The very definition of ‘I like your old stuff better than your new stuff’, Salmonella Dub started out creating bass and horn-heavy dub ready to get down too, but slowly (well, more like immediately after former sound-man Tiki Tanae joined the band) they morphed into a pop-focused dub-lite outfit, totally devoid of the grooves of their earlier recordings.
Pretty much everything change around for the band with the release of ‘For the love of it’, an EP culled from 1999s major-label debut Killervision. Taane became the focal point of the group, and the recordings veered in a distinctly pop material, despite remixes from heavy-weights Mad Professor and New Zealand outfits like the Nomand and Pitchblack. Virgin continues to pimp the band, even resorting to releasing second string material from Killervision – ‘Johnny’ was released some 4 years after appearing on the album!
I get the feeling the line-up of Dave Deakins, Andrew Penman, Mark Taylor, Conan Wilcox and Even Tiki Taane; some of whom came from punk and metal backgrounds – have tired of the pop direction the band has taken. We can only wait and see. As of now the band has indulged in vinyl dubs and remix releases, often aimed at a european market – but have been quiet through-out 2004.
Discography (picks in bold)
- Salmonella Dub [1994 Curious Recordings 8489922]
- Dubtomfoolery [1995 Curious Recordings 8489932]
- Thc Winter Ep [1996 Curious Recordings 8489942]
- Calming Of The Drunken Monkey [1997 Curious Recordings 8453822]
- Killer Vision [1999 Virgin Nz 8476082]
- For The Love Of It Ep [1999 Virgin Nz 8958082]
- Colonial Dub Ep [2000 Virgin Nz 8894032]
- Inside The Dub Plates [2001 Virgin Nz]
Probably Don McGlashan’s most famous song-writing vehicle, the Mutton Birds achieved considerable success in the 1990’s, with a number of successful singles, albums and even award recognition.
Originally an Auckland-based trio comprised of McGlashan (pulling double-duty with the theatrical group The Front Lawn), Six Volts guitarist David Long and drummer Ross Burge – who was also playing double duty in Dribbling Darts.
After adding (Burge’s Dribbling Darts band-mate) bassist Alan Gregg in 1992 the group released their self-titled debut, which tasted immediate success, particularly on the back of their cover of the Wayne Mason / Fourmyula classic ‘Nature‘.
Further albums followed in the mid-90s, with further success coming at the hands of their first number 1 single – ‘The Heater‘, plus perennial favorite ‘Anchor Me‘ from 1994’s Salty. Another cover – this time Blue Oyster Cults’ classic ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper‘ was used on the soundtrack to Peter Jacksons’ film ‘The Frighteners‘, further increasing their profile, particularly outside of New Zealand and Australia.
Towards the end of the 1990’s both Long and Gregg moved on, British guitarist Chris Sheehan, bassist Tony Fisher and another ex-Dribbling Dart – Matthew Bannister (most notably of Sneaky Feelings) filling the line-up as the decade came to a close.
Though essentially disbanding around 2002, with McGlashan going on to record under his own name (solo debut Warm Hand surfaced in 2006), the group have re-united for subsequent tours in 2012 and later.
- Don McGlashan (Vocals / Guitar / Euphonium, 1991 – 2002, 2011 -)
- David Long (Guitar, 1991 – 1997)
- Ross Burge (Drums, 1991 – 2002, 2011 -)
- Alan Gregg (Bass, 1992 – 1999)
- Chris Sheehan (Guitar, 1997 – 2002, 2011 -)
- Tony Fisher (Bass, 1999 – 2002, 2011 -)
- Matthew Bannister (Guitar, 2000 – 2002, 2011 -)
- 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]
RIANZ Awards 1992
- Single Of The Year: Nature
- Album Of The Year: The Mutton Birds
- Top Group Of The Year: The Mutton Birds
APRA Silver Scroll 1994
- Song Writing Award: You Oughta Be In Love
Through-Out The 80s The Dancing Toys Were (For A Brief Moment) One Of New Zealand’S Most Populal Bands, A Horn-Punctuated Post-Punk Pop Outfit With A Huge Live Following And A Swagger Of Catchy Singles. From Humble Beginnings As High-School Aged Up-And-Comers Supporting Blam Blam Blam To New Zealand’S Top Selling Bands In Just A Couple Of Releases, The 7-Strong Line-Up Of Brent Alexander, Malcolm Black, Graham Cockroft, Nick Sampson, Alistair Perry, Matthew Trubuhovich And Mick Rillstone Faded Almost As Quickly As They Rose, Unable To Support Their Over-Sized Line-Up Within The Limited Confines Of Touring NZ.
Discography (picks in bold)
- Netherworld Dancing Toys 12″ Ep [1983 Flying NunFn Ndt001]
- ‘The Trusted Ones’/’Bored To Death’ 12″ Single [1983 Flying NunFn Ndt002]
- Song And Dance 12″ Ep [1984 Flying NunFn Ndt003]
- The Blam Blam Blam Story [1984 W/ Blam Blam Blam CbsSbp237993]
- Painted Years [1985 VirginV3000]
- Everything Will Be Alright [1989 CBS]
Rianz Awards 1985
- Single Of The Year: For Today
- Album Of The Year: Painted Years
- Top Group Of The Year: Netherworld Dancing Toys
- Producer Of The Year: Nigel Stone