Picnic Boys

kevin smith (guitar / vocals – 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 (drums – aka duane zarakov – later of spacedust) and steve watson (bass / violin / synth) – initially as the picnic boys on their own tv eye label. the fourth tape in this series was a split album from legacy of ears (steve watson) and hyphen-smythe (kevin) who in combination released material on a later album as the hyphen-ears.
discography
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  • split cassette [1982 w/ rythm doktor tv eye TV-Eye001]
  • here comes the jungle cassette [1982 tv eye TV-Eye002]
  • crumbs, it’s a pterodactyl! cassette [1982 tv eye TV-Eye003]

Phonoss

stoner rock lo-fi solo project from joed out‘s micheal brennan.
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Perfect Strangers

A shambling blues-rock trio of notorious obscurity – their split 12″ EP (with The And Band – who shared member Mark Thomas), they existed for a short time playing underground gigs in Christchurch around 1981. Bill Vosburgh ended up recording a split EP as Junkanoo, before forming the Bill Fosby Assassins (with Duane Zarakov), and later joining the Homebacon gang on Brother Love‘s Rock’N’Roll Criminal.

Discography
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Phoenix Foundation

acclaimed and eclectic wellington pop outfit with huge flourishes of whimsical instrumentation and whatnot. their debut caused quite a bit of fuss, critics gushing at their use of melody and whatnot. conrad wedde, samuel flynn scott, luke buda, tim hansen, will rickets and richie singleton.
discography
picks in bold

  • china cove ep [2001 lovely horse PH1]
  • horsepower [2003 capitol recordings CREC1012]
  • pegasus [2005 festival]
  • happy endings [2007 flying nun]

Music Videos

Peking Man

margaret urlich’s original claim to fame, now know purely for their singature track room that echoes, but actually a real touring band back in the day. joined by brother pat, along with tim calder, perry marshall, jan foulkes, neville hall, john fearon and jay f-bula, peking man were pop, spiked with new wave and successfully leveraged a distinctive, ahead of its time music video into an image.
discography
picks in bold

  • animal instincts [1983 last laugh]
  • venetian blinds ep [1983 unsung unsong021]
  • peking man [1986 cbs SBP8184] rn

awards etc
rianz awards 1985

  • top female vocalist of the year: margaret urlichrn

rianz awards 1986

  • single of the year: room that echoesrn
  • album of the year: peking manrn
  • top group of the year: peking manrn
  • top male vocalist of the year: pat urlichrn
  • top female vocalist of the year: margaret urlichrn
  • producer of the year: bruce lynchrn
  • cover design of the year: phil o’reillyrn
  • sound engineer of the year: graham myhrern

Martin Phillips

Although Martin Phillips can essentially be regarded as the heart and soul of his two-decade old troop the Chills (and the only surviving member of some 20+ line-up changes), Phillips has released material in a solo capacity which he clarified as being a seperate entity from his long-standing band.

2000’s ‘Sketchbook Vol. 1’ was a finely compiled and represented anthology of some of Phillips lost material – as over the years he has taken it upon himself to record several hundred hours of song-fragments that failed to make it to release.

Phillips originally debuted back in the late 70s with the unrecorded The Same – a punky troup who shared the same characteristics of the early Clean, though a little greener-still behind the ears. The Same were born into the same scene that spawned Shayne Carters’ high school gang Bored Games, and were inspired to action by witnessing small-town heros the Clean and (primarily) the Enemy in their formulative stages.
Discography (picks in bold)

  • Sunburnt [1996 As Martin Phillips And The Chills Flying Nun Fn303]

  • ‘Come Home’/’How Much This Place Has Changed’/’Lies, Lies, Lies’/’The Streets Of Forgotten Cool’ Cd Single [1996 As Martin Phillips And The Chills Flying Nun Fn340]

  • ‘Come Home’/’The Streets Of Forgotten Cool’ 7″ Single [1996 As Martin Phillips And The Chills Flying Nun Fn340]

  • ‘Surrounded’/’Friends Again’/’Stupid Way To Go’/’Yabba Dabba Doo’ Cd Single [1996 As Martin Phillips And The Chills Flying Nun Fn365]

  • ‘Surrounded’/’Yabba Dabba Doo’ 7″ Single [1996 As Martin Phillips And The Chills Flying Nun Fn365]

  • Sketch Book Vol. 1 [2000 Flying Nun Fn415]

See-Also

Paselode

in the tradition, hell – they’re direct followers of fellow wellington sleeze-rockers head like a hole. a 5 piece comprised of brothers gerome and elan (actually cousins of head like a hole‘s over the top frontman booger beazley), lucola, rhys and nato who got together at the turn of the century. loose rock’n’roll spiked with country and a whole lot of cussin’ and hollerin’ they’re pretty fun..
discography
picks in bold

  • the taming of the wasps [2004 wildside]

Parmentier

the abstract electronic recordings of former thela duo rosy parlane and dion workman. initially started as an outgrowth of thela (the duo had split from guitarist dean roberts) whereby parlane played drums and manipulated tape-loop and workman played guitar, usually with a drone focus, and sustaining frequencies.

starting the sigma label to release their material, the duo quickly settled into a minimal electronic-music sound, a label the duo are quick to dismiss as too narrow. since essentially disbanding in the late 1990s (both parlane and workman globe-trotting after their initial move to melbourne) the duo continue to release material – parlane in particular finding a lot of success with his solo recordings and as pit viper, and their finely crafted sigma label releases are gaining more and more attention in underground circles.
discography
picks in bold

  • odessa double 8″ lathe-cut [1998 crawlspace]
  • luxsound [1998 sigma sigma002]

Rosy Parlane

rosy parlane is the alias of paul douglas – prolific former-auckland experimental music soloist who originally made his name as the drummer and pianist for thela in the mid 1990s, along with contributing to emperical‘s recordings, and drumming for pit viper. since relocating to melbourne, and recently moving on to london, parlane has even managed to collaborate with high-profile sound-manipulator christian fennesz.
discography
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  • #1 lathe-cut 7″[1997 self-released]
  • #2 lathe-cut 7″[1997 self-released]
  • #3 lathe-cut 7″[1997 self-released]
  • untitled 7″[1998 w/ r.s.w. lundon self-released]
  • #1-4 [1998 sigma sigma 001]
  • untitled [2000 w/ j. shin rm 212]
  • fennesz / rosy parlane [2000 w/ christian fennesz synaesthesia]
  • the peetoom files 7″ [2001 tonschacht]
  • getxo [2001 sigma sigma 010]
  • iris [2004 touch TO58]

Blair Parkes

long-standing christchurch singer / song-writer, blair parkes has been a fixture in local indie-pop bands, from all fall down in the early 1980s, through little dead things, the letter 5, swim everything, creeley, and range. these bands saw releases through new zealand instituition flying nun and christchurch’s fail-safe records.
parkes started recording solo material in the late nighties, composing on his trusty 4-track, and playing guitar, keyboards, drums and bass – the results being released throughwrong records.
discography
picks in bold

  • the end [2000 wrong wrong004]
  • east coast ep [2001 wrong wrong005]