29 Dec 2007

Blam Blam Blam - Live at The Kings Arms

From RNZ Music, 5:00 pm on 29 December 2007

Influential 1980s alternative pop/rock band Blam Blam Blam are in fine form for this one-off performance at the Kings Arms in Auckland.

Songs: 'Battleship Grey', 'Blue Belmonts', 'Luxury Length', 'Talkback King', 'Beach On 42nd St', 'Respect', 'Don't Fight It Marsha It's Bigger Than Both Of Us', 'There Is No Depression In New Zealand'.

Blam Blam Blam: Tim Mahon, Don McGlashan, Mark Bell 2007.

Blam Blam Blam: Tim Mahon, Don McGlashan, Mark Bell 2007. Photo: supplied

In 2007 The Blams reformed 25 years after a car accident in which bassist Tim Mahon's hand was damaged, effectively ending the band.

For this special gig, vocalist, drummer and euphonium player Don McGlashan dug out a gold lamé shirt from his 80's box, Tim Mahon jumped about as if he were nineteen again, and singer/guitarist Mark Bell, along with guest drummer Barton Price (ex. of Australian band 'Models'), assisted in the recapture of many a misspent youth.

This RNZ recording includes classic Blams tracks 'There is no Depression in New Zealand' and 'Don't Fight it Marsha, It's Bigger than the Both of Us'.

*Blam Blam Blam are joined by Barton Price firstly on percussion (from the second song on) then moving to drums (on Talkback King).

Recorded by Andre Upston for Radio New Zealand, Live @ The Kings Arms AK 29-09-07

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