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]
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
Show piece group for the writing talents of local sound engineering guru Rex Visible (real name Brett Taylor). Rex was an ex navy mechanic before he devoted his time to sound engineering, rising to prominence as the sound engineer for the Androidss, then most of the pumping bands round town.
The band went through many and varied line-up and sounds (between 1983 and 1994), the one represented on failsafe’s accident compilation featured rex visible – guitar/vocals, frankie steentjes – bass (Androidss), and occasionally robert key and david toland on drums. rex moved to auckland and worked on the live sound of bands like the headless chickens, bird nest roys and all the best sounding bands. a new auckland line-up released an ep ‘watched the world’ and an album or 2 through Flying Nun. The band never achieved the intensity of their early Christchurch performances.
The Accident compilation track ‘glow’ is taken from a live performance at the Gladstone. Headless Chickens drummer bevan sweeney joined the group and took the band in a new rythmic direction with samplers and triggers, and the bands later shows were reportedly quite good. [Rob Mayes]
picks in bold
- watch the world 12″ ep [1985 flying nun FN036]
- mud babies [as n.r.a. 1989 flying nun FN128]
- hold on to your face [as n.r.a. 1991 flying nun FN163]
- ‘bruce mclaren’ (unleaded mix)/’rule’ (break it mix) 12″ single [as n.r.a. 1991 flying nun FN183]
The Jefferies brothers (Graeme and Peter, both later of the Cakekitchen) original Palmerston North lo-fi post-punk outfit.
Quite removed from Peter’s dramatic later recordings, Nocturnal Projections were an immediate, scathing punk outfit (the line-up completed by Gordon Rutherford and Brett Jones) that forged their own venue, released their own albums, and generally ruled the roost in small-town Palmerston North.
Discography (picks in bold)
- things that go bunt in the night [1981 emission]
- another year ep [1982 hit singles HIT001]
- nocturnal projections ep [1983 hit singles HIT003]
- nerve ends in power lines [compilation 1995 raffmond]
Chris Heazlewood and Sean O’Rielly’s pre-King Loser outfit, featuring former Look Blue Go Purple drummer and Flying Nun alumni Lesley Paris.
- Chris Heazlewood (Guitar/Bass/Vocals, 1991 – 1992)
- Sean O’Rielly (Guitar/Vocals/Organ, 1991 – 1992)
- Lesley Paris (Drums, 1991 – 1992)
- Septic Hagfish 7″ EP (1991, Flying Nun Records, FN214)
The popular 4-piece of Glen Ross (guitar/vocals), Karen McLean (bass/guitar/vocals), Ants Anema (drums/vocals) and Donald Ferns (guitar/bass/vocals) have been making what they describe as a mix of ‘the Clean, 3D’s and Bailterspace and the diy punk ethic of the early days of Flying Nun records to spew forth their own greasy amalgam of guitar noise, catchy melody, and distinctive weirdness’, and their excellent performances so far certainly point in that direction.
They self released a cd-r ep, before an album proper in 2004, and have been associated with Aucklands’ powertool records label (though their releases have come out on their own ‘Madfishwish’ imprint). The group took what may be a permanent break some time around 2009.
picks in bold
- Quarterpack cd-r EP [2002 self-released]
- Hang on, im still mutating [2004 Madfishwish MFW003]
- Sneepy EP [2006 Madfishwish – MFW004]