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AudioCulture Quiz, August 8, 2022

1. Who compiled the influential 1980 How Was The Air Up There? collection of classic New Zealand tracks from the 1960s?

A: Rhys Walker

Ngaire - To Sir With Love (Southside, 1990)

2. Ngaire had a No.1 hit in 1990 with ‘To Sir With Love’. Who sang the original?

A: Lulu

3. What are MC OJ and Rhythm Slave’s real names?

A: Otis Frizzell, Mark Williams

4. An AudioCulture story quotes Maureen Little, saying: “Who can forget that night? No mobiles in those days; just frantic parents driving to town in the hope of finding their kids.” What was night was Maureen talking about?

A: The Queen Street Riot, 7 December 1984

Zed's Andy Lynch and Nathan King, 2001 NZ Music Awards. - Recorded Music NZ

5. Zed guitarist Andy Lynch’s mother was half of a very famous 1960s duo. What was it?

A: The Chicks (Suzanne Lynch nee Donaldson, is his mum, and bassist Bruce Lynch is his dad).

6. Which globally regarded bassist’s early bands in West Auckland included The Avondale Spiders, The Metal Masochists, MM, The Vandals and The Masochists?

A: Bones Hillman

7. My single reached No.1 on the local charts and won the Loxene Golden Disc in 1968, and may be the biggest selling local single of all time. I was the New Zealand Entertainer of the Year in 1969 and went on to receive Australia’s “Queen Of Pop” award for Best Female Artist for 1969, 1970 and 1971. Who am I? 

A: Allison Durbin

The Reduction Agents at Eden's Bar, Auckland, 2004

8. Eden’s Bar was a venue in which Auckland street in the 2000s?

A: It was at 335 Karangahape Road

Jeremy Taylor

9. Jeremy Taylor gave us a Songwriter’s Choice column in 2021, opening with ‘Don’t Talk About Leaving’ by Dating Godot. Which record shop in Wellington does he co-own?

A: Slow Boat Records

10. ‘Only I Could Die (And Love You Still)’ is a song by which South Island band? 

A: Dance Exponents

[This week’s quizmaster: Simon Grigg]

AudioCulture Quiz, August 1, 2022

Bailterspace in 1994. - Photo by Jeremy Pollard

1. He’s been in The Gordons, Skeptics and Bailterspace, and now he’s going on tour with his own band, Vörsen. Who is he?

A: John Halvorsen

2. Graeme Hill (aka Graeme Humphreys) is probably best known these days as a broadcaster. He has hosted shows on 95bFM,  RadioLIVE and now Today FM. Which Flying Nun band was he in?

A: Able Tasmans

3. In 1983 Sharon O’Neill released a song that was inspired after noticing a working girl on the streets of Kings Cross, Sydney. What was the name of the song?

A: ‘Maxine’

4. In Trevor Reekie’s story on Jim Wilson, he says Jim “started bringing Dunedin bands to Christchurch before there was a Flying Nun recording label” – he booked The Clean at the Gladstone in 1981 and he always believed in the power of posters. Which company did Jim form in 1982?

A: Phantom Billstickers

Tali winning 'Best Electronic Artist' at the 2019 VNZMAS.

5. A New Zealand EDM artist has just released her eighth album, Future Dwellers. In 2004 her song ‘Lyric On My Lip’ was released on Roni Size’s Full Cycle label and entered the UK Top 40 singles chart. Who is the NZ artist?

A: Tali

6. Leisure is a supergroup of sorts, with each of the members having other previous – and current – successes alongside the band. One member is Jordan Arts, whose previous act had a big hit in 2009 with ‘My House’. What was the name of the group?

A: Kids of 88

7. John Grenell passed away last week. One of his biggest hits was a Jim Reeves song, used for a Toyota ad campaign to support the company's sponsorship of the 1990 Commonwealth Games. What was the song?

A: ‘Welcome To Our World’

8. In 1981 a proudly Christchurch band wrote one of the greatest songs about Auckland ever. Can you name the band or the song?

A: Androidss – ‘Auckland Tonight’.

How Was the Air Up There? (1980)

9. In 1980, a seminal compilation of 1960s garage rock acts, How Was the Air Up There? was released. Who owned the boots that were used as a guide for the cover art illustration?

A: Simon Grigg

10. Nick Bollinger included Tom Leggett and Amanda Cheng in his story on 10 More Great New Zealand Rhythm Sections. Which band are they from?

A: Wax Chattels

[This week’s quizmaster: Renee Jones]

AudioCulture Quiz, July 25, 2022

1. Who performs a duet with Willie Nelson on the 2022 song ‘Beyond the Stars’? 

A: Tami Neilson

2. Which New Zealand band supported the Beatles in Hong Kong in June 1964? 

A: The Māori Hi-Five

Julia Deans performing with Anika Moa at the 2010 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

3. What gave a performance opportunity to Julia Deans, Anika Moa, Jason Kerrison, and Bic Runga early in their careers? 

A: Smokefreerockquest

4. Who was New Faces judge Paddy O’Donnell talking about when he said, “This effeminate thing is very commercial in the heavy area.”

A: Space Waltz performing ‘Out On the Street’

5. Who released a full album of soul interpretations called Sweet Soul Music on Dawn Raid in 2008? 

A: Aaradhna

6. Whose 1987 album includes a song about a US President and a South African Bishop? 

A: Shona Laing (South)

7. Which 2011 hit featured the characters Johnny and Jesse in its lyrics? 

A: ‘Don’t Forget Your Roots’ – Six60 

8. Which student radio station organised a hugely successful series of Waitangi Day concerts in the early 2000s? 

A: Radio Active

9. What do the 2011 songs ‘Rise Up 2.0’, ‘Love Love Love’, and ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ have in common? 

A: They all reached No.1 on the New Zealand charts

John Rowles, c 1968-69.

10. What was the name of John Rowles’ breakthrough hit, which reached No.3 in the UK charts in 1968? 

A: ‘If I Only Had Time’

[This week’s quizmaster: Chris Bourke]

AudioCulture Quiz, July 18, 2022

1. Rumble & Bang is a documentary about which 1960s Christchurch R&B band (regarded as influential locally as the Pretty Things)?

A: Chants R&B 

Moteo Jazz band, c. 1930. 

2. In which province was the Moteo Jazz Band formed?

A: Hawke’s Bay

3. Bar Bodega was a popular venue in which city?

A: Wellington

4. What is the name of the bassist of Elemeno P, who originally played in Foamy Ed?

A: Lani Purkis

5. At a Wellington press conference, Lou Reed threw a tape recorder at which young New Zealand journalist, who later became an international pop star?

A: Alannah Currie

6. After asking how was the air up there, which band made a concept album called The Happy Prince?

A: The La De Da’s 

7. Whose decision to sing the national anthem in te reo Māori before the 1999 Rugby World Cup caused controversy?

A: Hinewehi Mohi

Whats' Be Happen? the landmark 1981 mini-LP from Herbs.

8. What is the location shown on the cover of Herbs’ 12" EP Whats’ Be Happen?

A: Bastion Point/ Takaparawhau (Ōrākei also acceptable)

9. Who went on a national tour called Rail Land, playing venues that were accessible by rail, and included a train journey as part of the ticket? 

A: Anthonie Tonnon

10. Early in her career, Sonya Waters sang for an Auckland band which released an acclaimed punk single called ‘Hope She’s Alright’ and a cover of Desmond Dekker’s ‘Israelites’. What was the band called?

A: The Instigators

 [This week’s quizmaster: Chris Bourke]

AudioCulture Quiz, July 11, 2022

Sharon O'Neill - Foreign Affairs (CBS, 1983)

1. In Sharon O’Neill’s 1983 top 20 hit ‘Maxine’ she mentions a “case” number – what is the number? Clue: it rhymes with “red and green tattoo”.

A: “Maxine, case 1352, a red and green tattoo”

2. Charley Gray started out as a drummer and later became a venue owner and band manager, among other things. Which prominent rock band from the late 1970s is he best known for managing?

A: Th’ Dudes

Craig Scott.

3. What was Craig Scott’s first No.1 hit?

A: ‘Star Crossed Lovers’ (1970)

4. Originally from Huntly, this group had a hit in 1971 with a song that is originally titled in French and translates to “Love is the Child of Freedom”. Name the band. (Optional: what’s the original title in French?)

A: The Rumour – ‘L’Amour Est L’Enfant De La Liberte’

5. This mid-80s band, released on the Flying Nun label, had two members named Ross and their songs include ‘Alien’ and Jaffa Boy’. Name the band.

A: Bird Nest Roys

6. Headband’s popular 1971 single ‘The Ballad of Jacques Le Mere’ was written by which former member of The Underdogs?

A: Neil Edwards

7. Hip hop artist Bill Urale, who once went by the name “Bran Muffin” and was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, is more commonly known by what professional name?

A: King Kapisi

8. Name the band, from Auckland and with two brothers in the line-up, who released an album in 2006 called Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!

A: The Mint Chicks

9. Name the Whakatāne born singer-songwriter whose biggest hit was recorded at York Street Recording Studios with Jaz Coleman, and who won Best Songwriter and Most Promising Female Vocalist at the 1993 NZ Music Awards.

A: Emma Paki – the song is ‘System Virtue’

10. Which 1977 hit song, which charted in the Top 10 in both Australia and New Zealand, contains the lyric “snake eyes on the paradise” (sometimes heard/interpreted as “snake eyes on the pair of dice”)? 

A: Dragon – ‘April Sun In Cuba’

[This week’s quizmaster: Steven Shaw]

AudioCulture Quiz, July 4, 2022

Sean Donnelly (SJD), 2015.

1. What was the name of SJD’s post-punk influenced band?

A: The Love Popes

2. Who was the first female songwriter to win the APRA Silver Scroll?

A: Lea Maalfrid

3. Dallas Tamaira was on the inaugural cover of which Wellington-based music and popular culture magazine in December 1998?

A: Loop

Lorde at Coachella, April 2017. - Lorde Facebook collection

4. Jack Antonoff co-wrote and co-produced which albums by Lorde?

A: Melodrama, Solar Power

5. Who released the album (and book) Sportsman of the Year?

A: Jan Hellriegel

6. The Grapefruit Skies is the title of the first EP by which soul singer?

A: Teeks

7. In 2019, Tali won which Vodafone New Zealand Music Award?

A: Best Electronic Artist

8. Name one of the three Flying Nun bands who were part of the Noisyland tour of the US in 1993.

A: The Bats, Straitjacket Fits, Jean-Paul Sartre Experience

9. Who duetted with Princess Chelsea on ‘The Cigarette Duet’?

A: Jonathan Bree

The Datsuns, 2002: Dolf de Borst, Matt Osment, Christian Livingstone and Phil Somervell

10. The Datsuns performed ‘In Love’ on which UK TV show in 2002? 

A: Top of the Pops

[This week’s quizmaster: Amanda Mills]

AudioCulture Quiz, June 27, 2022

1. Name the chart-topping trio who in 1979 wore matching shirts with the New Zealand flag emblazoned across the chest and sleeves, said to be inspired by the riding gear worn by speedway motorcycling star Ivan Mauger.

A: The Swingers

Weta's 2000 album Geographica

2. Wellington band Weta released their sole album Geographica in 2000. The video for the lead single from their album was set in a sea of shipping containers. Name the song.

A: ‘Calling On’

3. Name the band that first gained popularity on the South Auckland nightclub scene in the early 1980s and had its first No.1 hit with a song written by Paul McCartney.

A: Ardijah – the song was ‘Silly Love Songs’

4. Name the long-running Wellington band of the 1970s who had a leaning towards horn section-based soul music, and whose name contains a synonym for jam or preserves.

A: The Quincy Conserve

5. Name the Northland-based musician who, after finding inspiration by staring into the night sky, in 2017 released a soulful, space fantasy-oriented concept album.

A: Troy Kingi – Shake That Skinny Ass All the Way to Zygertron (2017)

6. Name the music festival that for its first three years (1992-1994) was held near the North Island town of Woodville.

A: Mountain Rock

7. Name the country artist who in the early 1990s held a Saturday afternoon residency at the Kings Arms in Auckland.

A: Al Hunter

Dalvanius. - Photo by Guy Robinson

8. Dalvanius Prime described the label he released ‘Poi E’ on as “A Māori Motown”. What was the label called?

A: Maui

9. They released their first album Roofers in 1997 but didn’t have a real breakthrough until a song from their second album The Sound Inside caught on in 2005. Name the act and their song, which hit the Top 10 and was named Single of the Year at the 2005 Tui Awards.

A: Breaks Co-Op – ‘The Otherside’

The Suburban Reptiles in Queen Street, Auckland, 1977. - Simon Grigg collection

10. Which member of Suburban Reptiles, who went on to have a long and successful international career in other bands, took his stage name from the car he drove?

A: Bones Hillman (Wayne Stevens) – he drove a Hillman Hunter.

[This week’s quizmaster: Steven Shaw]

AudioCulture Quiz, June 20, 2022

Bic Runga, 2010 Winery Tour. - Nick Chappell

1. What was Bic Runga’s first single called?

A: ‘Drive’

2. What do the “D” and the “T” in DLT’s name stand for?

A: Darryl Thomson (his middle name is Leigh).

Crowded House, 2021. - Kerry Brown

3. What is the name of Crowded House’s bass player?

A: Nick Seymour

4. In 1957, this group played one of their early gigs as part of a variety show at the Auckland Town Hall. Eight years later, they packed out the same venue for their own farewell show and recorded it to be released as an album. Name the group.

A: The Howard Morrison Quartet

5. Which local songwriter has co-written four songs that have surpassed one billion streams?

A: Joel Little: ‘Whatever It Takes’ by Imagine Dragons, ‘Young Dumb and Broke’ by Khalid, ‘Me!’ by Taylor Swift, and ‘Royals’ by Lorde.

6. Which five-piece (that’s a clue) recorded ‘Poi Poi Twist’ and appeared in the 1966 movie Don’t Let It Get You?

A: Rim D. Paul and The Quin Tikis

7. Held on Bob Marley’s birthday, One Love and other one day music festivals in Aotearoa coincide with which public holiday?

A: Waitangi Day

8. Jason Fa'afoi was a What Now! presenter and guitarist-member of which band, led by a former member of the Jean-Paul Sartre Experience?

A: The Stereo Bus


9. Name the Manawatū town where the Hume brothers (Jon, Peter and Dann) from Evermore were raised.

A: Feilding

10. Before they moved to RCA, early ABBA hit singles including ‘Ring Ring’ and Waterloo’ were licensed and released locally by which New Zealand record label?

