Tinnitus

Auckland-based industrial outfit that featured a young Michael Hodgson, along with audio pruction assitance from Angus Mcnaughten (Unitone Hi-Fi). Their sole Flying Nun release was a retrospective from over a decade of multimedia performances that had seen release in extremely limited diy capacity.

Visual manipulation had always played a large part in Tinnitus performances and the early 90’s was the perfect time to explore the role of the VJ within the arts and live music scene. Over the next few years Michael provided visual enhancement for performances by the Headless Chickens, Jean Paul Satre Experience, Supergroove, Not Really Anything and many others
– Taken from Club Bizarre

In 1992 Hidgson started releasing dub remix albums under the name of Projector Mix, working with the likes of the Hallelujah Picassos, DLT and (most notably) Salmonella Dub, which would eventually led to the birth of the duo Pitchblack with Paddy Free.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Ire In Red Desert [1986 Self-Released]
  • Come [1986 Self-Released]
  • Tinnitus Alive [1987 Self-Released]
  • Untamed [1987 Self-Released]
  • Central Delivery [1987 Self-Released]
  • X- Spiritualistic Function [1987 Self-Released]
  • Ringing In Your [1987 Self-Released]
  • Subjective Experience For The Inside Of Your Head [1988 Self-Released]
  • Firepower Nov.1988 [1988 Self-Released]
  • Affliction Addiction [1991 Self-Released]
  • Futures Past [1992 Self-Released]
  • ‘Necessary Tension’/’Fire Power’/’In The Air’ Cassette Single [1992 Flying Nun Fn134]
  • Futures Past Alive And Studio ’86-’91 [1992 Flying Nun Fn156]

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Supergroove

Ultra-catchy funk-pop-rock outfit that spawned a number of huge singles (‘Sittin’ Inside My Head’, ‘You Gotta Know’, ‘Scorpio Girls’ etc) as well as jump-starting Che Fu‘s career. Over their first 3 years they put out just the one album, but a number of EPs and all those singles gave them an incredibly high profile. However, with Che Fu’s star beginning to rise, problems developed within the group and eventually Che left to persue his (hugely successful) solo career.

The band did soldier on for one more album though, relocating to the U.K. to record Backspacer, which was quite a somber release compared to their early zesty tracks, and failed to excited the buying public. The group decided to go their seperate ways, eventually reuniting in 2003 for the release of a best-of and tenth-year celebrations. Their singles still remain as a snapshot of New Zealand music in the early 90s – hugely accessible and catchy pop with a quirky streaky.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • You Gotta Know Ep [1993 Bmg 149452]
  • Traction [1994 Bmg 218462]
  • Sitting Inside My Head Ep [1994 Bmg 216892]
  • Tractor Ep [1994 Bmg 245452]
  • Backspacer [1996 Bmg]

Awards Etc
Rianz Awards 1994


  • Album Of The Year: Traction
  • Top Group Of The Year: Supergroove
  • Sound Engineer Of The Year: Malcolm Welsford
  • Producer Of The Year: Malcolm Welsfored / Karl Stevens
  • Music Video Of The Year: Can’t Get Enough

Rianz Awards 1995


  • Music Video Of The Year: You Gotta Know

Rianz Awards 1996


  • Producer Of The Year: Malcolm Welsfored / Karl Stevens
  • Music Video Of The Year: If I Had My Way

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