The Legionnaires

emerging out of hello sailor in the early 80s, graeme braziers legionnaires went through a number of line-up changes, taking in dave mcartney, allan badger, lyn buchanan, andrew langsfor, harry lyon, gary vernerne and paul woolwright.
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  • live at mainstreet [live recording 1983 mushroom L38017]
  • strange faces at the oasis ep [1983 polydor LEGS11]

Legacy of Ears

legacy of ears was the alias of steve watson, a member of the collective behind the picnic boys and say yes to apes, who put out some tape releases on their tv eye label in the early 1980s. legacy of ears later joined with kevin smiths’ hyphen-smythe alias to form the hyphen-ears duo.
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Leather Aprin

one of dave mitchell’s england-based projects.
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Lead Leg

initially a solo project for johnathon ogilvie (yfc) the material that appears on the south compilation was recorded by ogilvie on 4 track at rob mayes’ gilby street house. ex yfc drummer micheal daily also happened to be in christchurch at the time and so daily laid down drum tracks for these sessions as well. ogilvie, a bass player for yfc borrowed a cheap guitar from expressway label man bruce russell and laid that down over the rythm tracks. ogilvie returned to australia and continued to work under the moniker leadleg, a name he coined from his experience on a trip to china where, while sitting at an out door cafe a militant exploded a bomb at a near by table, injuring ogilvie and partner. ogilvie’s legs were penetrated by hot lead shrapnel from the bomb. leadleg became more of a band project in australia and recorded and self released and 12″ ep salt. the line-up for this band was ogilvie – bass/vocals, daily – drums/ programming, alfred solti – trumpet/samples/piano, micheal jefferis – guitar. jefferis was later replaced by peter johnson.

a seven inch single followed – ‘loaded in total darkness’, which was packaged in a used 16mm film canister and contained the tracks, world satellite and this town. the band then completed a second new zealand tour on which the band recorded 9 songs with failsafe. the band returned to australia and fell apart and the album was never released. ogilvie has continued to work with music as a music video director, making award wining clips for the likes of the headless chickens.
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  • salt ep [1990 between two thieves BT001]

LD50

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Laughin’ Gas

jungly electronica from the hand of baden french, out of dunedin. a couple of albums on arclife, along with prominent place on their arc beats compilation.
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Last Man Down

ross mullins, bob shepheard, steve garden and nigel gavin.
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  • state house kid [1985 ode SODE210]
  • this sporting life [1986 ode SODE244]
  • parting shots [1988 ode SODE290]

Lanky

jim laing’s post-jean-paul sartre experience band featuring a line-up chock-full of flying nun compatriots – robert key (expendables, sombretones), noel ward (strangeloves, and now david kilgour and the heavy eights), and tony de raad (hallelujah picassos).
shiney pop with slinky melody’s and nice guitar work.. they showed a lot of promise on their debut, brought on ben howe’s then-fledgling arch hill label. since the albums release though, the band have all but dissapeared from the radar.
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Light Years

weirdo experimental lo fi alterno-punk tinged rock…great stuffrn- club bizarre


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  • perfect alienation [eye gauge]

Little Pictures

Little Pictures was originally the cutesy electro-folk solo project of Mark Turner (the henderson/mechano). The “band” was expanded to a three piece consisting of Johanna Freeman on vocals and glockenspiel and James Halborow on drums. The band members