A: Family

[This week’s quizmaster: Gareth Shute]

AudioCulture Quiz, June 13, 2022

Rob Aickin. - Rob Aickin collection

1. Rob Aickin produced albums by Golden Harvest, Hello Sailor, and Th’ Dudes at Stebbing’s in 1977-78. Who engineered them?

A: Ian Morris

2. Which female singer-songwriter, who broke through in the 90s, played drums with bassist Cass Basil in a rhythm section called King Sweeties?

A: Bic Runga

3. Which New Zealand feature film from 1964, starring future Radio Hauraki pioneer Colin Broadley and writer Barry Crump, had its title song performed by Rim D Paul?

A: Runaway

4. Beaver, Annie Crummer, and Josie Rika sang backing vocals on the 1985 hit ‘Savin’ Up’ – who sang lead?

A: Sonny Day

5. Who co-wrote ‘Exactly What to Say’ with her mother, performing it together on the latter’s album Clean Break, which won the Tui for best folk album in 2004?

A: Aldous Harding with her mother Lorina Harding

6. Which Auckland band – with a No.1 album in 2004 – was “fronted by an opera-trained singer with a penchant for Kate Bush-like flights of fancy”?

A: Goldenhorse

7. In 1982 Francisca Griffin and Lesley Paris were the rhythm section of a short-lived Dunedin group (with Shayne Carter and Peter Gutteridge) called the Cartilage Family. What was their next group?

A: Look Blue Go Purple

8. Which guitar band’s debut album Future Me Hates Me had a past that included being part of the jazz band Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes?

A: The Beths

9. What was New Zealand’s first pop music TV series to be filmed in colour?

A: Popco

10. Whose song ‘The Cigarette Duet’ has now had over 77,000,000 views on YouTube?

A: Princess Chelsea

[This week’s quizmaster: Chris Bourke]

AudioCulture Quiz, June 6, 2022

Phil Judd, circa 1982

1. Name three acts that Phil Judd has recorded with.

A: Possible answers: Split Enz, Suburban Reptiles, The Swingers, Schnell Fenster, Mr Phudd.

2. Which popular New Zealand band has an asterisk (*) in its name?

A: Stellar*

3. Name two multi-platinum rock acts from the 00s that had a turntablist/DJ in their line-ups.

A: Blindspott, Tadpole

4. Which 90s pop act fronted by two female singers had their first three singles all reach No.1?

A: Deep Obsession

5. What is the name of the Christian organisation that gave its name to a long-running music festival (from 1992 to 2014), a band (from 1993 to 2015), and a recording studio (still operating)?

A: Parachute – Parachute Festival, Parachute Band, and Parachute Music studio.

6. Which local band went from busking on the streets of Wellington through to putting their track ‘Woke Up Late’ into the Top 30 of the US charts?

A: Drax Project

 - Don McGlashan collection

7. Name three groups Don McGlashan has played in.

A: Possible answers: From Scratch, The Plague, The Whizz Kids, Blam Blam Blam, Right Left and Centre, The Front Lawn, The Mutton Birds.

8. The band Aunty Beatrice appeared on the Once Were Warriors soundtrack and consisted of a few brothers from the same family. What band would they go on to form?

A: Kora

9. One of the two rappers in chart topping act Misfits of Science went on to be the drummer of which internationally successful local pop singer?

A: Kimbra – Stevie McQuinn Jr played drums with her from 2011 onwards

10. Which platinum-selling local rapper started his career under the MC name “Con Psy” in the group Frontline?

A: David Dallas

[This week’s quizmaster: Gareth Shute]

AudioCulture Quiz, May 30, 2022

Carol Davies EP, Prestige, 1959. - Chauncy Ardell collection

1. Carol Davies is one of New Zealand’s first female rock’n’roll stars. Which big New Zealand rock’n’roll artist did she tour New Zealand and Australia with?

A: Johnny Devlin

2. What was the name of The Bats’ debut EP? 

A: By Night

Billy Kristian in 1964. - John Yuile collection

3. Billy Kristian (Billy Karaitiana) was a pivotal member of two pioneering rock’n’roll bands that emerged from Christchurch. Can you name one of them?

A: Max Merritt and The Meteors, Ray Columbus and The Invaders

4. Peter van der Fluit & Michael O’Neill were in which popular 1980s Auckland band?

A: The Screaming Meemees

5. Which prestigious music award did Allison Durbin win with her song, ‘I Have Loved Me A Man’? 

A: The Loxene Golden Disc

6. Justin Harwood played bass in two US bands – Luna and Tuatara. Which enduring New Zealand band was he also a member of?

A: The Chills

7. This band remained at the top of their game for a decade, with all four of their albums reaching the Top 20, and they had a record-breaking 11 Top 10 singles. They began as the “Tropical Penguins” for a talent quest at their school, Western Springs College – who are they?

A: Nesian Mystik

Proud: An Urban-Pacific Streetsoul Compilation

8. Alan Jansson produced this year’s Taite Music Prize Classic Record recipient, Proud: An Urban Pacific Streetsoul Compilation and OMC’s ‘How Bizarre’, amongst many other big Aotearoa records. Before this, which ground-breaking Wellington electronica band was he in?

A: The Body Electric

9. Mike Chunn was in two of New Zealand’s biggest bands of the 1970s: Split Enz and Citizen Band. In 2003 he founded which charitable music organisation?

A: Play It Strange

10. What sort of building was used as a recording studio for Goodshirt’s 2001 debut album Green

A: A garden shed

[This week’s quizmaster: Renee Jones]

AudioCulture Quiz, May 23, 2022

1. Which drummer and bass player make up the long-standing rhythm section of Shihad?

A: Tom Larkin and Karl Kippenberger

Headless Chickens, 1989: Anthony Nevison, Chris Matthews, Michael Lawry, Grant Fell, Bevan Sweeney

2. Before Headless Chickens, three crucial band members – Grant Fell, Bevan Sweeney, and Chris Matthews (along with the late Johnny Pierce) – were in which band?

A: Children’s Hour

Jane Walker by Jane Walker, 2010 - Jane Walker collection

3. What instrument did Jane Walker play in Toy Love?

A: Keyboards (Walker was also a drummer)

4. Tex Pistol and Rikki Morris had a huge hit in 1988 with ‘Nobody Else’. What was Tex Pistol’s real name?

A: Ian Morris

5. Noel Crombie of Split Enz was known for designing many of their eye-catching costumes. Beside drums he also played a rather unusual instrument – what was it?

A: Spoons

6. Todd and Marc Hunter of Dragon were brothers – which one was older?

A: Todd Hunter

Upper Hutt Posse's groundbreaking E Tū, 1988

7. Upper Hutt Posse recorded ‘E Tū’ with the help of an unlikely alternative band – who was it?

A: Skeptics

8. Sandy Edmonds had a hit in 1967 about which time of the year?

A: ‘Daylight Saving Time’

9. What is the stage name of this big star of the 1960s? “I was born Bogdan Charis Kominowski in 1945 in Dusseldorf, Germany, just as the war ended, and my mother was a refugee.”

A: Mr. Lee Grant

10. Who was the lead singer of 1970s blues rock band Street Talk?

A: Hammond Gamble

[This week’s quizmaster: Renee Jones]

AudioCulture Quiz, May 16, 2022

1. Before he became a professional entertainer, what was Johnny Cooper’s day job? 

A: Grave digger

2. Ray Columbus formed a close friendship with which member of The Rolling Stones when they toured together in 1965?

Ray Columbus on tour, with the Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones and Keith Richards seated behind him - Grant Gillanders collection

A: Brian Jones

John Rowles shares a bill with Allison Durbin on 28 February, 1969 - Ken Cooper collection

3. In 1969 Allison Durbin returned from Australia (where she was crowned their “Queen Of Pop”) to tour which with other Aotearoa superstar? 

A: John Rowles

4. Chris Parry of The Fourmyula remained in Britain after the band broke up and founded the Fiction record label. For over 20 years it was home to which hugely influential UK band?

A: The Cure

5. Shona Laing’s 1985 single ‘America’ was the first record released on which legendary New Zealand record label?

A: Pagan Records (Fun fact: Pagan was started by Trevor Reekie in 1985 as a division of the Larry Parr owned Mirage Films.)

6. Richard (Dick) Driver was Give It A Whirl’s producer. Before his TV career, he was in a number of bands in the 1980s – can you name one of them?

A: The Doomed, Splash Alley, Hip Singles, Pop Mechanix, and (briefly) Blam Blam Blam.  

7. Which band is referred to here? “In a state of semi-disbandment, [This band] rallied when offered Christchurch support slots before Mark E. Smith’s The Fall in mid-August 1982.”  

A: The Clean

8. Oscar Kightley asked members of which group to contribute music to the hit animated TV show bro’Town?

A: Nesian Mystik

9. A member of Shayne Carter’s family features in the video for Dimmer’s ‘Evolution’. We don’t need the person’s name – but what is their relationship to Shayne?

A: His father

The Datsuns, 2003: Matt Osment, Dolf de Borst, Christian Livingstone and Phil Somervell

10. Before they were known as The Datsuns, what was their previous band name?

A: Trinket

[This week’s quizmaster: Renee Jones]

AudioCulture Quiz, May 9, 2022

Max Merritt and The Meteors at The Christchurch Teenagers Club, 1958

1. Max Merritt and The Meteors were a pioneering rock’n’roll band in which of New Zealand’s main centres?

A: Christchurch/Ōtautahi

2. Following the breakup of The La De Da’s, in 1976 Kevin Borich formed a new band, called the Kevin Borich _?
a. Machine
b. Express
c. Rollercoaster
d. Shredder

A: Express

3. Split Enz’s first festival appearance was at The Great Ngāruawāhia Music Festival in 1973, but under a slightly different name – what was it?

A: Split Ends

4. A groundbreaking Dunedin punk band had a similar name to an English music paper. Name both.

A: The EnemyNME

5. After the late Andrew Brough left Straitjacket Fits in 1991, who replaced him?

A: Mark Petersen

Sisters Underground.

6. Sisters Underground had two tracks, ‘In The Neighbourhood’ and ‘Ain’t It True’, included on which groundbreaking compilation?
A: Proud – An Urban-Pacific Streetsoul Compilation

7. Who did the artwork for Dragon’s first album, Universal Radio, released in 1974?

A: Dick Frizzell

8. What was the first New Zealand rap record to be released?

A: Upper Hutt Posse’s 12" ‘E Tu’, b/w ‘Intervention’ and ‘No Worries In The Party Tonite’ (Jayrem, 1988)

9. Allison Durbin’s ‘I Have Loved Me A Man’ was the biggest-selling release by a New Zealand recording artist in 1968, and won which prestigious music prize?

A: The Loxene Golden Disc

10. Who wrote the lyrics to Blam Blam Blam’s 1981 hit ‘There is No Depression in New Zealand’?

A: Richard Von Sturmer

[This week’s quizmaster: Renee Jones]

AudioCulture Quiz, May 2, 2022

Johnny Cooper - National Library of New Zealand Ref: PAColl-10069-11-06

1. Which sort of food outlet inspired a song by Johnny Cooper, thought to be the first original New Zealand rock and roll song to be recorded?

A: Pie cart – ‘Pie Cart Rock and Roll

2. For which TV show was Hello Sailor’s ‘Gutter Black’ the theme song?

A: Outrageous Fortune

3. In the Swinging Sixties in New Zealand, Dinah Lee was known as “Queen of the ?”

A: Mods

4. Nesian Mystik won the “Stage Image Award” at which national music competition?

A: Smokefreerockquest, 2000

5. One of Citizen Band’s biggest live songs was ‘I Feel Good’. Which New Zealand band recorded and performed it earlier?

A: Larry’s Rebels

6. Who was the singer for the pioneering punk band Suburban Reptiles?

A: Zero

Dalvanius - Photo by Guy Robinson

7. Dalvanius co-wrote ‘Poi E’ with which Māori language expert?

A: Ngoi Pēwhairangi

8. Which band, led by Tommy Adderley, had a hit with ‘Good Morning Mr Rock and Roll’?

A: Headband

9. The title of Herbs’ song ‘French Letter’ was seen as a bit rude by local radio stations. What name did they ask the song be changed to?

A: ‘(A) Letter to France’

10. Which is the only Flying Nun song (so far) to have reached No.1 on the Official Singles Chart?

A: Headless Chickens – ‘George’

[This week’s quizmaster: Renee Jones]

AudioCulture Quiz, April 25, 2022

1. Which female New Zealand singer toured Vietnam twice in the mid-60s to entertain New Zealand and Australian troops?

A: Dinah Lee 

Johnny Cooper and Pat McMinn entertaining in the mess, Korea. - Pat McMinn collection

2. In this singalong with New Zealand troops in Korea, who is on guitar, beside Pat McMinn?

A: Johnny Cooper  

George Bissett's bugle, punctured by bullet holes, Gallipoli. - National Army Museum Te Mata Toa, Waiouru

3. Where was this bullet-damaged bugle, belonging to the New Zealand soldier George Bissett, found on 27 April 1915?

A: Gallipoli 

4. Who was doing his three-month’s national service in 1971 while his anti-war hit single ‘Today I Killed a Man I Didn’t Know’ came out?

A: Nash Chase 

John Hore joins the army, 1966 - Redmer Yska Collection

5. Who – on the left in this photo – is about to put his music career on hold for three months while conscripted in the NZ Army?

A: John Grenell, known at the time as John Hore

6. Don Richardson, saxophonist with the post-war Kiwi Concert Party, arranged the lush orchestration on which 1969 New Zealand hit eulogizing Paul McCartney?

A: ‘St Paul’ by Shane 

Peter 'Rooda' Warren in Waiouru, 1986. - Chris Bourke 

7. Where is drummer Peter Warren test driving this tank?

A: Waiouru Military Camp

8. Where did Tadpole play to New Zealand peacekeeping troops in 2002, recording the video for ‘Just Not Rock’n’Roll’ while there?

A: East Timor 

Lynda Topp in the Territorial Force Signals Platoon, Nelson, 1977 - MS-Papers-11685-09, Alexander Turnbull Library

9. The trainee on the right, seen while doing a stint with the Territorials in 1977, would become well-known as a member of which duo?

A: The Topp Twins (pictured is Lynda Topp) 

10. Who had a No.1 New Zealand hit in 1971 with a song that lamented “Smiley, you’re off to the Asian War /and we won’t see you smile you no more”?

