Auckland Tonight, November 1980

"A lot of people in town are saying that Saturday Night is dead,” writes Mark Phillips in this feature from November 1980. After a flurry of ba...

Bill Lake: Mammals and Pelicans

Acoustic or electric: Bill Lake's music has worked on alternate currents in the decades since he first appeared on the Wellington blues scene in th...

Eddie Rayner on True Colours

Perhaps the most surprising facet of Split Enz' 1980 album True Colours is the way it manages to incorporate several major diversions from the ...

Split Enz and True Colours

Sport and culture often seem at odds with each other in New Zealand life. Those whose lives revolve around the arts often lament at the compara...

Popco

Back when sparkly-eyed Bunny Walters was top of the pops, the Chicks were shimmying in Mary Quant minis and white patent-leather boots, and Mr Le...

Housequake!

The summer of 1988-89 began misty and dismal in Auckland – or maybe it was just that I'd arrived direct from the Second Summer of Love. At any rat...

Ready to Roll

TVNZ's news hour at 6pm has always rated big, but from the late 1970s it had a rival. At its height, TV2 pop chart show Ready to Roll was reaching ...

NZ Acts in the US Charts 2: Lorde and beyond

This is the second part of our story on New Zealand acts who have appeared on the Hot 100 (US singles chart) and Billboard 200 (US album chart). Pa...

NZ Acts in the US Charts 1: the road to How Bizarre

It is hard to say who the first New Zealander was to make it onto the United States charts. Local chart historian Dean Scapolo points to at least o...

George Tumahai

The Crystal Palace Ballroom

  When, in the late 1950s, impresario Phil Warren took over Auckland's Crystal Palace Ballroom, he used his customary flair and promotional skills...

Records Records Records

Written for Mushroom magazine, 1981. The most intriguing thing about Dunedin's second-hand record shop is that it doesn't have a name. No name at...

Phil Judd in Schnell Fenster, 1989: Antipobeat

In January 1989 early Split Enz champion – and Hot Licks editor – Roger Jarrett interviewed his friend Phil Judd during Schnell Fenster's summer Ne...

New Zealand Rare Record Prices: digging for gold

Long before New Zealand had record fairs and online auction houses, we had hundreds of cluttered, dark and dusty opportunity shops, affectionately ...

Grant Gillanders

Russell Crowe’s rock’n’roll hunger, 1981

In the Auckland Libraries Heritage Collection is a treasure trove of photographs of Russell Crowe from July 1981, in his rock'n'roll persona, Russ ...

Ngāruawāhia: the David Stone album

David Stone was living in Rotorua and about to be married at the time of the Great Ngāruawāhia Music Festival. Having worked in the record industry...

The Great Ngāruawāhia Music Festival

"Woodstock Planned In Waikato” ran the headline in the New Zealand Herald. It had been a long time coming. Three years after the epochal Woodstock ...

Ngāruawāhia group line-up

The acts planned for the Great Ngāruawāhia Music Festival, as described in the festival newspaper the Ngāruawāhia Chronicle on 6 January 1973, th...

Kemp Tuirirangi

Flight of the Conchords: the second decade and solo years

2018: It's a sweltering mid-summer evening on a Monday in London. I've just picked up tickets from the Eventim Apollo, the rock and comedy mecca pr...

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