Mi-Sex Profile

Gary Steel
26 Sep 2013

At the time derided, dissed and dismissed more than possibly any other NZ rock band (except for Mother Goose or The Feelers, maybe), Mi-Sex were oft-regarded as not authentic, or cool, or credible. But to our history, they are very significant.

What’s more, the meaty new wave concoctions on their first two albums stand up after all this time, far removed from the contextual and ideological arguments that raged 35 years ago.

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Robert Muldoon talking with Mi-Sex. Photographed by a Dominion staff photographer in 1980
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Don Martin. Fragments of Time, Aranui Hotel Christchurch 1974.
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Gold discs from CBS Australia for the debut Mi-Sex album, 1979. Producer Peter Dawkins is second from right.
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Steve Gilpin in 1974
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UK 7" sleeve
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Burning Up (Live 1980)
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Mi-Sex receive a swag of gold discs for their 1980 album Space Race, with producer Peter Dawkins at bottom right
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UK 12-inch sleeve for Blue Day, 1983
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Mi-Sex at Lady Hamilton's. Hamilton mid-1978, shortly before they went to Australia
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Mi-Sex 1979
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But You Don't Care
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Mi-Sex 1983. L to R: Murray Burns (front), Colin Bayley (rear), Kevin Stanton, Steve Gilpin, Don Martin and Paul Dunningham
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Steve Gilpin
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Castaway
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Blue Day
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Computer Games
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UK sleeve for Computer Games 12-inch, 1979
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Spanish sleeve for Computer Games, 1979
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Steve Gilpin
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Steve Gilpin with Fragments of Time, Aranui Hotel, Christchurch,1978
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Mi-Sex backstage 17 June, 1980, with Robert Muldoon and his precautionary ear-plugs. From left: Steve Gilpin, Don Martin, Kevin Stanton, Muldoon. Photograph taken by an unidentified Evening Post staff photographer.
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Falling In And Out
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Only Thinking
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French single for Computer Games – note the 'piou, piou, piou' tag
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Mi-Sex circa 1980
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Steve Gilpin in 1974
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Mi-Sex, Narara Music Festival, NSW, January 1983
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Fragments of Time, 1977
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More gold discs for Space Race - it was a number 1 album in NZ and here CBS boss John McCready presents awards. Future CBS boss Murray Thom is in the background
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Australian sleeve
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In Touch review of the infamous Muldoon concert
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Kevin Stanton and Steve Gilpin. Fragments of time, Aranui Hotel Christchurch 1978
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James Lynch cartoon from the Taranaki Daily News, 23 June 1980
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Members:

Steve Gilpin - vocals

Kevin Stanton - guitar, vocals

Don Martin - bass, vocals

Murray Burns - keyboards

Phil "Smarty" Smart - drums

Steve Osborne - drums

Richard Hodgkinson - drums

Paul Dunningham - drums

Colin Bayley - guitar