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This performance by Hello Sailor was recorded by TVNZ in Christchurch, at the Civic Theatre in Manchester Street. Singer Graham Brazier (who passed away in September 2015) is said to have written the classic song about love, destruction and hurt in 15 minutes. It was a last minute addition to the band’s debut album (and their second Top 20 single of 1977, reaching number 13). 'Blue Lady' was later considered as a possible theme song for an Australian police show. It would have been a strange choice: this Blue Lady came from the wrong side of the tracks. It was junkie slang for a hypodermic syringe. 

A song of love, a song of destruction and hurt, a song of praise to those two most powerful unbeatable things: a woman and man's insatiable quest for stimulation.
– Graham Brazier, as quoted in Dave McArtney's 2014 memoir Gutter Black, page 53

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