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Dalvanius

‘Poi E’ is correctly considered the pinnacle of his musical career but to get there Dalvanius studied on stages in bars, clubs, cabarets, concert h...

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DLT

Darryl Leigh Thomson first came across hip hop after moving to Wellington from Maraenui, a suburb of Napier, in the early 1980s. “I spent the seven...

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Toy Love

The Dunedin and Christchurch band, born out of The Enemy and The Basketcases, had catchy and provocative songs to burn. They were also one of the e...

Chippendale House

One of Dunedin's great assets is its stock of historic buildings – from the gothic elegance of First Church, to the Christmas cake trimmings of the...

Tony Littlejohn

Lindsay Marks

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Paul Martin

Paul Martin has long been something of a local identity, known both for his tenure with popular metal outfit Knightshade and through his cult heavy...

The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band

Early Waikato and Hamilton rock and roll

You need look no further than the Waikato rock and roll of the late 1950s and early 1960s to see how completely a New Zealand music scene can disap...

The Dead C - Why use two chords when one will do? - part 1

Famously unsung in their home country, a painter, a philosopher, and a pop drummer faced their royally Rogered late-eighties reality, turned post-p...

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Greg Page

When Page is not putting images to music, the star of the 2011 TV Reality show Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger (and the former voice of Vodafone a...

Dick Frizzell

The South Auckland club scene 1983-89

Simon Lynch's photographic profiles on AudioCulture have covered several important eras and scenes, including 70s and 80s rock, but none were more ...

Lynne and Celine Toner

The Oriental

For a while it seemed everyone played at The Oriental, or the "Ori” as it was known. In the mid-80s it was often jammed-packed, choking on cigarett...

Writing In Love With These Times

The idea of writing a book about my experiences with Flying Nun had been on my mind. I'd overseen the buy-back of the label in 2009 and stepped...

EMI New Zealand – the First 50 Years

This piece was written by two employees of EMI (NZ) Ltd. in 1976 for a glossy publication to mark 50 years since the firm began in New Zealand as...

John McCready

Brendan Power

The Hi-Revving Tongues

Tales of The Alhambra

The Alhambra Garden Bar & Restaurant may not register with many outside Ponsonby or those avid supporters of Auckland jazz, certainly not lik...

Matthew Bannister

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Top 10 haircuts of the 80s

The 1980s are notorious for questionable haircuts and local musicians weren’t immune from getting on the bandwagon. Though – who knows – maybe some...

Every Secret Thing

Andrew McLennan

The Flying Nun adverts

From its inception until the time it moved offices to Auckland in 1988, the number 3000 meant just one thing to countless New Zealand (and as time ...

Jonathan Ganley's Straitjacket Fits images

Jonathan Ganley has been photographing New Zealand music since the 1980s. His work can be found here. – "Their brand of Pop is probably closest t...

The Corben Simpson story part 1

Corben Simpson got his first taste of the limelight aged 11 years when variety act Lou and Simon, performing at the Manurewa Intermediate school as...

Luke Buda revisits The Phoenix Foundation

Luke Buda, The Phoenix Foundation co-front-man, is always an entertaining, distinctive interview. Here he revisits the Wellington band's six albums...

Ancient Times: The Mockers live across Auckland 1984–1985

I had been a long time Mockers fan, first seeing them at The Windsor Castle on the Cleopatra tour. There had been clips on Radio With Pictures but ...

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Margaret Urlich

When Peking Man and Margaret Urlich signed to CBS Australia, the company had a new managing director, Denis Handlin, who wanted to prove that an Au...

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