Toy Love make Toy Love

As a group I think most of us shared a healthy scepticism towards life, but there was a palpable excitement at the prospect of Toy Love finally rec...

Taranaki time machine

New Plymouth and Taranaki have a long musical history that goes back well before the Bell Block, the White Hart, the Magogs' clubhouse, and the Ima...

Dusty Spittle

Mark Williams: the Australia years

By 1977, after two massive No.1 New Zealand hits, and a high profile thanks to touring and television, Mark Williams had outgrown the local market....

Song lines

So let the St. Joseph's Māori Girls keep singin' There ain't no silver lining for the Land of the Long White Cloud ... I was recently at a dinner ...

Ten moments in New Zealand bass

Bass is one of the elements in music that is often overlooked when listening to a song. Sure, you can hear it pumped up and beaming out of cars as ...

Kevin Borich: a fan’s notes

New Zealand, 1966. The country, like the rest of the world, is hearing new sounds in the development of popular music. Even radio in the shaky isle...

Kiwi Rock Strips: an introduction

There are many New Zealand musicians who have designed some great band posters or album cover art, but this article isn't about them. New Zealand i...

Harry M. Miller

Prog Rock in NZ: a short history

For the first few years of the 1970s progressive rock was very likely the most popular genre on earth, with bands like Yes, Emerson Lake & Palm...

Say Yes To Apes

Ten moments in New Zealand prog

Introduction With the inevitable pendulum swing of popularity that music categories undergo, progressive rock, that most maligned of music genres,...

Chris Thompson

Feastock

To an outsider, the residence of 3 Fea Street looks like any other Dunedin flat. Peek over the fence and you might notice a large, well-cleared bac...

Mapping Auckland's venues: the 1960s

These maps provide a window into Auckland night life across the decades. At the early dance halls, the rules for dancing with a partner were regime...

Mapping Auckland's venues: the 1950s

These maps provide a window into Auckland night life across the decades. At the early dance halls, the rules for dancing with a partner were regime...

Atomic club nights

Transport yourself, for a moment, back to 1996: Jim Bolger is re-elected Prime Minister of New Zealand for a third term, with a fresh-faced coaliti...

Kemp Tuirirangi

Māori Volcanics

Don't Let It Get You

  Watch: Don't Let It Get You trailer, 1966.To stream the complete film, watch part one at the bottom of this story and follow the link to NZ On ...

Don’t Let it Get You: the back story

On the face of it, John O'Shea – the director of Don't Let It Get You – was an unlikely auteur. A shy, stuttering Irishman with no formal training,...

Off the Rails: 10 New Zealand Train Songs

Greg Fleming at The Lab Recording Studio. - Photo by Ted-Baghurst The train has had a long and storied history in American blues and rock'n'roll...

Upper Hutt Posse

Suburban Reptiles

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