The Fourmyula Profile

aka Pipp, In-Sect
Nick Bollinger
22 Jul 2013

Between 1968 and 1971 when they disbanded, The Fourmyula had a string of hits unmatched by any other New Zealand group.

They bucked the tradition of local bands covering overseas songs, insisting on recording their own material. One of these originals, ‘Nature’, composed by pianist/guitarist Wayne Mason, gave the group a No.1 hit and went on to be covered by numerous artists over the following decades – including a second hit version in 1993 by The Mutton Birds – eventually being voted the nation’s best song of the past 75 years in the 2001 APRA poll.

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Four Hits EP, 1969
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In-Sect, one of several pre-Fourmyula bands, 1966. At the rear on the guitar is Frankie Stevens.
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"Buy Formyula Records". Outside a record store in Upper Hutt, 1969.
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Early footage of Sinewaves and The Fourmyula in Upper Hutt
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The 1969 album, Creation
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Lew Pryme ponders The Fourmyula's big problem
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Wayne Mason with his 1970 APRA Silver Scroll for Nature
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The Fourmyula in the UK, 1969
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The Fourmyula, 1967
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Turn Your Back On The Wind - live in 2010
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Shane Hales, The Fourmyula's Carl Evensen & Martin Hope, and Bruce 'Phantom' Robinson in London in February 1971. Taken outside The Fourmyula's flat in NW10, where Phantom and Shane were staying after their arrival in the UK on the cruise ship The Ellinis.
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Wayne Mason, one a series of Fourmyula portraits taken in 1969 in Upper Hutt
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Alice Is There
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2013 UK compilation of The Fourmyula
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The Fourmyula in August 1969 on board Castel Felice returning to New Zealand from London. L to r: Wayne Mason, Ali Richardson, Carl Evensen, Chris Parry and Martin Hope.
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Record displays, 1969 style in a Hutt Valley store
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In-Sect in Upper Hutt circa 1965: Wayne Mason, Martin Hope, Chris Parry and Cass Gascoigne
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The Fourmyula playing (and about to win) the Wellington Battle of the Sounds, 1968
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Alive: recorded at the Wellington Town Hall in 1970; Shane fronts the band on three tracks.
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The cover of the band's second album, Green B Holiday, from 1969, featuring their 1949 Commer truck
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The Fourmyula, 1967
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The Fourmyula's reunion gig, 2010
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Ali Richardson
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Join The Formyula Fan Club, 1967: Martin Hope, Ali Richardson, Wayne Mason, Chris Parry
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The Fourmyula leave Wellington, 1969
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The Fourmyula, 1969
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Turn Your Back On The Wind: Recorded in London in 1970 but not released until 2010
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Martin Hope
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Turn Your Back On The Wind
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The Complete Singles As & Bs: a compilation of every Fourmyula single, released in 2010
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The Fourmyula in the Rugby Gym, Upper Hutt, 1968: Ali Richardson, Chris Parry, Carl Evensen, Martin Hope and Wayne Mason
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The secretary of the Fourmyula Fan Club, Diane Mackenzie, with silver disc awarded for sales in excess of 10,000 copies of the song "Nature". Photograph taken 6 February 1970 by an Evening Post staff photographer.
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1970 Pipp single sleeve
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Wayne Mason, Chris Parry, Ali Richardson, Martin Hope, 1967
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Carl Evensen
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In-Sect, 1966 - Martin Hope, Wayne Mason, Ron Gascoigne and Chris Parry. Within a few months they would be The Fourmyula.
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The Fourmyula, 1967: Chris Parry, Wayne Mason, Ali Richardson and Martin Hope
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The Fourmyula, 1968
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Album cover outtake 1969
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The 1968 debut album, Fourmyula, with a period cover designed by Barry Clothier and Lyn Berquist
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The Formyula stand beside the Hutt River
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Carl Evensen and Wayne Mason with fans, Lower Hutt, 1969
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The Fourmyula, Lower Hutt 1969
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Chris Parry in 1969
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Trivia:

In 2013 UK label RPM issued a collection of 21 remastered Fourmyula tracks

In 1968 The Fourmyula featured in an NZBC show Has Religion A Place In The World? thus becoming the first New Zealand pop act to appear in a religious show.

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Nature
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Members:

Carl Evensen - vocals

Martin Hope - guitar

Wayne Mason - keyboards

Chris Parry - drums

Alistair Richardson - bass

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