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Papakura Post Office

South Auckland punky acoustic trio who released an EP and had songs on 2 compilations, all put out by Paul Luker’s Industrial Tapes DIY cassette label in the mid 1980s. Luker was connected to the group through vocalist Brett Mason, whom he met performing poetry.

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Phantom Forth

Phantom Forth was a post-punk trio from Auckland who released an EP on Flying Nun in 1984 – their sound was influenced by excellent Scottish group Young Marble Giants. Formed by Paul Luker who went on to form side-project This is Heaven and the DIY cassette label Industrial Tapes.

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Kim Pieters

Kim Pieters is a multi-talented artist based in Dunedin who has made significant contributions to music and visual arts since the 1980s. Pieters is known for her involvement in bands like Dadamah, and her long partnership with Peter Stapleton – with whom she co-founded Dunedin’s Lines of Flight festival.

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The Orange

The Orange was a Dunedin trio formed by Andrew Brough in 1984. They recorded an EP for Flying Nun Records filled with melodic, 1960’s influenced pop before Brough

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Lee Harvey

Flying Nun Records EP from Auckland musician Chris McKibbin – featuring contributions from Hallelujah Picassos Robert Pauling (aka Bobbylon) and Peter McLennan, under the name The Bagmen. The Picassos Tony de Raad was also an early member.

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The Remarkables

Guitar pop from Palmerston North, though not quite in the same league of shimmering textural guitar as Chris Heaphy’s later band Dissolve their 1985 EP ‘Waiting for a Wave’ has the odd hook and shows promise. Named after the Central Otago mountain range.

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House of Dolls

Christchurch-based Post-Punk group formed by Kit Lawrence and Marie Paynter (aka Marie Celeste) and active from 2004 through 2006. Eventually they would morph into the live rave / electro outfit Pig Out.

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The Jumblies

One of the least-known Flying Nun Records releases, ‘Stuff of Dreams’ was the 7″ debut from The Jumblies – the pop-punky Christchurch duo of Claire Timings and Peter Arnold recorded at Nightshift Studios in 1984.

Arnold would somehow manage a 2nd rare release for Flying Nun on 1986; that time performing under his own name and the with appropriate title ‘Rarer than Radium’.

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Log Recording

Biography Log Recording was a warehouse and studio space occupied by ‘The Henrys’ – i.e. Henry Nicol and Henri Kerr of local industrial / punk / noise group Log Horn Breed (hence the name), plus local punk figurehead Lance Downing,… Read More »Log Recording

Look Blue Go Purple

Look Blue Go Purple was an influential and resilient all-female indie-pop group from Dunedin during the Early-Mid 1980s. Despite facing chauvinistic attitudes, they released 3 stellar EPs on Flying Nun, with their debut ‘Bewitched’ reaching No. 21 on the pop chart. Their impact endures through the compilation ‘Still Bewitched’.

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The 3Ds

One of the greatest New Zealand groups of all-time – The 3Ds were one of the key groups in my own personal history as a fan of New Zealand Music. Led by 2 contrasting guitar playing front-men ably backed by a terrific, explosive rhythm section – their songs were full of hooks and exciting noise and distortion.

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Brothers Gorgonzola

Christchurch, or maybe Wellington group that released a split 7″ single on Campbell McLay’s Onset/Offset records in 1986. Played with The Axemen at some point. The members would go on to form a number of Wellington-based groups.

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Runt

Dunedin grunt-rock trio that formed in 1993 and recorded their debut self-titled album at Volt Studios in 1995, and 2nd album Thirsty at Strawberry Sounds in 1997. Bassist / vocalist Richard Strang was also a member of The Magick Heads.

The groups recordings have recently been made available on streaming services after years of being unavailable.

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Spacious

In 1995 The 3Ds guitarist and vocalist Dave Saunders got together with well-known drummer Alan Haig to record a 3-song single for Flying Nun Records under the name Spacious – all 3 songs were eventually re-recorded by The 3Ds for their final album ‘Strange News from the Angels’.

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The Flamin’ Werepigs

The Flamin’ Werepigs were a gritty 3-piece garage-rock outfit from Mid-Late 1990’s Palmerston North who got a couple of recordings put out by Kato Records thanks to pestering label head-honcho Andrew Tolley by faxing a cache of found pornography!

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