Lindsay Marks Profile

Chris Caddick
26 Jun 2016

In 1972 it looked as though Lindsay Marks had the musical world at his feet. Friends with Split Enz, he signed to the ultra-cool Vertigo label and gained national TV exposure. Managed by Robert Raymond and Barry Coburn, Marks performed gigs constantly, in clubs, on tours and at festivals, garnering fulsome praise from the critics. Here, as they say, is how he got there and what happened next.

Marks was born in Oamaru, but his parents moved to Mt Roskill in Auckland when he was just four. His first experience as a musician was as a flugelhorn player for the Mt Eden Municipal Brass Band and then the Mt Roskill Brass Band, with practice sessions held in a hall at the quarry at Three Kings. Scoring his first guitar at age 15 ignited his passion to be a full-time musician.

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The Adrenal Glandy Memorial Big Band live album from 1986 included performances by Don McGlashan, Rex Reason, Lindsay Marks and Derek Ward, all under pseudonyms 
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Son of The Sun, on the Down Under label, 1972
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Lindsay Marks' Three Point Turn 12" EP, issued on Ode in 1982. It had hand-screened covers by Lindsay.
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Lindsay Marks in the mid-1970s
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Lindsay Marks Vertigo album, released in 1973, recorded at Stebbing Studios in Auckland, produced by Bary Coburn with artwork by Kenneth Beatson. The photo was by Phillip Peacocke.
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Lindsay Marks' Brave Face (1982)
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Lindsay Marks' in the Sunday Sport after New Faces, 1972
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Lindsay Marks' receives a critics' rave from Phil Gifford in the Auckland Star, after supporting The New Seekers in 1972
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Suzuki TV ad written by Lindsay Marks and featuring Split Enz
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Lindsay Marks
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Lindsay Marks and Sam Benge, who perform as a duo
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Trivia:

Marks was often nick-named "Airlord" after one of the tracks on his album.

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Labels:

Ode


Vertigo


Downunder Records