Celia Mancini

Biography

Born Celia Patel (and at one stage known as Celia Pavlova), Celia Mancini was a smart, creative, talented and volatile musician. A born front-woman and general icon within the music community, who was never afraid to speak her mind, and unfortunately passed away at a far too young age.

Celia Mancini photo by Bridgid_Grigg-Eyley

Patel was born in Auckland but her musical history started in Christchurch, playing in a number of bands in the mid to late 1980’s, as well as managing seminal Christchurch sonic explorers Into the Void.

Cosmic Love Vibration Cassette (Photo: Phil Clayton)

She was the original front-woman for legendary scuzzy lo-fi group The Axel Grinders (and writing their most excellent single ‘Apparatus of Love’ – Rita Le Quesne replaced her on the recording), fronted the fantastic all-girl group The Stepford 5, and kept things mellow in the lounge group The After Dinner Mints with Bill Vosburgh (formerly of Perfect Strangers).

By 1992 Celia had met Chris Heazlewood and Pat Faigan (aka Duane Zarakov) up in Auckland – kicking off the next phase with what must be her most well known group; New Zealand’s boundary-pushing surf-kings King Loser. For a period the duo also pulled double duty in Peter Gutteridge’s wonderful Snapper.

The group were relentless prolific in the early years – recording their practices to ghetto-blasters / walkman’s and expanding their overseas connections with a handful of 7″ releases plus the original King Loser LP – ‘Super Sonic Hi-Fi’. The album caught the attention of Flying Nun – however Celia noted they never considered themselves a Flying Nun group, and at times conflicted with individuals within the label as it reached its commercial apex in the late 1990’s.

Celia Mancini – Kiasu 7″ Single

Celia released a solitary 7″ under her own name in 1996, and by late 1997 King Loser were no more. However she did resurface (at least temporarily) in the hard-rocking Auckland group Mother Trucker, plus created a handful of online videos under the moniker ‘Slightly Delic’, including documenting the bFM music awards, where she stormed the stage after failing to be nominated for the ‘Foxiest Chick’ award…

As the 90’s became the 2000’s, Celia disappeared from view. It wasn’t until April 2015 before she was back in the public eye – with a video performance of a reunited King Loser at Audio Foundation in Auckland. Celia sports casts on both arms, but the group rip through the classic ‘Morning Dew’ like they’d never been away.

Further live performance and a short tour followed in 2016, with director Andrew Moore releasing a promo video for a promising upcoming documentary on the band, which seems to shed a lot of insights in to what was going on with Celia (and the other King Loser members) at the time.

Celia passed away in September 2017, the news sent shock-waves through the online community. She was a bright spark and will be greatly missed.

Discography

  • Cosmic Love Vibration Cassette (As Celia Cavlova 1990, A.Void Music, A.VOID001)
  • Kiasu 7″ single (1996, Flying Fun, FN360)

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Miniatures

Excellent shoe-gaze trio formed around the songs of Annemarie Duff (vocals, electronics and production), with Ché Walden (guitar) and Steven Marr (bass). Duff’s vocals (a wispy Cocteau Twins type approach), enveloping electronics and Walden’s guitar engulf the groups sound, with Marr’s bass adding substantial groove. The Christchurch group picked up steam in 2012 with more and more live performances, but sadly both Duff and Walden are now leaving for Melbourne.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • This & That (home demo’s) [April 2010 self-released]
  • New stuff (Dunedin 2011) [March 2011 self-released]

See-Also

Magic Eye

3-Piece power-rock outfit based around the songs of Brian Feary (Guitar/Vox), currently with Ben Odering (Bass) and Julian Vares (Drums). Formed some time around august 2009, with the intention of entering the annual RDU-sponsored ‘Round-up’ band competition at the Dux de Lux. The initial line-up of Feary with Mike Ellis (drums) and Jono Press (bass) gave way to the current line-up gradually as members moved north and away from the Christchurch Earthquakes.

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See-Also

The Madding Crowd

featuring stefan wolf.
discography
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  • the man with the crooked ear [1998 toonz]

The Mad Scene

Biography

When Hamish Kilgour moved to New York in the early 90’s he immediately joined Bailter Space, but Mad Scene were to become his new band.

Enlisting his partner Lisa Seagul, along with Bill Grestel and Robert Vickers – Mad Scene had more of a pop focus than any of Kilgour’s previous outfits, and unfortunately were never as strong as either The Clean or even early Bailter Space.

Members

  • Hamish Kilgour (Vocals/Guitar)
  • Lisa Seagul (Drums)
  • Bill Grestel
  • Robert Vickers

Discography

  • A Trip Thru Monsterland (1993, Flying Nun Records, FNCD191)
  • Sealight (1995, Summershine, SHINECD016)
  • Chinese Honey EP (1996)

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Mad Cow

taranaki guitar soundscapes, with just a self-released ep under their belts (so far).
from joseph smither
Mad Cow is a five piece band from Taranaki , New Zealand. The band first began over 20 year ago when the guitarist and the drummer formed a school band. That went on to become No Comment, a three piece originals band ,who played at various places around New Plymouth during the late 80

Mary

punky glitter-rock all-girl 4-piece out of auckland. put out an album in 2000 to a lot of hoopla, but have since faded away a bit..
discography
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  • golden halo ep [1997 independently released panty01]
  • bigger ep [1998 independently released panty02]
  • maryland [2000 independently released panty03]

Marvey King

marvey king is singer-songwriter tanya horo, former singer / guitarist with auckland girl group growler and the face of new zealand’s house of travel adverts. horo has contributed vocals for australian dance act pnau, and released her debut solo lp, titled rosary through the rock-focused wildside in 2002. expect her 2nd album – due in late 2004 to be a high profile affair.
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Marineville

partially improvisational rock outfit out of wellington comprised of foundation member mark williams, and currently joined by geoffrey trail and stephen clover. naming themselves after swell maps brilliant post-punk lp ‘a trip to marineville’ draws obvious conclusions, though the marineville boys hardly encompassed all the unusual, distinguishing characteristics that made nikki sudden, epic soundtracks and the rest of the ‘maps such the distinctive band they were. instead, marineville are more of a (very) guitar heavy sonic-durge kind of band, like sonic youth with-out the abstract lyrics, or a stream-lined tak on television.
discography
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  • ready for the dance [2002 oak park records oak001]
  • diving the wreck [2004 involve]

Marie and the Atom

gill civil, sara westwood, virginia were, alison wallce, david daniel and john quigey. an experimental outfit that started out with a couple of eps on flying nun before relocating to the united kingdom. very unusual approach, taking in both electronics and the usual guitar and drums instrumentation. their early eps are hard to come by these days, and are quite sought after by collectors.
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