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

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
 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

The Techtones - That Girl
1980



This is Auckland Power Pop band The Techtones first single. They emerged from the the ashes of Auckland Punk band  Sheerlux. They released an album as well as three singles. Their album T.T.23 moved away from  Power Pop sound of That Girl to a more lofi sound. It was co-produced by Flying Nun's Doug Hood.




Chris Burt
Drums
Peter Solomon
Bass
Jimmy Juricevick
Guitar/Vocals
Steve Roach
Guitar


Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
That Girl Propeller 1980
State Of Mind CBS 1981
T.T.23 Ripper 1981
Albums
T.T.23 Ripper 1981

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single
 

Monday, 10 April 2017

Scarf - Roseanne
1991


Despite this single reaching number 12 in the New Zealand charts and staying in the Top 40 for eight weeks. This was Scarf's only release. It did feature on the compilation Aotearoa Stand Strong '91. I know nothing else about them. If you have any info about them please leave a comment or email me. Thanks.


Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single
 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The Totals - Total Man
1980

This label was signed by the band.

I know nothing about The Totals except that this was their only release. I believe they were Auckland based. If  you know anything about them please leave a comment or email, thanks. 


Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single
Some surface noise.
 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Hayden Wood - It's Alright
1970


This is Hayden Wood's third New Zealand released single. He was born Anthony Jones, but after moving to Sydney Australia in the mid 1960's he used the stage name Tony Summers. His band Tony Summers & The Echoes recorded for Spin Records and supported The Rolling Stones on their Australian tour in early 1966. By 1968 he was in Britain, signed to Nems Records and known as Hayden Wood. He was the first person to cover an Elton John / Bernie Taupin song (his first single Sixty Years On). Greatest Discovery the B-Side of  It's Alright is also an Elton John/Bernie Taupin song. This single was recorded on a trip back to New Zealand in 1970.




NZ Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Sixty Years On CBS 1970
Ballad Of A Well Known Gun CBS 1970
It's Alright Philips 1970
That's A Might Road DJM 1972
Mighty Road Philips 1973
I Don't Want To Lose You Cherokee 1974
Drinking My Moonshine Cherokee 1974
Sixty Years On Polydor 1974
Can't See Nobody Cherokee 1976
Meet Me By The Water RCA 1981
Albums
Out Of The Wood CBS 1970

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Pelicans - Everybody Says
1984


As far as I know this was not released in a picture sleeve.

Everybody Says was the only single by Wellington band The Pelicans. Who featured several Wellington legions including Bill Lake, Stephen Jessup and future Radio New Zealand National music reviewer Nick Bollinger.  Bill Lake, an expat Australian who left Australia to avoid the draft during the Vietnam war had played in Mammal.  Nick Bollinger had played bass in Rough Justice. Both went on to play in The Windy City Strugglers and The Living Daylights together. Stephen Jessup had played in Rough Justice, and The Hulamen and would later play in The Tombolas  and The Holidaymakers.



Andrew Cross
Drums
Nick Bollinger
Bass
Stephen Jessup
Guitar/Vocals
Bill Lake
Vocals/Guitar
Brian Brown-Sharpe
Tenor Sax
Tim Nees
Alto Sax
David Armstrong
Trumpet
Simon Lewis
Trumpet



Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Everybody Says Eelman 1984
Albums
Eight Duck Treasure Eelman 1983
Krazy Legs Eelman 1984

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single