Sunday, 16 December 2018

Pop Mechanix - Pale Sun
1988



This is the final single from Pop Mechanix. Originally formed in Christchurch in 1979 as Splash Ally. By the time Pale Sun was release only Bassist Paul Scott and Guitarist Paul Mason remained from the first line up. The final line up, now based in Auckland featured vocalist Andrew McLennan and ex D.D. Smash drummer Peter Warren. In the meantime they had a couple of minor hits in New Zealand. They moved to Australia and changed their name to NZ Pop then Zoo. Andrew McLennan left to join The Swingers and then rejoined the band. They had also moved back to New Zealand and change their name back to Pop Mechanix.  A detailed history of the band can be found here.

Peter Warren
Drums
Paul Scott
Bass
Mark Bell
Guitar
Andrew McLennan
Vocals
Paul Mason
Guitar


New Zealand Vinyl Discography *As NZ Pop
Singles Label Year
Now Ripper 1980
The Ritz RCA 1980
Jumping Out A Window XSF 1981
Holidays* XSF 1981
Texas XSF 1982
Looking Through The Eyes Of Love Hit Singles 1985
Celebration Skin Hit Singles 1986
Pale Sun WEA 1988
EPs
Pop Mechanix Hit Singles 1985
Albums
Cowboys And Engines XFS 1982


Sunday, 25 November 2018

Blerta - Joy Joy
1975



Blerta or Bruno Lawrence's Electric Revelation and Traveling Apparition was formed in October 1971 by Bruno Lawrence. Blerta's first single Dance Around The World peaked at number 13 on the New Zealand Charts in May 1972. Joy Joy was their fourth single. Blerta had an ever changing line up of musicians, dancers, actors and film makers. Click here for a history of Blerta.  


New Zealand Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Dance All Around The World HMV 1972
Aunty Ada HMV 1972
Hullo Hullo Harvest 1972
Joy Joy EMI 1975
This Is Life EMI 1975
Wild Man EMI 1977
Albums
Live EMI 1973
This Is Life EMI 1975
Wild Man EMI 1976

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single
 

Sunday, 11 November 2018

National Anthem - Chapter One
1984


My copy was a test pressing. Hence the stamp.

This is Auckland Pop band National Anthem's first single. They featured ex-Split Enz and Citizen Band Mike Chunn on bass. They re-released their second single Please Say Something three times on three different record labels. There is a rumour that ex-Blam Blam Blam and The Mutton Birds' Don-McGlashan played drums on Chapter One but I cannot confirm this. If you know please leave a message or email me. 


Michael Harrolambi
Drums
Mike Chunn
Bass/Piano
Craig Smith-Pilling
Guitar/Vocals
Anthony Johns
Vocals/Guitar


New Zealand Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Chapter One Mushroom 1984
Please Say Something Mushroom 1985
Play, Play Reaction 1985
Please Say Something Reaction 1986
Wonderful Reason Reaction 1986
Wild As The Wind Reaction 1988
Please Say Something Epic 1989
Albums
One Day Different Reaction 1986

Recorded off of the 7" vinyl single

Sunday, 14 October 2018

The Kal-Q-Lated Risk - Looking Through The Eyes Of A Beautiful Girl
1971



This is the fourth single from The Kal-Q-Lated Risk. They were formed in Featherston in 1967. Original singer Carl Evenson left early on to front The Fourmyula. He was replaced by Ian Taylor. Ian Taylor went on to become the host of Spot On, a children's program on TVNZ. Later he founded the Sports Emmy award winning television production company Taylormade Media. In 2012 he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Looking Through The Eyes Of A Beautiful Girl was The Kal-Q-Lated Risk's most commercially successful single. It reached number 14 in the New Zealand Top Twenty. A year after its release the band shorted their name to The Risk. They called it a day in 1974.

Barry Rushton
Drums
Dave Cameron
Bass
Phil Hope
Guitar/Vocals
Ian Taylor
Vocals
Bernie Carey
Keyboards


New Zealand Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
I'll Be Home HMV 1970
What Makes A Man HMV 1970
Angelina HMV 1971
Looking Through The Eyes Of A Beautiful Girl HMV 1971
Touching Me, Touching You HMV 1972
Lady One And Only HMV 1972
Waiting On You HMV 1972
Lazy River HMV 1972
As The Risk
21st Birthday Party HMV 1972
Clap Your Hands HMV 1973
Soul Singing HMV 1974
Albums
Holding You Own HMV 1972

Recorded off of the original 7" vinyl single.
 

