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John White

As the distinctive voice of Mestar, John White has become quite a well known figure in new zealand music, particularly in his home-town of dunedin, where mestar first formed, and where Cloudboy have become such a loved troup.

John toured with Demarnia Lloyd‘s excellent avant-pop outfit Cloudboy during their european tear to coincide with the release of the excellent Down At The End Of The Garden album, releasing his first solo album along the line.

A breezy mixture of low-key lullaby’s based around John’s delicate, almost child-like voice, accompanied by gentle acoustic guitar, plus a similar palette of instrumentation to the excellent Cloudboy debut; the albums 2nd half that veers towards droney string-section experiments – quite a dramatic change. In 2006 Jody Lloyd’s She’ll Be Right records reissued White’s excellent debut. In 2011 White resurfaced in Dunedin with new group The Blueness.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Balloon Adventure Cd-R [2002 Self-Released]
  • Mogwash [2004 Self-Released]
  • Balloon Adventure Reissue [2006 She’ll Be Right]

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Whizz Kids

Westlake Boys High Boys Tim Mahon and Mark Bell were North-Shore punks back in 1978, initially as part of the ‘Avant-Punk-Theatre’ act the Plague.

[The Plague’s] major claim to fame came with their naked live performance (albeit covered in paint) at the 1979 Nambassa Rock Festival in front of 30,000 confused hippies
– Simon Grigg

Eventually the musically inclined trio in the Plague – namely Mahon, Bell and Ian Gilroy, ended up splitting to concentrate on the music side of things, and released a split single (with the Spelling Mistakes) as The Whizz Kids. Fairly soon Gilroy left to join the Swingers, so Don McGlashan was drafted in as their new drummer, with the band redubbed Blam Blam Blam.

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Wilberforce

Piers, Matt And John. An ep in 1995. The only record i can find of these guys seems to be their discography entry from Davey and Puschmann’s Kiwi Rock (1996).

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Up To You Ep [1995]

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The Wild Poppies

Alan Carter, Andrew Young, Nick Taylor, Ian Hopkins, Robert Axford and Richard Geismar.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Heroine [1987 Poppie Pr02]

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Wildside

Former Rip It Pp editor Murray Cammick formed Wildside in 1991, releasing material from Wellington acts Freak Power, Second Child and Rumblefish, but didn’t really become the icon of Wellington hard rock it was in the mid 90s until both Head Like A Hole and Shihad (who later changed their name to Pacifier then reverted back again) released their Wildside debuts.

With 2 of the biggest names in New Zealand rock under their belts (not to mention the likes of the Dead Flowers, and Christchurch act Pumpkinhead), Wildside cruised through the 90s, with album after album of high-quality hard rock.

Compilation Discography
Picks In Bold

  • Raw 1 [1995]
  • The Best Of Wildside [2002]

Contact Details

  • Wildside Email [Contact Email]
  • Wildside Records
  • Po Box 7012
  • Wellesley St
  • Auckland
  • New Zealand [Postal Address]
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The Winter

Wellington trio led by Dave Edwards (guitar / harmonica), with San Shimla (Cello) and prolific New Zealand music journalist Simon Sweetman (Drums / Percussion). Edwards has been self releasing on his own Fiff Dimension website his own recordings for a few years, and the Parataxes album marks his debut in a group ensemble (on Antony Milton‘s fine Pseudoarcana label), which Foxy Digitalis‘s Brad Rose commends for the interact improv feel of the recordings.
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Witcyst

Perhaps the most prolific artist new zealand has ever produced, Michael Veet Ruiliude has produced as Witcyst, or as an number of his other mysterious alias, Veetjist, M. W. Vit, Wytcystallio, Mxvxwx, Thighte Whistle, or a handful of groups – Falcoxi, Failian Falien, Naughty Pakehas, G.A.M etc etc the list goes on.

On his own Extemporanious and Lifespace labels there are over 600 documented Ruiliude recordings, and this number is growing daily, as he tends to release pretty much everything he records.

Purely a mail-order marvel, a witcyst package contains a bizarre array of musical snippets in any grab-bag stylistic approaches, and acompanied by various pieces of visual artwork. With all this activity, Ruiliude has also found time to collaborate with and contribute material with Clayton Noone and his Root Don Lonie For Cash label, whilst still maintaining a release schedule on his own labels of mammoth proportion.

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Working With Walt

One of Jan Hellreigel‘s short-lived mid 80s troups, along with brother Rob, Kevin Fielden, Mark Petersen and David Wood. Put out an EP on Jayrem before Jan moved on to make it big solo.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • 5 Sides Ep [1985 Jayrem Jay135]

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The World

Low key postcard style popsters, the World featured Malcolm Grant (Bats – Brums), Bridget Mulcahey (Bass), Alan Meek (Guitar And Keyboards – The Bilders), Andrea Cox (Violin) and Charles Haywood (Vocals). Released a 7 song cassette album entitled ‘Seven Songs’ on Bob Scott’s Every Secret Thing label.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Seven Songs [1984 Every Secret Thing EST14]

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World Gone Wild

Obscure early 90s band who put out a self-titled album along with a promotionary EP, then promptly disappeared.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • World Gone Wild [1991 Definitive]

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