Even though nothing compares to the dizzying perfection of “Heavenly Pop Hit” (first time you hear it, you think a sweeter melody cannot be written), for me the defining moment of New Zealand music has always been that legendary church organ riff of “Tally Ho!”
I haven’t yet managed to determine whether it is silly or brilliant, but that could be the whole point. The Clean may have had better songs (“Anything Could Happen” defines ‘cool’), but “Tally Ho!” is melodic dementia at its best. Interestingly, it was Martin Phillipps who came up with the riff.
P.S. This current flag business it total nonsense.