A: Craig Scott 

[This week’s quizmaster: Chris Bourke]

AudioCulture Quiz, April 19, 2022

DJ Tee Pee, 1982.

1. Tee Pee was a pioneering club DJ in which city? 

A: Wellington

2. Who said: “Bass players and drummers are so hard to get along with. The bass player’s always the real muso of the group and thinks he knows everything, and the drummer is just a fuckwit, so it’s much easier to be without them.”

A: Chris Knox

3. She was one of the great studio and club singers of the 70 and 80s and was the backing voice on DD Smash’s ‘Outlook For Thursday’. Can you name her? 

A: Josie Rika

4. Billie Farnell passed away earlier this year. He was a nightlife institution in Auckland for 70 years. What instrument did Billie play? 

A: Piano 

5. ‘Doctor, I Like Your Medicine’ was a hit for Coup D’etat. Which Hello Sailor member co-founded that band? 

A: Harry Lyon

6. Saint John Divine is an album by which accomplished multi-instrumental composer?


7. St Jerome’s Laneway Festival started in which Australian city? 

A: Melbourne

8. Andrew Spraggon records and releases music under what name? 

A: Sola Rosa

9. In 1969, in Kawerau from the UK, I said to a TV reporter, ““I’ve never been homesick for home, though I often think about it. There’s too much to do.” Who am I?

A: John Rowles

10. Which city is home to the Caledonian Hall, used as a live venue for many years?  

A: Christchurch

[This week’s quizmaster: Simon Grigg]

AudioCulture Quiz, April 11, 2022

Sean Donnelly, Sharon Finn, Neil Finn and Alana Skyring - Pajama Club.

1. Name three members of the Pajama Club.

A: Neil Finn, Sharon Finn, SJD, Alana Skyring

2. What was the name of Alien Weaponry’s 2018 debut album?

A: Tū.

Dudley Benson, 2022. - Alex Lovell-Smith & Ayesha Green

3. What kind of business is Woof!, co-founded by Dudley Benson in Ōtepoti, Dunedin? 

A: A bar (hospitality)

4. Name the Canadian singer-songwriter Mel Parsons duetted with on her 2015 album Drylands

A: Rox Sexsmith

5. In what year was the Laneway Festival first held in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland?

A: 2010

Ebony Lamb.

6. What was the name of the band which included Ebony Lamb, before she went solo? 

A: Eb & Sparrow

7. Bic Runga wrote the song ‘Black Silk Ribbon’ with which Scottish musician?

A: KT Tunstall

8. The Mutton Birds covered a Blue Öyster Cult song for The Frighteners soundtrack. Name the song.

A: ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’

9. Celia Mancini was part of which Flying Nun band in the 1990s?

A: King Loser

10. Brendan Perry of UK/Australian duo Dead Can Dance was a key member of which New Zealand punk bands?

A: The Scavengers, Marching Girls

[This week’s quizmaster: Amanda Mills, music curator at the Hocken Library, Dunedin.]

AudioCulture Quiz, April 4, 2022

Dave McArtney in a 1984 CBS publicity photo

1. Name the band that came together as a collaboration between Dragon’s Paul Hewson and Hello Sailor’s Dave McArtney.

A: The Pink Flamingos

2. The lyric “rhythmic feedback noise from electrodes” comes from which 1983 electronic pop hit? 

A: The Body Electric – ‘Pulsing’.

3. Which Aotearoa funk band of the 1970s opened for the Commodores, Tina Turner, and Osibisa after playing a nightclub residency in Kings Cross, Sydney?

A: Collision

These Wilding Ways - Simon Grigg Collection

4. Which studio engineer – later a video director and television presenter – is also credited as producer on releases from the Jean-Paul Sartre Experience, These Wilding Ways, The Greg Johnson Set, and Matty J Ruys?

A: Mark Tierney

5. Name the student radio stations in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

A: 95bFM, Radio Active, RDU, Radio One.

6. Which former member of Red Mole, Midge Marsden’s Country Flyers and Coup D’Etat, is now known as one of Australasia’s finest boogie-woogie piano players?

A: Jan Preston

7. Many New Zealanders have performed at the famed Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Bar in London, including Brian Smith, Dave MacRae, Joy Yates, Nathan Haines, and Tali – but who released an album called Live At Ronnie Scott’s in 1988?

A: Beaver

8. Which singer, appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music and television in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours, is a former member of both Upper Hutt Posse and Moana and the Moahunters?

A: Teremoana Rapley

9. Which 1980s band, initially on the Flying Nun label, took its name from a lyric in a Roxy Music song?

A: Netherworld Dancing Toys. It’s a line from ‘Spin Me Round’ on Roxy Music’s 1979 album, Manifesto.

10. Which promoter was involved in early 1970s international concerts at Western Springs such as Elton John and Led Zeppelin, signed Black Sabbath to play the 1973 Great Ngāruawāhia Music Festival, and issued early Split Enz releases via his White Cloud record label?

A: Barry Coburn

[This week’s quizmaster: Steven Shaw, AudioCulture]

AudioCulture Quiz, March 28, 2022

Phillip Fuemana at the 1995 NZ Music Awards.

1. In which Auckland suburb was legendary Polynesian music trailblazer Phil Fuemana born?

A: Otara

2. Tom Scott of the Young, Gifted and Broke collective has been in several influential groups. With which of these groups did he win the Taite Music Prize in 2019?

A: Avantdale Bowling Club for their album Avantdale Bowling Club

3. From 1998 to 2010, Radio Active ran an annual Waitangi Day event which attracted up to 15,000 people – what was it called?

A: One Love

4. Who was the first woman in Aotearoa New Zealand to release a full-length hip hop album?

A: Emcee Lucia

5. Name the five members of When The Cat’s Away who sang on ‘Melting Pot’?

A: Debbie Harwood, Annie Crummer, Margaret Urlich, Dianne Swann, Kim Willoughby

6. Which song about a household appliance reached No.1 in the New Zealand singles chart in February 1994?

A: The Mutton Birds’ ‘The Heater’

Kevin Borich in the 1970s.

7. Kevin Borich was the guitarist and vocalist for which popular New Zealand band of the 1960s and 1970s?

A: The La De Da’s (nice work if you included the apostrophe)

8. What was the name of the song Bic Runga and Dan Wilson (from US band Semisonic) collaborated on for the American Pie soundtrack in 1999?

A: ‘Good Morning Baby’

9. Can you name the four bands that featured on 1982’s legendary Dunedin Double EP?

A: The Stones, The Chills, The Verlaines, and Sneaky Feelings

10. Who sang lead vocals on the 2006 Don McGlashan-penned song, ‘Bathe in the River’, which featured on the No.2 soundtrack?

A: Hollie Smith (the Mt Raskil Preservation Society feat. Hollie Smith)

[This week’s quizmaster: Renee Jones, AudioCulture]

AudioCulture Quiz, March 21, 2022

Steriogram. - Mark Seliger

1. Name the 2004 international hit by Steriogram that was used as background music on an advert for the Apple iPod.

A: ‘Walkie Talkie Man’ 

2. Who wrote ‘Bathe in the River’?

A: Don McGlashan

 - Phil Warren Collection

3. Mark Williams’ first band, from Dargaville (pictured above), also featured Mack Tane and Willie Hona. What was the band’s name?

A: Face (or The Face)

4. Which band appeared on the late 1960s C’mon television series wearing German military and fireman uniforms, raising the ire of the RSA and fire service?

A: The Underdogs

5. Complete the song title: ‘Don’t Fight It Marsha, ___ ______ ____ ___ __ __’

A: ‘Don’t Fight It Marsha, It’s Bigger Than Both of Us’ (by Blam Blam Blam)

6. Name the Upper Hutt band formed in 1966 that took its name from an early 20th century invention often used for food packaging.

A: Cellophane

7. Which hip hop song won the APRA Silver Scroll in 1999?

A: ‘Reverse Resistance’ by King Kapisi (Bill Urale)

8. Name the London born, Christchurch-raised musician who replaced Bruno Lawrence on drums in Quincy Conserve, helped Kate Bush to programme her brand new Fairlight CMI sampler, and produced Spandau Ballet’s debut album Journeys To Glory?

A: Richard James Burgess

9. Which artist released an album of soul covers on the Dawn Raid label in 2008?

A: Aaradhna

10. Who sang ‘Daylight Saving Time’?

A: Sandy Edmonds

[This week’s quizmaster: Steven Shaw, AudioCulture]

AudioCulture Quiz, March 14, 2022

Bic Runga - Belle (Sony, 2011)

1. With which other New Zealand singer-songwriter did Bic Runga co-write ‘This Girl’s Prepared For War’ on her 2011 album, Belle?

A: James Milne (Lawrence Arabia)

2. Name the David Kilgour & The Heavy 8’s/ Shifting Sands bassist who now runs Chick’s Hotel Recording Studios in Port Chalmers?

A: Tom Bell

3. South Auckland funk-soulsters Ardijah are led by which husband and wife duo?

A: Ryan and Betty-Anne Monga

Ria Hall. - Jess Dewsnap

4. What was the name of Ria Hall’s most recent, Taite Prize-nominated album?

A: Manawa Wera

5. Which renowned UK record producer has overseen the last two Aldous Harding albums?

A: John Parish

6. Which ‘Out On The Street’ hitmakers reformed in 2021, and were scheduled to play at the (cancelled) Others Way festival?

A: Space Waltz

7. Which notable band was Mara TK in? And his father Billy TK’s most notable band was? 

A: Electric Wire Hustle and The Human Instinct.

8. Brother D and Andy Murnane founded which record label?

A: Dawn Raid

9. Pagan Records was started by which broadcaster, also a member of Car Crash Set and the Greg Johnson Set?

A: Trevor Reekie

10. In what city was the cover of Scribe’s debut The Crusader photographed?

A: Auckland

[This week’s quizmaster: Jeremy Taylor]

AudioCulture Quiz, March 7, 2022

Split Enz, 1980.

1. Which member of Split Enz was previously in Space Waltz?

A: Eddie Rayner

2. Which New Zealand songwriter/producer has worked with Sam Smith, Tinie Tempah, and Future, as a sideline to his main career in broadcasting?

A: Zane Lowe

3. Which highly successful local label emerged out of the ashes of a Wellington magazine?

A: LOOP Recordings Aot(ear)oa

4. Two members of which Auckland group created the music for Bro’ Town?

A: Nesian Mystik. David Atai and Donald McNulty created the music.

5. Which UK band did the feelers cover for the 2010 Rugby World Cup held in Aotearoa?

A: Jesus Jones (‘Right Here, Right Now’)

6. What do Alec Bathgate (The Enemy, Toy Love, Tall Dwarfs), Edmund Cake (Bressa Creeting Cake), Shaft, and Voom all have in common?

A: They have all released albums through Lil Chief Records.

7. Name a local act who commissioned orchestral arrangements for their own music from Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks.

A: The Chills, Lawrence Arabia, Kimbra

8. Name a New Zealand musical act whose artist name includes the word “lemon”.

A: Semi Lemon Kola, Ken Lemon

9. Jonathan Pearce from The Beths, Alex Freer (aka AC Freezy) from Tiny Ruins, and multi-million streaming pop singer Matthew Young were formerly together in which band?

A: Artisan Guns

10. Which musician was the first to work full time at Flying Nun Records?

A: Hamish Kilgour

[This week’s quizmaster: Gareth Shute]


AudioCulture Quiz, February 28, 2022

When The Cat's Away, 2001: Debbie Harwood, Kim Willoughby, Annie Crummer and Margaret Urlich - Photo by Anthony O'Dwyer

1. When a member of When the Cat’s Away couldn’t take part in an early 2000s reunion, which solo singer filled in?

A. Sharon O’Neill

2. Whose career was revived by a hit cover version of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Saving Up’ in 1985?

A: Sonny Day

3. Brenda Makammeoafi and Hassanah Iroegbu are better known as which duo? 

A: Sisters Underground

4. The name of which top 1960s Auckland pop venue was re-used – spelled slightly differently – for which Auckland nightclub in 1986? 

A: Galaxie/Galaxy

5. ‘She’s a Mod/Mod Rap’ was a collaboration between Ray Columbus and which group? 

A. Double J and Twice the T

6. Which musician was, for a short time, a RNZ deejay in Blenheim called Bill Diamond? 

A. Bill Direen

7. In 1999 which expatriate solo singer released an album interpreting classic New Zealand pop songs, called Second Nature?

A: Margaret Urlich 

8. Which drummer connects The Chills with Barry Saunders (via The Verlaines, Circus Block Four, and Let’s Planet)?

A. Caroline Easther

9. Who won an international songwriting prize after her older sister entered her song called ‘Hallelujah’ in the competition?

A. Gin Wigmore

10. Sweet Tooth was an appropriate album title for which band? 

A. The Electric Confectionaires

[This week’s quizmaster: Chris Bourke, AudioCulture]


AudioCulture Quiz, February 21, 2022

Chris Parry in 1969 - Photo by Revelle Jackson. Upper Hutt City Library [P1-3444-5834]

1. Chris Parry first moved to the UK in 1969 as drummer for the Fourmyula. By the end of the seventies, he was managing, producing, and releasing albums on his own label for which hugely successful UK band?

A: The Cure, on Fiction Records, originally part of Polydor. Parry also co-produced the first three albums by The Jam.

2. Which local reggae band put four albums and two singles into the Top 10 and named themselves after a Bob Marley album?

A: Katchafire

3. Which drummer, formerly from Citizen Band and Space Waltz, went on to join legendary Australian band, The Angels, and these days runs one of Aotearoa’s biggest touring agencies?

A: Brent Eccles

4. Which New Zealand rock’n’roller wrote Australia’s first-ever surf hit ‘Surfside’ for Sydney group the Denvermen in 1962?

A: Johnny Devlin

5. Which New Zealand electronic act has often included an ex-member of UK chart-toppers The Streets as both a live performer and a featured vocalist on half-a-dozen tracks?

A: Sola Rosa (the vocalist in question is Kevin Mark Trail)

6. Metro editor Henry Oliver played bass and toured in which internationally successful New Zealand post-punk group?

A: Die! Die! Die!

7. Which Aotearoa hip hop group had all the copies of their debut album destroyed after they were sued, by lawyers representing the Eagles, for an uncleared sample?

A: Fast Crew

8. Music journalist Grant Smithies was the one of the founders of which music festival?

A: The Gathering. Grant gives his own musical tour of Nelson and the surrounding area (where the Gathering was held) in this story map.

