The Gordons Profile

Jon Chapman
25 Apr 2013

Arguably the most sonically challenging New Zealand act of their generation, influential Christchurch band The Gordons created a sound that still resonates over three decades on.

The inaugural IMNZ Classic Record award, presented in April 2013, went to the 1981 debut album by The Gordons.

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Filming The Gordons at Sweetwaters, 1981
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The Gordons pre-gig at a Cuba Street venue
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Extended Play on 95bFM
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The 1980 7-inch EP Future Shock was recorded in Auckland at Harlequin Studios and released independently by the band. It would later be reissued by Flying Nun.
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John Halvorsen and Alister Parker fronting The Gordons at Christchurch's Gladstone Hotel, 1980
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Adults And Children
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The Gordons, 1980: Alister Parker, Brent McLachlan and John Halvorsen
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Jane Walker, Paul Kean and Alister Parker in The Basket Cases at The Gresham, circa 1978, pre-Toy Love and The Gordons
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John Halvorsen, 1981
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From rear - Alister Parker, John Halvorsen and Brent McLachlan in 1980
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The famed Gordons' bins at The Gladstone Hotel, Christchurch, 1980
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The Gordons at Sweetwaters, 1981
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Members:

Brent McLachlan - drums

Vince Pinker - guitar

John Halvorsen - guitar, bass, vocals

Alister Parker - guitar, bass, vocals

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Labels:

Flying Nun


Gordonoid, Inc.


Failsafe

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