Blair Parkes Profile

Amanda Mills
29 Aug 2018

Blair Parkes is a dark horse. A Christchurch multi-instrumentalist, a multi-media visual artist, and a lover of the cassette medium, he’s released 38 singles, albums and EPs in 31 years with more forthcoming.

His first taste of professional musicianship was with his high school band All Fall Down, which was signed to Flying Nun before splitting in 1987. Despite being a prolific musician with a deft number in melody and sonic textures, he doesn’t consider himself central to the Christchurch music scene.

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Blair Parkes and Cardigan Bay, live at Sumner, Christchurch. Left to right: Luke Sole, Blair Parkes, Ryan Chin, Ben Baird.
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Blair Parkes singing with the LEDs, Mighty Mighty, Wellington.
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Saturations - Black Circles front cover.
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Blue Twister (2017).
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All Fall Down arrive in Sandringham, 1987. L to R: driver, Blair Parkes, Bert Aldridge (obscured), Esther McNaughton, Richard James, Stephen MacIntyre.
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All Fall Down photographed in a tree: their gig at the Gladstone hotel featured in Christchurch newspaper The Press.
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Chimney Book - short film by Blair Parkes (2011)
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Cover to All Fall Down - My Brand New Wallpaper Coat.
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Bridle Path - David Haywood and Blair Parkes.
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Cover art to Saturations: Schips.
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Blair Parkes and Cardigan Bay - Little Rapids album art.
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Creeley - Grunty Falcon (1994)
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All Fall Down rehearsing in 1985. L to R: Esther McNaughton, Blair Parkes, Brett Lupton, Campbell Taylor.
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Thomas:Parkes Tiger photo, Palmerston 2005. L to R: Marcus Thomas, Blair Parkes.
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Saturations - Superphased (2012)
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Blair Parkes in 2018.
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Shopping Trolley.
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Condensations - Birds.
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Blair Parkes - Don't Worry Baby
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Cardigan Bay - Darkroom comp.
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New Hope Three 2017
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Canterbury earthquake damage.
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All Fall Down recording at Nightshift, 1985. Engineer Arnie Van Bussell with Blair Parkes, Campbell Taylor, Stephen Tod.
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All Fall Down - Black Grattan (1987)
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Blair Parkes, 2016.
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The L.E.D.s - Rumba (2006)
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Range - Who's That Girl? (1999)
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Blair Parkes - Run Electro
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Blair Parkes - Cardigan Bay (2016).
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Michael Higgins interviews Blair Parkes from All Fall Down, Rip It Up, October 1987.
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All Fall Down recording session, 1985. L to R: Damian Zelas, Blair Parkes, Campbell Taylor, Esther McNaughton, Brett Lupton.
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Swim Everything cassette cover.
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Album art from Blair Parkes - Always Running (2018).
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All Fall Down video shoot, Addington.
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Saturations - Kittens (2011)
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Three Creeley tapes.
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The L.E.D.s - We Are The L.E.D.s
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Scooter.
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Newspaper ad for AXEMEN and All Fall Down at the Star and Garter.
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Saturations - Inside.
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LEDs.
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The Letter 5 - Now You Are Here (Flying Nun, 1992)
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Labels:

Flying Nun


Seaside


South Recordings


Wrong Records


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