King Loser Clip

Awesome old clip of King Loser, interviewed before the release of their 2nd album ‘You cannot kill what does not live’ (so it’d be 1994 or 1995?):

King Loser Interview / Surf Lost Video

Rik Starrr

Appearing as a one-off 7″ single in 1995 (during a speight of similar projects from the likes of King Loser and the 3D’s side-projects such as Chris Heazlewood‘s solo debut Spacious etc), the rather dubiously Australian-themed ‘A Sort of Holiday’ single was something of an undiscovered gem – and the recording debut of Auckland wacko Edmund Cake (aka Edward McWilliams.

Though the single itself went nowhere, Cake later resurfaced as a critical member of bizarro-pop trio Breast Secreting Cake (later redubbed to the slightly less vulgar Bressa Creeting Cake), who in turn released a heck of a debut album and the left-of-centre video-hit Papa People.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • A Sort Of Holiday [1995 Flying Nun FN338]


Sandoz Lab Technicians

Fairly free-improv and underground Dunedin-based group comprised of James Kirk (one time King Loser member, along with the Glen Campbell Experience), Tim Cornelius, Nathan Thompson and occasionally Mark Curragh.

Sandoz Research Laboratories was where Albert Hoffmann accidentally discovered LSD in the ’20s. There’s always been quite a heavy drug influence in the band. You’ve come across it.
– Tim Cornelius on the band names origin, taken from the Sandoz interview with Opprobrium

A fairly constant stream of releases on their own Blunt Instrumentals label, often comprised of off the cuff ramshackle performances (particularly their earlier recordings which date back to late 1993). With Curragh living in Australia, Thompson formed Unspecified with Cornelius, and Curragh and Thompson with Curragh, both as off-shoot additional side-projects.

Thompson keeps himself very busy by also performing in the Flies Inside The Sun off-shoot Sleep.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Lost Early Recordings Cassette [1993 Blunt Instrumentals Bint000]

  • Sandoz Lab Technicians 8″ Lathe-Cut Ep [1994 Blunt Instrumentals Bint001]

  • Big Shiney Ship Lathe-Cut 7″ Ep [1994 Blunt Instrumentals Bint002 / Bint004]

  • Live! And 12b Cassette [1994 Blunt Instrumentals Bint003]

  • Sandoz Lab Technicians Cassette [1995 Blunt Instrumentals Bint008]

  • Daily Light [1995 Blunt Instrumentals Bint009]

  • Sleeping Beneath The Clay Lathe-Cut 7″ Ep [1996 Blunt Instrumentals Bint011]

  • Sandoz Lab Technicians [1996 Siltbreeze Sb-55]

  • The Tale Of The Pixielamb [1997 Lotus Sound]

  • An Ounce Of Birds Blood Lathe-Cut 7″ Ep [1998 Blunt Instrumentals Bint012]

  • Synaptic Acres [Metonymic]

  • The Three Imposters Triple 8″ Lathe-Cut Ep [Crawlspace]

  • Let Me Lose My Mind Gracefully [1998 Corpus Hermeticum Hermes027]

  • Everythings Fifteen [2004 Celebrate Psi Phenomenon 1007]



The short-lived Sean O’Rielly project that spawned a 7″ on Flying Nun, during their mid 90s side-project series (which also spawned Ghost Club, Spacious, and Chris Heazlewood‘s solo career).

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘Cat Face’/’Semi’/’Sleepy Hollow’ 7″ Single [1996 Flying Nun Fn357]


Sferic Experiment

Guitarist Chris Heazlewood and drummer Sean O’Rielly (both pre-King Loser fame), violinist Susan Ballard, Gavin Shaw (Childrens Television Workshop), and Greg Cairns experimental / avant-garde outfit from dunedin. Kinda exploded back in 1989, with the remains casually reissued on Drunken Fish post-breakup. The album itself (eight mile) is a murky, lo-fi live recording of occasionally brilliant swamp-rock.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Bunny Liver Cassette [1989 Xpressway X/Way14]

  • ‘Sci-Fi’/’Hi-Fi’ 7″ Single [1994 Drunken Fish Dfr-08]

  • Eight Mile [1996 Drunken Fish Dfr-16]


Sheep Technique [01/07/2008]

My very last Sheep Technique (kiwi music show on student radio station RDU); with Paul, and with an aborted interview with Cindy (previously known as Sandra) from former Flying Nun single band 25c.

Bible Black – Hell of a Woman
The Renderers – Low to the Ground
The Clean – Point that Thing Somewhere Else
25c – The Witch
Front Lawn – A Man and a Woman
25c – Don’t deceive me
The Good Housewives – Concerto in D Minor
The Stones – See Red
Spacedust – Too Much Action
3Ds – Outer Space
Steffan Van Soest Hit-Machine – Woman By My Side (Mexican Man)
Ticket – Mr. Music
Shaft – The Downhill Racer
Scorched Earth Policy – Sunset on the Loading Zone
Scavengers – Mysterex
Toy Love – Bride of Frankenstein
Reduction Agents – Urban Yard
Blam Blam Blam – There is No Depression in New Zealand
Pop Art Toasters – What Am I Going to Do
Tomorrows Love – 7 and 7 Is
King Loser – 76 Comeback
Straitjacket Fits – Life in One Chord
Palace of Wisdom – Found and Lost
Wreck Small Speakers on Expensive Stereos – All of This
the Bats – Block of Wood
Snapper – Snapper and the Ocean
Bitch – Wildcat
Die! Die! Die! – Sideways Here We Come
The Androidss – Auckland Tonight
Lawrence Arabia – Half the Right Size


