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)

Links

 

Netherworld Dancing Toys

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]

Awards Etc
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

See-Also