The Official New Zealand Music Charts

History Since May 2 1975 New Zealand has had an official music chart, based on a weekly survey that tracks music sales to measure current music po...

Sales tax on LPs in 1970s NZ

Chris Knox in the NZ Listener with a position taken by most in the New Zealand music community - Chris Knox collection Sales Tax doubles, music ...

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The Electric Confectionaires

A little over a year later The Electric Confectionaires won Rockquest 2005 and the hearts of many around the country for their quirky pop songs and...

Doug Jerebine

The Crocodiles at Sweetwaters 1981

The Crocodiles playing at Sweetwaters, January 1981. The line-up was Jenny Morris, Rikki Morris, Barton Price, Tony Backhouse and Mike Chunn. ...

Th' Dudes live, 1977 and 1979

From the Rikki Morris collection comes images of Th' Dudes live, from opposite ends of their career. The younger brother of guitarist and songwrite...

The Keith Richardson images

One of the great surviving troves of New Zealand music photography is held by Kent Richardson, the son of legendary broadcaster Keith Richardson. A...

Kaye Wolfgramm

Malcolm McCallum

Bruce Russell

The Benny Levin images, Pt.2

Part two of the Benny Levin images. Part one can be found here. Lou Clauson, ex-Lou And Simon, in the early 1980s when he was an esta...

The Benny Levin images, Pt.1

As co-owner (with Russell Clark) of the Benny Levin Agency and the Impact label, and a partner in New Music Management (with Clark, Craig Scott and...

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Sticky Filth

Just ask New Plymouth trio Sticky Filth, who’ve been putting punk rock before New Zealand eyes and ears for 30 years now. They have toured Au...

Sweetwaters on the wane - 1983, 1984, 1999

Sweetwaters 1983, Pukekawa With three increasingly successful Sweetwaters festivals under their belt, Paul McLuckie, Helen McConnachie and Danie...

Sweetwaters on the rise - 1980 to 1982

Sweetwaters memories - Pukekawa 1982 It’s late January 1982. Friday 29th. High summer. A burnt orange Datsun makes its way slowly dow...

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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The Brunettes

Instead they toured relentlessly but never quite reached the tipping point needed to make a sustainable career out of music. The band ended in 2010...

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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...