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.

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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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

Phantom Forth

drum-machine propelled post-punk outfit featuring the brother and sister team of paul and debbie luker, along with lorraine steele on casio-tone keyboard. had an ep on flying nun, along with an appearance on the (brilliant) last rhumba compilation, before paul went on to form his label industrial tapes. he now plays guitar and sings with hip – a 2nd generation band of sorts, out of auckland.
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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.
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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.
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  • the end [2000 wrong wrong004]
  • east coast ep [2001 wrong wrong005]

Paua Fritters

auckland-based pop-outfit that managed an apra song-writing nomination for 1998’s ‘her story’, after forming way back in 1991. guitarists alice mckenzie, penny laybourn and hilda mcclutchie were joined by percussionist erwin van asbeck and the band started playing out live in cafes, bars and even victoria market. after the low-rent ‘harbour’ 3 song ep, steve garden produced their debut full-length paua to the people, and the band were commended for their song-writing strengths.
over the years the paua fritters returned to the 3-key founding members, with kararaina pene (drums) and hew jenkins coming on line recently.
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  • harbour ep [1995]
  • paua to the people [1998]
  • cruiseville [2002]

Pasica

recorded in one night during november 1998 in palmerston north, new zealand. a live to tape improvisation featuring paul hirst (bass), simon clough (tapes), and carolyn hicks (bowed bass). a delicious mix of improvised sounds, from dark drones to stuttered radio. a lovely album for that quiet night inrn- sumac

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  • we all left here cd-r [sumac su002]