Blair Parkes Profile

Amanda Mills
29 Aug 2018

Blair Parkes is a dark horse. A Christchurch multi-instrumentalist, a multi-media visual artist, and a lover of the cassette medium, he’s released 38 singles, albums and EPs in 31 years with more forthcoming.

His first taste of professional musicianship was with his high school band All Fall Down, which was signed to Flying Nun before splitting in 1987. Despite being a prolific musician with a deft number in melody and sonic textures, he doesn’t consider himself central to the Christchurch music scene.

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Creeley - Grunty Falcon (1994)
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Three Creeley tapes.
Photo credit: Blair Parkes collection
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All Fall Down - Black Grattan (1987)
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All Fall Down photographed in a tree: their gig at the Gladstone hotel featured in Christchurch newspaper The Press.
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Blair Parkes - Don't Worry Baby
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Michael Higgins interviews Blair Parkes from All Fall Down, Rip It Up, October 1987.
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Saturations - Kittens (2011)
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The L.E.D.s - Rumba (2006)
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Blair Parkes and Cardigan Bay - Little Rapids album art.
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Blue Twister (2017).
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Cardigan Bay - Darkroom comp.
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All Fall Down arrive in Sandringham, 1987. L to R: driver, Blair Parkes, Bert Aldridge (obscured), Esther McNaughton, Richard James, Stephen MacIntyre.
Photo credit: Blair Parkes collection
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Scooter.
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Swim Everything cassette cover.
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Shopping Trolley.
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Thomas:Parkes Tiger photo, Palmerston 2005. L to R: Marcus Thomas, Blair Parkes.
Photo credit: Blair Parkes collection
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Album art from Blair Parkes - Always Running (2018).
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New Hope Three 2017
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Bridle Path - David Haywood and Blair Parkes.
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Blair Parkes - Cardigan Bay (2016).
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The L.E.D.s - We Are The L.E.D.s
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Newspaper ad for AXEMEN and All Fall Down at the Star and Garter.
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Cover art to Saturations: Schips.
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All Fall Down video shoot, Addington.
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Blair Parkes and Cardigan Bay, live at Sumner, Christchurch. Left to right: Luke Sole, Blair Parkes, Ryan Chin, Ben Baird.
Photo credit: Blair Parkes collection
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All Fall Down recording at Nightshift, 1985. Engineer Arnie Van Bussell with Blair Parkes, Campbell Taylor, Stephen Tod.
Photo credit: Blair Parkes collection
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Condensations - Birds.
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Canterbury earthquake damage.
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Blair Parkes - Run Electro
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Saturations - Superphased (2012)
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Blair Parkes in 2018.
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Cover to All Fall Down - My Brand New Wallpaper Coat.
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Saturations - Black Circles front cover.
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Saturations - Inside.
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All Fall Down recording session, 1985. L to R: Damian Zelas, Blair Parkes, Campbell Taylor, Esther McNaughton, Brett Lupton.
Photo credit: Blair Parkes collection
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LEDs.
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Blair Parkes, 2016.
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Range - Who's That Girl? (1999)
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Blair Parkes singing with the LEDs, Mighty Mighty, Wellington.
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Chimney Book - short film by Blair Parkes (2011)
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The Letter 5 - Now You Are Here (Flying Nun, 1992)
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All Fall Down rehearsing in 1985. L to R: Esther McNaughton, Blair Parkes, Brett Lupton, Campbell Taylor.
Photo credit: Blair Parkes collection
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