The Fourmyula Profile

aka Pipp, In-Sect
Nick Bollinger
22 Jul 2013

Between 1968 and 1971 when they disbanded, The Fourmyula had a string of hits unmatched by any other New Zealand group.

They bucked the tradition of local bands covering overseas songs, insisting on recording their own material. One of these originals, ‘Nature’, composed by pianist/guitarist Wayne Mason, gave the group a No.1 hit and went on to be covered by numerous artists over the following decades – including a second hit version in 1993 by The Mutton Birds – eventually being voted the nation’s best song of the past 75 years in the 2001 APRA poll.

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Chris Parry, in Kaikoura with The Fourmyula, Spring 1969
Carl Evensen and Wayne Mason with fans, Lower Hutt, 1969
Photo credit: Photo by Revelle Jackson. Upper Hutt City Library [P1-3444-5834]
Martin Hope
Photo credit: Photo by Revelle Jackson. Upper Hutt City Library [P1-3444-5834]
In-Sect, one of several pre-Fourmyula bands, 1966. At the rear on the guitar is Frankie Stevens.
Photo credit: Mark Nicolle collection
Bubbles for the Fourmyula on board the 'Fairsky', December 1969-January 1970. From left, Ali Richardson, Martin Hope, Chris Parry, roadie Jim Pilcher, Carl Evensen, Wayne Mason 
Alice Is There
Join The Fourmyula Fan Club, 1967: Martin Hope, Ali Richardson, Wayne Mason, Chris Parry
The Fourmyula stand beside the Hutt River
Martin Hope (front) and Chris Parry of The Fourmyula, late 1969
The Fourmyula, 1967
The Fourmyula, Lower Hutt 1969
Photo credit: Photo by Revelle Jackson. Upper Hutt City Library [P1-3444-5834]
The Fourmyula leave Wellington, 1969
2013 UK compilation of The Fourmyula
The Fourmyula playing (and about to win) the Wellington Battle of the Sounds, 1968
Fourmyula in fancy dress on the Fairsky: Carl Evensen, Martin Hope, Wayne Mason
Turn Your Back On The Wind
"Buy Fourmyula Records". Outside a record store in Upper Hutt, 1969.
Photo credit: Photo by Revelle Jackson. Upper Hutt City Library [P1-3444-5834]
The Fourmyula, 1969
The Fourmyula in the UK, 1969
Album cover outtake 1969
Photo credit: Photo by Sal Criscillo
The Fourmyula, 1967
Wayne Mason with his 1970 APRA Silver Scroll for Nature
1970 Pipp single sleeve
The 1968 debut album, Fourmyula, with a period cover designed by Barry Clothier and Lyn Berquist
Chris Parry in 1969
Photo credit: Photo by Revelle Jackson. Upper Hutt City Library [P1-3444-5834]
Four Hits EP, 1969
The Fourmyula in the Rugby Gym, Upper Hutt, 1968: Ali Richardson, Chris Parry, Carl Evensen, Martin Hope and Wayne Mason
Alive: recorded at the Wellington Town Hall in 1970; Shane fronts the band on three tracks.
In-Sect in Upper Hutt circa 1965: Wayne Mason, Martin Hope, Chris Parry and Cass Gascoigne
Photo credit: Martin Hope collection
The Fourmyula in August 1969 on board Castel Felice returning to New Zealand from London. L to r: Wayne Mason, Ali Richardson, Carl Evensen, Chris Parry and Martin Hope.
Photo credit: Perry Lennon collection
Lew Pryme ponders The Fourmyula's big problem
Carl Evensen, in Kaikoura with The Fourmyula, Spring 1969
Record displays, 1969 style in a Hutt Valley store
Photo credit: Photo by Revelle Jackson. Upper Hutt City Library
The cover of the band's second album, Green B Holiday, from 1969, featuring their 1949 Commer truck
In-Sect, 1966 - Martin Hope, Wayne Mason, Ron Gascoigne and Chris Parry. Within a few months they would be The Fourmyula.
Early footage of Sinewaves and The Fourmyula in Upper Hutt
The Fourmyula's reunion gig, 2010
Photo credit: Andrew Schmidt Collection
Carl Evensen
Photo credit: Photo by Revelle Jackson. Upper Hutt City Library [P1-3444-5834]
The Fourmyula - short interview and live performance of 'Nature' (2010)
The Complete Singles As & Bs: a compilation of every Fourmyula single, released in 2010
Ali Richardson of The Fourmyula, in Kaikoura at the start of a South Island tour, Spring 1969
Wayne Mason, Chris Parry, Ali Richardson, Martin Hope, 1967
The Fourmyula, 1968
The Fourmyula outside their flat at Willesden Green, London NW10, late 1970
Shane Hales, The Fourmyula's Carl Evensen & Martin Hope, and Bruce 'Phantom' Robinson in London in February 1971. Taken outside The Fourmyula's flat in NW10, where Phantom and Shane were staying after their arrival in the UK on the cruise ship The Ellinis.
Photo credit: Shane Hales collection
Wayne Mason, one a series of Fourmyula portraits taken in 1969 in Upper Hutt
Photo credit: Photo by Revelle Jackson. Upper Hutt City Library [P1-3444-5834]
Wayne Mason of the Fourmyula, a day off at Lake Reserve in the Wairarapa, late 1969
After hours on the Fairsky, the Fourmyula mingle with other passengers. The band is, from left: Martin Hope, Carl Evensen, roadie Jim Pilcher, Ali Richardson, and Chris Parry. Wayne Mason is absent; the camera-shy man on the far right is unidentified
Turn Your Back On The Wind: Recorded in London in 1970 but not released until 2010
The Fourmyula, 1967: Chris Parry, Wayne Mason, Ali Richardson and Martin Hope
Ali Richardson
Photo credit: Photo by Revelle Jackson. Upper Hutt City Library [P1-3444-5834]
Turn Your Back On The Wind - live in 2010
The 1969 album, Creation
The secretary of the Fourmyula Fan Club, Diane Mackenzie, with silver disc awarded for sales in excess of 10,000 copies of the song "Nature". Photograph taken 6 February 1970 by an Evening Post staff photographer.
Members:

Carl Evensen - vocals

Martin Hope - guitar

Wayne Mason - keyboards

Chris Parry - drums

Alistair Richardson - bass

Trivia:

In 2013 UK label RPM issued a collection of 21 remastered Fourmyula tracks

In 1968 The Fourmyula featured in an NZBC show Has Religion A Place In The World? thus becoming the first New Zealand pop act to appear in a religious show.

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EMI

The Fourmyula was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2010. 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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