She’s Insane

Former Christchurch rock outfit comprised of Maria Due (Guitar / Vox), Tasha French (Vocals, Drums), Pete Thomson (Guitar) and Adam Gallagher (Bass – replaced original bassist Kerry Wellman) who drew a lot of attention with their debut on Yellow-Eye – especially the single ‘Daisy’, but have since disappeared from view.

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Cynthia Should

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Weetbix Boys

Dunedin-based skiffle group featuring Simon Vare, Steve Cournane (Alpaca Brothers, C.L. Bob Etc), Andy Scott (Electric Blood) and Richard Morris. Andy Scott left the band in 1989, replaced behind the kit by Donald Harman.

The band toured the North Island, and supported the likes of the proclaimers and the Violent Femmes. Their sole release was their contribution to the 4-band Out Of The Yellow-Eye compilation put together by Yellow-Eye founders Vare and Cournane to document the sounds of Dunedin.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Out Of The Yellow-Eye [1991 W/ My Deviant Daughter, Funhouse, Cynthia Should Yellow-Eye Eye001]

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Yellow Eye

Small Dunedin based label that put out the excellent 3-disc ‘But I can Write Songs Okay..’ anthology of Dunedin music, dating back to the late 50s. Formed by Simon Vare and Steve Cournane to release Dunedin Pop and Jazz, they christened the label with the release of the out of the Yellow-Eye 4-band compilation, which featured Vare and Cournane’s skiffle outfit The Weetbix Boys.

Compilation Discography

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  • Out Of The Yellow-Eye [1991 Eye001]

  • But I Can Write Songs Okay.. Triple-Cd Compilation [1997 Eye005-007]


Contact Details

  • Yellow-Eye Music [Official Website]

  • Simon Vare [Label Head / Email Contact]

  • Yellow Eye Music

  • Po Box 6173

  • Dunedin North

  • New Zealand [Postal Address]

Swampy

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T And D Bigger Band

3-piece Dunedin acoustic-folk band comprised of Tracy Huirama-Osborne (Vocals / Guitar), Deidre Newall (Double Bass / Vocals) and Erin Morton (Fiddle, Guitar and Vocals). Featured on the But I Can Write Songs Ok? compilation, and put out a release on Dunedins fine Yellow-Eye label, but have since disappeared.

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Bored Games

Biography

Before Dimmer, before Straitjacket Fits, before even the Doublehappys, Shayne Carter was in a Flying Nun-type punk band called Bored Games, who opened for the likes of the Clean and Toy Love before the lads had even left high school.

The conduit was the Pistols doing ‘Pretty Vacant’ on TV some time in 1978. A blast of white light – so exotic, primitive and powerful – it blew me away. Lesley Paris (later to become a member of Look Blue Go Purple, and at one time even head up Flying Nun) informed me that her neighbor, Robin Siatanga, had a tape of the entire ‘Nevermind The Bollock’ album and we’d pass it among ourselves like this chalice of purse gold. I can still remember the cassette – White with thin gold stripes. At home i’d listen to it on headphones, cranked up beyond distortion, the music like an avalanche in my ears. That’s when I began writing songs. – Shayne Carter

At the age of 15, Carter (the ever-vocal front-man) formed Bored Games with Kaikorai High School buddies Wayne Elsey (bass) and Jeff Harford (drums) drafted in Logan Park High Schoolers Fraser Batts (guitar – brother of Jeff, making his name in The Same) and Jonathan Moore (guitar).

That was the beginning really. Two tribes from opposite sides of the city interlocked, bringing together the 20 or so kids who made up the town’s original young punk scene. By this point The Enemy had left for Auckland – along with the original Clean – and assumed a shape of mythic proportions. – Shayne Carter

Bored Games started forming songs and ideas, Lesley helping out as their primary supporter, and the band indulging in such influences as “The Buzzcocks, The Saints, The Stooges, The Ramones, The Damned and The Pistols. AK79 came out and we loved The Scavengers tracks and would later cover Proud Scum’s ‘I Am A Rabbit’…”, and listened intently to bootleg’s of The Enemy, provided by (‘Records Records’ owner) Roi Colbert.

Going from making their debut at Kaikorai High School talent quest to supporting heroes Toy Love (and even upstaging them by playing ‘Pull Down The Shades’ in the more primal, slow 10 version The Enemy used to play), things quickly fell into place – the band playing community halls to armies of Dunedin youngsters, though violence somewhat curtailed this option and being too young for pubs the started to run out of options. A possible support slot with Lip Service fell through:

…Mr. Batts said no. We didn’t bother telling Lip Service we weren’t turning up because they were from Auckland and besides they looked old. We thought they were probably fakes. The Knobz came and played a lunchtime concert at school. The covered The Members’ ‘Solidarity Confinement’ and dedicated it to Bored Games but we were unmoved. We thought The Knobz were fakes as well. Afterwards my next door neighbor would plaster “Knobz wank dogz” posters all over the city. -Shayne Carter

By 1980 the band had started thinking about recording, with a back catalog of some 20 originals to work with. Mike Chunn overlooked the group, taking on the young Dance Exponents instead. Wayne Elsey grew tired, leaving to form The Stones and was replaced by Terry Moore, and the band won the 1980 KVHS talent quest on second attempt. In 1981 the band slid away, half the members resurfacing in Martin Phillips re-christened sequel to The Same – The Chills.

The group would (with the birth of Flying Nun, later in 1981) record the ‘Who Killed Colonel Mustard’ EP (which included the brilliant ‘Joe 90’ – unmistakably the bands signature song) posthumously a year after their break-up, and Carter would go on to re-unite with his school chums in The Doublehappys. The EP is now tragically hard to find, but the boys material is easily obtained on the ‘..But I Can Write Songs OK’ compilation on Yellow-Eye records.

[Quotes from Shayne Carter taken with permission from ‘Mysterex: Kiwi Punk And Beyond #3”]

Members

  • Shayne Carter (vocals, 1978 – 1981)
  • Wayne Elsey (bass, 1978 – 1980)
  • Jeff Harford (drums, 1978 – 1981)
  • Fraser Batts (guitar, 1978 – 1981)
  • Jonathan Moore (guitar, 1978 – 1981)
  • Terry Moore (bass, 1980 – 1981)

Discography

  • Who Killed Colonel Mustard EP [1982 Flying Nun LUDO001]

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Places of Interest

My Deviant Daughter

Dunedin-Based Dark-Pop Outfit From The Early 90s That Featured On The Out Of The Yellow-Eye Compilation.

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