The Exponents Profile

aka Dance Exponents, Amplifier
Russell Brown
22 May 2013

The South Island town of Timaru gets rough press sometimes, especially in matters of culture.

But consider this. Over the decades Timaru has delivered a series of iconic figures by whom we define ourselves: Pioneer aviator Richard Pearse; the mysterious, storied runner Jack Lovelock; and the poet who glimpsed what it might mean to be a New Zealander, Allen Curnow.

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1983
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Steve Cowan, Jordan Luck, Brian Jones, Michael “Harry” Harallambi, Dave Gent
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With Kerry Brown and Bruce Sheridan filming the Sink Like A Stone video
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I'll Say Goodbye (Even Though I'm Blue)
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1992 - Jordan, Dave, Brian, Harry
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
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Sex and Agriculture
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Dave Barraclough, Jordan Luck, Eddie Rayner, Harry, Dave Gent
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Dave Barraclough, Jordan Luck, Michael “Harry” Harallambi, Dave Gent - 1997
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Sink Like A Stone
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Victoria
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Poland (Live in Christchurch Town Hall 1982)
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Dave, Brian, Jordan, Harry - 1992
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
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Dave Gent - recording Expectations at Mandrill Studios 1984
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
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A very early Dance Exponents lineup: Martin Morris, Jordan Luck, Dave Gent, Brian Jones, Michael Harallambi, taken in 1982. Martin Morris briefly replaced Steve Cowan in the band before leaving himself. 
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Chris Sheehan, Russell Brown, Jordan Luck, Brian Jones - October 1983
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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House Of Love
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Why Does Love Do This To Me
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Russell Brown and Jordan Luck
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Jordan, Chris & Dave - recording Expectations at Mandrill Studios 1984
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
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Brian Jones relaxes - recording Expectations at Mandrill Studios 1984
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
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Michael “Harry” Harallambi, Jordan Luck, Chris Sheehan, Dave Gent, Brian Jones - 1984
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RipItUp November 1983
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Jordan Luck on Newsnight
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Still from the video shoot for Why Does Love - 1992
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The Exponents, 1994
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The Dance Exponents in 1985 - Chris Sheehan, Jordan Luck, Dave Gent, Brian Jones
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Mandrill Studios, with producer Dave Marett, 1983
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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With Dave Dobbyn, 1993
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The mid-1990s Exponents: Jordan Luck, Mike Harallambi, Dave Gent and Dave Barraclough
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A mid-1983 Dance Exponents shot, taken before Chris Sheehan joined the band
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Jordan, Dave and Brian with the 1984 Album of The Year award at the NZ Music Awards
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A 1985 CBS publicity shot for Amplifier: Chris Sheehan, Jordan Luck and Dave Gent
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The Dance Exponents debut album, Prayers Be Answered, released in 1983
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Jordan Luck
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Who Loves Who The Most
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The late Greg Carroll with Chris Sheehan, backstage Logan Campbell Centre. Carroll was later a roadie with U2 and was tragically killed in Dublin. U2 wrote 'One Tree Hill' for him.
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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La La Lulu (1995)
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Chris Sheehan - recording Expectations at Mandrill Studios 1984
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
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The renamed The Exponents' comeback album, Something Beginning With C, was a multi-platinum success in 1992
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Jordan Luck (with Harry behind) at Auckland's Gluepot on The Dance Exponents first visit to Auckland, mid-1982
Photo credit: Photo by Karen Stevens
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Jordan Luck's mother with Sharon O'Neill at the 1984 New Zealand Music Awards receiving Jordan's award for top male vocalist.
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Chris Sheehan, Brian Jones, Jordan Luck
Photo credit: Photo by Derek Henderson
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Mount Maunganui Soundshell
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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The Dance Exponents second album, Expectations, 1985
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Airway Spies
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Dave Barraclough at the 1996 NZ Music Awards
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Only I Could Die (And Love You Still)
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Dave Gent and somebody's motorbike - recording Expectations at Mandrill Studios 1984
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
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Like She Said
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RipItUp February 1992
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
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The Exponents, 1994
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Whatever Happened to Tracey
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Dance Exponents - Live at Mainstreet
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Brian Jones - recording Expectations at Mandrill Studios 1984
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
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A sight that was repeated over and over in the 1980s and the 1990s: The Dance Exponents get an award (this time in 1984). L to R: Brian Jones, Chris Sheehan, Dave Gent, Michael “Harry” Harallambi and Jordan Luck.
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The Exponents were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2015. The Hall of Fame is an initiative of Recorded Music NZ and the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), whose support of AudioCulture enables the site to stream music content. 
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Labels:

PolyGram


Mushroom Records


Zulu


Warner Music


Sony


Universal

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Members:

Jordan Luck - vocals

Dave Gent - bass

Brian Jones - guitar

Mike "Harry" Harallambi - drums

Eddie Olson - drums

Chris Sheehan - guitar

Steve Cowan - guitar

Dave Barraclough - guitar

Martin Morris - guitar

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Trivia:

During the recording of Expectations, the Coca-Cola machine at Mandrill Studios famously offered Steinlager as an option.

The title of Something Beginning With C emerged from an in-joke, which saw the band vow to make the initial letters of their first five albums spell "PEACE". Hence, Prayers Be Answered, Expectations, Amplifier and … Something Beginning With C.

In 1992, Luck's fellow Exponents struck a wager with him. If he could stop drinking alcohol for a year, they'd chip in and pay him $12,000. He won the bet.

In 2012, Jordan Luck was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music in the 2012 Queen's Birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours.

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