paul mason, chris moore, paul scott, kevin emmett, dick driver, andrew snoid, mark bell and peter warren. pop mechanix were a pop-driven rock band fronted by the enigmatic driver. paul scott was quite an accomplished song-writer, who eventually went on to form australian outfit montana.
in 2005 failsafe released a series of pop mechanix albums, compiling a huge grab-bag of unreleased material from the groups entire tenure.
picks in bold
- ‘now’/’radio song’ 7″ single [1980 ripper RIP005]
- ‘jumping out of a window’/’way i dance’ 7″ single [1981 xsf XS001]
- cowboys and engines [1982 xsf XS007]
- pop mechanix ep [1985 hit singlesHITM025]
- now: singles and demos 1979-1981 [2005 failsafe067CD]
- zoo: lost in australia 1981 – 1983 [2005 failsafe068CD]
- acceptance: reform, restart, redirect 1985 – 1986 [2005 failsafe069CD]
- live kicks: live performance 1986 [2005 failsafe070CD]
- alright here: make or break 1987 – 1987 [2005 failsafe 071CD]
Simon Griggs’ punk, punk-pop and two-tone label from the early 80’s.
Has occasionally resurfaced with one-off releases (including the follow up label Furtive – who had the distinction of debuting The Tall Dwarfs lengthy recording career) and has compiled a number of the labels low run 7″ singles into some very memorable compilations.
Propeller was instrumental of The Screaming Meemees phenomenal success, securing the rarest of the rare, an independently released New Zealand number one single with ‘See Me Go’ in 1981 – paving the way for future success from the likes of Flying Nun.
Propeller (like its short-lived successor Ripper) was initially formed to release the great catalog of underground punk bands that were still relatively unheard outside their regional fan-bases at the turn of the 80’s.
With the original two releases from The Features and Spelling Mistakes, respectively; Propeller started a swell of activity in the New Zealand scene that would eventually be documented by the Bigger Than The Both Of Us compilation LP, which featured releases from both Ripper and contemporary labels.
Propeller currently operates as Huh! Records, the home of revivalist hip-hop outfit 3 The Hard Way and Grigg’s various compilations, such as the reissued Bigger Than The Both Of Us, and the Give it a Whirl documentary soundtrack, both with domestic distribution through major-label Universal NZ.
- The Class Of 81 [1981 REV201]
- Doobie Doo Disc [1982 REV206]
- We’Ll Do Our Best [1983 REV209]
- Its Bigger Than The Both Of Us Double-Lp [1988 2rev210]
- Ak79 Reissue [1993 Joint Reissue Venture With Flying Nun REV503]
- Give It A Whirl Double-Cd [2003 REV504]
- Its Bigger Than The Both Of Us Reissue [2003 REV505]
- Propeller Records
- PO Box 6284
- Auckland 1036
- New Zealand [postal address]