Ex-pats The Julie Dolphin (a successive British pop outfit that even managed tours with Oasis throughout the 1990’s) split in the early 2000’s, with founding kiwi duo Brett Adams (himself an ex-Mocker) and Dianne Swan (Everything That Flies, When the cats away) returning to New Zealand shores.
Swan and Adams formed the Bads as a recording duo – utilizing additional musicians to fill in the rhythm section for their live performances, and were eventually picked up by Stephen McCarthys’ fledgling South Recordings label, with an album to be released in early 2005.
Fashionable Wellington-based post-punk from the early 1980’s that featured Caroline Easther (The Chills, Verlaines, Spines etc), but formed by British ex-pat brothers Nino and Dan Birch.
Initially formed as a studio-based outfit in august 1980, and heavily indebted to the sound of the Cure, the Birch brothers had been around the Terrace scene for a while, playing in both the Westown Quintet and The Mixers.
Beat Rhythm Fashion eventually started playing live in 1981, taking their place in a vibrant and expanding scene.
They survived a bit longer than many of the formlative Wellington punk outfits featured on ****, releasing several singles packaged in distinctive 2-color sleeves and were recorded as part of the 4-band live album Wellingtonzone, that marked the debut of the soon-to-be-huge Mockers. The band had more of a pop-friendly new-wave edge than their harder-edge contemporaries, but saw little exposure outside Wellington.
In 2007 Rob Mayes of Failsafe Records finally released Bring Real Freedom – a collection of songs culled from out of print vinyl releases, live recordings and unreleased material as part of his ongoing reissue series.
The group received some retrospective exposure in 2017 thanks to Salmonella Dub – The Christchurch dub group were due to be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame, however they declined involvement after their pick of Beat Rhythm Fashion (as an influencing group) were deemed too obscure.
Short-lived vocal-pop outfit fronted by a young Dianne Swan (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard), formed alongside Clive and Bruce Sheridan (Guitar, Keyboard) and Steve Wesley. Other members included Warren Richardson (Drums), Mark Agree (Bass), and Later Peter Harrison (Keyboards, Vocals), David Manning (Bass, Vocals) and Wayne Bell, (Drums, Vocals).
Picked up a video of the year award for their debut ep, then promptly disbanded – with Swan releasing a solo 7″ single, before joining ex-Mocker Brett Adams in England to form Julie Dolphin.
Swan and Adams have since resurfaced back in New Zealand with the Bads, and have a debut album about to be released through Stephen Mccarthy’s new label South Recordings.
andrew fagan’s mockers were hugely successful in an early-mid 80s new zealand obsessed with then-current crop of british pop. fagan’s vocal inflection (slightly nasal, almost morrissey like at times) were the absolute focal point of the band, a pop-orientated rotating cast of support men, specifically noteable for the mammoth hit (and a genuine kiwi classic, despite how british it sounds) ‘forever tuesday morning’, though originally gaining notoriety with the track ‘murder in manners street’. faigan originally appeared in the ambitious vegetables – a highly visible wellington terrace ‘punk’ band from the late 1970s. after several early line-up changes, faigan recruited victoria university friend barry caitcheon (guitar), costello (bass – formerly of the red) and brendan fitzgerald (drums) from wellington rockers the innocent. soon after touring new zealand and cutting ‘cleopatra’, all bar gordon costello had left the group leaving faigan to rebuild a new line-up with the ex-dabs rhythm section of steve thorpe (drums) and geoff haydn (bass), plus dean hazlewood (guitar). discography picks in bold
swear its true [1984 reaction REAL013]
caught in the act [live recording 1984 reaction REAMC-017]