Tall Dwarfs

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.  

Alec Bathgate and Chris Knox
The origins of Tall Dwarfs as told in the insert to the 1981 debut EP
Gluey Gluey
The Brain That Wouldn't Die
Crush - Live at the Windsor Castle, Auckland, 9 April 1985 (GreenEyedOwl Collection)
Phil's Disease Day Four
Tall Dwarfs, early 1980s
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Insert from That's The Short And The Long Of It, 1985
Tall Dwarfs and Snapper at the Oriental, July 1987
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
Phil's Disease Day One
An interesting publicity shot, 1997
Unravelled: 1981–2002, Tall Dwarfs' 2022 retrospective collection on the US Merge label.
Nothing's Going To Happen
A wry hand drawn Chris Knox comment on Strawpeople's cover of the duo's The Slide, 1992
Photo credit: Revor Reekie collection
A 1998 Tall Dwarfs publicity shot.
Photo credit: Photo by Jono Rotman
The Slide
Tall Dwarfs around 1981, venue unknown but likely Auckland's Windsor Castle
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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.
Tall Dwarfs, 1983
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Tall Dwarfs, 1981
Photo credit: Photo by Barbara Ward
Tall Dwarfs at Wellington's Carpark, June 1990
Turning Brown And Torn In Two
95 bFM Extended Play: Tall Dwarfs - Alec Bathgate
Fork Songs
Advert for Louis Likes His Daily Dip, 1982
Photo credit: Photo by Barbara Boodle
Crush - Live at the Gluepot, Auckland, 26 January 1991 (Bob Sutton Collection)

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

Alec Bathgate - guitar, organ, bass

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