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The Knobz

Opportunistic Dunedin-based 4-piece pub-rock band known pretty much exclusively for their career-defining single ‘Culture?’, a satirical lampoon of Prime Minister Muldoon, and his despised 40% sales tax on local music. The song and hastily produced video featured McPhail and Gadsby regular, comedian and Muldoon impersonator Danny Faye. Released in November 1981, ‘Culture?’ is a rock radio classic in New Zealand – and has the distinction of being the first independently released local single to break into the top 5 of the New Zealand charts.

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King Loser

Led by the dynamic duo of Celia Mancini and Chris Heazlewood, New Zealand’s surf and noise guitar gods King Loser were one of the best local groups for much of the 1990’s with 3 terrific albums and a handful of singles and bootleg releases before their split in 1997.

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Kool Aid

Psych-shoegaze group formed (originally as Brian Tamaki and the Kool Aid Kids) as a solo project album by Christchurch’s Jamie Stratton, before expanded to a full group for the groups subsequent releases.

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Popular 1980’s hard rock group formed in Te Puke. Guitarist Paul Martin would later become a popular radio host on The Rock radio station before joining popular metal group Devilskin.

King Kapisi

the current king of polynesian hip-hop – bill urale is a self-styled example of how with a bit of ambition and some good friends, anyone can make it big. with the help of his sister he created an award-winning debut… Read More »King Kapisi


pop-rock from phonoss‘s michael brennan, warren lawson, daniel gannaway and stan leboy. self-released their own debut after appearing on a powertool records kaleidoscope world live recording compilation. Discography picks in bold the kidameln lo-fi album [2004 self-released K001]


Discography picks in bold prince krauss cd-r [root don lonie for cash rdl078]

Ben King

singer-songwriter and part of the goldenhorse team who put out his debut self-titled release on siren a year following the goldenhorse debut. Discography picks in bold ben king [2002 siren]


this release an intense and somewhat painful eleven track exploration into the world of dance music terrorism and industrial sound manufacture. punishing excessive amounts of machine gun static gain overloads twisted sound manipulations and frequencies sub-sonics and sample experimentation are… Read More »KSK

John Kelcher

Biography Former bass-player for Sneaky Feelings, released an album under his own name in the early 90’s. Discography Personal Disorganiser [1991, Failsafe Records, SAFE013] Links  

David Kilgour

Biography As a strong song-writer behind the seminal flying nun 3-piece the clean, david kilgour developed his own style of country tinged psychedilic rock-guitar playing, earnest vocals and a distinct kiwi sound that he made all his own. kilgour (and… Read More »David Kilgour

Chris Knox

Biography I’ve had a hard time starting this profile. A man who’s done so much for New Zealand (underground) music that it wouldn’t really be the same without him – Knox was responsible for so many changes in the way… Read More »Chris Knox

The Kiwi Animal

brent hayward and julie cooper. Discography picks in bold wartime ep [1983 brent and julie BJ001] rn music media [1984 massage] mercy [1985 massage TKALP003] massage tunes [1986? massage TKA PRA2067]


k-group is paul toohey, previously of noted nz geological drone ensemble surface of the earth, who also has a solo album under this name on corpus hermeticum– bruce russell toohey is also part of the new zealand guitar orchestra, a… Read More »K-Group