Tall Dwarfs Profile

Michael Higgins
17 Sep 2013

The Tall Dwarfs are Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate. It’s a partnership and a friendship that formed and was honed in The Enemy and Toy Love, and has endured for more than three decades.

As Tall Dwarfs they redefined both their approach to making music, and their careers from the ground up – and across seven EPs and seven albums of “fuzzy, noisy songs” they have created a body of work entirely on their own terms.  

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Tall Dwarfs, early 1980s
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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Gluey Gluey
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Nothing's Going To Happen
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Tall Dwarf's 1985 album That's The Short And The Long Of It. Side one plays at 45rpm, side two at 33 1/3rpm.
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A 1998 Tall Dwarfs publicity shot.
Photo credit: Photo by Jono Rotman
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95 bFM Extended Play: Tall Dwarfs - Alec Bathgate
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The Auckland launch for Chris Knox's Jesus On A Stick comic - Tall Dwarfs, Headless Chickens and Goblin Mix, June 19, 1986
Photo credit: Graeme Hill collection
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The origins of Tall Dwarfs as told in the insert to the 1981 debut EP
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Tall Dwarfs around 1981, venue unknown but likely Auckland's Windsor Castle
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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An interesting publicity shot, 1997
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Advert for Louis Likes His Daily Dip, 1982
Photo credit: Photo by Barbara Boodle
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The Slide
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Phil's Disease Day Four
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Tall Dwarfs, 1983
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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Fragile
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Tall Dwarfs at Wellington's Carpark, June 1990
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The Brain That Wouldn't Die
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Tall Dwarfs and Snapper at the Oriental, July 1987
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Crush - Live at the Windsor Castle, Auckland, 9 April 1985 (GreenEyedOwl Collection)
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Crush - Live at the Gluepot, Auckland, 26 January 1991 (Bob Sutton Collection)
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Phil's Disease Day One
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Tall Dwarfs, 1981
Photo credit: Photo by Barbara Ward
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A wry hand drawn Chris Knox comment on Strawpeople's cover of the duo's The Slide, 1992
Photo credit: Revor Reekie collection
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Insert from That's The Short And The Long Of It, 1985
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Alec Bathgate and Chris Knox
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Fork Songs
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Turning Brown And Torn In Two
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Members:

Chris Knox - vocals, clavinet, guitar, percussion, keyboards, bass

Alec Bathgate - guitar, organ, bass

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