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.
Get hold of the ak79 compilation – later reissued as a joint release (with many bonus tracks) through Flying Nun and Propeller which was Rippers’ key archival document, and one of the finest compilations any New Zealand label has ever put out.
Compilation Discography (picks in bold)
- AK79 [1980 RPR1]
- Hauraki Homegrown 1980 [1980 RPR2]
- Ghost Milk Soup [1981 RPR005]
- Rip Shit Or Bust 12″ ep [1983 rip026]