9. Which band was originally called Lazy Boy and was fronted by the son of a very famous New Zealand musician?

A: Betchadupa ­– Liam Finn was the lead singer.

10. Which reggae group started in 1988 and continues to perform and record, with its biggest hit being the gold-selling single ‘What’s The Time Mister Wolf?’ from the Once Were Warriors soundtrack?

A: Southside of Bombay.

[This week’s quizmaster: Gareth Shute]


AudioCulture Quiz, February 14, 2022

1. What caused Dave Dobbyn to jokingly nickname a much-loved song ‘Soiled’? 

A: The over-exposure of ‘Loyal’ through its use in an America’s Cup campaign.

2. Who played a lounge singer in the Cate Blanchett film Little Fish, covering Gene Pitney’s ‘Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart’? 

A: Bic Runga

3. I began by singing into a Dictaphone at the age of nine; my first public performance was singing at a horse racing event; and at 12 I sang the national anthem at a NPC rugby final, to 27,000 people. Who am I? 

A: Kimbra

4. The song ‘Nature’ was voted No. 1 in APRA’s Top 100 New Zealand Songs of All Time in 2001. Which song was No.2? 

A: ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ by Crowded House.

5. Who co-wrote the song ‘Tears’ and created a multi-media work called The Underwatermelon Man

A: Fane Flaws

6. What do these singers have in common: Fiona McDonald, Stephanie Tauevihi, Leeza Corban, and Bic Runga? 

A: All have been guest singers for Strawpeople

7. Which Flying Nun musician received a MNZM honour last year? 

A: Graeme Downes

8. Who directed the music-related films Mt ZionPoi E: the Story of Our Song; and Herbs: Songs of Freedom?

A: Tearepa Kahi

9. During his late-80s stint as an afternoon TV host, which singer-songwriter interviewed BB King, Poison, Roxette, and “Weird Al” Yankovic? 

A: Rikki Morris

10. Who was busking in Geraldine to buy a ticket to see Anika Moa in concert, when Moa walked by and offered the singer the support slot at the gig?

A: Aldous Harding

[This week’s quizmaster: Chris Bourke, AudioCulture]


AudioCulture Quiz, February 8, 2022

 1. Who painted this album cover?

Split Enz - Mental Notes (1975)

A: Phil Judd.

2. Who painted the album cover for The Clean's 1990 release Vehicle?

The Clean - Vehicle (1990)

A: David Kilgour.

3. The Book of Bifim was a magazine created by bFM, which included some great pieces of art, including this cover design. Name the musician who illustrated it.

Book of Bifim, #1 1986.

A: Chris Knox.

4. One of the most striking things about the music TV show Radio With Pictures was the surrealistic credit sequence that kicked off each episode. Which musician created the art for it?

A still from the opening credits of Radio With Pictures.

A: Fane Flaws.

5. People sometimes refer to the “four realms” of hip hop – DJing, MCing, turntablism, and graffiti art. The artist shown posing with his work in downtown Auckland became a key figure in Aotearoa hip hop. Who is he?

A: DLT (Darryl Thomson).

6. The guitarist from which band appears on the cover of this legendary album?

The front cover of AK79.

A: The Terrorways – the guitarist is Dean Martelli.

7. This artwork, by Philip Kelly, is the logo for which record label?

A: Tangata Records.

8. Which legendary New Zealand photographer took this promotional shot of Fat Freddy’s Drop when she was nearing 80 years old?

Fat Freddy's Drop, 2005 - Photo by Ans Westra

A: Ans Westra.

9. The following panels are taken from a longer piece about the rise of New Zealand rock in the early 2000s, which local artist wrote and drew it?

A: Toby Morris.

10. The cover of New Zealand music history book Stranded In Paradise by John Dix was painted by David Ortega. Name the singer featured on the cover.

Stranded in Paradise,  1988.

A: Rick Bryant.

[This week’s quizmaster: Gareth Shute]


AudioCulture Quiz, January 31, 2022

1. Before Flight of the Conchords, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie formed a band two years after meeting. What was it called?

A: Moustache

Flight of the Conchords

2. The Swingers’ song ‘Counting the Beat’ featured in ads for which supermarket chain from 2014 to 2018?

A: Countdown

3. Which New Zealand artist had a track feature on the soundtrack to the Julia Roberts’ film America’s Sweethearts?

A: Anika Moa with ‘Falling in Love Again’

4. In 2020 what New Zealand act gave permission to a US act to use their name?

A: The Chicks (when the Dixie Chicks dropped “Dixie”)

5. What project linked Annie Crummer, Warren Maxwell, Don McGlashan and Scribe?

A: They all participated in TV series Songs from the Inside for Māori Television.

The Beths (L-R): Ben Sinclair, Jonathan Pearce, Elizabeth Stokes. - Mason Fairey

6. During the Covid lockdown The Beths put together a live-streaming event called?

A: Live From House

7. What instrumental was used for the opening titles of TV pop show Ready to Roll in the late 70s/early 80s?

A: ‘Machine Gun’ by The Commodores

8. “Put your clock back for the winter” is the opening line of which New Zealand rock song?

A: ‘Home Again’ – Shihad

Marlon Williams, 2017. - Rebekah Parsons-King/Radio NZ

9. When he was considering a career in classical music, what opera singer did Marlon Williams study with?

A: Dame Malvina Major

10. What New Zealand band broke a three-year drought of a local song reaching No.1 in the New Zealand singles charts in February 2020?

A: L.A.B. (with ‘In the Air’)

[This week’s quizmaster: Chris Bourke, AudioCulture]


AudioCulture Quiz, January 24, 2022

Alannah Currie, mid-1980s.  - Ian Chapman Collection

1. Before Alannah Currie was in the Thompson Twins, she was a journalist. Which famous rock star allegedly threw Currie’s tape recorder across the room during a press conference?

A: Lou Reed.

2. Which music festival was first held above Karioitahi Beach, near Waiuku, over New Year 1998/1999?

A: Splore.

Aldous Harding.

3. Which Lyttelton band did Aldous Harding sing with before she branched out on her own?

A: The Eastern.

4. Who sang the New Zealand National Anthem entirely in te reo Māori before an All Blacks test in 1999?

A: Hinewehi Mohi.

5. Which New Zealand band played Big Day Out in Auckland 14 out of the 19 times?

A: Shihad.

6. Which much-loved Wellington record retailer was born in Manchester and emigrated from the UK to New Zealand in 1963?

A: Colin Morris.

7. The title of which No.1 hit song, sung in te reo Māori, translates to ‘My Darling’ in English?

A: ‘E Ipo’ by Prince Tui Teka.

Broods, 2016: Caleb and Georgia Nott.  - Publicity photo

8. Which Aotearoa city is Broods originally from?

A: Nelson.

9. Which renowned producer/songwriter was previously in the band Goodnight Nurse?

A: Joel Little (Sam McCarthy is correct too).

10. What location is described in these lyrics, and by which band? “__________ is bending, under its own weight. Shining like a strip cut from a sheet metal plate.”

A: ‘Dominion Road’ by The Mutton Birds.

[This week’s quizmaster: Renee Jones, AudioCulture]


AudioCulture Quiz, January 17, 2022

Tiki Taane at Womad. - Michael Flynn

1. Tiki Taane’s No.1 hit from 2008 is one of the biggest-selling Aotearoa singles of all time ­– can you name the song?

A: ‘Always On My Mind’

2. A Memory of Others is a 2017 film by Simon Ogston documenting a 2016 New Zealand tour by which musician?

A: Bill Direen.

3. They formed in Christchurch in 1983, the line-up has included members Stevie McCabe, Bob Brannigan, Stu Kawowski, Dragan Stojanovic, and William Daymond – and they still perform. Name the band.


4. Simon Bendall (aka Nothingelseon aka DJ Bill E) hosts a long-lasting Wellington club night that mixes genres, styles, and decades, featuring a wealth of New Zealand music. What are the events called? 

A: Atomic

Jane Dodd.

5. Acclaimed contemporary jeweller Jane Dodd played bass in several prominent Flying Nun bands in the 1980s and 90s. Name one. 

A: The Verlaines, The Chills, Able Tasmans.

The Underdogs' classic debut album (Zodiac 1968).

6. The Underdogs shot the cover photo of their 1968 debut album in which South Island city?

A: Invercargill.

7. Danny Tanielu Leaosavai’I and Andy Murnane met while doing a business course at Manukau Polytech. What was the record label they formed together?

A: Dawn Raid.

8. Name the Invercargill singer who was a household name in New Zealand in her teens, sang at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and for the Queen, and is possibly the biggest-selling New Zealand country artist of all time.

A: Suzanne Prentice.

9. New Zealand record mogul Hoghton Hughes famously told his salesmen that they were not in the music business, they were in the plastics business. What was the name of his record label?

A: Music World.

Monte Video, 1982.

10. Which legendary New Zealand musician had a massive 1980s hit under the name Monte Vidéo?

A: Murray Grindlay.

[This week’s quizmaster: Simon Grigg]


AudioCulture Quiz, January 10, 2022

Abbasalutely - various Flying Nun artists pay tribute to the poptastic Swedes. Cover by Alec Bathgate (1995) 

1. For Flying Nun’s 1995 Abba tribute compilation Chris Knox originally suggested the title Abbarant. What was it actually called?

A. Abbasalutely

2. The title of Nadia Reid’s third album Out of my Province is a quote from which famous New Zealand author?

A. Janet Frame

3. Neil Finn wrote the soundtrack to which 2001 New Zealand film?

A. Rain

Christine Voice and Peter Gutteridge

4. Name the two bands Christine Voice was part of before she joined Snapper.

A. The Elevators, The Delawares

5. The Avengers released their second album after they split up in 1969. What was its name?

A. Medallion

Medallion, by The Avengers (1969)

6. Ladi6, Tyra Hammond, and Sarah Tamaira won most promising new act at the 2001 bNet music awards with their song ‘If I Gave U th’ Mic’. What was their group called?

A. Sheelahroc

7. What was the name of the “supergroup” project featuring Connan Mockasin, Liam Finn, James Milne, Eliza-Jane Barnes, Will Ricketts, Seamus Ebbs, and Jol Mulholland?


The NZ Musician magazine team, 2013: Amelia Murray, Silke Hartung, Richard Thorne, and Stephen Heard (web manager). - NZ Musician

8. As Fazerdaze, Amelia Murray has had local and international success as a musician. What was one of her earlier roles in the music industry?

A. Assistant editor of New Zealand Musician magazine

9. Who were the members of Christchurch folk duo the Ragamuffin Children?

A. Brooke Singer (French for Rabbits), Anita Clarke (The Eastern)

10. What was the name of the record label founded by Bruce Russell, with partners Alastair Galbraith, Peter Jefferies, and Peter Gutteridge?

A. Xpressway Records

[This week’s quizmaster: Amanda Mills, music curator at the Hocken Library, Dunedin.]

AudioCulture Quiz, December 20, 2021

1. Name the original bass player for Split Enz and later Citizen Band, who these days is the CEO of the Play It Strange Trust encouraging the work of young songwriters? 

A: Mike Chunn.

2. Name the musician and songwriter who was a one-time member of Blam Blam Blam, The Front Lawn and The Mutton Birds before going solo? 

A: Don McGlashan.

3. Which female singer and songwriter won the Taite Award for her solo album called Iris in 2021? 

A: Reb Fountain.

4. What is the name of the group produced by Dalvanius Prime who had a massive hit in 1984 with the song ‘Poi E’, sung in te reo? 

A: Pātea Māori Club.

5. Who invented the New Zealand-made guitar distortion foot pedal called the Hot Cake, which has featured in the recordings of Crowded House, Noel Gallagher of Oasis, and Ed O’Brien from Radiohead? 

A: Paul Crowther (former drummer for Split Enz).

6. Name the artist inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame for international achievements and a recorded catalogue that includes the early hit single ‘Black Pearl’? 

A: Moana Maniapoto from Moana and the Moahunters and Moana and The Tribe.

Rip It Up No.1, June 1977.

7. Which music industry icon co-founded Rip It Up magazine and later established the record labels, Southside (which released Ngaire’s version of ‘To Sir With Love’) and Wildside (with artists such as Dead Flowers and Shihad)? 

A: Murray Cammick.

8. Name the band best known for their 12” EP E Tū, released in 1988 and hailed as Aotearoa’s first rap record?                                      

A: Upper Hutt Posse, formed by Dean Hapeta aka D Word / Te Kupu.

9. Name the act which became the first New Zealand band to play sold-out concerts at Western Springs Stadium in 2019, and Eden Park in 2021? 

A: Six60.

Hot Licks magazine.

10. In 1975 Auckland magazine Hot Licks described which local band as “vamp rock not to be confused with camp rock”? 

A: Hello Sailor.

[This week’s quizmaster: Trevor Reekie]


AudioCulture Quiz, December 13, 2021

1. ‘Brother’ sat at No.1 in the New Zealand Top 40 for almost three months, a record stay. Who was it by?

A: Smashproof featuring Gin Wigmore.

2. In November 2021 a tribute single by The Hillmans was released in Australia by members of Midnight Oil. Who were they paying tribute to?

A: Bones Hillman, on the first anniversary of his passing.

 Anthony, Paul and Jason Ioasa.

3. Brothers Paul, Anthony and Jason Ioasa released an album in 1996 for the Deepgrooves label. What did they call themselves?

A: Grace.

4. Andrew Spraggon is better known professionally as who?

A: Sola Rosa.

5. My bands include Electric Haka Boogie, the Galactic Chiropractors, the Clutch and the Upperclass. Who am I?

A: Troy Kingi.

6. David James from Relics Records in Dunedin used to play bass in an Auckland band in the 1990s. Who were they?

A: Dead Flowers.

7. Who was the vocalist on Strawpeople’s 1994 hit ‘Trick With A Knife’?

A: Fiona McDonald.

Herbs reunite on the eve of their induction into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame, 2012. Left to right, Spencer Fusimalohi, Dilworth Karaka, Toni Fonoti, Willie Hona.

8. Toni Fonoti wrote the hits ‘Dragons & Demons’ and ‘French Letter’ for Herbs, but only officially appeared on a mini-album as a member. Which one?

A: Whats’ Be Happen?

9. She was a member of Upper Hutt Posse and Moana and The Moahunters, and in 2021 was appointed a MNZM for services to music and television. Who is she?

