Alastair Riddell Profile

Nick Bollinger
13 Oct 2016

It’s a Sunday night in 1974 and New Zealand’s only television channel is in black and white. Into the living rooms of the nation strides a tall, androgynous figure with dark tresses, silver eye shadow and white satin bell-bottoms. His scarf trailing almost to the floor, he pouts and preens his way through an ode to a drag queen. Alastair Riddell and his group Space Waltz are making their debut on the New Faces talent quest.

David Bowie – then at the height of his Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane phase – had made his way into the record collections of the cognoscenti and playlists of the country’s more daring radio stations, Slade had played Te Rapa, and The Sweet had toured and enjoyed two No.1 hits. However, these were aberrations: much of middle New Zealand remained unaware of the glam rock phenomenon.

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Alastair Riddell in 1975
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Alastair Riddell, Space Waltz
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Original Flying Colours duo, 1986
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Alastair Riddell with Flying Colours and Pip Williams, 1987
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Alastair Riddell, 1976
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Alastair Riddell's self-titled 1978 album
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Modern Contours, 1983
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Advertisement for Alastair Riddell’s single ‘What Good Does It Do Me’, from his 1978 self-titled album
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Alastair Riddell at Hillsborough Tavern, 1977
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Alastair Riddell in 1976
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Alastair Riddell in Flying Colours, London 1985
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Alastair Riddell on stage, Christchurch, 1975
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Alastair Riddell - Last Of The Golden Weather (2012)
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Before the Dragon/Space Waltz show, Town Hall
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Back cover of Space Waltz by Alastair Riddell LP, 1975
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Space Waltz by Alastair Riddell, released in 1975 by EMI
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Alastair Riddell and Space Waltz. L to R: Brent Eccles, Peter Cuddihy, Alastair Riddell, Greg Clark, Eddie Rayner
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Space Waltz - Out On The Street (New Faces appearance 1974)
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Alastair Riddell in Space Waltz, Canterbury University, Christchurch, 1975
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Alastair Riddell and Flying Colours, London 1985
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Alastair Riddell
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Alastair Riddell on stage
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Glyn Tucker Jnr recording Alastair Riddell's debut solo album at Mandrill in 1978
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Alastair Riddell at Battle of the Bands, 1968
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Space Waltz - the first line-up without Eddie Rayner. L to R: Alastair Riddell, Peter Cuddihy, Greg Clark, Brent Eccles
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Poster for Space Waltz Out on the Street
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Alastair Riddell/Space Waltz university tour handbill, 1975
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Alastair Riddell
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Alastair Riddell - Zero (1982)
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Alastair Riddell and Space Waltz - Christchurch, 1977
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NZ Musician, June 1988
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Dick Frizzell designed poster for Dragon and Space Waltz show
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Alastair Riddell, age 16
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Trivia:

Drummer Brent Eccles (later of Citizen Band, The Angels, and a local tour promoter) came up with the name Space Waltz during a brain storming session with Alastair Riddell.

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