Bic Runga

Formerly Christchurch and now Paris based vocalist with a delicate folky pop-rock sound. Possibly New Zealand’s most popular vocalist (outside of opera-teen Hayley Westernra), Runga started out playing acoustic ballads as Love Soup with now Heavy Jones Trio vocalist/guitarist Kelly Hogan, and quickly garnished attention thanks to the Smoke-Free Rock-Quest, and a string of popular and minimal videos on the fledgling Cry TV regional music channel (now defunct).

Runga has since gone from strength to strength, signing with Columbia Records, touring the world and scoring some high-profile soundtrack slots in the United States, and breaking the 100,000 record sales barrier for second album Beautiful Collision. Though I prefer Runga’s initial, low-key and under-produced singles, she has retained an aura and understated grace through-out her career.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Drive Ep [1995 Epic 483666.2]

  • Drive [1997 Columbia 488580.2]

  • Drive [1997 Columbia 488580.2]

  • Together In Concert: Live Album [2000 W/ Dave Dobbyn, Tim Finn Epic 5011402000]

  • Beautiful Collision [2002 Columbia 5084032000]

  • Live In Concert With The Christchurch Symphony [2003 Columbia 5148132000]

Awards Etc
Rianz Awards 1995


  • Most Promising Female Vocalist Of The Year: Bic Runga


Apra Silver Scroll 1996

  • Song Writing Award: ‘Drive’


Rianz Awards 1996

  • Top Female Vocalist Of The Year: Bic Runga


Rianz Awards 1997

  • Single Of The Year: Sway

  • Album Of The Year: Drive

  • Top Female Vocalist Of The Year: Bic Runga

  • Songwriter Of The Year: Bic Rungarn

  • Sound Engineer Of The Year: Simon Sheridan


Rianz Awards 1998

  • International Achievement: Bic Runga


Rianz Awards 1999

  • International Achievement: Bic Runga

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Satellite Spies

Mark Loveys and Tommy Joy.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Destiny In Motion [1986 Festival L38372]

Awards
RIANZ Awards 1985

  • Most Promising Group Of The Year: Satellite Spies

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Screaming Meemees

Excellent, and highly popular post-punk / new-wave pop act out of auckland in the early 80s. Achieved unprecedented success with the release of ‘See Me Go’, a lovely poppy early single in the distinct Mee Mees style that managed to top the New Zealand charts without any radio play, purely on the popularity of their live shows and word of mouth.

How many times was this [‘See Me Go’ 7″ on Propeller] recorded and mixed. We finished the mix and went on tour, only to receive a “remix” that the marketing guy at Festival had done. It was unlistenable, although we were told that he’d substituted it for our mix on the release. A quick call to the pressing plant meant ours was substituted, the other one was quietly dumped, so the official release was ours. The funny thing was the marketing guy never noticed…..4000 copies in a week and number one…in fact the first NZ single to enter at 1.

Simon Grigg: taken from Griggs’ Propeller archive website.

The Mee Mees were soon to be touted as New Zealand’s most popular band with their rollicking debut If This Is Paradise, I’ll Take The Bag, and toured as part of the Screaming Blamatic roadshow in 1982 to huge crowds, a defining moment for New Zealand post-punk (championed by start-up label Propeller Recordings) – but their success was short lived with members Tony Drumm, Michael O’Niell, Peter Van Ver Fluit and Jon ‘Yoh’ Landwer going their seperate ways after the ‘Stars In My Eyes’ single in 1983.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘Can’t Take It’ Split 7″ Single [1981 W/ Newmatics Ripper Rip013]
  • ‘See Me Go’/’Till I Die’ 7″ Single [1981 Propeller Rev8]
  • See Me Go Ep [1981 Propeller Rev8x]
  • ‘Sunday Boys’/’At At’ 7″ Single [Propeller Rev15]
  • ‘”F” Is For Fear’/’Orson Welles’ 7″ Single [1982 Propeller Rev18]
  • If This Is Paradise, I’ll Take The Bag [1982 Propeller Rev203]
  • ‘Stars In My Eyes’/’Days Go By’ 7″ Single [1983 Propeller Rev22]
  • Stars In My Eyes 12″ Ep [1983 Propeller Rev22x]
  • Stars In My Eyes [Compilation 1992 Propeller Rev501]

