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Kiwi Philosophies

Kiwi transitions and Aussie waves of thought

During the recent snow days, or what I shall always remember as ‘the time without heat’, I was pondering the meaning of Kiwi Classics: a philosophical thought, perfect to pair with the deep freeze which had taken hold of Lawrence.

KiwiClassics has developed into a philosophy. Yes, a true philosophy – but before I roll into it, this is a musical ideology we’re talking about after all and I would be remiss to not recommend music to accompany your further reading. -Something relaxed like the Mixture’s 1970 cover of ‘In The Summertime‘ (originally by Mr. Mungo Jerry).

We are conducting analyses during every show on KiwiClassics and challenging waveforms of thought – just bear with me here for a second. Every Thursday from 6-7pm, we are juxtaposing genres, challenging ideals, taking apart musical theories and gazing the inside of theories of thought.

The Mixtures

What we are doing is endeavoring towards ultimate enlightenment here on Kiwi Classics. Apologies to those who appreciate stone-wall structures and rigid forms of organization; I intend to continue the deconstruction of tried and true and sometimes white-laced styles – I promise, I’ll arrive at the point in the next few sentences.

If you readers indeed clicked the link earlier in this ramble (In the Summertime), then you’re current listening to music that I’d classify as loose, relaxed, old-school rock, while just reading an uptight piece about philosophies and the banality of old ‘walls of thought’.

Relaxed, smooth listening: uptight, over-vamped reading.

We’re not paired, we’re juxtaposed – but to what end? Following the Mixture’s, I’d recommend OMC’s How Bizarre, a song from 1995 which reached top US music chart positions in the mid 1990s – a light pop-rock song featuring tambourines and trumpets. The possibly jarring 25 year jump from ‘In The Summertime’ to ‘How Bizarre’ isn’t due to greenhorn naivety, but rather an attempt to fly through the ages and challenge listening habits. Aside from relaxed lyrics, and a laid back style, the two share another thread of being from the two of the largest land masses of Oceania.

Chaos defined:


I’d end this micro-set of songs, with the 2004 song ‘WalkieTalkie Man‘ by the New Zealand band Steriogram. Spitting roughly 209 words during a 2:13 minute song (including non-lyrical riffs and musical sections), one might, from a removed perspective, wonder about this connectivity and flow between this set of songs. But in defending myself from my own feeble attack, I would say that from that the ground level of the music – the tracks flow.

Rolling through time, we’ve traversed decades of music, shown a progression of related styles and slowly increased tempos, all while maintaining the KiwiCode (playing music from only NewZealand and Australia) and an overarching theme of playing music that once experienced similar (albeit short-term) popularity in the US.

One could almost consider this an educational experience… if only credit hours were so cheap.


Written by DJ Marsupial. Tune into Kiwi Classics every Thursday from 6-7pm on 90.7fm KJHK.