Cynthia Should

Discography (picks in bold)


Charlotte Sometimes


Solo alias of Wellington based singer songwriter Charlotte Yates.

After debuting with Jayrem group Putty In Her Hands in 1987, Yates released the first recordings as Charlotte Sometimes on Festival Records in 1991 before being part of Kitsch folk group When the Cat’s Been Spayed, who had significant success with their tour and album Down the Hall in 1993.


  • Charlotte Yates (Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards, 1991)
  • Annie Crumber (Vocals, 1991)
  • Jackie Clarke (Vocals, 1991)
  • Gerrad Tahu (Percussion, 1991)
  • Neil Cuickshank (Drums, 1991)
  • Rob Winch (Bass, 1991)


  • Queen Charlotte Sounds (1991, Jayrem/Festival Records, L30609)
  • Red Letter 7″ Single (1991, Jayrem/Festival Records, K10445)



Edmund Cake


Edmund Cake (aka Edmund McWilliams) is a bit of a cult figure in New Zealand music. Most local music fans would be familiar with his most famous group – the bizarre but super-poppy Bressa Creeting Cake. Others might know his later solo material under his own (fake) name or as subsequent releases as Pie Warmer. However one of the highlights of his early output was in fact a Flying Nun 7″ single under the name Rik Starrr back in 1995.

With a fake Australian back story, Cake spun a couple great tunes, immediately setting a template for future releases.

Cake has always been a dab hand at creating generally humorous and thoroughly eclectic pseudo pop music that spread-forth into many different stylistic directions.

However, after Bressa Creeting Cake went their separate ways, Cake found finding a home for his solo full-length debut -a tight pop package called Downtown Puff – quite a hard effort, despite working alongside Neil Finn on the soundtrack to Christine Jeffs critically lauded film ‘Rain’.

Thankfully after spending two years in limbo the newly established Lil Chief Records (home of contemporary popsters such as the Brunettes and the Nudie Suits) came to the rescue. The album featured contributions from both former Bressa Creeting Cake compadres (Geoff Maddock and Joel Wilton – now of Goldenhorse), along with a plethora of others in a small capacity.

Cake subsequently resurfaced in 2009 with a new group called Pie Warmer, releasing their debut The Fearsome Feeling on Lil’ Chief.


  • Edmond McWilliams


  • Downtown Puff (2005, Lil’ Chief Records, LCR006)



Robert Cardy

bob cardy has a long history of making lo-fi, shambolic and d.i.y. rock music. from the early days of post-vacuum blue ladder christchurch with the infamous axemen (then known as bob brannigan), through to the eventual rise of shaft in late 1990s auckland, often with lil’ stevie mccabe as his song-writing partner.
picks in bold

  • lallapaloosa cassette [1987 every secret thing EST 33]
  • fat spring coal & diamonds in the lava cassette [1987 sleek bott BOTT 8]
  • milky bar odes cassette [1987 sleek bott BOTT 14]
  • a thousand and one stag nights cassette [1988 sleek bott BOTT 21]
  • gloss cassette [1988 sleek bott BOTT 23]


dave white and claire pannell. their rather offensive name apparently stands for claires unnatural twin.
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  • bits of my speech [1995 yellow bike yellow bike016]
  • whats the colour of blood ep [1995 yellow bike bike022]
  • k-tel cunt ep [1995 w/ the k-tel dancers yellow bike bike019]
  • crackpot [1996 yellow bike records bike031]

The Cakekitchen

after the demise of this kind of punishment, graeme jefferies recorded a solo ep called ‘messages from the cakekitchen’, and needed to form a band to perform the material in a live environment:

[started] as a two piece guitar, vocal and drum project with drummer robert key (sombretones) agreeing to help graeme play a series of live shows at the rising sun tavern on aucklands notorious “karangahape road” to promote the then new release on flying nun records messages for the cakekitchen. the 2 piece format (an idea used by the white stripes to great effect years later) evolved into a more easily palateable 3 piece lineup with the inclusion of young auckland bass player rachael king. together they toured new zealand 3 times, recorded two albums worth of material and made a healthy impact for themselves before calling it a day and going their seperate ways in april 1990rn- graeme jefferies

with the band going in different directions, graeme formed a new cakekitchen in london with ex-patriates keith mclean and huw dainow, recording the how far from the sun album and touring enurope and then the states, securing a deal with homestead records in new york just as things were falling apart in england. jefferies had soon again relocated – this time to france, and with the departure of his london backing band he started recording with french multi-instrumentalist jean-yves douet.
with ajax releasing jefferies back catelogue in europe (including the long out of print this kind of punishment material), the new cakekitchen duo recorded two of their most acclaimed releases; stompin thru the boneyard and devil and the deep blue sea.

