“Through falling leaves I pick my way slowly…” In 1970 a musical paean to getting your nature buzz topped the charts. ‘Nature’, by The Fourmyula, became a Kiwi classic: in 2001 an APRA poll voted it the best local song of the past 75 years. This 2010 Close Up report, from Auckland’s Montecristo Room, sees presenter Mark Sainsbury introduce the band's second performance of 'Nature' in Aotearoa (the band were overseas when it topped the charts). He quizzes composer Wayne Mason, and drummer Chris Parry recalls encountering The Clash while working in the English music scene.
1969: man landed on the moon, back here on earth the Vietnam war was still raging, The Beatles broke up, Woodstock brought everyone back together again. But the big music noise here in 1969? Well, as a 13-year-old growing up in Upper Hutt, it was these guys: The Fourmyula, and that song 'Nature'…– Mark Sainsbury introduces the song