simon griggs’ formulative punk, punk-pop and two-tone label from the early 80s. has occasionally resurfaced with one-off releases (including the follow up label furtive – who had the distinction of debuting the tall dwarfs lengthy recording career) and has compiled a number of the labels low run 7 inch singles into some very memorable compilations. propeller was instrumental of the screaming meemee’s phenomenal success, securing the rarest of the rare, an independently released new zealand number one single with ‘see me go’ in 1981 – paving the way for future success from the likes of flying nun.
propeller (like its short-lived successor ripper was initially formed to release the great catalog of underground punk bands that were still relatively unheard outside their regional fanbases at the turn of the 80s. with the original two releases (from the features and spelling mistakes, respectively) propeller started a swell of activity in the new zealand scene that would eventually be documented by the bigger than the both of us compilation lp, which featured releases from both ripper and contemporary labels.
propeller current operates as huh! records, the home of revivalist hip-hop outfit 3 the hard way and grigg’s various compilations, such as the reissued bigger than the both of us, and the give it a whirl documentary soundtrack, both with domestic distribution through major-label universal nz.
picks in bold
- the class of 81 [1981 REV201]
- doobie doo disc [1982 REV206]
- we’ll do our best [1983 REV209]
- its bigger than the both of us double-lp [1988 2REV210]
- ak79 reissue [1993 joint reissue venture with flying nun REV503]
- give it a whirl double-cd [2003 REV504]
- its bigger than the both of us reissue [2003 REV505]
- simon grigg [label head / email contact]
- propeller records rn
- po box 6284 rn
- auckland 1036 rn
- new zealand [postal address] rn