Chris Knox

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June 18, 2009

…. uhh, can we have another room please?

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 6:24 pm

Hiya – It’s morning we’re starting to settle into some sorta routine – it’s beginning to seem weirdly normal.

We come in when visiting hours start and spend the day hanging out in the Whanau room & taking turns pestering Chris. It’s like a funny little communal office with cellphones beeping, random discussions, scraps over laptop access and highly dodgy humour. Then we leave at 8ish and head off for a fantastic vege dinner and a couple of glasses of pinot & we debrief over the day’s events – and we talk through how upset we are, and how amazing people can be, and we give each other good-natured shit, and then we wander off and try to sleep – with wildly varying degrees of success. Then we meet up the next day and start again.

However Liesha just came in and told me that Chris is sitting up in a chair today and has written his name! I had a great visit with him and watched him start physio……. still haven’t managed to play him Miles though.

…. and then I come back in from work at 5pm to hear that Chris came down to the Whanau room! He was greeted by our friend Jonathan who decided to entertain Chris with ‘the human chair’ with Stefan (wonder-drummer & Pumice man). This resulted in a (possibly rather predictable) debacle & Jonathan writhing in pain with a broken ankle. Apparently he will be in a wheel chair for weeks and ……  well you’d laugh, as much as Chris did, if you knew Jonathan, who has a reputation for high-jinks.



  1.   Sam Ralston — June 18, 2009 @ 6:43 pm    

    I challenge chris to a battle of beatles rock band when he’s feeling better.
    Shot-gun lennon. :) Hope everyone is doing well up there, Myself and Ashleigh
    send our love and support.


  2.   Chris Benn (Christchurch) — June 18, 2009 @ 6:54 pm    

    Chris Knox, my brothers and I have been dedicated fans for 30 years. From what I’ve seen you fend off at the Hillsborough Tavern and various Uni orientation gigs this will be a sandly mate! All the best, we are eagerly awaiting next album (the last one is played endlessly in my vehicle!) so hurry up and get well. All the best to family and friends. Chris.

  3.   Andrew and Karen — June 18, 2009 @ 7:15 pm    

    Hey Roy,

    can you read today’s messages to Chris with a Ringo Starr accent? And go easy on the fusion-Miles, that stuff can hurt your head at the best of times. Except On the Corner, which is like Sly Stone played backwards.

    Oh yeah, hi Chris. Sounds like you’re on the mend. Keep it up!


  4.   Lee Flying Kick — June 18, 2009 @ 8:00 pm    

    Hey Chris, wishing you all the best and following this blog with interest.


  5.   BillBungalow — June 18, 2009 @ 8:00 pm    

    Hey Roy,
    can you pass on a heads up to Chris & Barbara and family. Just finished the Philip
    Norman/ Lennon book a couple month ago, a good read but nothing we have not read before.
    So could you pass on to Chris i am still getting over the shock of aunt Mimi bonking the lodger.

    Go well & Get strong

  6.   Siobhan — June 18, 2009 @ 8:51 pm    

    Chris, Barbara, Leisha, John –
    just found this blog, although heard the news a few days ago – it`s a strange circumstance in which to make contact after so long. Horrible news, but the reports are sounding better every day, and with the love and madness I remember always being there at yours, things can surely only look up.
    Get well fast, Mr Knox – love and power to the family.
    PS Leisha – I`m really sorry I smoked you out of your room and almost burnt your house down!
    PPS I still occasionally make banana sour cream pie. Kyoko Grace enjoys it, as she enjoys trying to play Bride of Frankenstein on a Miley Cyrus (aaaaaaaaaaargh) guitar.

  7.   Jeremy Ansell — June 18, 2009 @ 11:34 pm    

    Hi Chris and family

    I was thinking about you, Chris, a couple of weeks ago when I read of how eager you were to get back from down south to your beloved home theatre. That reminded me of how I used to feel every day at school. Couldn’t wait to get home, put a record on the record player (when we called vinyl “records” and turntables “players”) and marvel at the fact that I was hearing music from this black disc spinning around under the Philips needle.

    At the age of nine, I heard A Day In The Life for the first time. My Uncle Anthony had the Sgt Pepper album on 1/4 inch 4-track tape. Twenty-six years later, I was honored to be the engineer of a new recording of that song. Chris Knox and the Nothing crammed into a tiny voice booth at Radio New Zealand and amazed me with a live take – vocals, percussion, DI’ed electric guitars and all. Your singing was beautiful. The addition of the inner groove at the end still makes me laugh.

    Then I was left to mix the session. Um, well… Sorry about spending so long replicating the stereo panning and echo effects of the original Beatles record that I ran out of time to do decent mixes of the Nothing songs. But, hey, how often do you get the chance to mix a recording of the ultimate Beatles song sung by Chris Knox?

    I’m looking forward to the next session, Chris. Bring the amplifier this time.

    Wishing you, your family and friends hope and strength.


  8.   Rachel 'Everywhere Girl' — June 18, 2009 @ 11:44 pm    

    All good wishes to you, Chris and whanau, ‘specially Liesha –

    Here’s my encouraging yarn:

    My dad had a bad stroke, age 40, over twenty years ago. Today, even despite a fairly lacklustre recovery, physically-speaking, he has over time forged a good life thanks to huge support, doggedly pursuing his creative passions and – I think it’s fair to say that his huge love for his wife and all of us have actually carried not only us but also *him* through alot of it too.

