Band
    Label: Kiwi

    Artist: Th’ Dudes
    Song: Bliss
    Composer: Ian
    Album: Where Are The Girls
    Label: FMR

    Artist: Mi Sex
    Song: Computer Games
    Album: Mi Sex
    Label: Sony

    Artist: Ardijah
    Song: Take A Chance
    Composer: Monga
    Album: Take A Chance
    Label: WEA

    Artist: The Mockers
    Song: Good Old Days
    Composer: Fagan
    Album: Woke Up Today
    Label: Sony

    Artist: The Bats
    Song: North By North
    Composer: Scott
    Album: Daddy’s Highway
    Label: Flying Nun

    Artist: Dave Dobbyn
    Song: Love You Like I should
    Composer: Dobbyn
    Album: Loyal
    Label: CBS

    Artist: Supergroove
    Song: Here Comes The Supergroove
    Composer: Supergroove
    Album: Single
    Label: BMG

    Artist: Shihad
    Song: Derail
    Composer: Toogood
    Album: Churn
    Label: Wildside

    Artist: Love Soup
    Song: You
    Composer: Runga
    Album: Kiwi Hit Disc Twelve
    Label: Pagan

    Artist: Brook Fraser
    Song: Arithmatic
    Composer: Fraser
    Album: What To Do with Daylight
    Label: Sony

    Artist: Naked And Famous
    Song: Serenade
    Composer: Powers,Xayalith
    Album: This Machine
    Label: Round Trip Mars

    Artist: Darcy Clay
    Song: Jesus I Was Evil
    Composer: Clay
    Album: Jesus I Was Evil 
    Label: Antenna

    Artist: Pluto
    Song: Long White Cross
    Composer: Pluto
    Album: Pipe Line Under The Ocean|
    Label:  EMI

    Artist: Midnight Youth
    Song: All On Our Own
    Composer: Midnight Youth
    Album: The Brave Don’t Run
    Label: Warner

    Artist: Opossom
    Song: Blue Meanies
    Composer: Neilson
    Album: Electric Hawaii
    Label: CRS

    Artist: Marlon Williams
    Song: Dark Child
    Composer: Williams/Moore
    Album: Marlon Williams
    Label: Caroline

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