Don McGlashan will always be the center of attention as the leader of The Mutton Birds, but he had his first hit single (the notorious anti-establishment anthem ‘There is no depression in New Zealand‘) with bizarre music troupe 3-piece Blam Blam Blam (plus he’d been playing percussion with From Scratch since 1979).
One of Propeller Records signature bands, they created warped pop through-out the early 80’s, touring the country from their Auckland base with the likes of ska outfit The Newmatics, fellow Propeller figureheads The Screaming Meemees, and even the early incarnations of The Netherworld Dancing Toys – whom they split a live LP with (‘The Story of Blam Blam Blam’).
Formed by Tim Mahon and Mark Bell in 1980 (originally as The Whizz Kids) McGlashan joined the band to add a more eclectic-leaning to what was at the time a more sturdy post-punk outfit.
McGlashan’s use of the euphonium quickly characterized their sound, particularly on their second hit ‘Don’t Fight It Marsha (Its Bigger Than Both Of Us)‘ which is by all accounts an utter pop gem.
- Tim Mahon (Bass, 1980 – 1982)
- Mark Bell (Guitar/Vocals, 1980 – 1982)
- Don McGlashan (Drums/Euphonium/Vocals, 1980 – 1982)
- Blam Blam Blam (EP 1981, Propeller Records, REV10)
- There Is No Depression In New Zealand/Got To Be Guilty 7″ Single (1981, Propeller Records, REV11)
- Don’t Fight It Marsha 7″ Single (1981, Propeller Records, REV14)
- Luxury Length (1982, Propeller Records, REV204)
- Call For Help 7″ Single (1982, Propeller Records, REV17)
- The Blam Blam Blam Story (1984 W/ Netherworld Dancing Toys, CBS, SBP237993)
- Don’t Fight It Marsha 7″ Single (1992 Reissue, Propeller Records, REV28)
- The Complete Blam Blam Blam (1992, Propeller Records, REV502)