A: Teremoana Rapley.

Max Merritt, 1970s.

10. Max Merritt released at least eight albums in his six decades as a professional musician, but is probably best known for one song, from 1975. What is it?

A: ‘Slipping Away’.

[This week’s quizmaster: Simon Grigg]


AudioCulture Quiz, December 6, 2021

1. This guitarist later became one New Zealand’s most well-known songwriters, who is it?

Dave Dobbyn in his peroxide phase. Th' Dudes, Island of Real, May 27, 1979. - Murray Cammick

A: Dave Dobbyn.

2. The keyboardist in the next photo has a music video on YouTube with 70 million views – under what artist name?

Chelsea Nikkel (now Princess Chelsea) and Brad Fafejta in Teenwolf- Photo by Petra Jane Smith

A: Princess Chelsea, photographed at Eden's Bar.

3. Which of these musicians below later became a TV star?

The Māori Volcanics, mid 1970s. From left: Charlie Te Hau, Billy T James, Mahora Peters, Dean Ruscoe, Billy Peters. 

A: Billy T James (second from left).

4. What band is this young man from?

Finn Andrews.

A: The Veils.

5. The chap on the far left later released a solo album under what MC name?

Rough Opinion: Kas the Feelstyle, K.O.S., and Mikki D - Publicity photo

A: Tha Feelstyle.

6. The young punk kneeling at the left of this picture later played in which Auckland funk/jazz/hip hop band?

Sommerset in Australia. Back row, L-R: Stefan Thompson, Nathan Icke, Kelly Lovelock (Australian surf pro), Ryan Thomas. In front: Jeremy Toy, Jay Dougrey. - Jeremy Toy collection

A: Opensouls (the photo shows Jeremy Toy).

7. Hiding behind the microphone on the left singing with The Eastern is one of New Zealand’s most internationally successful solo artists – who is she?

The Eastern's Hannah Harding, Hadassah Grace, Jess Shanks.

A: Aldous (Hannah) Harding.

8. This photo is at the launch of the Lord of the Rings movie, Return of the King – what band is shown?

The Black Seeds on Courtenay Place, Wellington, about to play on the red carpet for the launch of the Lord of the Rings movie, Return of the King. - Mike Fabulous collection

A: The Black Seeds.

9. Who is DJing (with the Chemical Brothers in the background) in this photo?

Mikey Havoc DJing with the Chemical Brothers, Feel, January 2000. - Allan Roberts

A: Mikey Havoc.

10. What band is shown here while on a break from a set at the Peppermill nightclub in Auckland?

Ardijah at the Peppermill nightclub, 1982. From left: Paul Drury, Jay Dee, Ryan Monga, James Tuiara, Betty-Anne Monga, Ritchie Campbell.  - Ryan Monga collection

A: Ardijah.

[This week’s quizmaster: Gareth Shute, AudioCulture writer]


AudioCulture Quiz, November 29, 2021

1. Name the hit band of the early 2000s who evolved out of a covers band called the “Trouser Weasels”.

A: Goodshirt.

2. Who sang the winning song ‘Nothing But Dreams’ at the Pacific Song Contest in 1979? Who wrote the song?

A: Tina Cross (ONZM) sang the winning song; Carl Doy wrote the song.

Andrew Snoid, The Plague. - Richard von Sturmer Collection

3. Andrew Snoid was a member of several bands including the Plague, Whizz Kids and Pop Mechanix. What is his real surname?

A: McLennan.

4. During the late 1970s what genre of music was played at Auckland’s Windsor Castle on Saturday afternoons?

A: Punk.

5. Which Flying Nun band from the late 90s/early 2000s had the Velvet Underground’s John Cale play piano and mix one of their songs?

A: Garageland.

6: Name the comedy-music singing trio that Charlotte Yates was a member of.

A: When the Cat’s Been Spayed.

The Furtive label.

7. Which musician and artist drew the design for the Furtive record label and logo in 1981?

A: Chris Knox.

8. Complete the following names: Bill & …. , Eb & …. , Lou & ….?

A: Bill & Boyd, Eb & Sparrow, Lou & Simon.

9. Author Rachael King was in which band with Graeme Jefferies and drummer Robert Key?

A: The Cakekitchen.

Avantdale Bowling Club album, 2018.

10. The cover image for the 2018 Avantdale Bowling Club album was photographed where?

A: Avondale Racecourse.

[This week’s quizmaster: Steven Shaw, AudioCulture]


AudioCulture Quiz, November 22, 2021

1. The first two records released by LOOP Recordings Aot(ear)oa were Rhian Sheehan’s Paradigm Shift and the Black Seeds’ debut album. What was the Black Seeds’ 2001 debut album called?

A: Keep On Pushing.

Shapeshifter, 2021. - Tom Grut

2. Shapeshifter began inviting guest vocalists and MCs to perform on stage with them at shows. One of their guest MCs became a permanent member of Shapeshifter in 2003 – who was that MC?

A: P Digsss.

3. Prior to Cassette forming, Tom Watson was in a few other Wellington bands. Can you name one of them?

A: Funk Mutha, Baconfoot, Head Like A Hole/HLAH.

4. Rob Ruha’s new track ‘35’ has recently blown up on Tik Tok. On which 2016 film soundtrack was he a consultant and performer? (To clarify, he performed on the soundtrack, not in the film.)

A: Mahana.

Foamy Ed; Lani Purkis at left.

5. Which band was Lani Purkis in when she first played the Big Day Out in 1999?

A: Foamy Ed.

6. The drumming in ‘Cactus Cat’ by Look Blue Go Purple was recently highlighted by Wayne Bell in ‘Ten More Moments in New Zealand Drumming’. Who was the drummer?

A: Lesley Paris.

7. The Crocodiles are best known for their classic song ‘Tears’. Who was the band’s lead singer?

A: Jenny Morris.

8. In 2009, Bic Runga brought in a new producer to work on her new solo material. They subsequently formed a duo. Who was it, and which band was he in previously?

A: Kody Nielson, The Mint Chicks.

9. Which New Zealand artist was named by public vote as 2001 Queer Musician of the Year, and performed to sell-out shows at the 2002 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras?

A: Mahinaarangi Tocker.

John Hanlon - Garden Fresh (1974)

10. John Hanlon was one of the first New Zealand artists to write songs about environmental issues. What was the big eco-conscious hit from his 1974 album, Garden Fresh?

A: ‘Damn the Dam’.

[This week’s quizmaster: Renee Jones, AudioCulture]


AudioCulture Quiz, November 15, 2021

1. Name the Samoan-born singer who, after shifting to Auckland and working at Farmers Trading Company, moved to the US and was signed to Capitol Records and then Frank Sinatra’s Reprise label.

A: Mavis Rivers.

Blam Blam Blam - 'Don't Fight It Marsha, It's Bigger than Both Of Us' (Propeller, 1981).

2. Which well-known New Zealand artist designed the cover for Blam Blam Blam’s ‘Don’t Fight it Marsha’ 7" sleeve?

A: John Reynolds.

3. Which female singer-songwriter had her fourth No.1 album in 2021?

A: Hollie Smith with Coming In From The Dark.

Sharon O’Neill.

4. Sharon O’Neill’s 1980 touring band included which famous New Zealand songwriter/musician on guitar?

A: Dave Dobbyn.

5. ‘Donde Esta La Pollo’ is the title of a well-known 1992 song by which Auckland band? 

A: Headless Chickens.

Bressa Creeting Cake.

6. What was the original band name of Bressa Creeting Cake?

A: Breast Secreting Cake.

7. Name the early 1980s Taranaki post-punk quartet fronted by brothers Peter and Graeme Jefferies.

A: Nocturnal Projections.

8. Name the MC, singer and promoter from the Christchurch scene who impressed UK drum ’n’ bass legend Roni Size in 2001 with her a cappella performance.

A: Tali.

9. Billy T James and Prince Tui Teka were both members of which famous Māori showband?

A: The Māori Volcanics.

10. Which future member of Herbs was part of the Dargaville band Face, along with Mark Williams?

A: Willie Hona.

[This week’s quizmaster: Steven Shaw, AudioCulture]


AudioCulture Quiz, November 8, 2021

Ringo Starr and George Harrison on the NAC flight from Wellington to Auckland - Photo by Morrie Hill. National Library of New Zealand

1. When The Beatles arrived at Wellington airport in June 1964, what were they presented with when emerging from the plane?

A: Large tiki.

2. The New Zealand independent record label Flying Nun is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary. In which city was the label founded?

A: Christchurch.

Dave Bulog.

3. Recently Auckland electronic musician Dave Bulog sadly passed away – which New Zealand band did he record with when he was starting out in the 1980s?

A: Car Crash Set.

4. “Watch Out Young Love” was the opening line of an iconic pop song released in 1974 by which New Zealand band?

A: Space Waltz; the line is from ‘Out On The Street’.

5. Which popular Australian music festival, launched in 1994 in New Zealand, went on to become one of the most successful annual events on the New Zealand music calendar?

A: Big Day Out.

Chris Knox.

6. Chris Knox formed his first band in Dunedin in 1977. It never recorded but had a seismic effect with its live shows. What was the band’s name?

A: The Enemy. 

7. Lorde’s third album features the hit single ‘Solar Power’ – where was its video filmed?

A: Waiheke Island (Cactus Bay).

8. Joe Walsh from the Eagles came to New Zealand in the late 1980s and produced an album for which Auckland band?

A: Herbs; the album was Homegrown.

9. New Zealand guitarist Kevin Borich has carved out a very successful solo career in Australia, playing live with the Kevin Borich Express. Which 1960s and 70s New Zealand band did Kevin Borich play for?

A: The La De Da’s.

Shona Laing, 1972 - Shona Laing collection

10. Shona Laing’s first single was released in 1972. What was it called?

A: ‘1905’.

[This week’s quizmaster: Trevor Reekie]


AudioCulture Quiz, November 1, 2021

An album cover/location special – clues available here.

Herbs - Whats' Be Happen?

1. Which historic event in 1978 is on the cover of Herbs’ 12" EP Whats’ Be Happen?

A: The eviction of protestors from Bastion Point.

2. In The Mutton Birds’ song, what was halfway down Dominion Road?

A: A halfway house.

Foothills (2020).

3. This recent album, called Foothills, has no information on the cover. Who is it by?

A: The Bats.

4. Who photographed Dave Dobbyn outside a South Island community hall for the Loyal album cover?

A: Robin Morrison.

Home Brew's debut album (2012) - Guy Brock

5. On the cover of Home Brew’s debut album a shopfront is being graffitied. Which Auckland suburb is it in? 

A: Avondale. 

6. What is Shayne Carter doing on the cover of Dimmer’s 2001 album, I Believe You Are a Star?

A. Driving a sulky at the Alexandra Park harness racing track. 

Garner Wayne’s Country Style LP (Viking, 1962). Photo by George Kohlap.

7. Which harbour is pictured on the cover of Garner Wayne’s Country Style album?

A: Akaroa Harbour.

8. What are Upper Hutt Posse standing on for the cover of their E Tū 12" EP?

A: A bridge (in Māoribank, Upper Hutt).

Split Enz, Frenzy (Mushroom, 1979).

9. Raewyn Turner, who painted the image on Split Enz’s Frenzy album, had another role in the band’s live shows. What was it?

A: Lighting designer. 

Max Cryer and the Children - Town Cryer (Zodiac, 1966). - RNZ collection

10. Which mountain did Max Cryer and the children climb for the cover of their 1966 Town Cryer album cover?

A: Mt Eden, Auckland.

[This week’s quizmaster: Chris Bourke, AudioCulture]


AudioCulture Quiz, October 26, 2021

Kimbra. - Publicity image

1. On which New Zealand children’s TV show did Kimbra perform at the age of 11 years old?

A: What Now?

2. ‘Look What You’ve Done/Lonely Blues’ was sung by Jake and Beth Heke in Once Were Warriors. Which Māori singer wrote and originally recorded it in the 1950s?

A: Johnny Cooper.

The Māori Hi-Five in June 1964 in Hong Kong with The Beatles: Paul McCartney, Wes Epae, John Lennon, Kawana Pohe, Paddy Te Tai, George Harrison, Robert Hemi Te Miha, Solly Pohatu and the local booking agent Frankie Blair. In front is the assistant manager of the Hotel Escalante.

3. Which New Zealand band supported the Beatles at their Hong Kong concert in 1964?

A: The Māori Hi-Five.

The Pelicans, 1984. - Nick Bollinger collection

4. Who is the connecting factor between these Wellington bands: the Windy City Strugglers, Mammal, the Red Hot Peppers, the Pelicans, and the Living Daylights?

A: Bill Lake.

Jessica Hansell. - Photo by Milana Radojcic

5. Jessica Hansell is an Auckland-born rapper, singer and songwriter. Under what name does she record and perform?

A: Coco Solid.

6. Which two Tongan-born musicians were legendary lap-steel guitarists in Auckland from the 1950s?

A: Bill Sevesi and Bill Wolfgramm.

7. Which member of the Māori Volcanics later became better known as a comedian?

A: Billy T James.

8. The “infuriatingly catchy” ‘Love Bug’ reached No.3 in the New Zealand singles chart in 1973. Who sang it?

A: Anna Leah.

9. Which singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer has worked with Tami Neilson, Marlon Williams, and Barry Saunders?

A: Delaney Davidson.

10. Which duo met in a Victoria University theatrical production and formed a band called Moustache before going on to international success?

A: Flight of the Conchords.

[This week’s quizmaster: Chris Bourke, AudioCulture]


AudioCulture Quiz, October 18, 2021

1. The name of this Dunedin group reads like a simplified version of their wonderful song title, ‘The Strange and Conflicting Feelings of Separation and Betrayal’ – who are they?

A: Sneaky Feelings.

2. Hidee Beast was the stage name of a former drummer in which Wildside Records band?

A: Hidee Beast – aka Mark Hamill – was the first drummer in Head Like A Hole

3. Name the New Zealand-born performer who shifted to London in 1977 and found fame with an emerging pop band that was named after characters from Hergé’s Tintin comic books.

A: Alannah Currie, the Thompson Twins – named after Thomson & Thompson, the bumbling detectives in Tintin.

Bill Wolfgramm and Bill Sevesi. - Chris Bourke Collection

4. What record label do the recording artists Maria Dallas, Herma Keil, Bill Wolfgramm, and Bill Sevesi have in common?

A: Viking Records.