what they [the cakekitchen] lacked in personal, they more than made up for with hands, legs and fingers, managing at one time or another to play 6 different instruments during the course of their sometimes over two hour long showsrn- graeme jefferies

this configuration of the cakekitchen lasted until 1995, securing european distribution through the raffmond label, and stateside through merge along the way, touring 7 countries and playing many high-profile festivals and performance slots. graeme resurfaced in bavaria with another duo, this time using raffmond boss (and a member of the notwist) marcus archer as a collaborator on analogue 8-track recordings which eventually constituted the everything’s going to work out just fine album.
the cakekitchen continued to tour (including an american jaunt with the mountain goats) using many different musicians (stefanie bohm, marion gerth, andre richels, paul lemp, steven keusch, dieter roseeuw, herbert dee etc) releasing talking to me in my sleep and the soundtrack to the successful german film sonnenallee for director leander hausmann.

more live work followed in 2002 when graeme played solo for the first time in 10 years when he took to the road with robert scott’s “creeping unknown package tour”. the tour was a healthy 14 shows and after jamming with robert in a hotel room in dortmund graeme joined his band at the end of the night to play some additional songs with them such as the classic flying nun chestnuts “tally ho” and “anything could happen”. the traditional two piece cakekitchen line-up was even resurrected for a couple of the shows on this tour when at the mnnster and koln shows herbert joined graeme on stage for the entire set.rn- graeme jefferies

how can you be so blind? was recorded with michael heilrath and released in late 2002, with marcus archer rejoining to fill in the percussionary roles. the performing line-up continues to fluctuate, with graeme performing through-out europe utilizing many different configurations for an increasingly eclectic cakekitchen. a ver active documentor, graeme tracks the bands history and current progress on the excellent cakekitchen website. (where graeme’s various quotes have been taken from).
picks in bold

  • the cakekitchen 12″ ep [1990 flying nun FN126] rn
  • time flowing backwards [1991 homestead HMS156]
  • world of sand [1992 homestead / raffmond HMS176]
  • far from the sun [1993 homestead / raffmond RAFF003]
  • stompin’ thru the boneyard [1994 merge / raffmond RAF012]
  • bald old bear ep [1995 merge / raffmond]
  • devil and the deep blue sea [1995 merge / raffmond RAFF017]
  • everythings gonna work out just fine [1996 merge / raffmond]
  • talkin’ to me in my sleep [1999 eggbox]
  • how can you be so blind? [2003 hausmusik]

The Calamari Bushmen

3 piece rock band out of rotorua featuring jeremy taylor (bass), anthony anema (drums), and mike olsen (guitar).
picks in bold

  • the ghost of things i’ve killed [1992]

Cancer Maidens

palmerston north 3-piece featuring ex-members of foisemaster / shoeshine etc.
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Cane Slide

auckland based 3 piece pop-rock band band formed in 1996 featuring andy moore (gat, vox, piano, bells, organ and synth – ex letter 5), boyd thwaites (bass, vox and vibes – ex the lils) and nicola rush (drums, vox and hand claps) that released two albums and were include on the (excellent) dollar mixture compilation. luckily scored a support slot for pavement and played at both the big day out (the year it rained) and the disasterous sweetwaters festival.

the songs feature a variety of instruments. pianos, bells and xylophones augment stripped back guitars, bass and drums to produce an elemental rock sound, evocative of the 1960’s – yet firmly placed in the new millennium.rn- john ten velde: on a review of stop look listen from net cd

picks in bold

  • kamikaze 7″ lathe-cut [cane]
  • lunatic fringe 7″ lathe-cut ep [1996? cane cane002]
  • tone down 7″ lathe-cut ep [1996? cane cane003]
  • ‘shoes’/’summer breeze’ 7″ lathe-cut [1996? cane cane004]
  • sloppy pop wars [1997 w/ cabbage bomber humbucker]
  • stop look listen [1999 wrong]


slick 3-piece pop-rock outfit who formed at hillmorton high school in christchurch, before relocating to wellington in the late 90s (and eventually breaking up in mid-2002). comprised of michael carpinter (gat, vox), ricky boyd and wellington native greg pawsey (bass).
picks in bold

  • open up ep [2001]