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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...

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...

The Lab Recording Studio

Bill Lattimer Studios are often pivotal in the evolution of a record label. So it was with Auckland's The Lab, where some important early Flying...

The Place - Everything is beautiful

Wellington’s club scene in the last half of the 1960s was a closed one, controlled by two key promoters, Tom McDonald and his Universal Booki...

Thorazine Shuffle

Wellington's folk coffee bars

Ravi Shankar at Monde Marie, 1965 - Jane Seddon collection Carried by groups like The Kingston Trio, a folk music “boom” reverberate...

Sounds Unlimited

A Low Hum - part 1

Blink and Camp's most recognisable security guard Scruff (Camp A Low Hum 2008) Talk to any indie musician in the New Zealand over the past decad...

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New Zealand invasion of Australia 1979-1982 - One Step Ahead

For two years running, the biggest selling single in Australia in the early 1980s was by a New Zealand group. The Neil Finn-era Split Enz took the ...

Tangata Records

The Quincy Conserve

Fans - The 1930s: the early swing era

Evening Post, 23 August 1939 In the early 1930s jazz fell out of favour somewhat as the popular music, although as Arthur Pearce stated in New Z...

Lorina Harding

New Zealand charts - the genesis

Keith Richardson at 2ZB Pop charts as we know them took many decades to arrive in New Zealand. The first record retailers in the Dominion were a...

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Dragon - Body and the Beat

When the classic Dragon line-up of Marc and Todd Hunter, Robert Taylor, Paul Hewson and Kerry Jacobson reunited in 1982 it was with the intention o...

Max TV

Upstart music channel Max TV was an influential aspect of Auckland’s cultural landscape during the mid-1990s. It survived on chaos for over...

Anna Coddington

Beatles and New Zealand music

The Merseymen, featuring a young Dylan Taite (as Jett Rink) on drums, with their 1964 album A Visit To The Beatle Inn To dislike The Beatles isn...

Paul Hewson - the early years

Long before Dragon’s Paul Hewson wrote some of Australia’s biggest pop anthems of the late 1970s, he was a teenage songwriter in a band...

Fans - The 1920s: the jazz age

Evening Post, 6 August, 1925 Fan: Noun. An enthusiastic devotee, follower, or admirer of a pastime, sport, music, person, etc. Origin: American...

The Screaming Meemees

Trevor Reekie

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Lawrence Arabia

Behind the name is James Milne, who also led The Reduction Agents before setting off on his own and spending years in London trying to break into t...

Jimmie Sloggett

Bunny Walters

Beatles invade New Zealand, 1964

Wellington greets The Beatles In 1964, on a sunny Sunday afternoon in mid-winter, 7000 Wellingtonians made their way to Rongotai airport to...

RipItUp

Murray Cammick in the stairwell of the Crummer Road offices in 1987 In June 1977 the first issue of the free music magazine RipItUp appeared in ...

The Supersonics

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Flying Nun: Getting Older - the 1990s and beyond

Roger Shepherd with John Peel and Judith Tizard at the Flying Nun 21st Anniversary party, 2002 Art over commerce was an important philosophy for...

Future Stupid

New Zealand Trading Company