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For Today
by Netherworld Dancing Toys, feat. Malcolm Black, lead vocal
Malcolm Black (1961 to 2019) was a New Zealand musician, with 'Netherworld Dancing Toys', and lawyer. Malcolm James Prentice Black was born in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand, in 1961. He grew up in the Dunedin suburb of Waverley, and was educated at Otago Boys' High School, playing in several bands while there. He went on to graduate with a law degree from the University of Otago, and joined the group 'Netherworld Dancing Toys' in 1982 as singer/guitarist during his second year at the university. They most notably released the single "For Today" in 1985 - featured here, it reached No. 3 in the New Zealand singles chart and was subsequently described as almost an "alternative national anthem". Although Black and co-writer Nick Sampson won the 1985 "APRA Silver Scroll" for the song, the group sadly disbanded not long after that. Instead he joined an Auckland law firm the year after, before returning to the University of Otago in 1989 to study for a master's degree and work as a lecturer. He also ran a music consultancy, and began representing bands like 'Straitjacket Fits', 'The Chills' and 'The Verlaines'. Three years afterwards, he returned to Auckland (unfortunately, without having completed his master's), and instead established Sinclair Black, a specialist entertainment law firm (alongside Mick Sinclair). In 1996, Black joined 'Sony Music New Zealand' as director of A&R after the departure of Paul Ellis, and subsequently worked with artists such as 'Che Fu', Dave Dobbyn and Bic Runga. He was involved in a review of the "NZ on Air" national broadcasting commission in 2002, and in 2004 set up 'Les Mills Music Licensing', which mainly supplied music for use in gyms in 80 countries. However, he left 'Sony' in 2009 to work in artist management, and consequently co-managed notable artists 'Crowded House' and Neil Finn. He also served on the 'APRA AMCOS' board of directors, but was sadly diagnosed with bowel cancer shortly after attending the 2017 "APRA Silver Scroll Awards" in Dunedin. Black reformed 'Netherworld Dancing Toys' for performances at the corresponding awards ceremony the following year, during which they memorably rendered "For Today" (they then recorded an album, "Songs for My Family", in 2019). He was appointed an "Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit" ("ONZM") in HM the Queen's 2019 New Year Honours list, for 'services to the music industry'. Malcolm Black died from the direct effects of his bowel cancer in Auckland on May 9th 2019, aged 58. He is survived by his wife Julia and their four daughters.
Posted: 10th June 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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