The Empire Tavern

The Chills first shows at The Empire in December 1981 The Clean were the first of the Dunedin bands to headline The Empire Tavern. The band play...

Michael Roycroft

Me And The Others

Garage - from fan to fanzine

The poster for Garage 4 It is peculiar how one thing leads to another, how a random event influences your life. In the early ’80s on my O...

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Jim Carter

His variation to Ruru Karaitiana’s simple melody establishes a plaintive atmosphere for the singer Pixie Williams. The recording became the d...

Rudy & The Crystals

Blue Smoke

If there is a “big bang” moment in New Zealand’s music history, it was made by the gentlest of melodies. For a delicate song, &ls...

Kim Fowley: Stranded in Paradise

In January 1979, Los Angeles record producer Kim Fowley found himself stranded in Auckland on a one-man South Pacific honeymoon. He didn’t wa...

Penknife Glides

Rick Bryant on Rough Justice

Fresh from 12 months in Wi Tako prison (now Rimutaka Prison) for cannabis related offences and hungry for the road, Wellington R&B singer Rick ...

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Peking Man

The original core of Peking Man were John Fearon (drums), Neville Hall (saxophone) and Tim Calder (bass) and they were known as The Corners.  ...

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Top 10 NZ novelty songs

It may seen oxymoronic to write a top 10 list made of novelty songs, since these are the most reviled form of pop music. They’re usually wack...

Dennis O'Brien

The Jackie Matthews collection

Malcolm Hayman – known to a generation as "The Voice" – has long been regarded as one of our greatest soul and jazz vocalists. Almost t...

Gary Wahrlich - the latter years

Introduction Musician and writer Gavin Burgess came to know Gary Wahrlich, the drummer from legendary Māori showband The Quin Tikis later in his l...

When Rock Got Rolling - the Roger Watkins books

The 1980s and the 1990s were the decades when New Zealanders finally decided that our popular musical past was worth exploring, preserving and do...

Vicious Circle, Dead Image and the mid-1980s West Auckland punk scene

Weekends out West Pushed out of inner city Auckland by a lack of venues and the hard shadow of Auckland’s bootboys, by the early 1980s punk ...

Jason Young's Diary: A Loves Ugly Children and Future Stupid timeline

Jason Young, Japan, 2013 Drummer (Loves Ugly Children) and bassist (Future Stupid) Jason Young kept a gig diary during his years with the bands ...

The Kini Quartet

Marbecks

Roger and Logan Marbeck, 2014 Few New Zealand retailers can claim the kind of history that Marbecks has, let alone those in the music trade. Eig...

Hubb Kapp and The Wheels

Peter Collins and His Deaconaires

Fans: 1940s jazz fan publications

Music periodicals have a patchy history in New Zealand; very few last more than a year. There are a number of reasons for this, which mostly come d...

Rock the Boat - The Story of Radio Hauraki

The modern radio era in New Zealand started on 4 December 1966 when Radio Hauraki started broadcasting as a pirate station from the waters of ...

Hugh Sundae and The Sundae Sessions Pt.2

Part two of the New Zealand Herald Sundae Sessions, directed and compiled by Hugh Sundae. Part one can be found here. Cairo Knife Fight, 22 August...

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Paul Ubana Jones

Born in 1952 to an English mother and Nigerian father, Paul Ubana Jones was introduced to the work ethic to which he still subscribes at a very you...

Rusty Greaves

Third Chapter

Images from the Richard James Burgess archives

A selection of mostly unseen images from Richard's personal archive, from 1960s Christchurch to Washington D.C. in the 21st Century. Richard Jam...