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 s...

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

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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 ...

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

Every Secret Thing

Andrew McLennan

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 probab...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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Top 10 NZ collaborations

This Top 10 places the spotlight on great New Zealand songs that have resulted from a combined effort between independently well-known acts. There ...

Straitjacket Fits

The Ken Cooper archives Part 2

The second part of promoter Ken Cooper's image archive. Part one is here. The Ken Cooper photographs Part 2 ...

The Ken Cooper archives Part 1

Ken Cooper was one of the important promoters, club owners and band managers in Wellington for many decades, and in 2016 is still active. His story...

Flying Nun Records 1981-1991 - a fan remembers the first 10 years

“The faithful know it’s there. Up a dusty timeworn staircase, two stories up in an ageing Queen St office block in Auckland’s c...

Edward Castelow

MUZAI Records

Frank Douglas

Dale Wrightson

Darryn Paterson-Harkness

Truda Chadwick

Shayne Carter on Bored Games

The following story first appeared in Mysterex magazine No. 3, February 2004. –– At the tail end of the seventies, The Enemy played a...

Clinton Brown

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