Auckland-based industrial outfit that featured a young Michael Hodgson, along with audio pruction assitance from Angus Mcnaughten (Unitone Hi-Fi). Their sole Flying Nun release was a retrospective from over a decade of multimedia performances that had seen release in extremely limited diy capacity.
Visual manipulation had always played a large part in Tinnitus performances and the early 90’s was the perfect time to explore the role of the VJ within the arts and live music scene. Over the next few years Michael provided visual enhancement for performances by the Headless Chickens, Jean Paul Satre Experience, Supergroove, Not Really Anything and many others
– Taken from Club Bizarre
In 1992 Hidgson started releasing dub remix albums under the name of Projector Mix, working with the likes of the Hallelujah Picassos, DLT and (most notably) Salmonella Dub, which would eventually led to the birth of the duo Pitchblack with Paddy Free.
Discography (picks in bold)
- Ire In Red Desert [1986 Self-Released]
- Come [1986 Self-Released]
- Tinnitus Alive [1987 Self-Released]
- Untamed [1987 Self-Released]
- Central Delivery [1987 Self-Released]
- X- Spiritualistic Function [1987 Self-Released]
- Ringing In Your [1987 Self-Released]
- Subjective Experience For The Inside Of Your Head [1988 Self-Released]
- Firepower Nov.1988 [1988 Self-Released]
- Affliction Addiction [1991 Self-Released]
- Futures Past [1992 Self-Released]
- ‘Necessary Tension’/’Fire Power’/’In The Air’ Cassette Single [1992 Flying Nun Fn134]
- Futures Past Alive And Studio ’86-’91 [1992 Flying Nun Fn156]
After Nocturnal Projections went their seperate ways in the early 80s, the two Jefferies brothers formed This Kind Of Punishment, a group that expanded their song-writing capabilities, and the punky style in which Nocturnal Projections had created. This Kind Of Punishment’s albums are quite often eery and detached, with Peter’s voice cutting through the shards of piano and guitar like it was deathly silence. Over the years the brothers accumulated a large list of contributors, with Andrew Frengley, Gordon Rutherford, Michael Harrison, Maxine Fleming, Michael Morley, Alastair Galbraith, Shayne Carter and the burgeoning talents of Grant Fell and Chris Matthews (who would later take the essence of the Matthews penned ‘Sleepwalking’ as the basis for a Headless Chickens track – and make it a hit).
This Kind Of Punishment have had a huge impact on the darker side of New Zealand rock, and their 1st two releases are well worth seeking out. By 1984 TKOP were a four-piece comprised of the two Jefferies brothers, Fell and Matthews – and played live consistently, touring the nation with Jay Clarkson‘s Expendables (from which the tkp live ’85 album is culled).
Soon after, an arts festival, “the nit-picker’s picnic,” dissolved this amalgam and a single 1986 performance with the line-up of the jefferies brothers, michael morley and shayne carter saw the end of the band.
– Dan Vallor: taken from Popwatch #9
Cakekitchen), whilst Fell and Matthews (and one-time TKOP contributor Johnny Pierce) were already establishing Childrens Hour
, the fore-runner to the ever-popular Headless Chickens.
Discography (picks in bold)
- This Kind Of Punishment [1983 Flying Nun Tkp001]
- A Beard Of Bees [1985 Self-Released Tkp002] Rn
- 5 By Four Ep [1985 Flying Nun Tkp003]
- In The Same Room [1987 Flying Nun Tfp004]
- Tkp Live ’85 [1988 Xpressway X/Way 02]
- A Beard Of Bees Cassette Reissue [1990 Compiled Reissue Xpressway X/Way 15]
- This Kind Of Punishment [1993 Reissue Roofbolt]
- In The Same Room / 5 By Four [1993 Reissue Ajax]
Dissonant kiwi pop-rock that at times verged on shoe-gazer (the band were known for incredibly loud live performances), often hiding their delicate melodies and concise, heartfelt lyrics behind a wall of feedback. Based around Shayne Carter and Andrew Brough (who eventually split from the band after the Melt tour to form Bike) both on guitar and vocals, David Wood filling the bass role, and John Collie at the drums. Shayne Carter was always the man in the spotlight, he had come from Dunedin band the Doublehappys and was known as a bit of an enigmatic front-man, as well as being quite the temperamental artist type. Andrew Brough however (formerly of the Orange), represented the quiet and caring, under-appreciated side of the band – his single ‘Down In Splendor’ is one of the best examples of melodic kiwi pop, a fragile, love song with a killer sing-a-long chorus.
