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Goodshirt

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Goodshirt are still hanging out in the garden shed. "Absolutely, it's where it was all produced and engineered and stuff," says front man Rodney Fisher, referring to the band's second album, 'Fiji Baby'. It's the very same garden shed - the one he's sitting outside today - where their 2001 debut album 'Good' was recorded and produced.

"We've got better at recording things," he grins, and goes onto to praise Murray Fisher, his younger brother, fellow band member, and the album's producer and engineer. "Murray has come on in leaps and bounds. I just guess he's got a really good ear and really good taste that's compatible with what we do. It's a difficult job because we've all got different tastes. It's a very difficult job, there are lots of fights, heartache, but you get there. The last album was like that too," says Fisher flippantly.

'Good' spawned the huge hit single 'Sophie', which was the first NZ single in 18 month to go #1 on the charts and won 'Single of The Year' at the 2003 NZ Music Awards. 'Blowing Dirt' and 'Place To Be' were top 10 Rock Radio singles, meanwhile 'Good' spent more than seven months in the Top 50 charts and in that time reached nearly double-platinum status with sales in excess of 25,000 copies.

You'd think after the success of 'Good', and the intrigue surrounding Goodshirt's ingenious videos, they'd be moving up in the world - or at least into a proper recording studio. Well, to be honest, Goodshirt - also made up of Gareth Thomas (keyboards/vocals) and Mike Beehre (drums) did spend three weeks at Auckland recording studio The Lab in preparation for 'Fiji Baby'. "We went into the Lab, and basically moved in with a couple of drum kits, and heaps of amps, anything we could get our hands on, tuned up the Rhodes and all that sort of stuff." But the back yard shed at the brother's Grey Lynn flat beckoned. "I reckon when it comes down to it," says Rodney, looking out into the tangle of grass in the backyard, "this place, especially for me and Murray anyway, this house is very inspiring. It's a big part of what the music is. When it comes back to putting it all together you see the environment of where you've been." "That's the difference from being in the Lab, you can write something here and then play it outside and listen to it. I'd love to buy this house...gotta make millions first," he laughs.

'Fiji Baby' is rich, full and well paced. The latter sounds like a strange description for music but it's fitting for Goodshirt. They're in no hurry to finish a song - they love songs. So what if there are more "slow" songs on 'Fiji Baby'. Fisher admits it, compared to 'Good' there are more "slow" songs, but there's still those berserk rock songs that have Black Sabbath riffs, Spilt Enz madness and the "chug". "The important thing for us," explains Fisher, "is the minimal thing and the space around the instruments. But you'll know it's Goodshirt," he enthuses. "I think this album is more Beach Boys and Beatlesie than the last album. It's a pretty good mix of what all our tastes are. Murray and Mike are into Queens Of the Stone Age - I suppose I am too - but there's a good mix of Air and Beck and Flaming Lips as well. A lot of the same stuff kept coming through like that chuggy stuff. Lots of chugging and stuff which we like to do. But there's still very Pink Floyd-ie moments and Eagles, Crosby Stills...and all that sort of stuff that we were brought up on."

New tracks like 'Dumb Day', 'Not That Far' and 'How Will I See You' are the rock star moments of 'Fiji Baby' where that chug is brandished fully. Meanwhile tracks like 'My Racing Head' and the beautiful, yet haunting, 'Cold Body' are smouldering gems.

Band Members:
Rodney Fisher (vocals, guitar)
Mike Beehre (drums)
Gareth Thomas (keyboard)
Murray Fisher (guitar)

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RE: Who has Fiji baby lyrics and chords?
Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2005 5:57 pm
You guessed right - I'm in charge of the day to day running of this site.

Check out the about page for more info Very Happy
 

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RE: Who has Fiji baby lyrics and chords?
Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2005 5:09 pm
Cool, thanks for that, you always seem to be the dude that knows everything haha, are you in charge of the site or something?
 

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RE: Who has Fiji baby lyrics and chords?
Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2005 4:55 pm
You'll find the Fiji Baby lyrics on the site now, along with the Buck It Up lyrics.

As for the guitar tabs (to this and for OpShop) - I don't know where you could find these, but if I find them I'll let you know.
 

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Who has Fiji baby lyrics and chords?
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Hey does anyone have the fiji baby lyrics and guitar chords? email me if you do would be much appreciated Laughing
 

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What are they up 2 these days?
Posted: Sat Aug 7, 2004 11:38 pm
Havent heard any niuz bout them fo agez!
 

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Goodshirt Update
Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2003 6:34 pm
Following a successful tour of Australia which ended in Melbourne on Saturday night, Goodshirt are back in the UK for 10 shows in support of their first UK release - 'Blowing Dirt' The first single from Goodshirt’s second album will be released to radio in New Zealand in October and is called 'Bucket Up'.
 

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Update From Goodshirt
Posted: Tue May 27, 2003 10:07 am
Recently we did a 'seed-sowing' trip visiting LA, Austin, Cincinnati, New York, Toronto, London, Melbourne and Sydney. Great trip, although we were in the USA as war broke out and through Canada and Singapore as the SARS things was unfolding. Rodney brought us all paint masks in London which we tried wearing. By the time we got to Melbourne Rod was the only one still wearing one, in fact he was the only one in the whole airport with one on.

