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Brothers Gorgonzola



  • Paul (Bass, 1986)
  • John (Drums, 1986)
  • Malcolm (Guitar, 1986)
  • Remi (Guitar/Piano, 1986)
  • Francis (Vocals, 1986)


  • You Are Split &” (W/ Toerag 1986, Onset/Offset, PR2345)


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Perfect Strangers

A shambling blues-rock trio of notorious obscurity – their split 12″ EP (with The And Band – who shared member Mark Thomas), they existed for a short time playing underground gigs in Christchurch around 1981. Bill Vosburgh ended up recording a split EP as Junkanoo, before forming the Bill Fosby Assassins (with Duane Zarakov), and later joining the Homebacon gang on Brother Love‘s Rock’N’Roll Criminal.

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The McGoohans


Christchurch-based punky proto-grunge outfit that formed after the dissolution of Ian Blenkinsop’s Drowning Is Easy, a 4-piece that featured Blenkinsop along with future Scorched Earth Policy band-mate Mick Elborado, Craig Davison and Andrew Valance.

Blenkinsop formed the first line-up of the McGoohans with Davison resuming his drumming role and George Churton replacing Mick on bass in 1983 – though Davison was later replaced by Churtons’ brother Darren (essentially forming the original incarnation of the Soundbites line-up), and then Norman Dufty (later of the Puddle) in 1984.

By late 1984 Susan Heney had joined the band as bassist (leaving both Ian and George to concentrate on guitar), and the band recorded and released an EP and album on Campbell McLays’ Onset/Offset label. though the band had soon faded away, Churton later resurfaced as an author of several seminal accounts on the New Zealand underground scene, particularly notable is his excellent history of New Zealand punk ‘Have You Checked The Children?’.


  • Ian Blenkinsop (Guitar/Vocals/Bass/Harmonica, 1983 – 1985)
  • Craig Davison (Drums, 1983 – 1985)
  • George Churton (Bass/Guitar/Piano/Vocals, 1983 – 1985)
  • Mick Elborado (Backing Vocals, 1984)
  • Darren Churton (Drums, 1983 – 1984)
  • Norman Dufty (Drums, 1984 – 1985)
  • Susan Heney (Bass/Backing Vocals, 1984 – 1985)


  • The McGoohan Touch [1985, Onset/Offset, PRA2312]
  • Ultra-Violet 7″ EP [1985, Onset/Offset]



Record Labels


Tiny Christchurch-based label initiated by Campbell McLay, that put out cassette (and some vinyl) releases from the likes of the Bottletops and the Riptoids, and continues to release Ritchie Venus’s many cdr releases (Venus aka Michael Braithwaite is involved in the labels running).

Through-out the 80s the compiled a swagger of local acts onto their Krypton Hits compilation series, and were associated with Arnie Van Bussells’ Nightshift studio. In 2012 the label went through something of a renaissance with German label Unwucht Musik re-issuing Venus’s 1998 album ‘Rocking to the Grave’, and then compiling various back-catalogue tracks from the Krypton Hits series as ‘Krypton Hits’, an excellently packaged vinyl-only release.

Compilation Discography
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  • twenty solid krypton hits [1982 PR1072]
  • twenty krypton hits: vol. one cassette [1983 K002]
  • donkey and the albatross ep [1983]
  • krypton green cassette [1984 K003]
  • krypton red cassette [1984 K004]
  • krypton amber cassette [1984 K005]
  • kv1 7″ ep [1985 KV001]
  • get up and go video [1985 VC001]
  • k9k9 video [1986 VC002]
  • off our shoulders [1987 PR2377]
  • kveetwo cassette [1987 K007]
  • kveethree cassette [1987 K008]
  • nightshift video [1988 VC005]

Contact Details

  • Michael Braithwaite [email contact]
  • +64 3 338-3071 [phone number]
  • Onset/Offset Recordings
  • P.O. Box 2764
  • Christchurch
  • New Zealand [postal address]