Crowded House, March, 2021. - Photo by Kerry Brown

5. Name the successful US producer whose long association with Crowded House came full circle when he performed as a member of the band on their recent New Zealand tour and album release?

A: Mitchell Froom.

Jules Issa. - Photo by Sonoma Message

6. Jules Issa’s ‘Dangerous Game’ and Herbs’ ‘Azania’ were separately written by two friends who formed their own band in 1983 after playing in the horn section for Herbs at Sweetwaters. Name their band.

A: Diatribe – the friends are Ross France (‘Azania’) and Rafer Rautjoki (‘Dangerous Game’).

7. His father played in UK bands XTC and Shriekback and one of his first performances was at the Devonport Folk Club. Name the internationally known band he formed with friends from Takapuna Grammar.

A: The Veils (Finn Andrews).

8. Who had a No.1 hit with a cover of ‘The Game of Love’, a 1965 hit by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders?

A: Tex Pistol (Ian Morris).

9. In 1994 Flying Nun alumni David Kilgour, Martin Phillipps, Mike Dooley, Noel Ward and Alan Starrett joined together to release a CD EP featuring cover versions of 1960s favourites, including the Avengers hit ‘Everyone’s Gonna Wonder’. What did they name the group?

A: Pop Art Toasters.

10. Name the well-loved performer who in 1952, aged 15 and without advising his whānau, shipped out to Sydney to join a travelling circus, where he started out as cleaner of the elephants’ quarters.

A: Prince Tui Teka.

[This week’s quizmaster: Steven Shaw, AudioCulture]


AudioCulture Quiz, October 11, 2021

Aldous Harding. - Photo by Ebony Lamb

1. Aldous Harding appeared on her mother’s 2004 album, Clean Break. What is her mother’s name?

A: Lorina Harding.

2. Fatal Jelly Space supported which international acts?

A: The Fall, Babes in Toyland. Bassist/vocalist Jacinda Klouwens also supported Kristin Hersh and Lydia Lunch on their solo tours.

Hinewehi Mohi.

3. Dame Hinewehi Mohi works in music and television. What was the name of the television show she began working on as a reporter in 1986?

A: Koha.

4. Electric Wire Hustle formed in 2007. Apart from Mara TK, name another founding member.

A: Myele Manzanza or David Wright.

5. Dunedin venue Arc Café established a record label in early 1998. What was it called?

A: Arclife.

6. Name a musician or band who appeared on the label established by Arc Café. 

A: Musicians included Mëstar, David Kilgour, Cloudboy, Jay Clarkson, Heka, Kitset.

7. Connan Mockasin wrote the song ‘Out of Touch’ for which French actress and musician?

A: Charlotte Gainsbourg.

8. Name the Minuit vocalist and songwriter, who has also written a book of poetry and lyrics called I Felt Like a Fight, Alright?.

A: Ruth Carr.

9. In the 1990s Shayne P. Carter occasionally recorded as a duo called Rim Shot Frenzy with a well-known record retailer and writer. Who was the other member?

A: Roy Colbert.

Jay Clarkson.

10. Name Jay Clarkson’s first band.

A: The Playthings.

[This week’s quizmaster: Amanda Mills, music curator at the Hocken Library, Dunedin.]


AudioCulture Quiz, October 4, 2021

1. Starting his career as a journalist, he co-founded Radio Hauraki, managed Hello Sailor during the 1970s, and in 2019 he was named Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to broadcasting. Can you name him? 

A: David Gapes.

Mark Williams, circa 1975 - Phil Warren Collection

2. From 1974 to 1977 he was the in-house producer at Wellington’s EMI studio. He produced albums by Mark Williams and many others at EMI. When he relocated to Australia he produced Mark Williams again, this time for CBS. Who is he?

A: Alan Galbraith.

3. Name the sound engineer who has been recording live sessions at Radio NZ for over 25 years, and who has recorded albums with Anika Moa and Bic Runga.

A: Andre Upston.

4. Her blues singing style has been described as formidable. At the 1973 Great Ngāruawāhia Music Festival she played directly after headliners Black Sabbath and in 1995 she played the lead role in an Auckland production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. She died earlier this year. Can you name her?

A: Mahia Blackmore.

5. Name the Flying Nun band that opened for Nirvana and U2 in the early 1990s.

A: The 3Ds.

6. Which Nielson brother, formerly in The Mint Chicks, went on to start a new project called Unknown Mortal Orchestra?

A: Ruban started the project, although Kody joined in along the way, notably on the third album, Multi-Love.

Karyn Hay interviews Tim Finn at Sweetwaters 1983 - Photo by Murray Cammick

7. How many times was the Sweetwaters festival held?

A: Six times – 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1999.

8. What do Peter Posa’s ‘White Rabbit’, The Four Fours’ ‘Theme From an Empty Coffee Lounge’ and The Warratahs’ ‘Bruno’s ‘Last Ride’ have in common?

A: They don't have lyrics – they’re all instrumentals.

Herbs in 1990 - clockwise from bottom left: Gordon Joll. Thom Nepia, Dilworth Karaka, Charlie Tumahai, Tama Lundun, Morrie Watene.

9. Which member of the Eagles worked in the studio with Herbs?

A: Joe Walsh produced and played guitar on the 1990 Herbs album Homegrown.

10: Name the independent music television channel that launched in Auckland in 1993.

A: Max TV.

[This week’s quizmaster: Steven Shaw, AudioCulture]


AudioCulture Quiz, September 27, 2021

1. ‘Cruising on the Interislander’ became a well-known song for which band after its use in a 1990s TV commercial?

A: The Warratahs.

Ruban Nielson, Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s 2018 Silver Scroll-nominated song ‘Hunnybee’ is about whom?

A: Ruban Neilson’s daughter.

3. Complete the phrase: Ray Columbus devised a dance called the “_____ Nod”.

A: Rocker’s Nod.
B: Widgie’s Nod.
C: Mod’s Nod.
D: Hippy’s Nod.

A: Mod’s Nod.

4. What was the name of Mara TK’s previous band?

A: Electric Wire Hustle.

The Beths.  - Mason Fairey

5. The members of The Beths all trained in the same musical genre at University of Auckland – what was it?

A: Jazz.

6. Which song did Sir Dave Dobbyn recently release in te reo Māori to mark its 30th anniversary?

A: ‘Slice of Heaven’ (‘Hine Ruhi’).

7. Who is the drummer for Avantdale Bowling Club?

A: Julien Dyne.

8. In which country was the late, legendary Soane born?

A: Tonga.

Rob Ruha.

9. Rob Ruha was musical director and translator for the te reo Māori version of which movie?

A: Moana.

10. Which New Zealand band supported Bob Marley at his legendary 1979 Western Springs concert?

A: Golden Harvest.

[This week’s quizmaster: Renee Jones, AudioCulture]


AudioCulture Quiz, September 20, 2021

1. Which platinum-selling solo artist, who is also known for many collaborations with other musicians, won best jazz vocalist at the National Jazz Festival of New Zealand at age 16, and has recorded an album of Celtic music? 

A: Hollie Smith.

Anna Coddington.

2. Name Anna Coddington’s two prior bands before going solo and releasing her debut album in 2008.

A: Handsome Geoffrey, Duchess.

3. Polyfonk maestros Ardijah made a cameo performance appearance in which New Zealand feature film? Can you name the song?

A: Queen City Rocker. The song was ‘Give Me Your Number’.

4. She moved from Mount Roskill to London when she was 19, worked as a waitress, and tried to join the anarchist party. Later, her band became one of the biggest pop acts of the 80s. Name the artist.

A: Alannah Currie.

5. What was the last music video played on 1990s Auckland regional music channel Max TV before the station went permanently off air? 

A: Chris Knox, ‘Not Given Lightly’.

Concord Dawn. 

6. What was the name of the heavy metal band Evan Short played in before co-founding drum and bass duo Concord Dawn

A: Day One.

7. The bands Paselode, Grand Prix and Fly My Pretties all have someone in common. Who is it? 

A: Nathan ‘Nato’ Hickey from Beastwars has played in all bands.

8. What year did the first Big Day Out festival take place in New Zealand?

A: 1994.

9. In 2009, a chart-topping, all-vegan metal band created a music video to rival that of the Skeptics’ ‘AFFCO’, as it followed a steer’s journey from farm to supermarket. Name the band. 

A: 8 Foot Sativa.

King Kapisi. - Simon Grigg collection

10. King Kapisi began rapping under which name as part of the group Gifted and Brown?

A: Hot Cakes
B: Bran Muffin
C: Date Scone
D: Buttery Biscuit

A: It’s B – Bran Muffin.

[This week’s quizmaster: Leanda Borrett, AudioCulture]


AudioCulture Quiz, September 13, 2021

1. The te reo Māori lyrics of ‘E Ipo’ and ‘Poi E’ are by the same songwriter. Who? 

A: Ngoi Pēwhairangi.

2. Stuart and Brad Kora were two of four brothers who founded Kora. They left in 2013 to start what other very successful band? 

A: L.A.B.

Mara TK.

3. Which iwi is shared by Ruru Karaitiana, Johnny Cooper, Kahu Pineaha, and Mara TK

A: Ngāti Kahungunu.

George Nepia with songwriter Kingi Tahiwi, c1935. Alexander Turnbull Library, 1/2-C-22477-F

4. ‘Beneath the Māori Moon’ by Walter Smith, was recorded by his cousin, George Nepia, and released on Decca in the UK in 1936 (listen to it here.) In what role was Nepia most famous? 

A: All Black fullback, 1924-1930.

Maisey Rika - Tira album cover photo, 2017. 

5. In 2012 Ruia Aperahama, Maisey Rika, Anika Moa, and Warren Maxwell fronted a music series on Māori TV. What was it called? 

A: Songs from the Inside.

6. Which Māori singer’s mother recorded an EP of songs in te reo called Kahu

A: Sir Howard Morrison.

7. Which singer, after winning the emerging artist award at the Waiata Māori Music Awards in 2015, supported himself by teaching te reo Māori night classes at Unitec? 

A: Teeks.

8. Who began their career singing in Upper Hutt Posse and Moana and the Moahunters, and was appointed a MNZM in 2021 for services to music and television?

A: Teremoana Rapley.

9. Who played piano for The Shevelles, gave The Avengers their name in a competition, and produced the hit medley ‘Māoris on 45’? 

A: Dalvanius Maui Prime.

Whirimako Black.

10. Which award do Rob Ruha, Alien Weaponry, Whirimako Black, Ruia Aperahama, and Te Awanui Reeder have in common?

A: They have all won the APRA Silver Scroll Maioha Award for contemporary Māori music.

[This week’s quizmaster: Chris Bourke, AudioCulture]


AudioCulture Quiz, September 6, 2021

1. Two now well-known singers first met each other at Lyttelton’s Wunderbar when they were double-booked to play on the same evening. Who were they?

A: Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams.

2. Name the Dawn Raid act who released their No.1 album Always & For Real in 2004.

A: Adeaze.

3. “Dr Rock” was the alias of which well-known broadcaster of the 1970s?

A: Barry Jenkin.

4. Name the Aotearoa New Zealand singer who in the 1970s had a local hit with a song that was also recorded under a different title by American singer Barry Manilow.

A: Bunny Walters – ‘Brandy’ aka ‘Mandy’.

5. Name the first album (and the associated act) that was recorded at Auckland’s York Street Recording Studios.

A: Churn (1993) by Shihad.

6. Who wrote and released a series of award-winning albums of music for “bubbas”?

A: Anika Moa.

7. Which of the following titles is the name of Brooke Fraser’s hit 2003 album?

A: What To Do With Sunshine
B: What To Do With Moonlight
C: What To Do With Good Times
D: What To Do With Daylight

A: D: What To Do With Daylight.

8. Name the experimental electronic artist who founded Victoria University’s Electronic Music Studio in 1970.

A: Douglas Lilburn.

9. Name the rope-jumping Auckland band that takes its name from their lead singer/guitarist and was formed by players who met through jazz school and in jazz band Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes.

A: The Beths.

10. Which “theatrical experience” and musical group had a promotional touring car named the “Lawnmobile”?

A: The Front Lawn.

[This week’s quizmaster: Steven Shaw, AudioCulture]


AudioCulture Quiz, August 30, 2021

1. Name at least two Aotearoa New Zealand acts who have appeared on the prestigious Later With Jools Holland show?

A: The Phoenix Foundation, Aldous Harding, Nadia Reid, Crowded House, Marlon Williams, Lorde, Liam Finn. 

2. Which singer from New Zealand had a hit with her cover of Lulu’s ‘To Sir With Love’?

A: Ngaire.

3. Name a Bob Dylan song featuring The Byrds’ 12-string legend Roger McGuinn that Crowded House released a live cover of.

A: ‘Mr Tambourine Man’, ‘Eight Miles High’, ‘So You Want to Be a Rock’n’Roll Star’. 

Human Instinct: Maurice Greer, John Donoghue, Martin Hope

4. What is the name of The Human Instinct’s fourth, most sought after and valuable, LP?

A: Snatmin Cuthin? (1972)

5. What is the name of the New Zealand-born jazz pianist who released a (now very collectable) album called My Favourite Things, and shares her name with a so-called “mother of the nation” newsreader?

A: Judy Bailey.

Ticket's Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, 1972

6. Which celebrated New Zealand artist created the cover artwork for Ticket’s second album Let Sleeping Dogs Lie?

A: Dick Frizzell.

7. Which Flying Nun frontman received a MNZM in the Queen’s Birthday honours list this year?

A: Graeme Downes (The Verlaines).

8. Name the successful New Zealand solo artist whose early band was called Two Lane Blacktop.

A: Ladyhawke (Pip Brown).

Roy Colbert.

9. Roy Colbert’s Dunedin record store had several names over the years. Name one.

A: Records Records, Records Records Records, Acme Records, Astral Weeks Records.

10. What is the name of the Fijian funk group whose 1973 album, Turn On To Music, is now a much sought after psych-funk collectable?

A: Mantis.

[This week’s quizmaster: Jeremy Taylor]


AudioCulture Quiz, August 23, 2021

1. Who has a long running radio show called Land Of The Good Groove and was co-founder of music magazine Rip It Up?

A: Murray Cammick.

Peter Coleman and friend, 1977 - Ian Morris Collection

2. Which 70s band did Peter Coleman play bass for?

A: Th’ Dudes – he was their first bassist.

3. Who said that he wanted his record label to be the “Māori Motown”?

A: Dalvanius.

Maureen Gordon.

