good housewives

a demo cd put together by ‘stephen and ant’, this is a brilliant little home-cut ep featuring the witty country parody ‘country western time’ and a handful of other countryfied indie-pop numbers.
picks in bold

  • the family shame ep [1999 self-released] rn


Very very popular and creative Auckland band that shot immediately into the public eye with their brilliant self-produced, home-made music videos and infectious pop songs; flush with heavy doses of synth in the style of The Cars. Its members are Gareth Thomas, brothers Murray and Rodney Fisher and drummer Mike Beehre.

After an ep with a self-titled single, the band hit even greater fortune with follow-up singles and their debut album, touring the country to packed out orientation crowds through-out 2001 and 2002.

Goodshirt continued to draw crowds with the release of the sophmoric release Fiji Baby, but sales declined – probably due to the lead-off singles not really containing the same infectious spark of their previous releases (though the single Fiji Baby is a lovely low-key pop number). Needless to say the band continues to tour relentlessly, and even managed a high-profile appearance at the south-by-southwest festival in Austin, Texas before going on hiatus on the last day of 2005.

The group then re-appeared in late 2011 before releasing a new EP in May 2012.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Goodshirt Ep [2000 EMI]
  • ‘Green’ Cd Single [EMI]
  • Good [2001 EMI 5350602]
  • ‘Sophie’ Cd Single [EMI]
  • ‘Place To Be’ Cd Single [EMI]
  • ‘Buck It Up’ Cd Single [2003 EMI 5539022]
  • Fiji Baby [2004 EMI 5770902]
  • ‘Fiji Baby’ Cd Single [2004 EMI]
  • ‘Lucy’ Cd Single [2004 EMI]
  • Skinny Mirror Ep [May 2012]


gordons, the

bailterspace has been described as perhaps the loudest and aurally vicious band in the world. imagine bailterspace at their loudest, but 10-15 years younger and with most of their hearing still intact, and you’ve got an accurate description of the gordons. basically the same band (when the gordons split the clean‘s hamish kilgour joined as drummer for the newly formed bailterspace, but eventually gave away to the original line-up once more), the gordons shook up early 80s christchurch with pummelling post-punk, spiteful lyrics, 2 albums and a brilliant ep.
picks in bold

  • ‘future shock’/’machine song’/’adults and children’ 7″ / 12″ single [1980 / 1988 self-released / flying nun FN093 / FNE17] rn
  • 1st album [1981 / 1988 self-released / flying nun FN099]
  • vol. 2 [1984 a gordons product / flying nun FN GORD003]
  • 1st album & future shock ep [compiled reissue 1988 flying nun FN099 / FNE16]

recommended songs
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  • future shockrn
  • adults and childrenrn
  • spic and spanrn
  • coalminers songrn