    And in recent years, long after anyone would have said that improvement was possible – well we all just know that we have more of our dad back than ever. And he now has a grand-daughter, age 2, who’s one of his biggest fans (aww…)

    Wishing you a speedy, smooth and fullsome recovery process, along with ever more love, loyalty/bloody-mindedness and creative fire in your midst, to go on inspiring us with –

  9.   jonathan r — June 19, 2009 @ 12:25 am    

    next time i’ll just wear a funny nose and enormous shoes, squirt water outta my buttonhole. lol



  10.   Kevin — June 19, 2009 @ 12:27 am    

    Hi Chris & family
    Thinking about you every day, and just deciding right now which of your CDs to take with me in the car.
    You have inspired so many, so let us now inspire you to a full recovery.
    Love from Canada

  11.   Stephen — June 19, 2009 @ 12:44 am    

    Heard the news in Melbourne via community radio (3RRR). Get well soon mate.

  12.   Thomas Scott — June 19, 2009 @ 2:41 am    

    Hello to all:

    I just read about Mr. Knox’s health and this blog. I never met him or even got to see him perform in person. But I have been a fan of his records for many years. So a message from this faraway place, Florida, USA: thank you for all the joy your music has brought me over the years. Good health to you, sir.

    Thomas Scott

  13.   Robert Southon — June 19, 2009 @ 3:31 am    


    Sending good vibes from the other side of the world. Get well soon mate. Kia kaha to you and all those good people around you.


  14.   Russell — June 19, 2009 @ 7:58 am    

    On behalf of all of Chris’ Brisbane fans, i’d like to wish him a speedy recovery.. We want to see him back here in his 4zzz banana shorts again real soon.. All the best, Russ

  15.   Kerri — June 19, 2009 @ 8:21 am    

    speedy recovery Chris Knox.I told you after a chris Knox and The Nohting gig you were my fav NZer.You still are .Kia kaha to you and your family.We will go and buy your latest cd xx

  16.   jed — June 19, 2009 @ 8:33 am    

    American fan here. You are one of my favorite musicians of all time, Chris. My thoughts are with you.

  17.   Vic and Frank — June 19, 2009 @ 8:41 am    

    Hey Roy,

    Please pass on all our best getting well wishes to Chris, and support for Barbara, John and Leisha. We were so shocked to hear about the stroke, but if anyone can overcome-its Chris.

    Thanks for the blog, great way to connect


  18.   Rob Zorn — June 19, 2009 @ 9:50 am    

    Hey Chris, Have long enjoyed your music and admired your approach to life. I wish you a full and speedy recovery!

  19.   Dolph — June 19, 2009 @ 10:05 am    

    Cheers, Chris and family. So glad to hear of the quick progress thus far! Stay strong — there are lots of us fans here in the States cheering for ya.
    – Dolph Chaney

  20.   Sharif Dumani — June 19, 2009 @ 10:07 am    

    Wishing you and your family the best from the other side of the world (Los Angeles).
    Hoping you have a speedy recovery!


  21.   Roger Shepherd — June 19, 2009 @ 10:44 am    

    Aunt Mimi bonked the lodger?????????

  22.   Danielle — June 19, 2009 @ 11:46 am    

    I can’t get over this news of Aunt Mimi bonking the lodger either. :)

  23.   Ronnie van Hout — June 19, 2009 @ 12:14 pm    

    I’ve been hassling those New Artland people for months to send me a copy of ‘our’ episode then you have a stroke and, hey presto, it arrives only days later. I don’t know whether to thank you. The disc appears to have an image on it of you and my mum a la American Gothic, fairly disturbing stuff. You better get well soon because C talks about nothing else, and as much as we love you….
    We say Aunt Mimi rodgered the lodger.

  24.   Roger Shepherd — June 19, 2009 @ 12:33 pm    

    Nooooooo! Aunt Mimi was like a mother to me. Next thing people will be saying that Jesus hung out with prostitues.

  25.   Gwynne Garfinkle — June 19, 2009 @ 1:40 pm    

    Hi Chris and family,

    I just heard the news. Sending lots of good thoughts toward your full recovery, Chris!


  26.   Laura — June 19, 2009 @ 3:53 pm    

    Hi Chris,
    I met you at the NZ Music Month launch last year, and briefly interviewed you. It was really nice to meet you.
    My dad had a stroke earlier this year and it was a really tough time. It looked like he might not get his voice back, but a few months later and he’s nearly 100%. He made a big big effort and was very brave, even when it was really frustrating for him.
    I hope you remember to be brave and do all your exercises, and that you too make a full recovery.
    Very best wishes,
    Laura McQuillan

  27.   Kit & Marie aka Pig Out — June 19, 2009 @ 5:26 pm    

    Pig Out send our best best wishes to Chris and everyone. Want to see his smiley face breezing through Grey Lynn foodtown soon!

    : )

  28.   Kevin Milne — June 27, 2009 @ 6:20 pm    

    Delighted to hear you’re recovering well. I’m a big fan. We don’t usually accept complaints about god on Fair Go, but I think we can make an exception for you. You didn’t deserve this and questions need to be asked. And if god doesn’t answer, we’ll put him on the Fair Go wall. Best wishes Chris, Kevin Milne.

  29.   Bill Bungalow — June 27, 2009 @ 8:32 pm    

    i am hoping you are doing well and on the road to recovery. I have just sent my daughter who now lives in the uk( i know i know i am POM i think you call it Irony)anyway thought your song Not given lightly on youtube would be a fond memorie of NZ remind her of home,
    More irony, Micheal Jackson’s will, to Macca. to leave beatles songs to mccartne

    Go Well Go Strong
    My Very Best regards Bill B

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