Sunday, 13 May 2018

M.C.O.J And Rhythm Slave - That's The Way (Positivity)
1990



This is M.C.O.J And Rhythm Slave's first release. It reached No.12 on the New Zealand singles charts. M.C.O.J And Rhythm Slave supported De La Soul and M.C. Hammer on their New Zealand tours in the early 1990s. M.C. O.J. was Otis Frizzel a graffiti Artist and son of Dick Frizzell. He met Californian born Mark James Williams (Rhythm Slave) while in high school. They both went on to play in Joint Force. Otis is now the owner of Lucky Taco food truck company and Mark James Williams is a filmmaker and touring DJ for Fat Freddy’s Drop




New Zealand Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
That's The Way (Positivity) Southside 1990
Body Rhymes (Protect Yourself) Southside 1991
Money Worries Southside 1991
Joined At The Hip-Hop 12" Southside 1992
Albums
What Can We Say Southside 1991

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Katango - Pop Boys
1984



This is Auckland Synth-Pop band Katango's first release. Along with Car Crash Set they were one of the first bands in New Zealand to play live without guitars, bass or real drums. They were formed by two ex-pat Brits Paul Eversden and Carl Robinson. Originally called The Entebbe Rebels. They built a following playing underage venues and appearing on the teen music show Shazam! In 1984 they won the Shure Golden Microphone Best New Band competition. They also supported Nik Kershaw on his New Zealand tour. Both their singles had Pick It Up as the B-Side. It was remixed by Dave McArtney for the second single.





Carl Robinson
Synthesiser
Steven Glaister
Synthesiser
Andrew Milne
Synthesiser
Paul Eversden
Vocals

New Zealand Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Pop Boys Zulu 1984
Dial L For Love Zulu 1985

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single
Katango - Pop Boys.mp3

Sunday, 15 April 2018

The Simple Image - Ulla
1969



This is Wellington band The Simple Image's sixth single. Three of their previous releases made the New Zealand top 10. Their second release Spinning Spinning Spinning reached number one for two weeks. Ulla failed to chart. They released a total of eight singles, one E.P. and one album in New Zealand as well as two singles in Australia and one in Britain.

Allan Gordon
Drums
Ron Gascoigne
Bass
Harry Leki
Guitar
Barry Leef
Guitar/Vocals
Bruce Walker
Keyboards


New Zealand Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Two Kinds Of Lovers HMV 1968
Spinning, Spinning, Spinning HMV 1968
The Little Bell That Cried HMV 1968
Hold Me Tight HMV 1968
The Grooviest Girl In The World HMV 1969
Ulla HMV 1969
Michael And The Golden Slipper Tree HMV 1969
Goodbye Birds Columbia 1971
EPs
Four Hits From The Simple Image HMV 1969
Albums
Spinning, Spinning, Spinning HMV 1968

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single

Friday, 30 March 2018

Blasé - Just Like The Old Days
1984



This is Auckland band Blasé's second and final single. Both their singles were produced by former Gremlins singer Glyn Tucker. Bass player and songwriter Mark Loveys went on to form Satellite Spies when Blasé called it a day. 



Tony Bouwmeester
Drums
Mark Loveys
Bass/Vocals
Andy Cochrane
Guitar
Michael Bouwmeester
Keyboards


Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Soild Rock Reaction 1984
Just like the Old Days Reaction 1984

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single
 

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Shot In The Dark - Fine Line
1985



This is Shot In The Dark's only release. It was made with the help of a Arts Council grant. It was produced by ex-Ray Columbus and the Invaders, Max Merritt and The Meteors and Headband bass player Billy Kristian

 Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single
 

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Ray Columbus - Tell Me You Do
1972



Ray Columbus is a New Zealand icon. A towering figure in the history of New Zealand music. But this single is one of his more obscure releases. It's not even listed in his discography on Audio Culture. Both songs are from the album Jangles, Spangles and Banners. It has never been released on CD and is not available (as far as I can tell) to download or to stream.

Solo New Zealand Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
We Want A Beat Impact 1966
I Need You Impact 1966
There's No Roon In The In Crowd Impact 1967
For Loving You Baby Impact 1968
Happy In A Sad Kind Of Way Polydor 1968
Los Angeles Polydor 1968
Hold Me Polydor 1969
Wendy, Where Are You? Polydor 1969
Travelling, Singing Man! Polydor 1970
People Are People RCA 1970
Good Friend Of Mary's RCA 1971
Where Is The Y In Love RCA 1971
Come-Back-A-Rocker RCA 1971
Tell Me You Do Family 1972
I'm Good For You Family 1973
Computer Dater Family 1973
Singing The Blues Family 1974
Rock Around The Clock RCA 1976
Bird Dog RCA 1976
I Want To Be A Singer RCA 1976
Summer Madness RCA 1979
Albums
The Ray Columbus Album Impact 1966
Hit Tracks Polydor 1969
Jangles, Spangles & Banners Family 1972
His 14 Greatest Hits Family 1974
Happy Birthday Rock 'N' Roll RCA 1976

There Is Some Surface Noise
Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Otis Mace And Rex Reason - Mecca
1981



This is the first single from Auckland singer songwriters Otis Mace and Rex Reason. Otis Mace has had a long and varied musical career in New Zealand and overseas. He been the support act for Attilla The Stockbroker, Billy Bragg and The Violent Femmes among others. 



