The Devil Makes Work for Idle Hands

22:09, Aug 30 2009

That's the name of the new compilation to support the re-formed, reunited, re-rockin' Head Like A Hole. The band used to be called Head Like a Hole, then they were called HLAH and now they are called Head Like A Hole again. Hooray!

Head Like A Hole is the sweaty beast of NZ rock'n'roll music and it's great to hear that beast alive and kicking again, out of the box, back on the prowl...the songs on this 21-track compilation are all bursting with energy, occasionally with arrogance and always with a vitality that so few bands today - or then - could ever hope to possess.

I am pleased that Head Like A Hole is back.

You will remember that earlier in the year I chatted with frontman Booga Beazley - this was in preparation for the band's warm-up shows in Auckland and Wellington and festival appearance at Homegrown. They were easily one of the highlights of that all-day show - certainly the rock highlight.

You can see the track-listing for this new compilation here - you'll see it takes in early gems like Spanish Goat Dancer. You'll also get the band's cover of Bruce Springsteen's I'm On Fire. (Is that not one of the best covers ever?)

That's the name of the new compilation to support the re-formed, reunited, re-rockin' Head Like A Hole. The band used to be called Head Like a Hole, then they were called HLAH and now they are called Head Like A Hole again. Hooray!

Head Like A Hole is the sweaty beast of NZ rock'n'roll music and it's great to hear that beast alive and kicking again, out of the box, back on the prowl...the songs on this 21-track compilation are all bursting with energy, occasionally with arrogance and always with a vitality that so few bands today - or then - could ever hope to possess.

I am pleased that Head Like A Hole is back.

You will remember that earlier in the year I chatted with frontman Booga Beazley - this was in preparation for the band's warm-up shows in Auckland and Wellington and festival appearance at Homegrown. They were easily one of the highlights of that all-day show - certainly the rock highlight.

You can see the track-listing for this new compilation here - you'll see it takes in early gems like Spanish Goat Dancer. You'll also get the band's cover of Bruce Springsteen's I'm On Fire. (Is that not one of the best covers ever?)

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The reason behind the compilation (well, one of) is the band's full nationwide tour. It was to be a July tour but then Booga hurt his foot. Big time. He's said to be convalescing well and the tour dates have been rescheduled for September. So if you are in or near these places at the corresponding date then here's the deal:

Thurs 3rd - Invercargill, Saints & Sinners
Friday 4th - Dunedin, Sammy's
Saturday 5th - Christchurch, The Bedford
Thurs 10th - Hamilton, Altitude
Friday 11th - Auckland, Powerstation
Saturday 12th - Wellington, James Cabaret

It's been nice having Head Like A Hole back - the band proved with its shows in March that nothing was lost: Booga is still a great singer and frontman for a band - the rest of the group (Nigel Regan, Andrew Durno, Michael Franklin-Browne and Andrew Ashton) were in great form too. The support for all of the new shows is Luger Boa.

So - to get the proper preparation down the hatch it would be wise to go to your favourite local music store and pick up a copy of this 21-track sampling of one of NZ's best ever bands. I hear this is pretty much the set-list for the shows - so you can check out (in order) the full gamut of the band's hits and (near) misses.

I am very keen to check the band out in action again - I'm hoping, nearer the time, to bring you a new interview with someone from the band, and we might even try and organise a Blog on the Tracks competition to reward keen Head Like A Hole fans. I was thinking something along the lines of getting to add backing vocals to Hootenanny live on stage; something like that. What do you think? I don't know...we'll work something out...I should probably ask the band and management first...

And I'm also angling for the band to release this on vinyl. So show your support below if you'd like to grab a vinyl copy of this - that would be the perfect tour souvenir, right? Keep it limited; get fans to snap them up at the gig.

Meanwhile, who is keen to check the band's new shows out? Who is keen to grab this new compilation, The Devil Makes Work for Idle Hands? Who saw Head Like A Hole earlier in the year and loved it? Who missed out then but won't be missing out this time?

What's your favourite Head Like A Hole song/s?