Semi Lemon Kola

Auckland based outfit started their time at the end of the eighties with a post shoe-gazey british sound. The band featured Tosh Graham – vocals, Rob Young – bass, Deryck Hunt – drums, Gareth Price – guitar. The band have stuck pretty strongly together and developed their sound progressively over the years. They self released as cassette in 94 and went on to release a couple of singles with a proper label, moving through the heavy guitar thang.

The band changed their name to Propeller and added a second guitarist in to the line up, making their sound a much more solid and melody driven affair. Their sound as of the end of 98 is focused powered pop. Quite good actually. They have recently self released a 12 track ep of out takes from their recent recordings.
– Rob Mayes

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Before Heaven Cassette [1994 BMG]
  • 12 Shades of Heaven lathe-cut 7″ [1999 King Records Worldwide]

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Supergroove

Ultra-catchy funk-pop-rock outfit that spawned a number of huge singles (‘Sittin’ Inside My Head’, ‘You Gotta Know’, ‘Scorpio Girls’ etc) as well as jump-starting Che Fu‘s career. Over their first 3 years they put out just the one album, but a number of EPs and all those singles gave them an incredibly high profile. However, with Che Fu’s star beginning to rise, problems developed within the group and eventually Che left to persue his (hugely successful) solo career.

The band did soldier on for one more album though, relocating to the U.K. to record Backspacer, which was quite a somber release compared to their early zesty tracks, and failed to excited the buying public. The group decided to go their seperate ways, eventually reuniting in 2003 for the release of a best-of and tenth-year celebrations. Their singles still remain as a snapshot of New Zealand music in the early 90s – hugely accessible and catchy pop with a quirky streaky.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • You Gotta Know Ep [1993 Bmg 149452]
  • Traction [1994 Bmg 218462]
  • Sitting Inside My Head Ep [1994 Bmg 216892]
  • Tractor Ep [1994 Bmg 245452]
  • Backspacer [1996 Bmg]

Awards Etc
Rianz Awards 1994


  • Album Of The Year: Traction
  • Top Group Of The Year: Supergroove
  • Sound Engineer Of The Year: Malcolm Welsford
  • Producer Of The Year: Malcolm Welsfored / Karl Stevens
  • Music Video Of The Year: Can’t Get Enough

Rianz Awards 1995


  • Music Video Of The Year: You Gotta Know

Rianz Awards 1996


  • Producer Of The Year: Malcolm Welsfored / Karl Stevens
  • Music Video Of The Year: If I Had My Way

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