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 was in Dunedin where she met Chris Heazlewood – 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 all their practices to 8-track tape 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 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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The Madding Crowd

featuring stefan wolf.
discography
picks in bold

  • the man with the crooked ear [1998 toonz]

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

Mammy Wammy Ta Ta Band

discography
picks in bold

  • the mammy wammy ta ta band cassette [1988 onset/offset MW001]

Mancini 500

Biography

3-piece outfit featuring Daniel Mancini (Guitar), Luke (bass) and Health (drums). The group released a lathe cut EP and we’re on a couple rock’n’roll compilations from the era.

Front-man Dan Mancini re-appeared as DJ Dan Mancini, notably supporting Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club on their 2010 New Zealand tour. As of 2014 he was LA-based, forming TSR-Airlines with his partner Lindsay Atwood.

Members

  • Daniel Mancini (Guitar/Vocals, 199? – 200?, 2013)
  • Luke (Bass, 199? – 200?, 2013)
  • Heath (Drums, 199? – 200?, 2013)

Discography

  • Wanted Lathe-Cut 7″ EP [self-released]

Links

 

Marching Girls

spawned out of first generation punkers the scavengers, the marching girls we’re a stripped down, and more new wave focused attempt for ronnie recent, johnnie volume and des hefner. they re-recorded the ‘scavs brilliant ‘true love’, and appeared on the brilliant punk anthology ak79 (which was then expanded and reissued by flying nun in the early 90s). the marching girls relocated to sydney in the early 80s, but only managed an ep release before it was all over.
discography
picks in bold

  • ‘true love’/’first in line’ 7″ single [1980 propeller REV4]
  • marching girls ep [1983 rtc MG600] rn

Marching Orders

discography
picks in bold

  • ‘the dancer’/’games we play’ 12″ ep [1984 flying nun FN GIS001] rn