Sunday, 24 September 2017

The Beagle Boys - In To Win
1983



Nothing to do with the Auckland Punks Proud Scum. This is Wellington band The Beagle Boys only release. I don't know any thing else about them.



Paddy Cook
Drums
Keith Jefferies
Bass
Paul O'Brien
Guitar/Vocals
Ricky Bevan
Guitar/Vocals
Colin Morris
Alto Sax

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single
 

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Wayne Mason - Rain From A Blue Sky
1979


Wayne Mason's story is well known. Former member of legendary New Zealand bands The Fourmyula, Rockinghorse and The Warratahs. Writer of the song Nature voted the best New Zealand song by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). This single is not so well known. It is his only solo release. It has never been reissued on CD. Rain From A Blue Sky was a Silver Scroll finalist. 


Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Noel McKay - Party Songs For Adults Only Vol.3
1960



Noel McKay was one New Zealand's first Drag Queens. He made a career singing "blue songs" (songs with adult lyrics). Originally from Oamaru he became a female impersonator in the early 1950's. By the 1960's he was a fixture in Auckland's cabaret scene as well as Sydney's King's Cross. 




Vinyl Discography
EP
Party Songs For Adults Only Vol. 1 Viking 1959
Party Songs For Adults Only Vol. 2 Viking 1960
Party Songs For Adults Only Vol. 3 Viking 1960
Party Songs For Adults Only Vol. 4 Viking 1960
Party Songs For Adults Only Vol. 5 Viking 1961
Albums
A Date With Noel McKay Viking 1960
Noel McKay In Person Viking 1961
That's Me All Over Viking 1961
Noel McKay's Party Song Book Viking 1961
The Fabulous Noel McKay Viking 1962
Bold And Blue Festival 1967

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single

Saturday, 12 August 2017

The Mirrors - The Park
1981


I don't know a lot about Auckland band The Mirrors. Only that they released two singles and featured Neville and Chris McCarthy who had played in The Inbetweens.


Phillip Smart
Drums
Neville McCarthy
Bass
Zak Martin
Vocals
Chris McCarthy
Guitar
Craig Bowen
Keyboards


Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Tonight CBS 1981
The Park CBS 1981

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single
 

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Farmyard - Learning 'bout Living
1970


This is Wellington band Farmyard's debut single. They were together for less than two years but in that time they released three singles and two albums.They were finalist in the 1971 Loxene Golden Disk Award with this song.


Farmyard
Tom Swainson
Drums
Paul Curtis
Bass
Bernard Lee
Vocals/Guitar
Milton Parker
Guitar
Andy Stevens
Saxophone



New Zealand Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Learning 'bout Living Polydor 1970
Nothing's Happening Here Polydor 1970
Which Way Confusion Pt 1 Polydor 1971
Albums
Farmyard Polydor 1970
Back To Fronting Polydor 1971

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Drone - The Land Of The Free
1986


The back cover has nothing printed on it. It is just  black.


This is Art band Drone's first single. They were formed from the ashes of Tauranga band Rome. Darryl Hocking and Daniel Newnham had both played in Rome and where attending Elam Art School at University of Auckland. Rosemary Whitehead also hailed from Tauranga. They released two singles and an album in New Zealand as well as an E.P. in the UK. Here's an excellent telling of the history of Drone.





Drone
Gareth Farr
Percussion
Daniel Newnham
Vocals/Bass
Darryl Hocking
Guitar
Rosemary Whitehead
Keyboards
I believe Daniel Newnham play the strings but I am not 100% sure. Please leave a comment if you know.

New Zealand Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Land Of The Free 1986
Cavern DDR 1989
Albums
Drone DDR 1989

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Tama - Working At The Workshop
1989


I know very little about Tama. Except they were originally called The Tama Band. Tama Renata  co-produced, arranged, wrote, sung, played guitar, bass and piano on this record. They release an album and two singles.


Tama
Lance Bently
Drums
Craig Bowen
Keyboards
Tama Renata
Vocals/Guitar/Bass/Piano


Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Runnin' And Hidin' Maui 1983
Working At The Workshop Te Aroha 1989
Albums
Workshop Te Aroha 1989

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single
 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Ragnarok - Fenris
1975


This is Progressive Rock band Ragnarok's first single. Although they were formed in Auckland in 1974 three of their members, Mark and Andre Jayet and Ramon York originally came from Christchurch. Ragnarok built up at following playing Radio Hauraki's Buck A Head concerts and with a residency at Granny's. They also toured New Zealand extensively. All the members of the band sang. Lead Vocalist Lea Maalfrid was also a very talented songwriter. She wrote both sides of this single. Lea Maalfrid left the band at the end of 1975 after the release of their first album. The rest of the band released a second album and carried on gigging until 1977.



Ragnrok
Andre Jayet
Drums/Synthesiser/Vocals
Ross Muir
Bass/Synthesiser/Vocals
Ramon York
Synthesized Guitar/Vocals
Mark JayetSteve Lunn
Percussion/Vocals
Lea Maalfrid
Vocals



Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Fenris Revolution 1975
Cavier Queen Revolution 1975
Five New Years Polydor 1976
Albums
Ragnarok Revolution 1975
Nooks Polydor 1976

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Tigers - Red Dress
1980


This is Wellington Power Pop band Tigers' first single. They contain three future members of Country band The Warratahs, bassist Nick Theobald, guitarist Barry Saunders, and drummer Mike Knapp. After this single was released another future Warratah and ex-Fourmula member Wayne Mason joined them on keyboards.  But the Tigers sounded nothing like The Warratahs they were a Pop band. After touring extensively around New Zealand and releasing three singles the band moved to Australia.  They released a further two singles and an album in Australia before breaking up.


Mike Knapp
Drums
Nick Theobald
Bass
Barry Saunders
Vocals/Guitar
Steve Lunn
Guitar


New Zealand Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Red Dress EMI 1980
All Night EMI 1980
Heart Don't Stop EMI 1980

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single
 

Monday, 8 May 2017

Dave Miller Set Mr. Guy Fawkes
1969




This is the fourth single by the Dave Miller Set. The Set had grown out of Christchurch band Dave Miller And The Byrds. The band divided its time between New Zealand and Australia. With a large following in both countries. They released a total of six singles all on the Australian label Spin Records. When the managing director of Spin heard this single he labeled it "the worst load of rubbish the company had been involved in". It was only released because it had already been pressed. It was a hit, peaking at number two in the Australia charts.

Ray Mulholland
Drums
Leith Corbett
Bass
Dave Miller
Vocals
John Robinson
Guitar


Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Why? Why? Why? Spin 1967
Hope Spin 1968
Let's Get Together Spin 1968
Mr. Guy Fawkes Spin 1969
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? Spin 1970
Reflections Of A Pioneer Spin 1970
EP
Dave Miller Set Spin 1968
Mr. Guy Fawkes Spin 1969
Albums
Reflections Of A Pioneer Spin 1971


Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single