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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...

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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...

Jan Hellriegel

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...

New Zealand invasion of Australia 1979-1982 - One Step Ahead Part 2

Marching Girls on the set of the video for their 1980 single First In Line NZ punk in Australia The almost complete failure of New Zealand&rsqu...

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