Alan Jansson Profile

aka Alan Jimson
Peter McLennan
20 Oct 2016

Alan Jansson’s track record in creating hit songs is undeniable. From The Body Electric to Sisters Underground to OMC to Aly Cook, for over 30 years Jansson has lent his considerable skills in crafting deeply memorable pop hooks to our musicians.

Jansson started out playing guitar with Wellington punk/new wave band The Steroids in the late 1970s. They had originally formed with five members, but he says they “made it a three piece, cos it was easier to manage and move around.” The band recorded three singles independently (one on Bunk Records, the other two on their own label distributed by CBS), and this gave Jansson his first taste of the studio.

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The Spines meet The Body Electric. Left to right: Alan Jansson, Wendy Calder, Garry Smith, Jon McLeary and Andy Drey
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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Broadcaster Manu Taylor and Alan Jansson at the APRA Silver Scroll awards, 1996
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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The Otara Millionaires Club, March 1994 - Pauly Fuemana, John 'Loose Coolin" Nansen (with cap), Paul Ave.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Auckland Library's Footprints
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Sisters Underground
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The Body Electric - Interior Exile
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Alan Jansson, The Steroids
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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The Body Electric with two members of The Spines. L to R: Andy Drey, Garry Smith, Wendy Calder (The Spines), Alan Jansson and Jon McLeary (The Spines). Taken as a promo shot for the joint Pulsing With Punch tour, Wendy Calder would replace Andy Drey in The Body Electric after the tour.
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The Steroids - Alan Jansson, Andy Drey, Robbie Holmes live at Wellington Town Hall, probably at the Wellington Zone concert, 1981
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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OMC - How Bizarre
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Alan Jansson in The Steroids
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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Alan Jansson and James Pinker in the Voxpop Studio, 1988
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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Body Electric: Wendy Calder, Garry Smith, Alan Jansson
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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OMC - Right On
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Sisters Underground
Photo credit: Photo by Greg Semu
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The Spines meet The Body Electric. Left to right: Jon McLeary, Wendy Calder, Alan Jansson, Andy Drey and Garry Smith.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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OMC - On The Run
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Alan Jansson and Pauly Fuemana with the award for Most Performed Work Overseas, 1996
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OMC feat Lucy Lawless - 4 All of Us
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Body Electric: Wendy Calder, Garry Smith, Alan Jansson
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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Body Electric: Alan Jansson, Wendy Calder and Garry Smith
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Sisters Underground - In The Neighbourhood
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The Steroids - Alan Jimson (Jansson), Andrew Drey, Robbie Holmes
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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The single sleeve of OMC's How Bizarre. Conceived and directed by Alan Jansson, it was laid out by Gideon Keith. The same sleeve was used around the world.
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Platinum discs for OMC's second single Right On - Alan Jansson, Simon Grigg, Pauly Fuemana, at Hotel D'Vin, 1996
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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Pauly Fuemana, Nathan Haines, Parnell, Auckland, October 1995
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Grigg
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Released in Europe, Asia, Canada and Australasia in late 1996, and the US in February 1997, OMC's album would go on to sell in excess of two million copies worldwide. The cover was designed by Richard Kingsford and photographed by Deborah Smith.
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Alan Jansson, The Steroids
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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The Body Electric - Pulsing
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The Steroids: Andy Drey, Alan Jansson and Robbie Holmes
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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OMC - Land Of Plenty
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Alan Jansson at home in his Uptown Studios
Photo credit: Photo by Michelle Hopkinson
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Sisters Underground and the Otara Millionaires Club, Big Day Out, Sydney, January 1995
Photo credit: Alan Jansson Collection
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Alan Jansson on the cover of In Touch magazine
Photo credit: Gary Steel collection
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OMC go to No.1 in NZ
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