Tall Dwarfs Profile

Michael Higgins
17 Sep 2013

The Tall Dwarfs are Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate. It’s a partnership and a friendship that formed and was honed in The Enemy and Toy Love, and has endured for more than three decades.

As Tall Dwarfs they redefined both their approach to making music, and their careers from the ground up – and across seven EPs and seven albums of “fuzzy, noisy songs” they have created a body of work entirely on their own terms.  

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Phil's Disease Day Four
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Tall Dwarfs, early 1980s
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An interesting publicity shot, 1997
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Tall Dwarfs and Snapper at the Oriental, July 1987
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The origins of Tall Dwarfs as told in the insert to the 1981 debut EP
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A wry hand drawn Chris Knox comment on Strawpeople's cover of the duo's The Slide, 1992
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Tall Dwarfs, 1981
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Tall Dwarf's 1985 album That's The Short And The Long Of It. Side one plays at 45rpm, side two at 33 1/3rpm.
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Advert for Louis Likes His Daily Dip, 1982
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Fragile
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Fork Songs
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Insert from That's The Short And The Long Of It, 1985
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Turning Brown And Torn In Two
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The Slide
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Gluey Gluey
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The Auckland launch for Chris Knox's Jesus On A Stick comic - Tall Dwarfs, Headless Chickens and Goblin Mix, June 19, 1986
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Nothing's Going To Happen
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Phil's Disease Day One
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Tall Dwarfs at Wellington's Carpark, June 1990
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95 bFM Extended Play: Tall Dwarfs - Alec Bathgate
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Tall Dwarfs around 1981, venue unknown but likely Auckland's Windsor Castle
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Tall Dwarfs, 1983
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The Brain That Wouldn't Die
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Crush - Live at the Gluepot, Auckland, 26 January 1991 (Bob Sutton Collection)
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Crush - Live at the Windsor Castle, Auckland, 9 April 1985 (GreenEyedOwl Collection)
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Members:

Chris Knox - vocals, clavinet, guitar, percussion, keyboards, bass

Alec Bathgate - guitar, organ, bass

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