New Zealand charts - the genesis


Dragon - Body and the Beat

When the classic Dragon line-up of Marc and Todd Hunter, Robert Taylor, Paul Hewson and Kerry Jacobson reunited in 1982 it was with the intention o...

Anna Coddington

Beatles and New Zealand music

Paul Hewson - the early years

Long before Dragon’s Paul Hewson wrote some of Australia’s biggest pop anthems of the late 1970s, he was a teenage songwriter in a band...

Fans - The 1920s: the jazz age

The Screaming Meemees

Trevor Reekie


Lawrence Arabia

Lawrence Arabia’s 1960s influenced indie pop has gained him a devoted audience at home, where he’s won a string of local plaudits, among them a Silver Scroll, the Taite Award, and being named Best Male Solo Artist at the 2013 NZ Music Awards.

Jimmie Sloggett

Bunny Walters

Beatles invade New Zealand, 1964

The Supersonics


Flying Nun: Getting Older - the 1990s and beyond

Flying Nun: Getting Older - the 1990s and beyond

Future Stupid

New Zealand Trading Company

Flying Nun - the Unofficial Vault

Art of the album cover

Peter Dawkins


Savage swings

“Is that guy from New Zealand? Really? He’s great!” Seth Rogen once exclaimed about Savage before collapsing into laughter like h...

Albert Park: all ages venue of the century

Sharon O'Neill: The 9/12 transcript

An early 1980s Australian publicity shot This is an extended transcript of a phone interview recorded on September 12, 2001, a day after 9/11. S...

Tommy's big Chess move

Tommy Adderley with Max Merritt and his Meteors served up a wonderful, rocking version of ‘Whole Lotta Shakin Going On’ on the flipside...


The Screaming Blam-matic Roadshow

The Screaming Blam-matic Roadshow

F-Star Records

Russell Brown: Sneaking it out of the shop: a life in music journalism



It was a voice and a face that went around the world. As Sister Zina, Sina provided the insanely catchy vocal hook that that helmed the chorus of OMC’s 1997 US No.1 ‘How Bizarre’ and its follow up, ‘Right On’. But, despite the offers that followed, she walked away.

Murdoch Riley

The songs of Shortland Street

Southside Records