Christchurch hard-rock all-girl group with a line-up that changed quite a bit over time. Members have included: Reta Le Quesne (Bass/Vocals), Joanne Billesdon (Lead Guitar), Sharon Billesdon (Bass, then Drums), Lisa Preston (Drums, then Keyboards), Fluer de Lis (Rhythm Guitar/Vocals), Nina Kaye (Guitar, then Bass), Carla Rotta (Drums). They recorded 2 singles which were made in Belgium with Demolition Derby.

Snort are influenced by heavy metal and 60’s garage mainly which results in a crossover of the two creating a heavy trash amalgam. the material snort write about range from love songs to songs about psychotics running over Elvis impersonators, songs about the devil, fast cars and of course how to scare men.
– Fleur De Lis

After playing a vast amount of shows through-out the early 90s (including winning a Battle of the Bands competition), and recording material at Nightshift Studios (some of which appeared on Peter Mitchell’s Flat City compilations), De Lis left to become a mother again, with Carla Rotta joining on drums, Preston shifting to keyboards for a while, and Nina-Kaye joining on guitar. Fleur later surfaced with her band the Dialtones, whilst Lisa, Joanne and Sharon later appeared (with Rustle Covini) as the Lo-Liners, Rita Le Quesne has surfaced in a number of groups including the Axle Grinders.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Cave of Love 7″ single [Demolition Derby]
  • Hell Have No Fury Ep [1995 Kato]
  • ‘Hey Creep’/’Cos I’m Evil’ Lathe-Cut 7″ [Spinning Clock]



Wonderfully loose rock’n’roll band that seem to exist more as an every now and then collective of friends than an actual band per se. Based around Pat Faigan (aka Duane Zarakov, one of the many drummers for the brilliant King Loser) and his sister violet – a vocalist who had previously never sung before. Joined by excellent bassist John Christoffels (Terminals et all) and a multitude of others (they seem to have a problem holding down guitarists, with Mick Elborado, Matt Alien, John Segovia and Lynton Denovan all taking up the reigns on the odd occassion, along with several keyboardists, such as Matt Middleton (Aesthetics, Crude etc). Their last Christchurch line-up (mid-2003) was Violet (Vocals), Duane (Drums), Elborado (Guitar – Scorched Earth Policy), Christoffels (Bass – Terminals) and Lisa Preston (Yamaha Electric Organ – Snort / Lo-Liners).

They’ve been a bit invisible over the past 5 or so years, occassionally resurfacing in either Dunedin or Christchurch (and occassionally Auckland) – sometimes sharing a multitude of members with whoever Brother Love is using at the time, other times re-uniting the original line-up. No Kissing In Public isn’t that hard to find, but their other albums (of which, only Beatle! has officially been released) [Note: This has now changed, as a small pile of 1st To The Future LPs were recovered from their original American label in 2004, and have since been distributed across the country, and its an album well worth finding].

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘Cool Car’ 7″ Single [1994 Homebacon]
  • No Kissing In Public [1996 Kato]
  • Beatle! [1996 18 Wheeler]
  • First To The Future [1996 Self-Released]
  • Live 93 Cassette [Stink Magnetic]


Stepford 5

One of the earlier Christchurch acid-rock groups Celia Patel (aka Celia Pavlova / Mancini) On Vocals And Lead Guitar, along with Sharon Billesdon (Drums), Joanne Billesdon (Guitar), and Reta La Quesne (Bass / Vocals). Though the Stepford 5 only released two (now rather rare) European-issued 7″ – one a split with Japanese act Teengenerate, their members would later resurface in the Axel Grinders, Snort, and King Loser.

The Stepford 5 were rougher, rawer and dirtier than their successive groups, with Patel’s vocals in particular being much more harsh than her Nancy Sinatra style chantreuse approach in the Axel Grinders and King Loser.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Cave Of Love 7″ Ep [1991 Demolition Demo004]
  • Snake Lady Split 7″ [W/ Teengenerate 1991? Demolition Dd06]



King Loser Vocalist Celia Mancini’S Post Kl Band, Consisting Of Herself On Vocals And Guitar And Various Other Contributors Such As Clayton Noone (Bass), Cameron Bain (Guitar – Formerly Of Constant Pain) And Many Others, As The Band Had Trouble Keeping Line-Ups. More Heavy Metal (In The Deep Purple Or Black Sabbath Sense) Than King Loser, The Band Disintergrated With Mancini’S Decline (She Has Struggled With Drug And Alcohol Issues).

According To Noone Though, Mancini Was In Positive Spirits In Late 2001 – Having A Great Night Reuniting With Chris Heazlewood For An Impromptu King Loser Performance. Noone’S Label Root Don Lonie For Cash Released The Mothertrucker Debut, Which He Has Described As Being Bloody Good.

Discography (picks in bold)