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Ivan Zagni

English-born composer who on settling in New Zealand in the early 1980’s started working with many of New Zealand’s best and most creative contemporary independent musicians and groups – Tall Dwarfs, Blam Blam Blam, Big Sideways, Avant Garage etc.

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Ripper Records

Legendary and short-lived indie punk label that debuted right on the cusp of the New Zealand underground explosion (i.e. they predate and are noted as a precursor to Flying Nun). Ripper was basically where New Zealand punk first surfaced with the likes of the Suburban Reptiles, the fleetingly popular Swingers, Scavengers etc – basically the cream of the early New Zealand punk scene.

Texas Rangers

Discography Texas Rangers Ep [Live Recording 1986 Ode Sodep253] Links BandCamp Page LastFM Photo’s on Flickr


Obscure (and terribly named) group who put out an EP on the Ode label in 1986. Discography Barricades EP [1986 Ode Sodep259] Links BandCamp Page LastFM Photo’s on Flickr

Sing Sing

Andrew Bell, Ken Chung, Chris Daly, Pat Roxburgh and Nick Scott. Discography Sing Sing Ep [1985 Ode Sodep217] Owning The Sharks Ep [1986 Ode Sodep247] Links BandCamp Page LastFM Photo’s on Flickr


Biography John Davidson, Tony Doe, Keith Taylor, Rowan Swannack, Rick Currie and Chris Dench. Put out 2 EP’s on ode in 1985, the first of which featuring the song ‘The Burma Road’, which was playlisted on commercial radio. After the… Read More »Wait

Thin Red Line

John Kennedy, Karen Rush, Steve Thomas, Dave White, Greg and Kirsten Finucane, Valerie Wycoff, Jim Lovell-Smith and Fiona Masters. Discography Thin Red Line Ep [1985 Ode Fodep225] Simplicity Ep [1986 Ode Sodep246] Lie Of The Land [1987 Ode Sode274] Links… Read More »Thin Red Line