Weta

Aaron Tokona, Gabriel Atkinson, Clinton Den Heyer and Clinton Tokona – Wellington band that split almost immediately after the release of their thoroughly acclaimed 2000 debut.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Natural Compression Ep [1999 Warner]
  • Geographica [2000 Warner 8573839332]

Awards Etc
Rianz Awards 1999

Wendyhouse

Daniel ‘EE Monk’ Powell (Guitars and Vocals) and Bryce ‘Mr. Pudding‘ Galloway (Beats, Toys and Vocals), with sometimes contributions from Graham Agnew. Quirky and prolific out with a swagger of independently produced and released albums. Their latest release Pan) features EE Monk and Mr. Pudding recording an album of tracks each in mono, with the results tied together (EE Monk on the left, Mr. Ppudding on the right) meaning its a confusing listen, the listener invited to Pan between the channels.

Wendyhouse started life as an art-installation back in 1992. this was at soundwatch, artspace, auckland, new zealand. at this stage wendyhouse was a 3-piece which only used toy musical instruments. a year later wendyhouse began to embrace the rock venue as more egalitarian than the uptight environs of the art gallery. in 1995 after self-releasing several cassettes and a debut cd, core-member ee monk left new zealand to live in europe for three years. this marked the start of the groups forays into postal recording (the love quadrangle ’97), eventually leading to experiments in blind/chance recording (wendyheads ’00): these are recordings involving four contributors who respond to a title without listening to each others’ contributions.
– Taken From Petra Jane‘s Fine Antirock Listings

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Santas Lament Lathe-Cut 7″ [Wiggly Tapes]

  • 2032ad Cassette Mini-Album [1992 Wiggly Tapes]

  • Cruising Cassette Ep [1993 Wiggly Tapes]

  • Xanadu Cassette Mini-Album [1994 Wiggly Tapes]

  • Hot Action Plastic Ep [W/ Mr Snakes 1994 Wiggly Tapes / Fridge Records Frwt001]

  • Dead Man’S Shoes Cassette [1995 Wiggly Tapes]

  • Live From The Pillow [1999 Wiggly Tapes]

  • Utopia Metopia Ep [2000 With 10 Extra Tracks From Wendyheads Wiggley Tapes Wt/Cd003]

  • Pan [2004]

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Wasp Factory

3 piece pop-punk band out of Gisborne featuring Martin Kirk, Mark Revington and Jason Fawcett. A couple of releases on the tiny F Star label, along with an appearance on the Positive Vibrations compilation on Pagan, showing influence from american punk pop like Husker Du, Dead Kennedys, Cramps etc.

I left the Flaming Stars to form the Wasp Factory With Mark Revington (Bass) and Jason Fawcett (Drums). We released an eponymous album in 1986 (FS002) and a 4-track EP, ‘Hick-Hate’ in February 1987 (FS003). The tracks on the album were ‘Eric’s Song’, ‘TV Scream’, ‘Australia’, ‘Dream’, ‘I Won’t Be There’, ‘Watch Your Back’, ‘Sunday Room’, ‘Work’, ‘Crimes Of Passion’ And ‘Age Away’.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Wasp Factory [1986 F Star FS002]
  • Hick Hate EP [1987 F Star FS003]

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Weetbix Boys

Dunedin-based skiffle group featuring Simon Vare, Steve Cournane (Alpaca Brothers, C.L. Bob Etc), Andy Scott (Electric Blood) and Richard Morris. Andy Scott left the band in 1989, replaced behind the kit by Donald Harman.

The band toured the North Island, and supported the likes of the proclaimers and the Violent Femmes. Their sole release was their contribution to the 4-band Out Of The Yellow-Eye compilation put together by Yellow-Eye founders Vare and Cournane to document the sounds of Dunedin.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Out Of The Yellow-Eye [1991 W/ My Deviant Daughter, Funhouse, Cynthia Should Yellow-Eye Eye001]

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Woll

Obscure (and terribly named) group who put out an EP on the Ode label in 1986.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Barricades EP [1986 Ode Sodep259]

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Ways Of God To Man

Discography (picks in bold)

  • The Ways Of God To Man Cd-R [2004 Root Don Lonie For Cash Rdl111]

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Sonya Waters

Sonya first appeared with an EP under her own name way back in 1983 on Ripper records, but then disappeared before resurfacing in the 00s with former Superette‘r Ben Howe in Fang.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • No Pain 12″ EP [1983 Ripper Rpr006]

Awards Etc

Rianz Awards 1983


  • Most Promising Female Vocalist Of The Year Sonya Waters

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The Wastrels

Peter Cooke, Anton Jenner, Johnny Brinson and Richard Hlavac. A short lived 4 piece who had an ep and an appearance on Pagan’s Kiwifruit Salad compilation under their belts before disappearing in 1984.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • The Jenner Affair Ep [1983 Hit Singles Hitm010]

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Wildside

Former Rip It Pp editor Murray Cammick formed Wildside in 1991, releasing material from Wellington acts Freak Power, Second Child and Rumblefish, but didn’t really become the icon of Wellington hard rock it was in the mid 90s until both Head Like A Hole and Shihad (who later changed their name to Pacifier then reverted back again) released their Wildside debuts.

With 2 of the biggest names in New Zealand rock under their belts (not to mention the likes of the Dead Flowers, and Christchurch act Pumpkinhead), Wildside cruised through the 90s, with album after album of high-quality hard rock.

Compilation Discography
Picks In Bold

  • Raw 1 [1995]
  • The Best Of Wildside [2002]

Contact Details

  • Wildside Email [Contact Email]
  • Wildside Records
  • Po Box 7012
  • Wellesley St
  • Auckland
  • New Zealand [Postal Address]

White Saucer

Improv-heavy duo Stella Corkery (Sweetcakes, Queen Meanie Puss) and Alan Holt making a variety of different noises in all sorts of directions. Featuring Corkery’s drumming, plus guitar and electronics, many of the duo’s releases so far have been odes (so far to Sun Ra, Christchurch film-maker Paul Jones and the legendary Billy TK), all captured by the upstart Pink Air label.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • White Saucer Triple 8″ Lathe-Cut [Crawlspace]
  • ‘Phoenix’/’Give It Up’ Lathe-Cut 7″ [Pink Air Pink Air002]
  • ‘Built To Die’/’Fire On Your Horizon’ 8″ Lathe-Cut Single [Pink Air Pink Air003]
  • White Saucer 3″ Cd-R [Pink Air Pink Air013]
  • White Saucer W/ Lovely Midget + Guy Cassette [W/ Lovely Midget / Guy Freedom From Ff0136]

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