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Tinnitus

Auckland-based industrial outfit that featured a young Michael Hodgson, along with audio pruction assitance from Angus Mcnaughten (Unitone Hi-Fi). Their sole Flying Nun release was a retrospective from over a decade of multimedia performances that had seen release in extremely limited diy capacity.

Visual manipulation had always played a large part in Tinnitus performances and the early 90’s was the perfect time to explore the role of the VJ within the arts and live music scene. Over the next few years Michael provided visual enhancement for performances by the Headless Chickens, Jean Paul Satre Experience, Supergroove, Not Really Anything and many others
– Taken from Club Bizarre

In 1992 Hidgson started releasing dub remix albums under the name of Projector Mix, working with the likes of the Hallelujah Picassos, DLT and (most notably) Salmonella Dub, which would eventually led to the birth of the duo Pitchblack with Paddy Free.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Ire In Red Desert [1986 Self-Released]
  • Come [1986 Self-Released]
  • Tinnitus Alive [1987 Self-Released]
  • Untamed [1987 Self-Released]
  • Central Delivery [1987 Self-Released]
  • X- Spiritualistic Function [1987 Self-Released]
  • Ringing In Your [1987 Self-Released]
  • Subjective Experience For The Inside Of Your Head [1988 Self-Released]
  • Firepower Nov.1988 [1988 Self-Released]
  • Affliction Addiction [1991 Self-Released]
  • Futures Past [1992 Self-Released]
  • ‘Necessary Tension’/’Fire Power’/’In The Air’ Cassette Single [1992 Flying Nun Fn134]
  • Futures Past Alive And Studio ’86-’91 [1992 Flying Nun Fn156]

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Tin Soldiers

John Howell, Richard Fitzpatrick, Andrew Barsby, Mark Orbell And Tane Griffin.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Hell Of A Time [1993 Pagan Pacd1109]

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Tigers

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  • Tigers [1981 EMI EMX109]

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Toy Love

The new wave sequel to the seminal kiwi punk band the Enemy, Toy Love expanded the Enemy’s brutally primal sound to include organ, angular guitar, and even more literate vocals. By this stage of his musical development (1979 through 1980), lead-singer and song-writer Chris Knox was at his most populist peak, writing songs like ‘Pull Down The Shades’ and ‘Squeeze’, which became New Zealand pop classics. Toy Love was more than just Knox’s band though, they welded his charismatic and warped vocals to Alec Bathgates eclectic guitar playing, a young Paul Kean’s explosive bass playing, the poppy hooks of Jane Walker on keys, along with Mike Dooley holding up the fort on drums.

Toy Love were a band highly in demand, creating a stir on both sides of the ditch the band played continiously, holding up residencies were-ever they would land, but (due to the economics of the time) barely scraping by financially.

Everything would eventually came to a screaming halt when the band launched into recording their debut album. The sessions were a farce, with the band clashing with their engineer who just didn’t know how to handle such an eclectic and wild bunch of misfits. They were tired. The resulting album, though still containing quality material, wasn’t a patch on their earlier singles, each song sounded flat and warn-out and compounded the collapse of the group as a working unit. Knox and Bathgate would soon split to form the legendary Tall Dwarfs, whilst Paul Kean would become a part of the Bats.

The group made a triumphant return to the New Zealand album charts on Record Store Day, April 22nd 2012 with the release of the Double LP Live at the Gluepot, an extremely limited (400 copies worldwide!) live album sold exclusively at Real Groovy in Auckland.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘Rebel’/’Squeeze’ 7″ Single [1979 Elektra Z10015]
  • ‘Don’T Ask Me’/’Sheep’ 7″ Single [1980 Deluxe Z10022]
  • Toy Love 7″ Ep [1980 Deluxe 20630]
  • ‘Bride Of Frankenstein’ / ‘Good Old Joe’ / ‘Amputee Song’ 7″ Single [1980 Deluxe Z10029]
  • Toy Love Lp/Cassette [1980 Deluxe Z20008]
  • Cuts Double Cd Anthology/Reissue [2005 Flying Nun Fncd473]
  • Live at the Gluepot Double LP [April 22nd 2012 Real Groovy]

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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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Trephines

Graham Fordyce, Diana Giles and Chris Colvin.

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  • Wall Of Waiarapa [1987 Sounth Indies Soin10287]

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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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