4. Which famous Auckland venue did the late Maureen Gordon own and run?

A: The Kings Arms.

5. Who was the first act to play at The Kings Arms – and played the final weekend there?

A: Al Hunter.

6. Which Auckland trio from the 2000s started life as Mean Street?

A: Street Chant.

Wide Mouthed Frogs. - Matthew McKee

7. What do How’s Your Father, Wide Mouthed Frogs, The Crocodiles and INXS all have in common?

A: Jenny Morris sang with them all.

8. Simon Ogston’s 2013 documentary Sheen Of Gold is about which Palmerston North band?

A: Skeptics.

9. Mareko, Savage, Devolo, and Alphrisk were all members of which Auckland crew?

A: Deceptikonz.

10. I was born and raised in Katikati, my given name was Miha, I was discovered at a talent audition by Benny Levin and my biggest hit was ‘Brandy’. Who am I? 

A: Bunny Walters.

[This week’s quizmaster: Simon Grigg]


AudioCulture Quiz, August 16, 2021

1. As a publicity stunt in the late 1960s, which local pop star jumped from a yacht into the sea in order to “rescue” a young “Miss South Pacific” who had been deliberately pushed overboard?

A: Larry Morris from Larry’s Rebels.

Timberjack in 1971 with Steve McDonald, Frits Stiger, John Donoghue and Stu Johnstone.

2. In 1971 one of the weirdest locally recorded singles, ‘Come To The Sabbat’, which included the line “Come to the Sabbat, Satans’s there”, was recorded by which band?

A: The band was called Timberjack, led by John Donoghue, who later went on to name and play bass for The Warratahs.

3. Music Nation was a mid 90s television show devoted to Kiwi music. Which high profile singer-songwriter hosted it? 

A: Bic Runga.

4. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Shayne Carter formed his first band when he was a student at Kaikorai Valley College in Dunedin. They released an EP called Who Killed Colonel Mustard? and then broke up. Name the band.

A: Bored Games.

5. In the mid-60s a pop star named Bogdan Kominowski achieved massive success with No.1 hits ‘Opportunity’ and ‘Thanks To You’ before relocating to London. What was his stage name?

A: Mr Lee Grant.

Glyn Tucker Jnr in his Mandrill office, 1986.

6. The Mockers, Dance Exponents, and Pink Flamingos made some of their best records at Mandrill Studios, a recording studio in Parnell formed by three musicians, one of whom was Glyn Tucker. Before he embarked on this period of his career, in which successful band did Glyn Tucker perform during the 1960s? (They had a big hit with a song called ‘The Coming Generation’.)

A: The Gremlins.

7. A first-generation New Zealander from Niuean parents, Tigilau Ness was a member of the Polynesian Panthers protesting the Dawn Raids in the 1970s. He was later an activist and protester during the 1981 Springbok rugby tour. His son is a well-known musician and has had a number of hits over the years – can you name him?

A: Che Fu (Che Ness).

Paul Ubana Jones, 1989.

8. Name the wonderful London born singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist who migrated to New Zealand in 1987 and released a number of albums here, as well as touring schools and supporting artists such as BB King, Joan Armatrading, Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, and Crowded House? 

A: Paul Ubana Jones.

9. What was the original name of the band that eventually had a No.2 single in America with the song ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’, written by Neil Finn after he left Split Enz?

A: The Mullanes, later renamed Crowded House. It was Neil and Tim Finn’s mother’s maiden name and is Neil’s middle name.

10. Murray Cammick recently received the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to NZ music. As well as publishing New Zealand’s most revered music publication, Rip It Up, he was owner of two significant record labels. Name the two record labels.

A: Wildside and Southside Records: Wildside released rock records from Head Like A Hole and Shihad; Southside released more R&B flavoured artists such as Ngaire, who had a smash with a cover of Lulu’s big hit ‘To Sir With Love’.

[This week’s quizmaster: Trevor Reekie]


AudioCulture Quiz, August 9, 2021

1. Complete the following lyric: “I found myself a blue lady ...”

A: “To help me through the night”. (From Hello Sailor’s ‘Blue Lady’)


2. Which New Zealand city is Kimbra’s hometown?

A: Hamilton.

3. Shayne Carter’s memoir won the 2020 Ockham NZ Book Award for best non-fiction book. What is the book’s title?

A: Dead People I Have Known (Victoria University Press, 2019).

4. What do the following band names have in common? The Avengers, The Phoenix Foundation, Hasselhoff Experiment.

A: They are all associated with popular television shows or personalities – The Avengers (1960s); MacGyver worked for an organisation called the Phoenix Foundation; David Hasselhoff starred in Knight Rider and Baywatch.


5. What do Grace, Evermore, and Broods have in common?

A: They’re all acts with siblings in the group – the Ioasa brothers, the Hume brothers, the Notts siblings.

6. Former members of the bands Blindspott and Tadpole teamed up in 2008 and formed a successful band that toured internationally and lasted for 10 years. Name the band.

A: I Am Giant.

7. Name the title of the 1987 Skeptics video that was banned from broadcast by TVNZ.


8. Name the 1990s independent Auckland record store and label specialising in punk and underground genres whose international customers included Jello Biafra and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore.

A: Crawlspace Records.

3 The Hard Way.

9. What is the title of 3 The Hard Way’s 2003 No.1 hit?

A: ‘It’s On’.

10. Name the Gisborne-born vocalist and solo artist who has sung with SJD, the Bellbirds and Pitch Black.

A: Sandy Mill.

[This week’s quizmaster: AudioCulture editor Steven Shaw, Auckland]


AudioCulture Quiz, August 2, 2021

1. Aside from Flight of the Conchords, name two other Wellington bands that Bret McKenzie has played in.

A: Any two of the following: Wellington Ukulele Orchestra, The Black Seeds, The Video Kid.

2. Which studio engineer/producer has worked with TrinityRoots, The Black Seeds, Phoenix Foundation, and L.A.B.?

A: Lee Prebble.

3. Which young musician is shown here DJing at bFM? The photo is taken from the station’s magazine, the Book of BiFiM.

A: Greg Johnson.

4. Which local musician-turned-actor is shown at far right playing Eddie in this New Zealand production of the Rocky Horror Show?

A: Russell Crowe, aka Russ le Roq.

5. Which editor of Rip It Up magazine later became programme director at Mai FM?

A: Phil Bell aka DJ Sir-Vere.

6. Who is shown in the above photo?

A: Shona Laing.

7. Which New Zealand rapper went on to start his own line of jewellery and watches?

A: Dane Rumble, aka Kid Deft from Fast Crew.

8. Which singer started her career at 14 years old by being the soloist on a double-platinum selling album of Māori love songs released by her school?

A: Maisey Rika sang on E Hine: An Anthology of Māori Love Songs (1998) with the choir from Hato Hohepa, aka St Joseph’s Māori Girls College. She also appeared on the album’s cover.

9. Which chart-topping metal band features a bassist who was a former member of classic New Zealand hard rock groups Knightshade, Tyrant, and Blackjack?

A: Devilskin bassist Paul Martin played in the above bands.

10. Elizabeth Stokes from The Beths was in a high-school band with which indie pop musician?

A: Chelsea Jade.

[This week’s quizmaster: AudioCulture writer Gareth Shute, Auckland]


AudioCulture Quiz, July 26, 2021

Ray Columbus.

1. Which English musician did Ray Columbus befriend during an Australian/New Zealand tour in 1965?

A: Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones.

2. Which Wellington band, whose debut album appeared 20 years ago, has had songs featured in TV series such as Weeds and Breaking Bad?

A: The Black Seeds.

3. “Karanga, rangatahi, whakarongo! whakarongo!” are the opening lyrics to which song?

A: ‘E Tū’ by Upper Hutt Posse.

4. Which band released New Zealand’s first ever punk single?

A: Suburban Reptiles with ‘Megaton’ b/w ‘Desert Patrol’. It was also the first 12" single released by any label in New Zealand (Phonogram).

John Rowles.

5. Who was John Rowles’s hit ‘Tania’ about?

A: His sister, Tania. Cheryl Moana Marie was also dedicated to his sisters, merging their names, Cheryl Moana and Tania Marie.

6. Which Dunedin band sang about ‘Baked Beans’?

A: Mother Goose.


7. Teeks is known for his masterful soul vocals – but what musical genre did his first band play?

A: His high-school reggae band, Ahomairangi, which performed at Pacifika Beats and Smokefreerockquest in 2011.

8. The lyrics to BLERTA’s hit ‘Dance All Around the World’ are inspired by a book by which famous children’s author?

A: Margaret Mahy – the book itself isn’t named in the article, but it’s most likely from her 1969 book The Procession.

9. In 2001 an upbeat 11 year-old girl appeared on What Now?. She was filmed while recording a single, and said, “Hi, I’m ****, and one day I’d love to be a pop star.” Who is she?

A: Kimbra.

10. What was the first New Zealand record that was wholly produced in Aotearoa, from composition to pressing?

A: ‘Blue Smoke’

[This week’s quizmaster: Renee Jones from AudioCulture, Auckland.]


AudioCulture Quiz, July 19, 2021

1. Which NZ artist co-wrote and sang on a song by Grammy-nominated, US-based Samoan reggae singer J Boog?

A: Aaradhna.

Blam Blam Blam. - Murray Cammick Collection

2. In which now reformed art-punk band did Tim Mahon cut his teeth prior to forming Blam Blam Blam with Don McGlashan?

A: The Plague.

3. Which former Chills drummer released a solo album in 2019 entitled Lucky

A: Caroline Easther.

An early photo of the Deceptikonz from 2002 - Mareko (top), Savage, Devolo (middle), and Alphrisk. - Rip It Up Archives

4. Name the four members of Deceptikonz.

A: Mareko, Savage, Devolo, Alphrisk.

5. What connects the late Richard Nunns and Scott Walker?

A: They both recorded with British experimental/ free jazz saxophonist Evan Parker.

6. What was the name of the Hamilton hard rock/ metal band who had an 80s hit with ‘The Physical You’?

A: Knightshade.

The Knobz’ 45 cover for 'Culture'.

7. Which former New Zealand Prime Minister is impersonated on The Knobz’ 1980 hit, ‘Culture’?

A: Robert Muldoon.

8. Who authored hefty New Zealand music tome Stranded in Paradise?

A: John Dix.

9. What were the two tracks on The Mockers’ 1980 debut single?

A: ‘Good Old Days’ and ‘Murder on Manners Street’.

10. What is the name of the (yet to materialise) supergroup mooted between Julia Deans, Anna Coddington and Anika Moa?

A: Allusionz.

[This week’s quizmaster: Jeremy Taylor of Slowboat Records, Wellington.]


AudioCulture Quiz, July 12, 2021

1. Sam Hunt has performed or recorded with at least four New Zealand acts. Can you name two?

A: Mammal, ENZSO, David Kilgour, The Warratahs.

2. Auckland band Paul Agar from Marginal Era wrote a song called ‘This Heaven’ which became the opening theme for which New Zealand TV music show?

A: Radio With Pictures.

Dragon, 1977. Left to right: Kerry Jacobson, Robert Taylor, Marc Hunter, Todd Hunter, Paul Hewson

3. Which high-profile member of trans-Tasman rock band Dragon ended up in Auckland band The Pink Flamingos with ex-Hello Sailor member Dave McArtney?

A: Paul Hewson, who wrote Dragon’s ‘Are You Old Enough? (1978) and ‘Still in Love With You’ (1978).

4. Si Si Es are an Auckland-based electronic band who were big in the 1980s under which name?

A: Car Crash Set.

Bluespeak at Cause Celebre, mid 1990s. - Simon Grigg collection

5. Greg Johnson used to play trumpet and sing in an Auckland jazz band before he went solo. Name that band?

A: Bluespeak.

The Datsuns, 2003: Matt Osment, Dolf de Borst, Christian Livingstone and Phil Somervell

6. In over 20 years The Datsuns have only had one line-up change. What instrument did the new band member play?

A: Drummer Ben Cole replaced drummer Matt Osment.

7. The legendary drum sound on Hello Sailor’s 1977 single ‘Blue Lady’ was engineered at Stebbing Studios by which Auckland pop star?

A: Ian Morris from Th’ Dudes.

8. Before they changed their name to The Mockers they were known as:

A. Squashy Peas 
B. The Ambitious Vegetables 
C. Steak Knives 
D. The Serviettes?

A: B –  The Ambitious Vegetables.

Peter "Rooda" Warren from DD Smash, Aotea Square, 1984 - Photo by Bryan Staff

9. The infamous Queen Street riot erupted at the “Thank God It’s Over” free concert on 7 December 1984 in Auckland’s Aotea Square. Who said, “I wish those riot squad guys would stop wanking and put their little batons away,” only to be charged with inciting the riot? 

A: Dave Dobbyn – now Sir Dave. He was eventually cleared of all charges.

10. Which New Zealand musician had an international hit with the song ‘(Glad I’m) Not a Kennedy’ in 1988?

A: Shona Laing.

[This week’s quizmaster: Trevor Reekie]


AudioCulture Quiz, July 5, 2021

1. Who were the founding members of The Julie Dolphin?

A: Dianne Swann and Brett Adams.

A 1980s Jenny Morris publicity shot - Simon Grigg collection

2. Who wrote Jenny Morris’ 1988 single ‘You I Know’?

A: Neil Finn.

Sam McCarthy and Jordan Arts, Kids of 88. - Publicity photo

3. The band Kids of 88 was formed by which member of Goodnight Nurse (and his friend Jordan Arts)?

A: Sam McCarthy.

4. Which New Zealand songwriter, instrumentalist and vocalist also worked as a summer camp lake lifeguard and speedboat driver in the US?

A: Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins).

5. Julia Deans has performed the songs of which Canadian singer-songwriter in her show ‘Both Sides Now’?

A: Joni Mitchell.

6. Who were the members of Gasoline Cowboy?

A: Jol Mulholland, Scott Mason and Greg Hillier.

7. Name the New Zealand musician that joined UK group Manfred Mann’s Earth Band in 1981.

A: Shona Laing.

8. Polyfonk is a fusion of reggae, R’n’B, and Pasifika music. Who created the genre?

A: Ryan Monga of Ardijah.

Anika Moa.

9. In 2011 Anika Moa and two other New Zealand musicians formed a trio. Who were the other two members of the trio, and what was their album called?

A: Boh Runga and Hollie Smith. The album was called Peace of Mind.

10. Robert Scott formed a band with Jane Sinnott, David Mitchell, and David Saunders. What was the name of the band?

A: The Magick Heads.