Monday, 1 October 2018

The Jumblies - Stuff Of Dreams
1984




This is Christchurch band The Jumblies only release. The Jumblies were Peter Arnold with  help from Claire Timings. An early release for Flying Nun Records. Unusually the A-Side contains two tracks and the B-Side one.



Recorded off of the original 7" vinyl single. 
Surface Noise.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

The Wedge - So Long Marianne
1969



This is the only release from Wellington band The Wedge. It was produced by legendary New Zealand producer and musician Alan Galbraith. Who had played in Sounds Unlimited and would go on to become H.M.V./EMI's in-house producer. This was his first credit as a producer. So Long Marianne was a cover of a Leonard Cohen song. Twenty years later it was covered by Dunedin Band Straitjacket Fits for their album Hale.

John Lang
Drums
Graeme Thompson
Bass
Warren Willis
Keyboard
Milton Parker
Guitar
Geoff Culverwell
Trumpet
Matt Milton
Sax

Recorded off of the original 7" vinyl single. 
Surface Noise.
 

Sunday, 2 September 2018

The Grammer Boys - World Of Our Own
1982



This is the first single by Auckland Pop band The Grammar Boys. They featured Simon Alexander who had previously played in The Garage Crawlers and would go on to play in Chrome Safari. He was also an accomplished recording engineer. He engineered this recording and the band's album. As well as the Garage Crawlers' and Simon Raby's singles. On the cover the band's name is stated as Grammar Boys on the label of the A-side it's The Grammer Boys and the B-side it's The Grammar Boys.



Martin Williams
Drums
Peter Solomon
Bass
Geoff Martin
Guitar
Simon Alexander
Guitar/Vocals



New Zealand Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
World Of Our Own EMI 1982
Don't Know You EMI 1983
Albums
Daring Feats EMI 1983

Recorded off of the original 7" vinyl single. Surface Noise.
The Grammar Boys - World Of Our Own.mp3

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band - Television Mama
1974



This is Wellington group Bulldog Allstar Goodtime Band's fourth and final single. Their first two singles Miss September and Everybody Knows both released in 1973 reaching number 2 and 3 in the New Zealand charts. That same year they were finalists in the NZBC's TV talent show New Faces. They won group of the year at the RATA Awards and also received the group award at the NEBOA Entertainer Of The Year. But by the end of 1974, when this single was release it was all but over. Television Mama failed to chart and they had broken up.

Danny Shaw
Drums
Kevin Findlater
Bass
John Donoghue
Banjo/Guitar/Vocals
Tony Hooper
Tenor Banjo/Vocals
Neil Worboys
Kazoo/Mandolin/Vocals


New Zealand Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Miss September EMI 1973
Everyone Knows EMI 1973
Baby Get Out EMI 1974
Television Mama EMI 1974
Albums
Buldoggin' EMI 1974


Recorded off of the original 7" vinyl single
Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band - Television Mama.mp3

Sunday, 29 July 2018

The Actors - Since Sunday
1984




This is Wellington Synth Pop Band The Actors' first release and that is all I know about them.

Russ Mattar
Drums
Graham Carman
Bass
Greg White
Guitar/Vocals
Lance Wiltshire
Keyboards


New Zealand Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
Since Sunday Jayrem 1984
The Actors 12" EP Jayrem 1984


Recorded off of the original 7" vinyl single
The Actors - Since Sunday.mp3

Sunday, 15 July 2018

The Henchmen - Death Machine
1985




This is West Auckland Punk/Metal Band The Henchmen's third and final single. Unlike most early New Zealand Punk bands they were more influenced by Detroit bands than London ones. Often seen as too Metal by the Punks and too Punk by the Metalers. The Henchmen played what they liked and didn't care what others thought. They evolved from The Dum Dum Boys who had released New Zealand's first Punk album "Let There Be Noise" in 1981. Eventually The Henchmen moved to Australia and became Reptiles At Dawn. 



Billy Williams
Drums
Jeremy Chunn
Bass
Rowan Shedden
Guitar
Tony Collins
Vocals
Anthony Norman
Guitars


New Zealand Vinyl Discography
Singles Label Year
I Got A Right Cadaver 1982
Do The Maelstorm Cadaver 1983
Death Machine Cadaver 1985
Albums
We've Come To Play Cadaver 1983
Grim Relics Sonic Heist 1989
Lust For Glory Raw Power 2000

Recorded off of the original 7" vinyl single
The Henchmen - Death Machine.mp3