Don McGlashan
Percussion
Rex Reason
Bass
Otis Mace
Guitar/Vocals
Kate Walsh
Violin
Lena Days
Backing Vocals

New Zealand Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Mecca Ripper 1981
EPs
Heavy Petting Ode 1986
Little Critters Ode 1987

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Stilletto - Go Back
1979


This is Pop Rock band Stilletto's only release. Yet another obscure band I know very little about. I believe they were from Wellington as the single is recorded at Marmalade Studio in Wellington and  the A-Side is produced by Wellington based Radio New Zealand National's film review Simon Morris who had previously played in Tigers and Tamburlaine. The B-side Pennies On The Walkway is a lost Pop gem. If you have any information on Stilletto please leave a comment.


John Gray
Drums
Mark Page
Bass
Johnny Bachelor
Guitar
Dave McLean
Guitar
Paul Andrews
Vocals

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single


Sunday, 7 January 2018

The Supersonics - Perfidia
1960


This is Wellington instrument group The Supersonics second single. Originally called The Mana Quintet, they also released one single as The Tubes which featured singer Bas Tubert. They usually played cover versions of the hits of the day, mainly instruments. Perfidia is a well covered Mexican tune.



Jim McNaught
Drums
Richard Cooper
Double Bass
Phil Campbell
Guitar
Bob Southee
Guitar
Barry Walden
Guitar/Piano
Pat Southee
Piano


Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Walk Don't Run HMV 1960
Perfidia HMV 1960
The Huhu Bug* HMV 1960
The Frightened City HMV 1961
* Released as The Tubes

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single
 

Monday, 1 January 2018

Top Twenty For 2017

Every year round this time I post the top twenty singles. The first list is the top twenty downloaded singles taking into account how long the track has been posted as well as total downloads, as the older ones naturally have more downloads. The second list is the top twenty most downloaded tracks based solely on the number of downloads. The third is the Top twenty of  tracks posted in 2017. The last list is the top 10 visitors to the web site by country.

All Time Top Twenty

1.   Spines Its All Inane 1982
2.   Cheek Ta Cheek Colonial Reggae 1986
3.   Dark Harbour Crossfire 1989
4.   Rockinghorse Oh! Marimba Go! 1975
5.   Soul On Ice Summer Love 1987
6.   Steroilds Shadows 1981
7.   Flight X-7 Don't Get Too Close 1980
8.   Sheerlux Lonely Hearts 1979
9.   ? Fog Fatman With A Big Dork 1985
10.  Techtones That Girl 1980
11.  Greg Clark & Mike Chunn I 'm So Up 1980
12.  The Mirrors  The Park 1981
13.  Murray Grindley  Don't Look Back 1977
14.  I am Joe's Music The Way You Get Your Way 1982
15.  Ragnarok Fenris 1975
16.  The Challenge  Gone! Gone! Gone! 1969
17.  The Totals Total Man 1980
18.  Bon Marche So This Is Love 1979
19.  Smelly Feet Master Pieces 1981
20.  The Bongos Monotony 1982

Not one track from the 1960's or 1990's.
Top Twenty Downloads 
 
1.  Dark Harbour Crossfire 1989
2.  Soul On Ice Summer Love 1987
3.  Sheerlux Lonely Hearts 1979
4.  ? Fog Fatman With A Big Dork 1985
5.  Murray Grindley  Don't Look Back 1977
6.  Steroilds Shadows 1981
7.  Spines Its All Inane 1982
8.  Steroilds A Sign Of The Times 1981
9.  Cheek ta Cheek Colonial Reggae 1986
10.  The Bongos Monotony 1982
11.  Shoes This High Noise One 1981
12.  ? Fog Move Your Brain 1985
13.  Greg Clark & Mike Chunn I 'm So Up 1980
14.  The Knobz I Like It 1980
15.  Spaces Got Me At A Disadvantage 1981
16.  Feast Of Frogs Snob 1983
17.  Rockinghorse Oh! Marimba Go! 1975
18.  The Avengers I Wouldn't Do That 1969
19.  The Challenge  Gone! Gone! Gone! 1969
20.  Red Adair Rome 1988


Top Twenty For 2017

1.   Rockinghorse Oh! Marimba Go! 1975
2.   Flight X-7 Don't Get Too Close 1980
3.   Techtones That Girl 1980
4.   The Mirrors  The Park 1981
5.   The Totals Total Man 1980
6.   Ragnarok Fenris 1975
7.   Techtones Silencer 1980
9.   Tigers Red Dress 1980
8.  Ragnarok Fire In The Sky 1975
10.  World Gone Wild Shy Shy Jenny 1990
11.  Wayne Mason  Rain From A Blue Sky 1979
12.  Grey Parade  Am I The One 1985
13.  Grey Parade  Call To Trees 1985
14.  The Pelicans  Everybody Says 1984
15.  The Brew  Bengal Tiger 1967
16.  The Mirrors Josie Knowa 1981
17.  Flight X-7 Bye Bye Humanity 1980
18.  Hayden Wood  It's Alright 1970
19.  Beagle Boys  In To Win 1983
20.  Wayne Mason  Falling In Love 1979

Top 10 Countries

1.   New Zealand

2.   United States

3.   Russia

4.   Australia

5.   Germany

6.   United Kingdom

7.   France

8    Spain

9.   Ukraine

10. Brazil