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Free Radicals

Wellington-based electronic / art-music group from the mid 1980’s who recorded and released their debut 12″ ‘Polarities’ with the assistance of a QEII Arts Council grant under the Demonstration Recording Subsidy Scheme. Formed by New York-born classical composer Jonathan Besser and former Victoria University lecturer and composer Ross Harris.

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Molly Says Go

Molly Says Go were a young, frenetic and super-productive Christchurch-based Ska-Punk who formed in 1996, and played all around Canterbury and some shows in the North Island.

Split an album with Wellington’s Channel Thirteen in 2001 or Palmerston North punk-focused label Stakeout Records, and the group split up in 2002. Guitarist Toby Retallick went on to Ill Received.

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Wadd

Christchurch 5-piece rock group who put out a self-titled debut in 1995 after featuring on Failsafe Records Good Things compilation. Disbanded in 1996. Keyboardist Andrew ‘The Hammer’ Hamtpon would later become the head of New Zealand’s Secret Service, i.e. the GCSB.

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Tex Pistol

80’s synth-pop from Ian Morris (Th’ Dudes, DD Smash), and sometimes his brother Rikki. Tex Pistol had 2 huge hit singles in 1987/1988 then promptly disappeared, with Morris concentrating on production until his death in 2010.

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Johnny Christ

Biography A Nelson punk (or rather, super upbeat rock’n’roll) 3-piece, with Johnny Trousers formerly of Killtrain. The 2 DIY releases contain a handful of covers from the likes of the Jam, the Pogues (including a snappy cover of The Searchers… Read More »Johnny Christ

Hawaii Five-0

Terrific organ-driven indie pop group from mid to late 1990’s Christchurch. Put out 2 7″ lathe singles then promptly disappeared, but singer / keyboardist / guitarist Annabel Alpers went on to find fame with her solo project Bachelorette.

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The World

Jangly Christchurch pop from the early 1980’s. The group recorded a 6 song mini-album with the intent of it being released on Flying Nun Records, however the recordings went unreleased until 2013 when it was picked up and released as a retrospective LP by German label Unwucht.

The song ‘Mystery’ shows the group had bags of potential.

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Trillionaires

Trillionaires were a Christchurch institution through the late 1990s and 2000s. A covers band formed as a super-group of local musicians with the twin vocals of Ross Humphries and Nicole Moffat.

The group were known for their eclectic covers, with each song reinterpreted in their own unique style, usually as a rollicking garage rock’n’roll number, driven by the killer guitar of Mick Elborado and the rhythm section of John Christoffels (bass) and Malcolm Grant (drums).

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The After Dinner Mints

Celia Mancini’s ‘lounge band in the ’80s.’ A Christchurch-based group that played a variety of upmarket events with Mancini fronting a killer backing band. Unknown for many years, a recording of Bobby Hebb’s ‘Sonny’ on the excellent ‘The Celia Mancini Tapes’ posthumous release in 2018.

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Camping at Campus A Low Hum

Live: Campus A Low Hum Day 3

Flashback to February 13th, 2011 – Day 3 of Campus A Low Hum at Flock House in Bulls. Featuring camping, b-ball and lots and lots of bands!

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The Pool at Campus A Low Hum

Live: Campus A Low Hum Day 2

Flashback to February 12th, 2011 – Day 2 of Campus A Low Hum at Flock House in Bulls. Featuring heaps of bands from around New Zealand, Australia and even a few from the States.

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Kitsunegari at Campus A Low Hum

Live: Campus A Low Hum Day 1

Flashback to February 11th, 2011 – Day 1 of Campus A Low Hum at Flock House in Bulls. Featuring heaps of bands from around New Zealand, Australia and even a few from the States.

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Street Chant at Campus A Low Hum 2011

Live: Campus A Low Hum Day 0

Flashback to February 10th, 2011 – Day 0 of Campus A Low Hum at Flock House in Bulls. Featuring Pre-Campus performances from Street Chant and Scul Hazzards.

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Cease to Exist

Presumably named after a song by notorious cult leading serial killer (and Beach Boys collaborator) Charles Manson. One of Duane Zarakov, Celia Mancini and Brother Love’s many psychedelic rock acts – this time a Christchurch-based group who were around during 1991 (after the demise of The Axel Grinders, but before Space Dust and King Loser) and recorded a single cassette EP.

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The Axel Grinders

The Axel Grinders were a hard-edged rock’n’roll group with touch of humour, formed by future King Loser members Celia Patel (aka Celia Mancini), Pat Faigan (Duane Zarakov) and Martin Henderson (Brother Love), with John Markie (John Segovia) and Phil Ascott. Their recordings were finally made freely available in 2014.

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