Short-lived Dave Saunders (The 3Ds) and Alan Haig (The Chills, Chug, Snapper etc) group that produced the Vector 27 7″ EP, later included on the 3Ds swan-song Strange News From The Angels. This was all the result of the Flying Nun‘s mid 90s side-project series (which also spawned Ghost Club, SF, and Chris Heazlewood’s solo recordings).
Discography (picks in bold)
- ‘Vector 27’/’Riding The Whale’/’I Believe In You’ 7″ Single [1996 Flying Nun Fn355]
On paper chug sound like a bit of a super-band. Featuring the wonderful Norma O’Malley (formerly of criminally under-rated all-girl janglers Look Blue Go Purple) on vocals, along with Alf Danielson (Goblin Mix), Stephen Kilroy (Stephen and about a million other bands) and Alan Haig (Snapper, and for a while as drummer for the Verlaines).
This incarnation put out a self-released single before signing to Flying Nun, but soon after releasing their follow-up single, both Haig and Kilroy departed, making way for further luminaries Dave Mitchell (Goblin Mix, and of course the 3Ds and now Ghost Club) and Gary Sullivan (Jean-Paul Sartre Experience and then Solid Gold Hell) to fill the gaps. phew.
To me, their albums always seemed like potential wasted, particularly as Dave Mitchell seems to keep to his own devices, having more of a support role than a creative force. However, for power-pop fans – their 1997 sophomore effort Metalon is a pretty fine album in its own right.
After extensive problems with American label Alias Records, they called it quits in 1998 – with Mitchell moving to London and the other members returning to their subsequent other bands.
- Norma O’Malley (Organ/Guitar/Vocals/Harmonica, 1991? – 1997?)
- Alf Donaldson (Bass/Vocals/Guitar, 1991? – 1997?)
- Stephen Kilroy (Guitar, 1991? – 1992?)
- Alan Haig (Drums, 1992?)
- Dave Mitchell (Guitar/Percussion, 1994? – 1997?)
- Gary Sullivan (Drums, 1994?)
- Shaun O’Reilly (Harmonica, 1994?)
- Shaun Broadley (Drums, 1994 – 1997?)
- ‘Flowers’/’Gunnera’ 7″ Single [1992, Flying Nun, FN248]
- Kisser Cd Ep [1993, Flying Nun, FN263]
- Sassafras [1994, Flying Nun, Fn300]
- ‘Golden Mile’/’Concord’/’Cosmos’ Cd Single [1994, Flying Nun, Fn305]
- ‘Golden Mile’/’Concord’ 7″ Single [1994, Flying Nun, FN305]
- ‘Queen Bee’/’Dennis Potter’/’Metalon’/’Seam’ Cd Single [1996, Flying Nun, FN365]
- ‘Queen Bee’/’Dennis Potter’ 7″ Single [1996, Flying Nun, FN365]
- Metalon [1997, Alias, A117]
Wonderful and thoroughly under-rated all girl group in The Bats mold (though they well deserve recognition in their own right!).
With future Flying Nun stalwart Lesley Paris and co-founder of The 3D’s Denise Roughan, joined by Kathy Bull, Norma O’Malley (who went on to form Chug) and Kath Webster.
Lovely chiming guitars, silly songs and sweet vocals, quality pop all the way, and with a couple of genuine kiwi classics in their catalog, to boot (‘I Don’t Want You Any Way’ and the sublime almost-hit ‘Cactus Cat’).
- Lesley Paris (Drums, 1983 – 1987)
- Denise Roughan (Guitar, 1983 – 1987)
- Kathy Bull (Bass, 1983 – 1987)
- Norma O’Malley (Keyboards/Flute, 1983 – 1987)
- Kath Webster (Guitar, 1983 – 1987)
- Bewitched 12″ EP (1985, Flying Nun, FNLBGP001)
- LBGEP2 12″ EP (1986, Flying Nun Records, FNLBGP002)
- LBGPEPs Cassette (1986 Compilation, Flying Nun Records, FNLBGP003)
- This Is This 12″ EP (1989, Flying Nun Records, FN117)
- Compilation (Compilation, 1991, Flying Nun Records, FN171)
- Still Bewitched (Compilation, 2017, Flying Nun Records, FN572CD)