But Carter is one hell of a songwriter also, practically carrying the first album (the classic Hail) with his singles ‘She Speeds’ and ‘Life In One Chord’. During the first two albums, the Fits were at the fore-front of kiwi rock, challenging the Chills and the Headless Chickens for the most popular of local bands, and along with the Jean-Paul Sartre Experience as the pick of the New Zealand underground scene. When the Melt tour wound down in early ’92, Brough decided it was time he formed his own band, as little of his material seem to work its way into the Fits cannon. He was replaced by Mark Peterson for the disjointed album Blow, released later in ’92.
Although Blow contains some excellent pop singles in ‘Done’, ‘Cat Inna Can’ and my personal favorite, and an excellent moot point for The Fits – ‘If I Were You’, the album was too inconsistent to support an attempted break into the burgeoning American market, and the band broke up to persue their own interests.
Carter now performs under the Dimmer moniker, releasing the brilliant, decade in the making I Believe You Are A Star last year to unanimous critical acclaim, and with a follow-up to be released shortly! Brough’s band Bike made one of the great New Zealand pop albums of the mid 90s, drawing a great deal of radio play for what was basically an all-hit album.
Discography (picks in bold)
- Life In One Chord 12″ Ep [1987 Flying Nun Fn080 / Fne25]
- Hail [1988 Flying Nun Fn105]
- ‘Hail’/’So Long Marianne’ 12″ Single [1988 Flying Nun Fn108]
- ‘Hail’/’So Long Marianne’ 7″ Single [1988 Flying Nun Fn114]
- Hail [1990 Extended U.S. Edition Flying Nun Fn142]
- ‘Sparkle That Shines’/’Grate’ 7″ Single [1990 Flying Nun Fn151]
- Melt [1990 Flying Nun Fn174]
- ‘Bad Note For A Heart’/’In Spite Of It All’ 7″ Single [1990 Flying Nun Fn175]
- ‘Bad Note For A Heart’/’Skin To Wear’/’In Spite Of It All’/’Hail’ (Live) 12″ / Cd Single [1990 Flying Nun Fn176]
- ‘Down In Splendour’/’Seeing You Fled’/’Missing Presumed Drowned’/’Cave In’ Double 7″ Single [1990 Flying Nun Fn180]
- Down In Splendour Video Cassette [1990 Flying Nun Fn D16011]
- Done Ep [1992 Flying Nun Fn242]
- Blow [1993 Flying Nun Fn251]
- ‘Cat Inna Can’/’Sycamore’/’Satellite’ Cd Single [1993 Flying Nun Fn265]
- ‘If I Were You’/’Brother’s Keeper’ (Demo)/’Burn It Up’ (Demo) Cd Single [1993 Flying Nun Fn285]
- Best Of Double-Cd [1998 Compilation Flying Nun Fn406]
Rianz Awards 1990
- Music Video Of The Year – Bad Note For A Heart
- Cover Design Of The Year – John Collie
Rianz Awards 1993
- Album Of The Year – Blow
- Top Male Vocalist Of The Year – Shayne Carter
Whilst Chris Matthews was struggling within the pop-confines of the Prime Movers, Johnny Pierce (Bass), Grant Fell (Guitar) and Bevan Sweeney (Drums) were forming their own sound as Children’s Hour.
More intense and experimental than what the Headless Chickens eventually became (Children’s Hour were essentially the Chooks in their original incarnation), they fused electronic and analog instrumentation, and wrote thoroughly brooding rock music that actually went rather unnoticed.
Matthews (Vocals / Guitar) eventually joined the trio in 1983, and it was this line-up that released two EPs on Flying Nun – and went on to tour New Zealand. Fell left for Australia, but after a short-absence, the group eventually reformed as the International Headless Chickens, and with fell back in line (and the ‘International’ dropped), the Headless Chickens went on to become one of New Zealand’s most successful bands.
In 2005 the core remaining members (plus Failsafe‘s Rob Mayes) reconvened for a handful of reunion performances, playing a swag of material both old and new, released as Looking for the Sun – as part of Mayes archival Retrogenic series.
- Johnny Pierce (Bass, 1982 – 1985)
- Grant Fell (Guitar, 1982 – 1985)
- Bevan Sweeney (Drums, 1982 – 1985, 2005)
- Chris Matthews (Vocals/Guitar, 1983 – 1985, 2005)
- Rob Mayes (Bass, 2005)
- Flesh 12″ EP [1983, Flying Nun, FN C60]
- ‘Washed Away’/’Stuck Pig’ 7″ Single [1984, Flying Nun, KID001]
- Looking For The Sun [2005, Failsafe, 064CD]
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]