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...

Dragon - Power Play

The Sidewinder Richard Lee could not believe his ears. It was the beginning of 1979 and the tall, good-looking electric violin virtuoso and singer...

Semi Lemon Kola

Paul Hewson - coming home

Thatcher Street was a cul-de-sac that ran off Kepa Road in the eastern Auckland suburb of Kohimarama. Through the window of Dorothy Hewson’s ...

Paul Hewson - in the Dragon's lair

Paul Hewson arrived in Sydney in July 1975 with little more than the clothes on his back and a headful of music. He hardly knew the men in Dragon h...

Calibre

The members keyring Introduction Auckland club life was extraordinarily healthy in the 1990s. The High Street scene, centred on Cause Celebre/ ...

Johnny Cooper

A Low Hum - part 2

Louis Amos, the drummer and singer of Electric Fence and 10 year old brother of Jeremy from Rackets, Camp A Low Hum 2013 Blink’s early car...

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Motocade

While his older brothers naturally gained a love of music from their musical family, Eden Mulholland found his feet in the music world while studyi...

Richard James Burgess

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11 Iconic Music Videos of the 1990s

5000 Ways To Love You is an extraordinary site and an extraordinary project. The site's author, Robyn Gallagher, decided to watch every NZ On Air-f...

The Sundae Sessions - a photorecord

A few shots from various NZ Herald Sundae Sessions video shoots, taken by the NZ Herald photographers.  The Phoenix Foundation, 25 March...

Hugh Sundae and The Sundae Sessions Pt.1

Since 2011, Hugh Sundae, Digital Producer at the New Zealand Herald, and a charting artist in his own right (his 'What's Wrong With Huntly', r...