Fats White

eclectic powertool records outfit with an affinity for unusual instruments: ‘carpenters saws, a largerphone, made up entirely from recycled bottletops – washboards, horns whistles, jew harp’. released their debut in 2005 whilst appearing on a couple of powertool records’ live documents – the kaleidoscope world series.
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Fats Thompson

one-man outfit paul dagarin.
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  • fats thompson [1995 trinder music TM005]

Fat Mannequin

william hickman, leon dahl, jeremy scott, daniel kennedy and jacob van hulst.
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  • bigger than budha ep [1994 red cloud RC1001]

Fat Freddys Drop

wellington dub/soul/funk outfit based around dj mu’s distinct live electronics (handling the rythm) and sporting one of the best horn sections this country has even seen (or heard), fat freddy’s drop formed as a live improvisational group, trading members with fellow wellingtonians trinity roots. by 2002 they had become one of the countries most admired and best live acts, often playing no more than a couple of songs in any one gig, but drawing each track out to its most funkiest conclusion. in fact, they celebrated their live oeuvre on debut by releasing a 4 song live set from wellington’s long-established matterhorn bar, as their cherished full-length debut.
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Ben Howe formed Fang after Superette broke up while simultaneously recording material with fellow Superette chum Greta Anderson (as Ben and Greta).

An eclectic 3-piece with songs from all three members; Howe, kiwi music veteran Sonya Waters and Andrea Holmes.

Their debut featured a couple of very catchy singles, but was written and produced in a somewhat haphazard fashion, making for an uneven album.

Touring with the likes of guitarist Francis Hunt (The Stereo Bus) and violinist Bronwyn Robertson, they became quite a sturdy live outfit in the early 00’s, though Holmes left the band around this time.

Unfortunately their follow-up Somewhere Out There wasn’t much of an improvement, as it lacked songs with the hook of their earlier singles.

2004 saw the band with another new line-up, along with a new album (Swim Up Stream) due out before the end of the year.

New members Tom Clark (guitar) and Brignall Wood (drums) complete the new line-up, still based around the core unit of Waters and Howe.


  • Ben Howe (Bass/Vocals, 1999 – 2005)
  • Sonya Waters (Guitar/Keyboards/Vocals, 1999 – 2005)
  • Andrea Holmes (Drums, 1999 – 2003)
  • Francis Hunt (Guitar, 2001 – 2002)
  • Steve Reay (Guitar, 2002)
  • Bronwyn Robertson (Violin, 2003 – 2005)
  • Tom Clark (Guitar, 2003 – 2005)
  • Brignall Wood (Drums, 2003 – 2005)


  • Employee Of The Month EP [1999 Arch Hill AHR002]
  • The Origin Of The Species [2000 Arch Hill AHR004]
  • Somewhere Out There [2002 Arch Hill AHR008]
  • Swim Up Stream [2004 Arch Hill AHR012]



The Fanatics

two piece electro-punk outfit from auckland comprised of david green (electronics / vocals) and tom clark (guitar / backing vocals). quickly established quite a bit of a following through-out late 2003 and 2004 with their disjointed sound and scattered, aggressive live shows, making for a choice single on ian ‘blink’ jorgensen’s a low hum fanzine, and tour appearances. they put out a 7″ single mid-year with both a side girls and the a low hum track ‘models’ getting student radio-play.
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  • ‘girl’/’machine’/’motorway’ 7″ single [2004] rn
  • the fanatics ep [2004 capitol recordings]

Fake Purr


All girl Auckland four-piece and part of the trendy new Girl Alliance pop-punk set, fronted by Brenda Dwayne and featuring New Zealand underground veteran Stella Corkery (Queen Meanie Puss / Angelhead).

So far they have a couple of lathe cut releases to their name, and are described as:

‘Catchy and primal rock with a touch of outsider class’

– Pink Air / Girl Alliance.

The duo of Dwayne and Cook would form the sideline group Cat! Cat! Cat! with Xanadu drummer Bruce Wurr in 1999.


  • Brenda Dwayne (Guitar/Vocals, 1996 – 2005)
  • Brigid (Bass/Vocals, 1996 – 2005)
  • Stephanie Cook (Guitar/Vocals, 1996 – 2005)
  • Stella Corkery (Drums, 1996 – 2005)


  • Bad Horsey 7″ Lathe-Cut EP (2002, WhatWasMusic)
  • Nazi Fuck Wit 7″ Single (Girl Alliance, FAKE001)



Five Year Mission

punk band that split an ep with armatrak in 1986.
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  • ufo [1985]
  • together as one ep [1986 w/ armatrak positive youth promotions PYP3]

Tim Finn

the only split enz member to last the distance, tim finn followed the demise of his most famous outlet with a series of solo albums (actually releasing solo material while the split enz boys where still going strong in the early 80s), before performing with his brother neil as finn in the mid 90s. the story seems to go that tim’s aspirations for a solo career actually caused the demise of split enz in 1983, and even though the resulting debut solo effot escapade and its single ‘faction too much friction’ were big hits – the sessions we’re quite lifeless session-musician propelled recordings, and he never recaptured the excitement that split enz were so famous for.
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  • escapade [1983 enz SPLIT1]
  • big canoe [1986 virgin V2369]
  • tim finn [1989 capitol CDP7 48735-2]
  • before & after [1993 capitol 7 94904 2]
  • live at the borderline [1993 live recording capitol FINN1]

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rianz awards 1984

  • international achievement tim finnrn

rianz awards 1989

  • top male vocalist of the year tim finnrn

Neil Finn

neil finn was originally drafted in to split enz as phil judd’s replacement during their original spell in england. in the time the boys had been away launching themselves in australia and finding their feet in england, neil had developed a reputation as a good guitarist and an excellent song-writer – effectively filling the whole left by judd (who up until that point was actually considered the bands greatest asset). neil finn gained fame and popularity touring with split enz – eventually becoming their primary song-writer – but this exposure was doubled by the m.o.r. success of his own group, crowded house.
crowded house released album after album of finn compositions, forming a huge fan base the world over. after the success of neil and tim’s album as the finn brothers in 1995, the younger neil launched an acclaimed solo career, immediately picking up where crowded house had ended.
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  • try whistling this [1998 emi]
  • one nil [2001 emi]
  • 7 worlds collide: live at st. james [2001 live recording emi]

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rianz awards 1987

  • international achievement neil finnrn

rianz awards 1988

  • international achievement neil finnrn

rianz awards 1991

  • songwriter of the year neil finnrn

rianz awards 1998

  • top male vocalist of the year neil finnrn