Blam Blam Blam Profile

Andrew Schmidt
16 Apr 2013

Blam Blam Blam made two videos for their 1981 hit, ‘There is No Depression in New Zealand’. Their best-known clip draws on the underlying disquiet of the political climate of the time, with mimed beatings and phone surveillance amid rural scenes and a weather report predicting calm, calm, calm.

In one telling set piece, Blam Blam Blam’s Mark Bell (guitar) and Tim Mahon (bass) dance in Vegemite and Marmite costumes, mimicking a shallow, constricted sense of national identity that allows difference only through minor, non-political traits such as taste in yeast spread.

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Blam Blam Blam in the 1982 Call For Help video
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Blam Blam Blam late 1981, back: Mark Bell, Tim Mahon, Don McGlashan. Seated: Dick Driver
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There Is No Depression In New Zealand (Live at Mainstreet 1984)
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Andrew Snoid and Ian Gilroy with the Whizz Kids, Wellington 1980
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1981 poster for Marsha
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1981 poster
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Don't Fight It Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us
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Mark Bell, Sweetwaters 1981
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There Is No Depression In New Zealand
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Tim Mahon steps up for Businessman. Blam Blam Blam reunion, 1984.
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On the road again....
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Blams late 1981: Dick Driver, Don McGlashan, Mark Bell, Tim Mahon and soundman David Rudolph
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Blams on the roof of their practice rooms, Hobson Street, Auckland, 1981
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Mark Bell, Tim Mahon, Don McGlashan during the No Depression video shoot. The rooftop TVNZ Shortland Street.
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1982 Blam's publicity shot with Dick Driver
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Tim Mahon
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1981 poster
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Blam Blam Blam at Sweetwaters
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Still from the Call For Help video, 1982
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Canterbury University, 1981, probably a lunchtime gig on the Screaming Blam-matics tour
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Don McGlashan
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Luxury Length
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Mark Bell and Tim Mahon, 1980/81
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1981 Blams bio from Propeller Records
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Tim Mahon and Richard Von Sturmer, likely 1980
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The Blam's Commer van, known as The Milk Wagon, on the Screaming Blam-matic Roadshow
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Don McGlashan, 1981
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Outdoors, venue unknown
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Mark and Tim, Sweetwaters 1982
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Don McGlashan, Tim Mahon, Mark Bell
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Mark Bell and Tim Mahon
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Mark Bell
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Don't Fight It Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us (Live at Mainstreet 1984)
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The Blams rework the nation's billboards
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Don McGlashan
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Stuart Page's poster for the 1982 Canterbury Orientation show
Members:

Don McGlashan - drums, vocals, euphonium

Tim Mahon - bass, vocals

Mark Bell - guitar, vocals

Dick Driver - vocals

Trivia:

Don McGlashan produced records for The Instigators, Newmatics, and Otis Mace & Rex Reason.

Mark Bell, Tim Mahon, Andrew Snoid (McLennan), Ian Gilroy and Richard Von Sturmer attended Westlake Boys High School on Auckland’s North Shore.

Ian Gilroy drummed with The Crocodiles and The Swingers.

Andrew Snoid replaced Dick Driver in Pop Mechanix then joined The Swingers. He reconnected with Mark Bell in Coconut Rough for the surprise hit, Sierra Leone.

Sara Fort partnered with Jed Town in Fetus Productions.

After time spent in America, Richard Von Sturmer is an Auckland-based poet, performer and filmmaker.

The Whizz Kids reformed in August 1982 for shows in Christchurch and Auckland (in September at The Gluepot). The new line-up was Bones Hillman (bass), Ian Gilroy, Mark Bell, Tim Mahon and Andrew Snoid.

Labels:

Propeller