[This week’s quizmaster: Amanda Mills, music curator at the Hocken Library, Dunedin.]


AudioCulture Quiz, June 28, 2021

1. Who wrote Zed’s 2003 Top 20 hit ‘Starlight’?

A: Rivers Cuomo from Weezer.

2. In 2020 who posted a photo on social media, announcing a new album was underway, with contributions from the NZSO and Sol3Mio?

A: Hollie Smith.

3. Name the Flying Nun band associated with this famous person.

A:  Jean-Paul Sartre Experience / Jean-Paul Sartre (Photo: Moshe Milner, CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons).

4. Name the Flying Nun band associated with this famous person.

A: The Verlaines (Paul Verlaine).

5. Former Chills bass player Justin Harwood formed an instrumental group with which member of R.E.M?

A: Peter Buck. The group was Tuatara.

6. Name the Flying Nun band associated with this famous person.

A: Able Tasmans / Abel Tasman (Image: Archives NZ: AAQT 6539 32 / A1111 R21010205).

7. Dianne Swann guested on vocals and keyboards for which English band in the mid-90s?

A: Radiohead.

8. What was title of the feature film starring Kimbra?

A: Daffodils (2019).

9. Name the Flying Nun band associated with this famous person.

A: The Hasselhoff Experiment (David Hasselhoff).

10. Which member of a prominent post-punk NZ band “returned to good old rock’n’roll organ” in the London psych/garage band The Purple Gang?

A: Jane Walker, Toy Love.

[This week’s quizmaster: Mark Roach, Recorded Music NZ]


AudioCulture Quiz, June 21, 2021

1. In 1965 Wayne Fontana had a big hit with ‘The Game Of Love’. Which New Zealand producer had a number one single in the 1980s with a cover of it? Either his real name or the name the record went out under is correct.

A: Ian “Tex Pistol” Morris.

2. Which of the following was not a member of the showband The Māori Volcanics?

A: Dalvanius Prime
B: Billy T. James
C: Prince Tui Teka

A: Dalvanius Prime.

3. What is the connection between the Suburban Reptiles and Joel Little?

A: Joel’s mum Trish Scott was in a very early lineup of the Suburban Reptiles.

When The Cat's Away in New Plymouth, 1988: Annie Crummer, Debbie Harwood, Kim Willoughby, Dianne Swann and Margaret Urlich

4. James Brown, Bob Geldof, The Chills, The Pogues, When The Cat’s Away, Roy Orbison and the Patea Māori Club were all advertised to play just south of Auckland in early 1988. What happened?

A: It was the Neon Picnic festival which collapsed hours before it started, under a ton of debt and controversy.

5. What do Supergroove, Drab Doo Riffs, Cambridge University, the Low Down Dirty Blues Band, the Apra Silver Scroll, and the movie Come To Daddy all have in common?

A: Karl Steven. He was either a member of, a graduate of, a winner of, or a composer for all of these.

6. “Karanga, rangatahi, whakarongo! Whakarongo!” are the opening words to which NZ hip-hop classic?

A: ‘E Tu!’ by Upper Hutt Posse.

7. Who said: “I’ll probably end up doing cabaret, ‘Found … my-self … a blue la-dy …” and on the trombone we have …’.  I fancy the Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin approach: stool, tall martini, cigarette burning in the ashtray.”?

A: Graham Brazier (to Rip It Up in 1988).

8. My debut album was called Safety in Numbers and sold 240,000 copies. What is my name?

A: Margaret Urlich.

The La De Da's: Brett Neilson, Bruce Howard, Kevin Borich, Trevor Wilson and Phil Key in Herne Bay, Auckland, 1966

9. They came from Rutherford College in Te Atatu, they had the first local single ever to go to No.1, their second single is a much covered New Zealand classic, they went on to be one of the biggest bands in Australia in the early 1970s and their guitarist is one of the most celebrated guitar players in the history of Australasian rock, winning Best Guitarist twice in Australia. They were … ?

A: The La De Da’s. The first No.1 was ‘Hey Baby’, the New Zealand classic is ‘How Is The Air Up There’. The guitarist is Kevin Borich.

10. Which Auckland singer/producer/studio owner based on Auckland’s North Shore mentored and recorded Lorde, The Checks, Finn Andrews (The Veils), The Mint Chicks, The Electric Confectionaires and Gin Wigmore in the first years of this century?

A: Richard “Rikki” Morris at his studios The Depot and The Bus in Devonport.

[This week’s quizmaster: Simon Grigg]


AudioCulture Quiz, June 14, 2021

1. Name the New Zealand saxophonist who was a regular at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London and in 1990 became the only local jazz performer to top the New Zealand charts?

A: Brian Smith topped the New Zealand charts with Moonlight Sax.

2. Which New Zealand song from the 1970s is about the writer’s infatuation for Hollywood great Henry Fonda?

A: ‘Yesterday Was Just the Beginning of My Life’ by Mark Williams
B: ‘L’amour est L’enfant de la liberté’ by the Rumour
C: ‘1905’ by Shona Laing

A: C – ‘1905’ by Shona Laing.

Buster Stiggs, Bones Hillman, Phil Judd - Photo by Murray Cammick

3. Which members of the Swingers played with early New Zealand punk band Suburban Reptiles?

A. Buster Stiggs
B. Bones Hillman
C. Phil Judd
D. The first two (Stiggs, Hillman)
E. All of the above

A: E – all of the above. Phil Judd produced ‘Saturday Night Stay at Home’ (written by Buster Stiggs) and played in the Suburban Reptiles as an invited guest.

4. Name the New Zealand artist who studied music in Dunedin and, after shifting north, maintained his musical career while working as a tour guide, radio journalist and eventually, public transport advocate.

A: Anthonie Tonnon

5. Name the stage production written in London by a rock’n’roll loving bodgie from Hamilton that finally made its New Zealand debut in 1978, with the cast including Zero (Clare Elliott) from Suburban Reptiles and future Warratahs vocalist Barry Saunders.

A: Richard O’Brien’s the Rocky Horror Show opened in Wellington’s State Opera House on 28 July 1978. Zero played Columbia, and by the end of the national run, Barry Saunders was on board as Rocky.

6. Name the Auckland-born musician who became famous as a child drummer in the 1950s and went on to play with Leo Sayer, Nat Adderley, and Dusty Springfield.

A: Frank Gibson Jr.

The Fourmyula.

7. Name the much-loved New Zealand song that was a hit twice – for The Fourmyula in 1970 and The Mutton Birds in 1992.

A: ‘Nature’, written by The Fourmyula’s Wayne Mason.

8. Which New Zealand song from the 1970s is about the writer dreaming of being in a band after seeing The Beatles as a child?

A: ‘When Jo Jo Runs’ by Craig Scott
B: ‘Saturday Night Stay at Home’ by Suburban Reptiles
C: ‘Good Morning Mr Rock N’ Roll’ by Headband

A: B – ‘Saturday Night Stay at Home’ by Suburban Reptiles, writer Buster Stiggs.

9. Name the Dunedin-born drummer and promoter who in the early 1990s toured the UK and Europe as drummer for the Jesus and Mary Chain.

A: Barry Blackler.

10. In 1969 a Christchurch-born bassist became the sole New Zealander to perform at Woodstock, and in 1972 he joined English rock group Uriah Heep, playing on four albums and touring with them during their most successful period. Name the bassist.

A: Gary Thain played Woodstock in 1969 with the Keef Hartley Band and joined Uriah Heep in 1972.

[This week’s quizmaster: AudioCulture’s Steven Shaw]


AudioCulture Quiz, June 8, 2021

1. What New Zealand act sang with Ronan Keating on his album Duet?

A. Adeaze

2. Which local group lost all their publishing royalties from their No.1 single to English band 10cc?

A. 3 The Hard Way

Phoenix Foundation, 2020. - Ebony Lamb

3. What UK TV show has featured appearances by both Nadia Reid and The Phoenix Foundation?

A. Later With Jools Holland

4. What chart-topping New Zealand band found their singer after seeing him perform on the TV show Good Morning?

A. L.A.B.

5. Which New Zealand pop star co-wrote one of the songs on John Legend’s US Top Five album, Love In The Future?

A. Kimbra

6. What movie did pop singer Stan Walker star in?

A. Mt Zion

7. The son of Suzanne Lynch from The Chicks was in what chart-topping local band?

A. Zed

8. Which New Zealand indie act appeared on Fat Boy Slim’s The Brighton Port Authority album?

A. Connan Mockasin

Smashproof with Rihanna, from left to right: Young Sid, Rihanna, Tyree, Deach, Ethical.

9. Which local hip hop act is shown in the above photo with Rihanna?

A. Smashproof

Ella Yelich-O'Connor (Lorde) and Louis at Devonstock - Auckland, 2010.  - Michael Cranna, speculator.co.nz

10. Name the young singer shown in the above photo.

A. Lorde

[This week’s quizmaster: Gareth Shute.]


AudioCulture Quiz, May 31, 2021

Ladi6, 2018.  - Garth Badger

1. Name the above solo artist’s first band

A: Ladi6 – Sheelaroc

2. What was the name of Broods’ frontwoman Georgia Knott’s all-female side project?

A: The Venus Project

3. Lani Purkis played in which punk band before joing Elemeno P?

A: Foamy Ed

Anna Coddington, 2020. - Publicity photo

4. Name this solo artist’s first band

A: Anna Coddington – Handsome Geoffrey

5. ‘You’re Welcome’ is a song written for the film Moana by Te Vaka’s Opetaia Foa’i. Who sang it?

A: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Ladyhawke. - Publicity photo

6. Name this solo artist’s first band

A: Ladyhawke – Two Lane Blacktop

7. What was the title of TrueBliss’s debut album?

A: Dream

8. Supergroove’s Karl Steven is a doctor of what subject?

A: Philosophy

9. Name this artist’s first band

A: Julia Deans – Banshee Reel

10. The Chicks’ first album was called The Sound Of The Chicks. What was their second album called?

A: Second Album

[This week’s quizmaster: Mark Roach, Recorded Music NZ.]


AudioCulture Quiz, May 24, 2021

1. In what 2018 Hollywood film did Marlon Williams play an up-and-coming country singer?

A: A Star is Born

2. Lorde’s song ‘Green Light’ won which local music award in 2017? 

A: The APRA Silver Scroll award

3. In 1997, the first Dimmer EP features a cover of a Canned Heat song. What is the song’s title? 

A: On the Road Again

4. Which member of Look Blue Go Purple was also in The 3Ds

A: Denise Roughan

5. At age 11, Kimbra appeared on a children’s television show with a segment on becoming a pop star. What was the television show? 

A: What Now?


6. Jonathan Bree and Scott Mannion formed which New Zealand record label in 2002? 

A: Lil’ Chief Records

7. Name three of the well-known musicians in Bic Runga’s backing band for her 2005 album, Birds

A: Any three of the following: Anna Coddington, Anika Moa, Neil Finn, Shayne P. Carter, Ben Maitland, Riki Gooch, Conrad Standish

8. Dons Savage of Dead Famous People was briefly part of which English dance-pop band in the early 1990s?

A: Saint Etienne

9. In 1990 there were two female winners of the Gold Guitar Awards. Who were the winners?

A: Kylie Harris and Camille Te Nahu

10. How many Māori Hi-Five bands were there? How was each band configuration identified?

A: Three. Each configuration in the 1960s was known as 1, 2, or 3, and had the Roman numeral of their configuration on their band blazers.

Blazer pocket of the Māori Hi-Five uniform.  - Lou Kewene-Doig collection

[This week’s quizmaster: Amanda Mills, music curator at the Hocken Library, Dunedin.]


AudioCulture Quiz, May 17, 2021

1. Before choosing music as his lifelong passion, Graham Brazier (Hello Sailor) had a serious chance for success in which sport?
a. Cricket
b. Rugby League
c. Football

A: b. Rugby League

2. Before they formed The Beths, all four original members were in which Auckland band?

A: Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes

3. Which New Zealand songwriter and producer has co-written songs with Taylor Swift, Khalid and Imagine Dragons?

A: Joel Little

4. Who had a global hit after their song was featured in Judd Apatow’s movie Knocked Up?

A: Savage

5. Who has set themself the goal of recording 10 albums in 10 different genres in 10 years?

A: Troy Kingi

6. L.A.B. was formed by two brothers. Which band were they in before?

A: Kora

7. Which singer/songwriter has also written cookbooks and owns a vegan store named Grater Goods?

A: Flip Grater

8. In the 1970s, Suzanne Lynch from The Chicks became the backing singer for which hugely popular UK artist?

A: Cat Stevens

9. Che Fu’s father is also a prominent musician – who is he?

A: Tigilau Ness

10. Patea Māori Club’s ‘Poi E’ received this year’s Classic Record Award at the Taite Music Prize ceremony on April 20. Who co-wrote the song with Dalvanius?

A: Ngoi Pēwhairangi

 [This week’s quizmaster: Renee Jones from AudioCulture, Auckland.]


AudioCulture Quiz, May 10, 2021

1. Name two of DJ Mu’s two most notable musical pre-Fat Freddy’s Drop projects.

A: Bongmaster, The Crackhead Experience, and Roots Foundation. 

2. Which British musician produced Shihad’s debut album Churn?

A: Jaz Coleman

3. With which Irish band did Julia Deans enter the public eye prior to success with Fur Patrol?

A: Banshee Reel

4. Which actor/comedian starred in the music video to The Phoenix Foundation’s 2015 track ‘Give Up Your Dreams’?

A: Bret McKenzie

5. Which Kiwi music legend performed guest backing vocals on country singer Al Hunter’s 1987 album Neon Cowboy?

A: Dave Dobbyn

6. Who were the four bands showcased on Flying Nun’s Dunedin Double EP?

A: The Chills, The Verlaines, Sneaky Feelings, The Stones

7. What connects Zed/ Feelers guitarist Andy Lynch with the late, great Scott Walker?

A: Andy Lynch’s father Bruce Lynch was a session musician on some of Scott Walker’s 1970s records

8. What was the name of Pluto’s 2001 debut album?

A: Red Light Syndrome

9. Which Christchurch group gave an early platform for Aldous Harding, Motte and Reb Fountain?

A: The Eastern

10. Which member of Straitjacket Fits previously logged time in Dunedin bands The Blue Meanies and The Orange?

A: Andrew Brough

 [This week’s quizmaster: Jeremy Taylor of Slowboat Records, Wellington.]