Mark Brooks remembers The Newtones

Why did you switch from guitar to bass in Street of Flowers and The Newtones? The bass was always my favourite instrument, but Scott was loads bet...

Mike Corless and New Music Management

The pub rock scene that evolved in the late 1970s grew as an alternative to the Lion Breweries national touring circuit, which tended towards Top 4...

Paul Luker – Empty Heads, Industrial Tapes and Phantom Forth

The first era of punk in New Zealand in the late 1970s and early 1980s produced surprisingly few fanzines. Empty Heads, a printed, folded A4 maga...

A Day in My Mind's Mind – New Zealand psychedelia Part 1

A Day in My Mind's Mind is a series of CDs encompassing the New Zealand psychedelic music scene from 1966 to 1972.
 The first three volumes were...

Hugh Sundae and the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame

The New Zealand Music Hall of Fame was established in 2007 with the induction of Jordan Luck and Johnny Devlin.  Since 2012 Hugh Sundae, fo...

Bryan Staff's Fifteen Favourite Fotos

Bryan Staff's part in the history of New Zealand popular music is multi-faceted. Best known for his label Ripper Records and that label's releases,...

Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band

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Charlie Tumahai

"Boy is what they call me in our street. But my real name is Charlie, like my Dad's. My Dad's people come from Tahiti, and my mother's people are N...

New Zealand invasion of Australia - the 1960s and early 1970s

In May 1959 Johnny Devlin and The Devils flew to Australia for a nationwide package tour headlined by the Everly Brothers. At tour's end, the origi...

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Pop Mechanix

Pop Mechanix were part of the new wave of groups in the late 1970s and early 1980s that breathed the same air and shared ideals with punk. They wer...

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Luger Boa

Two years after The D4 decided to take an indefinite break, guitarist and lead vocalist Jimmy Christmas immersed himself in books about humanity, e...

Bill Direen Part 2 - 1985 and into the present

“I’m beginning to see diversity as a handicap the more I speak to people in the United Kingdom. Repetition and familiarity are what ens...

Parallel movements to punk

Parallel movements to punk – Bill Direen on the generation that preceded punk in New Zealand There was a second group of older citizens, who...

The Dark Ages

Judge Wayne and The Convicts

Ritchie Pickett

Bill Direen Part 1 - a maverick voice 1975 to 1984

Bill Direen at the Christchurch Arts Centre - Photo by Lesley Maclean His was a maverick voice, older, wiser and darker, and his music and words...

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Coup D'Etat

Three months later, Hello Sailor had split up and two key members of Red Mole's musical arm, keyboardist Jan Preston and bassist Neil Hannan, had d...

Rattle Records

Hogsnort Rupert

Nunfest 96 - The Empire Tavern, Dunedin

Nunfest 96 was the 15th anniversary celebration of the Flying Nun label and gigs were held all over the land. It was already a tradition of sort...

In Touch

In Touch For six years from the early to mid 1980s, In Touch magazine and its several permutations did their best to prevent Wellington from devol...

Wellington nightclubs in the 1980s

If you’ve had a night out in Wellington at any time over the course of the past two decades, chances are you’ve spent a few hours tak...

Top Hat Napier

It was the place to be, the place to be seen, and also the place to play. Napier had a reputation where it had become the “vibrant city whe...

Danse Macabre

Submission

Diary entry 7th Jan 2003: Went to bar on K Rd called Submission Diary entry 8th Jan 2003: Recovered There have been many bars I have staggered ar...

Projector Mix

Mountain Rock

- Photo by Scruff Here was a man in the corner howling like a banshee. A tattooed photographer was encouraging a couple, who needed no encouragi...

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Top 10 NZ songs about the weather

New Zealand has a temperate climate, which is a nice way of saying that it doesn’t get too ridiculously cold, but rains all winter long. As a...

Jolyon Mulholland

Record Warehouse

Chris Knox with the indie banner, 1983 - Kerry O'Connor collection Durham Street Durham Street West, in Auckland's CBD, was a fairly dreary add...

Meemees fly south

The Screaming Meemees at Sweetwaters, January 1983 - Photo by Jonathan Ganley It was the best of times and yet it came very, very close to being...