Our objective was to secure releases in other countries this year and have so far found partners in Canada, Japan and Australia. The album 'Good' has been out in Australia for a few weeks now and we're getting a good response. Triple J (a radio network) has played all three singles so far and have been awesome.

Now we've spent all our savings we're trying to work out how to fund a trip back to capitalize on the work we've done.

Capitol Records and Air NZ are running a bit of a promo for 6 Capitol (NZ) artists. The winning band gets a whack of air travel to help them get overseas. If you'd like to help out, you can vote on http://www.zephyrs.co.nz/ - you'll go in the draw to have the winning band play for you, 5k of Air NZ travel, 100 EMI CDs and a Panasonic Video, .. would be huge if you could vote and spread the word.

New Album:

Rod, Muz, Gareth and Mike are well over half way through recording the new album which is scheduled to be out in NZ on October 27. The first single will be 'Bucket Up' and will be at Radio by the end of June, with another Joe Lonie directed video to follow in July.

News:

- Tune in to Channel 10's Pepsi Live program (Australia) this Tuesday night at 11:30pm to see Goodshirt perform 'Green' live.

- The band will be dropping in for afternoon tea with Mel & Charlie on Triple J's (Australia) drive program at 4:30pm on Thursday 28 May.

- If you missed the Goodshirt interview on Triple J's 2003 program a few weeks ago, it has been archived on the J-website... have a listen at http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/2003/default.htm - Gareth and Rodney from Goodshirt explain to Richard Kingsmill how they got their band name from a song called 'Green'

- Look out for interviews in Juice Magazine (June issue), NW, TV Hits + current street press magazines including The Drum Media, The Brag, Time Off, Scene, Beat, Inpress, Forte and BMA

Reviews:

"Hailing from New Zealand, these quirky rockers have a liking for making hilarious video clips and fusing funky synth bites into their punchy, energetic brand of rock. Sounds pretty good to us!"
'Good' album review: TV Hits Magazine, Australia, May 2003

"Forget all this garage rock crapola - the new exciting sound is raw punk meets new wave meets techno weirdery meets art rock warbling. It makes absolutely no sense, and as of now there's only one band signed up to this raw wave weirdery movement (that would be Auckland's Goodshirt), but a word to the wise: you might wanna hook your wagons up now before it passes you by."
'Green' single review: Beat Magazine, Melbourne, April 2003

Thanks for your support - we really appreciate it!!!

Grant Hislop
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Goodshirt in Australia Next Week For 'Good'
Posted: Wed May 21, 2003 7:34 pm
On the back of winning 3 New Zealand Music Awards, electro rockers Goodshirt will hit the East Coast of Australia next week for a whirlwind tour of 4 cities in 4 days to celebrate the Australian release of their debut album 'Good'.

The tour dates are:

Date: Wednesday 28 May
Venue: The Healer, Brisbane
Featuring: Dappled Cities Fly & Halfday
Presented By: Time Off Magazine & 4ZZZ FM

Date: Thursday 29 May
Venue: The Annandale Hotel, Sydney
Featuring: Dappled Cities Fly & Dropping Honey
Presented By: The Brag Magazine

Date: Friday 30 May
Venue: Australian National University, Canberra
Featuring: Dappled Cities Fly & Special Gueststar

Date: Saturday 31 May
Venue: The Tote, Melbourne
Presented By: Beat Magazine & PBS FM

Goodshirt will appear on Pepsi Live on Channel 10 nationally on Sunday 25 May @ 11am (repeated Tuesday 27 May @ 11:30pm) with a live performance of their current single 'Green'.

'Good' and 'Green' are now out on Cement/Shock Records.
 

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Goodshirt Tour Oz!
Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2002 5:47 pm
Fresh form a storming World Series gig, which impressed more than a couple of international guests but left them clutching for comparisons ('Very Split Enz'… 'Very heavy metal'), goodshirt announce a 40-show tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Supporting the release of their EP e.g. in Australia and on the back of the Triple J Network/Channel V support for Blowing Dirt and Place to Be (added to Triple J high rotation on day of release), the boys play 10 shows in Australia and 30 in New Zealand this summer before heading to Japan, the UK and Canada early in the New Year.

This is goodshirt's first headlining summer tour (they're taking new 'hot' band of the moment, Evermore, with them) and promises to be a celebration of what has been a year of success and development for the four-piece. A No.1 single with Sophie, a platinum-selling album, Tui Awards for Best New Artist and album artwork, an expanding collection of innovative videos by director Joe Lonie, a sell-out winter tour shows and successful start to their Australian campaign… all reasons to party. A new album is in the pipeline for release around mid-2003.

For tour details see www.goodshirt.co.nz

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Goodshirt Nominated For Juice TV Awards!
Posted: Fri Aug 9, 2002 11:48 am
Goodshirt have received the following nominations in the Juice TV Awards:

* Best Video (Sophie)

* Best Group Video (Green)

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Goodshirt Nominated For Squeeze People Choice Awards
Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2002 4:26 pm
Goodshirt have received the following nominations in the Squeeze People Choice Awards:

* Best Band/Artist

* Best Song/Track (Sophie)

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