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Alastair Riddell's Space Waltz (33 1/3 Oceania)

Alastair Riddell's Space Waltz (33 1/3 Oceania)

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Publication Date: March 9th, 2023
Bloomsbury Academic
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Alastair Riddell's band Space Waltz was a short-lived one-album New Zealand rock act who hit gold with a #1 hit single in October 1974 with the song 'Out On The Street' but thereafter failed to achieve anything even close to that feat. While relegated to one-hit-wonder status in the eyes of many, to this day Riddell and Space Waltz epitomize the mid-1970s heyday of glam rock in New Zealand. But in truth their impact went far beyond this. Their generationally divisive nation-wide debut on the hugely popular MOR television talent quest Studio One/New Faces demonstrated the power of mass media exposure - they were instantly signed to a record deal with industry giant EMI - while Riddell's controversial gender-bending image provided a cultural crossroads that greatly impacted the wider youth culture of Aotearoa New Zealand. In addition, while the album's most famous track, 'Out On The Street, ' is rightly regarded as New Zealand's glam rock anthem, the wider album demonstrates a compositional and musical depth that goes far beyond glam rock and into the realm of sophisticated progressive rock, ultimately providing an unlikely and highly unique musical amalgam.

About the Author

Ian Chapman is an author, musician, and Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. His previous publications have included titles on Glam Rock, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, The Dunedin Sound and the arts and culture of New Zealand in the 1960s and 1970s.