The Hyphen-Ears

kevin smith (who later went on to find fame as an actor in the likes of hercules before he died tragically in the early 2000s) released a series of tapes, often with pat faigan (aka duane zarakov – later of spacedust) and steve watson – initially as the picnic boys, but then expanding into variations different permutations on their own tv eye label.
the hyphen-ears was the combination of smiths’ solo alias hyphen-smythe along with steve watsons legacy of ears, and they released several tape-only releases under this name in the early 1980s, though say yes to apes (with faigan and others) were their most well-known outfit.
picks in bold

  • garden of lycanthropy ep [1984 tv eye]
  • what are stars? stars are what separates us from the animals you sonovabitch [1984 tv eye]

Karen Hunter

singer-songwriter known for her prolific guitar-playing, utilizing the backing band of al khan (guitar), will seiffert (bass) and nannette fortier (drums).
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christchurch disco/death metal with a long history and a vast array of albums. paul (drums), scott (guitar and vocals), vaughn (bass and vocals) and kezz (guitars). matt alien (of the black panthers – of which vaughn was also a member) was a one-time member.
picks in bold

  • organ splatter demo [1992]
  • vomit descreetly demo [1993]
  • things that make you go demo [1993]
  • crunchy frog single [1994]
  • not so famous game show themes [1995]
  • playtime for the sex machine [1996]
  • the sound of yellow [1999 suffocating discs sd001]
  • 69 minutes of self abuse [2000]
  • demo disc [2002]
  • blood bucket [2005]

The Hulamen

peter marshall, john mcdougall, andrew clouston, david armstrong, john niland, andrew cross, stephen jessup, peter famularo, paul macallister and john mckay.
picks in bold

  • beer and skittles ep [1982 eelman EEL-MAN001]