Mi-Sex

Mi-Sex were at one time New Zealand’s most popular band. during the punk and new wave explosion of the late 70s and early 80s, Mi-Sex were a truely old-school styled band, with a slick stage crew, costumes, and an over-reliance on gimmick and style over substance. The band – Richard Hodgkinson, Don Martin, Murray Burns, Kevin Stanton and Steve Gilpin, set about creating an image-concious futuristic new-wave look that indulged in laser-light shows and synthisizer-based pop numbers.

Finding positive fan, but little critical appraisal in New Zealand, the band quickly relocated to Australia, and established themselves as one of Australia’s favorites, culminating in the kitchy Computer Games single. This popularity spread back to New Zealand, but by now the band were firmly dedicated to bigger and (supposedly) better things, with an eye on the American market. Things never quite panned out though, with their own self-funded tour failing quite substantially and the band crumbling under the pressure.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Graffiti Crimes [1979 Cbs Cbs463031 2]

  • Space Race [1980 Cbs Sbp 237442]

  • Shanghaied [1981 Cbs Sbp237701]

  • Where Do They Do? [1983 Cbs Sbp23795]

  • Mi-Sex ’79-’85 [1985 Cbs Sbp8117]

  • Mi-Sex Ep [1988 Cbs 651 091-7]

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The Narcs

Gareth Sincock, Tony Waine, Bob Ogilvie, Andy Dickson, Steve Clarkson And Liam Ryan. Hugely Popular (Locally, They Never Tasted Overseas Success) Pop Outfit From The 80s That Tread The M.O.R. Line, Even Touring With One-Hit Wonders Coconut Rough.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • The Narcs Ep [1981 Cbs Xs0006]
  • No Turning Back Ep [1983 W/ Coconut Rough Cbs Ba12040]
  • Whistle While You Work [1983 W/ Coconut Rough Cbs 237956]
  • The Great Divide [1984 Cbs Sbp 238038]
  • The Narcs [1985 Cbs Sbp 8123]


Awards Etc
Rianz Awards 1984


  • Single Of The Year – You Took Me Heart And Soul
  • Producer Of The Year – Dave Mcartney
  • Sound Engineer Of The Year – Graham Wyhre

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Netherworld Dancing Toys

Through-Out The 80s The Dancing Toys Were (For A Brief Moment) One Of New Zealand’S Most Populal Bands, A Horn-Punctuated Post-Punk Pop Outfit With A Huge Live Following And A Swagger Of Catchy Singles. From Humble Beginnings As High-School Aged Up-And-Comers Supporting Blam Blam Blam To New Zealand’S Top Selling Bands In Just A Couple Of Releases, The 7-Strong Line-Up Of Brent Alexander, Malcolm Black, Graham Cockroft, Nick Sampson, Alistair Perry, Matthew Trubuhovich And Mick Rillstone Faded Almost As Quickly As They Rose, Unable To Support Their Over-Sized Line-Up Within The Limited Confines Of Touring NZ.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Netherworld Dancing Toys 12″ Ep [1983 Flying NunFn Ndt001]

  • ‘The Trusted Ones’/’Bored To Death’ 12″ Single [1983 Flying NunFn Ndt002]

  • Song And Dance 12″ Ep [1984 Flying NunFn Ndt003]

  • The Blam Blam Blam Story [1984 W/ Blam Blam Blam CbsSbp237993]

  • Painted Years [1985 VirginV3000]

  • Everything Will Be Alright [1989 CBS]

Awards Etc
Rianz Awards 1985


  • Single Of The Year: For Today

  • Album Of The Year: Painted Years

  • Top Group Of The Year: Netherworld Dancing Toys

  • Producer Of The Year: Nigel Stone

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