The Exponents

aka Dance Exponents, Amplifier


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.

Jordan Luck
Dave Gent - recording Expectations at Mandrill Studios 1984
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
Chris Sheehan - recording Expectations at Mandrill Studios 1984
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
A mid-1983 Dance Exponents shot, taken before Chris Sheehan joined the band
Rip It Up February 1992
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
The mid-1990s Exponents: Jordan Luck, Mike Harallambi, Dave Gent and Dave Barraclough
Like She Said
The Exponents, 1994
Sex and Agriculture
Mandrill Studios, with producer Dave Marett, 1983
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
With Kerry Brown and Bruce Sheridan filming the Sink Like A Stone video
The Exponents, 1994
Why Does Love Do This To Me
Dave Barraclough at the 1996 NZ Music Awards
Who Loves Who The Most
Dave Barraclough, Jordan Luck, Michael “Harry” Harallambi, Dave Gent - 1997
I'll Say Goodbye (Even Though I'm Blue)
House Of Love
Rip It Up November 1983
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. 
The renamed The Exponents' comeback album, Something Beginning With C, was a multi-platinum success in 1992
Jordan Luck's mother with Sharon O'Neill at the 1984 New Zealand Music Awards receiving Jordan's award for top male vocalist.
Chris Sheehan, Brian Jones, Jordan Luck
Photo credit: Photo by Derek Henderson
Sink Like A Stone
Mount Maunganui Soundshell
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Victoria
Poland (Live in Christchurch Town Hall 1982)
Still from the video shoot for Why Does Love - 1992
DD Smash, Dance Exponents, and Daggy & the Dickheads - a triple bill in the key of D, Mainstreet Cabaret, Auckland, 21 October 1982 
Photo credit: Auckland Star
Only I Could Die (And Love You Still)
1992 - Jordan, Dave, Brian, Harry
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
Russell Brown and Jordan Luck
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Brian Jones relaxes - recording Expectations at Mandrill Studios 1984
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
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.
Dave Barraclough, Jordan Luck, Eddie Rayner, Harry, Dave Gent
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
Chris Sheehan, Russell Brown, Jordan Luck, Brian Jones - October 1983
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Jordan, Chris & Dave - recording Expectations at Mandrill Studios 1984
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
With Dave Dobbyn, 1993
La La Lulu (1995)
Steve Cowan, Jordan Luck, Brian Jones, Michael “Harry” Harallambi, Dave Gent
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
Dave Gent and somebody's motorbike - recording Expectations at Mandrill Studios 1984
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
Airway Spies
The Dance Exponents debut album, Prayers Be Answered, released in 1983
Jordan, Dave and Brian with the 1984 Album of The Year award at the NZ Music Awards
Brian Jones - recording Expectations at Mandrill Studios 1984
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
1983
The Dance Exponents second album, Expectations, 1985
Whatever Happened to Tracey
Jordan Luck on Newsnight
Dance Exponents - Live at Mainstreet
Dave, Brian, Jordan, Harry - 1992
Photo credit: Photo by Kerry Brown
A 1985 CBS publicity shot for Amplifier: Chris Sheehan, Jordan Luck and Dave Gent
The Dance Exponents in 1985 - Chris Sheehan, Jordan Luck, Dave Gent, Brian Jones
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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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.

Members:

Jordan Luck - vocals

Dave Gent - bass

Brian Jones - guitar

Mike "Harry" Harallambi - drums

Eddie Olsen - drums

Chris Sheehan - guitar

Steve Cowan - guitar

Dave Barraclough - guitar

Martin Morris - guitar

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