Awards Etc
RIANZ Awards 1981


  • Most Promising Group Of The Year: Screeming Meemees

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Jenny Morris

Morris Went Solo In The Late 80s And Had A Few Hit Singles, Particularly ‘She’S Gotta Be Loved’.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Body And Soul [1987 Wea]
  • Shiver [1989 Wea 256462-1]
  • Honey Child [1991 Wea 90317 5480-2]
  • The Story So Far [1992 Wea 45099 11812]
  • Salvation Jane [1995 Roo Art 06301 1091-2]
  • Rythm And Flow Ep [1995 Roo Art 06310652-2]

Awards Etc
Rianz Awards 1992


  • International Achievement – Jenny Morris

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The Narcs

Gareth Sincock, Tony Waine, Bob Ogilvie, Andy Dickson, Steve Clarkson And Liam Ryan. Hugely Popular (Locally, They Never Tasted Overseas Success) Pop Outfit From The 80s That Tread The M.O.R. Line, Even Touring With One-Hit Wonders Coconut Rough.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • The Narcs Ep [1981 Cbs Xs0006]
  • No Turning Back Ep [1983 W/ Coconut Rough Cbs Ba12040]
  • Whistle While You Work [1983 W/ Coconut Rough Cbs 237956]
  • The Great Divide [1984 Cbs Sbp 238038]
  • The Narcs [1985 Cbs Sbp 8123]


Awards Etc
Rianz Awards 1984


  • Single Of The Year – You Took Me Heart And Soul
  • Producer Of The Year – Dave Mcartney
  • Sound Engineer Of The Year – Graham Wyhre

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The Mutton Birds

Don Mcglashann’s Often Excellent, Often Drab Pop Song-Writing Vehicle. Joined By David Long, Ross Burge And Alan Gregg, The Mutton Birds Put Out A Well Liked Debut That Shared Some Of The Strands Of Previous Mcglashan Bands (Front Lawn And Blam Blam Blam In Particular), But In A Generally Glossier Finish. ‘A Thing Well Made’ Is Absolute Classic, Up With The Most Touching And Honest Songs In Mcglashan’S Back Catelogue (Say The Blams’ ‘Don’T Fight It Marsha (Its Bigger Than The Both Of Us)’ Or The Superb Front Lawn Number ‘A Man And A Woman’).

The Mutton Birds Lastest Well Into The Later 1990s, Eventually Relocating To England For The Release Of Their Mid 90s Albums – And Saw Their Popularity Grow And Grow, With A Successful Cover Of The Classic Kiwi Hit Nature A Massive Hit That Produced A Surge In The Songs Popularity (Later Awarded The ‘Greatest Song In New Zealand History’ By Popular Vote). With Mcglashan Back In His Home Country In The Early 2000s, And His Songs As Popular As Ever, He Started Recording His First Solo Album, After Over Twenty Years In The New Zealand Music Scene.

Awards Etc
Rianz Awards 1992

  • Single Of The Year Naturern
  • Album Of The Year The Mutton Birdsrn
  • Top Group Of The Year The Mutton Birds

Apra Silver Scroll 1994


  • Song Writing Award ‘You Oughta Be In Love’

Discography (picks in bold)

  • The Mutton Birds [1992 Bag Bag1003]
  • The Heater Ep [1994 Virgin 8770192]
  • Salty [1994 Virgin 8394882]
  • Box Of Birds [Compilation 1994 Virgin 4710572]
  • Nature [1995 Virgin]
  • Envy Of Angels [1997 Virgin 8425842]
  • Rain, Steam and Speed [1999 Virgin]
  • Flock: The Best Of.. [Compilation 2002 Virgin]

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