Say Yes To Apes

Say Yes To Apes were a bit of a notorious southern rock outfit formed by Kevin Smith (guitar / vocals – well-known for his tv acting), Pat Faigan (drums – Spacedust etc) and Steve Watson (bass / violin / synth), born out of the earlier Picnic Boys. Releasing a handful of home-made lo-fi tapes on their own TV Eye label, and eventually even some vinyl the boys developed a firm following with a shambolic approach to rock; with Smiths’ vocals at times recalling Lou Reed.

Later joined by Tim McCleod, Say Yes To Apes were the last and most successful of the TV Eye collective. TV Eye released Watsons’ Legacy Of Ears, and Smiths’ Hyphen-Smythe solo material, all with distinctive hand-scribbled sleeves and home-brewed production techniques. Each of these releases are now highly rare and thoroughly collectable, especially with Kevin Smiths’ tragic death in 2003.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Who’s That [1983 TV Eye Apes001]

  • The Decline And Fall Of Say Yes To Apes [1984 TV Eye Apes003]

  • The Brainshake Cassette [1984 W/ The Impeccable Nasals TV Eye]


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


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]


Space Luxor

A one-off tape release (and a compilation contribution) on Hamish Noonan’s High Tension House label, Space Luxor was the result of Spacedust‘s Duane Zarakov and Lisa Preston (Snort, Lo-Liners) recording with Luxor Dance Ensemble Members Noonan and Richard Neave (CM Ensemble etc).

Sounds suspiciously like the ultra-rare Saturn LP of Sun Ra covering Metal Machine Music.
Hamish Noonan

Discography (picks in bold)