TMA-1

A highly influential christchurch outfit from 1991 to 1994 and comprised of Krkrkrk Founders Peter Wright, J-Mz Robinson and Richard Calder.

The music was a kind of post-industrial, punk-pop-cabaret thingy with a good dose of self-deprecating humour. TMA-1 released numerous recordings but, at present, there are 3 CD-r’s available on Krkrkrk
Dave Khan

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Kills Mould, Fungi And Lichens Cassette [1992 Krkrkrk Krk000]
  • 5 Cassette [1992 Krkrkrk Krk001]
  • Screech! Cassette [1994 Krkrkrk Krk005]
  • 007 Cassette [1995 Krkrkrk Krk007]
  • Screech! 2nd Edition Cassette [1996 Krkrkrk Krk063]
  • Screech! Cd-R [1997 Reissue Krkrkrk Krk063]
  • 5 Cd-R [2000 Reissue Krkrkrk Krk100]
  • 007 Cd-R [1995 Reissue Krkrkrk Krk107]

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Toerag

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Tokyo

Barry White, Paul Mcglauchlin, Stefan Lavington, Charles Schultz and Scott Wylie.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Touch Road [1984 Jayrem Jay313]

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Tom Bosley Experience

The excellently named (after the actor who played father figure howard ‘Mister C’ Cunnigham on Happy Days) duo of Peter Lewis and Sean Murgatroyd. Former Tauranga lads, now settled in Auckland and making twisted home-brew electro-pop, heavy on ambient and loungey leanings yet still experimental and comic in their approach.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • The Spark Of Inspiration [2004 Electrode]

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The Tranquilizers

Cute Melbourne-Based Pop-Rock Band featuring 3 ex-New Zealand lads – Paul Ward, Cass Kowalski and Greg Allom. After releasing their debut EP on Construction Set in 2005, the band have spent the best part of a year recording new material and attempting to find a new label for their impending releases.

Their Songs featuring driving keyboards and guitar and genuine pop hooks – just a good classic pop band with cool songs; nice.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • The Tranquilizers EP [2005 Construction Set]

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Trasch

Early Wildside hard-rock outfit comprised of Evan Roberts, Mike Young and Arthur Tauhore. Not to be confused with Bruce Bluchers’ Trash.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Flourish And Decay [1989 Intellect Intel1]
  • Reason Rhyme Cassingle [1992 Wildside]
  • Chemikaze [1992 Wildside 30720]

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Trash

Swampy Dunedin rock act comprised of ex-Alpaca Brothers Paul Cahill and Bruce Blucher, plus Robbie Yeats (The Renderers / Dead C) and Andre Richardson.

They were fast furious guitar [band] with thumping bass, made one EP and had a great song called The Infinite Tick. Later they became Trash Hotel [who recorded as just Trash] and were involved in a more theatrical chaos.. Started performing The Trash Hotel at The Art Gallery … Infamous performance and that ended with a supicious burglary of the Art Gallery.. No one found to blame. Later Bruce and Nick wanted to take the Trash Hotel overseas and went to Thailand and bought a bar here they were to form the real “Trash Hotel” although it was short lived as the local prostitutes that wanted to protect their patch forced the boys to leave by gunpoint.
Donald Harman (Ex-Weetbix Boys)

In 1993, a curious one-off 7″ from Bill Meyer’s excellent Rolf Bolt label appeared in the form of Brown Velvet Couch – who were essentially trash, but led by the smooth vocals of Viv Crowe, and also an album and single from Cyclops, which featured both Richardson and Blucher.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • On And On With Lou Reed [1992 New World Of Sound Nwos-01]
  • Gritt And Butts [1992 Turbulence Tur003]
  • Gate [1994 Trash Tr001]
  • Not Gate [1994 New World Of Sound Nwos6]
  • Mihiwaka [1995 IMD Imdcd10060]
  • ‘Hurtin’/’F.U.F.P’ Lathe-Cut 7″ [IMD]

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Trephines

Graham Fordyce, Diana Giles and Chris Colvin.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Wall Of Waiarapa [1987 Sounth Indies Soin10287]

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Tokey Tones

The now defunct band Polaar brought together Scott Mannion and Li-Ming Hu (of Shortland St fame), who originally formed as Plasticene Recording Projects. Their plan was to form a new project every year, putting out at least two albums with said band. After initial recordings as Plasticene, they enlisted some friends to release material as the Tokey Tones – an Auckland-based band that could swell to as many as 10 members on any given performance.

They stuck to their word, releasing two albums in 2003, both in a sort of whimsical and delicate pop coupled with flourishes of twee instrumentation and lush arrangements. Released through Mannions’ Lil Chief label, the band received attention for their impressive live sound and their cd artwork, both created by Illicit Clothing artist Misery.

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The Topp Twins

The highly popular and vaguely political country comedy cabaret duo of lesbian twins Lynda and Jools Topp.

Years of playing camping grounds, festivals and all sorts of alternative venues have turned the topps into a household name in New Zealand, eventually becoming television stars with their scattered performances. Their performances include country yodel sing-a-longs, any number of sketch-character setups (usually with crowd involvement), and of course spoon solos.

The Topp Twins came of age as performers in the early ’80s during the heady days of political protesting. They were very much at the forefront of the struggle for anti-apartheid, nuclear-free nz, maori land rights and the homosexual law reform. As out lesbians since 1977 (when the main press refused to print the word) the Topp Twins have always been visible and proud about their sexual identity. The twins’ ability to relate to all kinds of people, and their gift for humour, has ensured that this is not an issue. One of the unique qualities of the Topp Twins is that they have successfully crossed from the fringes to the mainstream.
John Prentice

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Topp Twins Go Vinyl [1982 EMI]
  • Twinset And Pearls [1984 EMI]
  • No War In My Heart [1988 EMI]
  • Wear Something Sexy [1991 EMI]
  • Hightime [1992 EMI]
  • Two Timing [1994 EMI]

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