Mammy Wammy Ta Ta Band

discography
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  • 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]

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

Marching Orders

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

Marginal Era

power-pop act from the early 80s featuring paul agar (guitar / vocals), david mauger (bass – later of blond comedy), dave larsen (drums) and phil mcdonald filling in the electro side of things on synths. after falling to make much of an impact in new zealand outside of club success, paul agar relocated to australia and started the band afresh with a new line-up, and after a single release the band split up, with australian drummer vincent leigh joining pseudo echo.
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  • you fascinate me [1984 reaction]

Greg Malcolm

the multi-talented greg malcolm. he’s been a member of jay clarkson’s breathing cage and suffered the fate of over-spending on their sole lp. he released an album entitled ‘trust only this face’ that lead to controversy (due a song entitled ‘the ballad of peter plumbley walker’ that was misunderstood and vilified by the media), and retreated to berlin. after engulfing himself in the german avant-garde scene, he returned to record the albums follow-up (entitled ‘what is it keith?’), returning to new zealand and starteing up his own children’s entertainment production company (call such’n’such) with his partner jenny ward.
since then he’s been pro-active leading new zealands only kletzmer surf-guitar band – surfing ussr, has recorded an album of prepared guitar instrumentals (2002’s brilliant ‘homesick for nowhere’) that encompasses a wide variety of unusual performance techniques, and has even managed to develop a new live set of down-home folk-country covers (ala johnny cash or hank williams senior).
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Malevolence

auckland punk-metallers darryl tapsell, bruce mutch, julian price, chris walter.
discography
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  • almost like something completely sinister
    [1996, warped records]

  • windows 666 ep [2002]

Mainly Spaniards

the following was contributed by dave swift – the drummer for mainly spaniards, and now a journalist living in the united kingdom:rnmainly spaniards formed in early 1981 from regulars among the early christchurch punk scene.
uni student richard james (vocals and guitar) wrote most of the songs. nick strong, another student, was on bass. david swift (drums), a journalist and rock music reviewer on the press, had played in the 1980 group buying a hat, while screen printer mike jeffris (guitar) played in several bedroom/rehearsal groups dating back to early 1978 and the original mollett street market punk rock scene.
mike was one of several to audition for the 4th spot in the band after months of rehearsals as a trio. ross humphries (the pin group) would have been a superb addition too but despite several rehearsals he was busy with other music projects. the name came from my own ridiculous idea of reading newspapers and circling any two words that taken out of context might work. a report on the press foreign news pages, (which i occasionally laid out and edited!) about a bus crash in spain that killed 35, ‘mainly spaniards’, did the job.
we gigged through 1981 and 1982, playing at the two pubs in central christchurch that hosted all the right names of the day. that was the db gladstone (durham st) and the star and garter (oxford terrace – demolished in the late 90s). as i recall, mainly spaniards only played once outside christchurch and that was at the empire tavern in dunedin with ballon d’essai in late 1981.
the highlight of our gigging career was most definitely two nights with the clean at the star and garter in 1982. 500 people crammed in each night and the clean, by then getting very popular, wanted us to play last. we did – and no one left before we came on….. we also supported/played with the chills, the pin group, the newtones, sneaky feelings and others.
roger shepherd, a mate of ours, had started flying nun and having seen most of our gigs offered us a single. flying nun 014 (that’s what friends are for / questions / secretaries’ lunch break) was recorded by chris knox on his famous 4-track in paul kean’s house in sydenham in march 1982 and released in the middle of that year.
500 were pressed and sold out pretty quickly and it was a mild disappointment that we did not make the national top 40. got good university radio station airplay, though, and nice words in rip it up when they did a feature on the chch scene in 1982. my rock journalism rival, rob white, was forced to give us an interview in the christchurch star in 1982 owing to our popularity in the city

Malchicks

Biography

The Malchicks formed in the late eighties in the Auckland guitar scene, and rose to prominence with substantial radio play for an early recording of the song ‘Vanilla’, which was eventually released on one of the bFM Freak the Sheep compilations.

– Rob Mayes of Failsafe Records

Members

  • Coralie Martin (Bass/Vocals, 1989 – 1995)
  • Mac Hodge (Guitar, 1989)
  • Miranda Makin (Vocals, 1989 -)
  • Lorna Kittel (Drums, 1989 – 1990)
  • Mark Pollard (Drums, 1990)
  • Simon Matthews (Guitar, 1989 – 1995)
  • Matthew Dalzell (Guitar/Vocals, 1989)
  • Jason Ennor (Drums, 1990 – 1991)

Discography

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Meterman

discography
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  • zk ep [1999]
  • the silver age [2001]
  • city hum ep [2001]
  • reset start reset [2002]
  • hemispheres ep [2002]