Headcrash

headcrash are the christchurch-based 4-piece of petra hoggarth (vocals, bass), sarah james (guitar), sean bennetts (guitar) and toby ricketts (drums). a co-ed dark rock group lead by hoggarth’s vocals and bennetts accomplished guitar, after forming in the late 90s as grope suit – the band self-released an ep before re-dubbing themselves headcrash in 2003. the group went on to release a 2nd ep, but have been playing few live shows since the name change.
discography
picks in bold

  • phase – delay – distortion ep [2003 self-released] rn

Headless Chickens

the brain-child of temperamental crazy-guy chris matthews, the headless chickens started out as a children’s hour spin-off band, and took a while before their bizarre, synth-inflected style took hold. members included matthews, johnny pierce, grant fell, michael lawry, bevan sweeney, rupert taylor and anthony nevison.
one of the most popular bands in the country during the mid 90s due to the hit laden body blow and greedyalbums, their body of work various quite markedly from start to finish. songs like ‘cruise control’ and their mammoth hit ‘george’ (which featured one-time vocalist Fiona mcdonald) had big choruses and affectionate instrumentation, whilst previously they had been a dark and quite unusual beast. mcdonald later left the band, leaving matthews to pick up the pieces, but they faded into the background as mcdonald contributed vocals to the strawpeoples eclectic debut.
discography
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  • headless chickens 12″ ep [1986 flying nun / mushroom uk FN061 / D19853] rn
  • ‘sour catcha’/’donka’ 7″ single [1988 flying nun FN088]
  • stunt clown
    [1988 flying nun FN100 / FNE24] rn
  • expecting to fly 12″ ep [1988 flying nun FN102]
  • ‘gaskrankinstation’/’crash hot’ 12″ / 7″ / cassette single [1988 flying nun FN131/139/140]
  • body blow
    [1993 flying nun FN206] rn
  • ‘cruise control’ (album mix)/’cruise control’ (eros mix)/’cruise control’ (sob mix)/’i’m talking to you’ 12″ / cd single [1991 flying nun FN207]
  • ‘donde esta la pollo’ (kentucky freud mix)/’donde esta la pollo’ (hen party mix)/’donde esta la pollo’ (cock rock mix)/’cruise control’ (house of harrow mix)/’cruise control’ (karaoke mix) 12″ / cd single [1992 flying nun FN231]
  • ‘juice’/’choppers’/’choppers’ (heli-bator mix)/’play it again, kiri’ cd single [1992 flying nun FN255]
  • ‘mr. moon’/’inside track’ (natty house mix)/’inside track’ (natty instrumental mix)/’attack of the killer androids’ cd single [1993 flying nun FN267]
  • ‘george’/’cruise control’ (eskimos inegypt mix)/’bestiary’/’milton babbit’s rarotongan holiday’ cd single [1994 flying nun FN302]
  • ‘juice’ (ollie j 12″ remix)/’juice’ (ollie j 12″ dub)/’juice’ (original mix) 12″ single [1994 flying nun FN304]
  • ‘magnet’/’smoking big ted’/’monster’/’magnet’ (browning version) cd single [1997 flying nun FN319] rn
  • greedy [1998 flying nun FN320]
  • ‘secondtime virgin’/’stalk of a cherry’ [screaming chickens version]/’dumbhead’/’ce4’/’used to’ cd single [1998 included with greedy flying nun FN408]
  • chickens hits double cd [compilation 2002 flying nun FN467]

awards etc
rianz awards 1991

  • album of the year body blowrn
  • top female vocalist of the year fiona mcdonaldrn

rianz awards 1993

  • single of the year ‘juice’/’choppers’rn
  • top group of the year headless chickensrn
  • top female vocalist of the year fiona mcdonaldrn

rianz awards 1994

  • international achievement headless chickensrn
  • top female vocalist of the year fiona mcdonaldrn

Heazlewood

guitarist chris ‘ca$h guitar’ heazlewood is best known for his work in seminal auckland (by way of memphis, and a little southern california thrown in for good measure) scuzz-surf guitar demi-gods king loser, though he produced a couple of 7″s and a collected album of his solo material in the mid 90s – which is very worth getting hold of.
essentially a kiwi kid brought up on the likes of lee hazlewood, chris’ voice is down-trodden and dead-pan, and his guitar explosive in a kind of ultra-fuzzed and loose surf-guitar style. before king loser made their mark nationally, heazlewood developed an underground following with the eclectic sferic experiment, and also the short-lived olla.
discography
picks in bold

