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The Warratahs

Here's a band that got together for all the right reasons – to play the music they loved with a bunch of mates down at the pub. There was no vision...

Cityfolk Record Co

Aotearoa Hip Hop Timeline

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Radio With Pictures: history 2

The move to Avalon    Radio With Pictures opening titles, 1984. For several seasons in the early 80s the theme music was Marginal Era’s ‘This Hea...

Bird Nest Roys

Duncan Campbell

Mark de Clive-Lowe

Radio With Pictures: history 1

Introduction   Mention the words "Radio With Pictures” to a New Zealander who was a teenager in the 1980s, and their eyes tend to light up. They...

The Terrorways

John “Timberjack” Donoghue: the road less travelled

Windswept, I blew into townThe Number One I was running downDidn't know where I was goingOnly knew what I was running from. (From the song ';Forty...

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The Number One Hits – 1980-1989

Jon Stevens – Montego Bay (1980) This cover of a US one-hit wonder – the fantastically named Bobby Bloom – came hot on the heels of Jon Stevens’ f...

10 Wild Ones - part two

When AudioCulture posted its first list of wild rock performers and asked for suggestions for a second list, I expected someone to pipe up with a f...

Mark Williams: the New Zealand years

Mark Williams should really have been born hollering: "Here I come, ready or not.” Because, by the age of 20, his afro, satin flares and eyeliner w...

Hey Bird: part one – Trevor King and the birth of Christchurch rock’n’roll

I 1957 meant big changes for Christchurch. It was International Geophysical Year and the United States Navy had arrived in town. And there were sy...

Hey Bird: part two – a meteoric rise

III Analytic Excursus What was the groove? Rock and roll music was as manufactured as country music had been since the 1930s. As soon as it was f...

Whirimako Black

Bernie Griffen

Songwriter's Choice: Jenny Morris

It's impossible to pick just 10, but here is a mixture of old songs and not so old songs, in no particular order of preference. Juice – Headless C...

The Androidss

Darren Watson

The Topp Twins: close encounters of the weird kind

The Topp Twins meet Robert Muldoon and Dizzy Gillespie 1981 was, of course, a pivotal year. It began at the Nambassa alternative lifestyle music f...

Musicians at War: The Kiwi Concert Party in World War II

The Kiwi Concert Party may not be well known to younger New Zealanders, but during World War II they served an important role in entertaining the A...

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