The Puffins

these guys were my band. during my formulative years of establishing an avid interest in new zealand music, no band were more important than the startling christchurch band, the puffins. i’d sneak into the dux (at age 15, whilst the law was still 20) and party for 2 hours straight to the abosulte best live band christchurch has seen since the golden age of the clean.
some people described lindon puffin as the missing link between split enz and the beatles. i thought they were more than that.
for half a decade this wonderful 4-piece (who went through a number of line-up changes, though mostly based on lindon puffin (gat/vox) j.r. the bear (bass), viper conway (drums) and lake vincent(keys)) continued to play and revise their brilliantly crafted new-wave-synth-bizarro-pop music, seldom releasing recordings. they did, however, gain recognition locally through their infamous ‘lighthouse’ single, unlucky appearance on the ‘showcase’ performance show and lindon’s eventual radio persona. in the late 90s lindon began finally committing to tape the songs that had made them so vital, just as the band was starting to crumble round the edges.
a recording session of mammoth proportions (for a self-funded, independently produced recording) the band locked them selves up in a former hospital in rural rotherham (north canterbury) and

The Primates

edwards lazy, mic and fred feast, johnny snake, chumbo gnu and h w armstrong.
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Prime Movers

short-lived west-auckland pop-rock outfit from the early 1980s that put out a 7″ on simon griggs’ furtive records, and started the recording career of future headless chicken front-man chris matthews. also featured guitarist nick crowther.
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  • ‘crying again’/’walk on by’/’hard to bear’ 7″ single [1982 furtive FUR005]

Primitive Art Group

david donaldson, neill duncan, david watson, stuart porter and anthony donaldson.
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  • five tread drop down [1984 braille BRAILLE1]
  • future jaw-clap [1985 braille BRAILLE3]

Powerlounge

Christchurch-Based home-studio duo Geoff Cox (drums, bass, keyboards, writing and production) and Karl Jensen (guitars, bass, vocals and writing). Their ‘Anamalia’ EP features Poppy songs with jazzy overtones and is a promising debut independent release.
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  • Anamalia EP [2007]

Precious

paul ewing, pete solinski, bernie gardner, glen rogers and bronwyn jones.
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Pretty Wicked Head and the Desperate Men

shaun kirkpatrick, kane ker, vaughan burtenshaw, pablo kelly.
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  • new age savage [1990 bmg VPCD0852]