  • ratfink a booboo! [1990 a one-off productions]
  • hellmouth 666 cassette [1991 xpressway X/WAY 23]
  • ‘surfs up in malibu’/’no fear of falling’/’skronk’ 7″ single [as heazlewood 1993 flying nun FN222] rn
  • ‘they slaughter small children, don’t they’ 7″ single [1993 turbine Tur004] rn
  • ‘badge or medallion?’/’speed’/’aero’ 7″ single [as heazlewood 1995 flying nun FN354] rn
  • the ron asheton club 7″ ep [1995 crawlspace SPACE003] rn
  • ca$h guitar [1996 flying nun FN398]

recommended songs
download from mp3.co.nz

  • surf’s up in maliburn
  • euro discorn
  • everything is forgottenrn

Hataitai Bowling Club

birchville cat motel‘s campbell kneale, along with glen ‘g-frenzy‘ and darren from ac death.

hbc was more along the lines of pistake-electronica-noise-bufoonery which resulted in some really staggering recordings. unlike lugosi, we actually played live in front of a few people at odd occassionsrn- campbell kneale; taken from this perfect sound forever interview


discography
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Hattie and the Havana Hotshots

hattie st. john, walter bianco, keith ballantyne, lou rawnsley and bret neilson.
discography
picks in bold

  • hattie and the havana hotshots [1981 ode SODE152]

Hauraki

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The Have

when the have won the smoke-free rock-quest in 2002, it seemed like the judges we’re just cashing in on the then-current trend of rock’n’roll revivalists. the have not only sound like contemporaries the d4 and the datsuns – they even managed to steal elements of their look and image. single ‘the fuzz’ is almost a note-for-note recreation of the datsuns hit ‘motherfucker from hell’, lead singer brodie white sports a jimmy christmas style sideburn combination, guitarist peter mangan is draped in a datsun-style main etc. formed in wanganui high school, mangan and white are flanked by mike tweed (drums) and blair gibson (bass) and actually managed to secure a south-by-soutwest appearance in 2004, just before releasing their debut ep.
discography
picks in bold

  • the have ep [2004 shock]

Hawaii Five-0

mid to late 90s christchurch band known for their organ sound and catchy singles – especially ‘hurricane bob’ (produced through peter king’s lathe-cutting facilities and put out on the tiny beat atlas inprint that also spawned the terrific barnard’s star) which actually won a bfm music award as the best unreleased song in new zealand. unfortunately they never released any further recordings (except for an appearance on the dollar mixture compilation and on ‘indie hit disc #6’) and disbanded in the late 90s.
discography
picks in bold

  • ‘speed of weed’/’soda stream’/’the salem stranger’ 7″ single [1998? beat atlas Beat004] rn
  • ‘hurricane bob’/’fry’/’kingpin’ 7″ single [1998? beat atlas Beat005] rn

Brent Hayward

the notorious brent s. hayward has always been a fixture in the new zealand underground scene, in early punk outfit shoes this high, then in busking mode as smelly feet, and more recently as half of the acclaimed kiwi animal – hayward has made his name through an eclectic, uncompromising and d.i.y. approach to recording and releasing music.
discography
picks in bold

  • cen$or$hit triple 7″ lathe-cut ep [self-released]

Head Like A Hole

another band that could claim the title as new zealand’s most popular band at one point in the 90s, head like a hole were a scunge-rock outfit routed in metal and rock’n’roll with flourishes of country, a line-up of 6 foot tall plus musicians (mark hammill, nigel ‘booger’ bezley, andrew durno and nigel regan), a loudmouth backwater sleeze as a frontman and a penchant for playing nude in public (though they were often in the shadow of fellow wellingtonian’s shihad (now pacifier). 4 albums over 10 years, a couple of arrests caught on tape and one of new zealand’s most expensive ever music video’s (for a non-album b-side cover, no less!) before eventually going their seperate ways, they were truely a fun band to behold.
discography
picks in bold

  • shitnoiseshitnoiseshitnoiseshitnoise ep [1991]
  • ‘fish accross face’ cd single [1992 wildside]
  • 13 [1992 wildside D30786]
  • beezlebeats cd single [1992 wildside D11233]
  • faster hooves cd ep [1994 wildside 11591]
  • spanish goat dancer
    [single + 19 bonus tracks! 1994 wildside 11855]
  • flik y’self off y’self [1994 wildside D31079]
  • the nicomjool ep [1995 wildside 11985]
  • ‘cornbag’ cd single [1996 wildside]
  • happy families ep [w/ shihad [pacifier] and the sml noise 0258-3]
  • double your strength, improve your health and lengthen your life [1996 wildside]
  • ‘a crying shame’ cd single [as hlah 1997 wildside]
  • ‘hootenanny’ cd single [as hlah 1997 wildside]
  • ‘wet rubber’ cd single [as hlah 1998 wildside]
  • are you gonna kiss it or shoot it? [as hlah 1998 wildside]
  • blood on the honky tonk floor [compilation 2000 wildside]

recommended songs
download from mp3.co.nz

  • spanish goat dancerrn
  • faster hoovesrn

awards etc
rianz awards 1992

  • most promising group of the year head like a holern