Blam Blam Blam

Biography

Don McGlashan will always be the center of attention as the leader of The Mutton Birds, but he had his first hit single (the notorious anti-establishment anthem ‘There is no depression in New Zealand‘) with bizarre music troupe 3-piece Blam Blam Blam (plus he’d been playing percussion with From Scratch since 1979).

One of Propeller Records signature bands, they created warped pop through-out the early 80’s, touring the country from their Auckland base with the likes of ska outfit The Newmatics, fellow Propeller figureheads The Screaming Meemees, and even the early incarnations of The Netherworld Dancing Toys – whom they split a live LP with (‘The Story of Blam Blam Blam’).

Formed by Tim Mahon and Mark Bell in 1980 (originally as The Whizz Kids) McGlashan joined the band to add a more eclectic-leaning to what was at the time a more sturdy post-punk outfit.

McGlashan’s use of the euphonium quickly characterized their sound, particularly on their second hit ‘Don’t Fight It Marsha (Its Bigger Than Both Of Us)‘ which is by all accounts an utter pop gem.

Members

  • Tim Mahon (Bass, 1980 – 1982)
  • Mark Bell (Guitar/Vocals, 1980 – 1982)
  • Don McGlashan (Drums/Euphonium/Vocals, 1980 – 1982)

Discography

  • Blam Blam Blam (EP 1981, Propeller Records, REV10)
  • There Is No Depression In New Zealand/Got To Be Guilty 7″ Single (1981, Propeller Records, REV11)
  • Don’t Fight It Marsha 7″ Single (1981, Propeller Records, REV14)
  • Luxury Length (1982, Propeller Records, REV204)
  • Call For Help 7″ Single (1982, Propeller Records, REV17)
  • The Blam Blam Blam Story (1984 W/ Netherworld Dancing Toys, CBS, SBP237993)
  • Don’t Fight It Marsha 7″ Single (1992 Reissue, Propeller Records, REV28)
  • The Complete Blam Blam Blam (1992, Propeller Records, REV502)

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From Scratch

successful improvised percussionary troupe based around phil dadson (who had played with scratch orchestra in the uk in the late 1960s), formed in auckland in 1974. over the last 3 decades the troop has had various different line-ups – even swelling to 13 members at one point. over time the line-up has featured wayne laird, geoff chapple, don mcglashan (who arrived after the disintergration of blam blam blam), james mccarthy, neville hall, walter muller, darryn harkness, .
continuing to play in a live capacity and releasing all varities of media (including written maerial!) featuring their percussive endeavours, from scratch is currently comprised of dadson, shane currey and adrian croucher, with recent activities involving a variety of local and international contributors.
discography
picks in bold

  • drum/sing & pacific 3,2,1 zero (part one) [1984 flying nun FN041]
  • gung ho 1,2,3d [1985 flying nun FN085]
  • songs for heroes [1991 rattle RAT-D002]
  • fax to paris [1993 rattle RAT-D003]
  • pacific 3,2,1,zero (part 1) and eye-drum [1994 pacific international]
  • global hockets [1999 scratch records]
  • global hockets vhs [2000 scratch records]