LOOK BLUE GO PURPLE COMPILATION
"Look Blue Go Purple was the most important band in Dunedin throughout the mid-1980s. Musically they weren’t necessarily the most proficient, and in terms of song-writing they weren’t the most prolific, but in terms of the scene they were far and away the most irreplaceable group – they were the glue that held everything together. And they made great records, and played the greatest gigs."
These 5 women were rocking and we regularly hear great stuff from people reminiscing about their live gigs in the mid 80s. They produced 3 EPs: Bewitched (1985), LBGPEP2 (1986) and This Is This (1988) but I have to say their music gets picked up lightning fast so if you spot them in our store get in quick! At times we have posters in store from their past gigs, these are also pretty popular... check out the link below for what is available at the mo! If you visit the recently face-lifted Toitu Otago Settlers Museum in Dunedin, there is a special DUNEDIN SOUND exhibit where you can experience some of the music and vids of the time... we so recommend visiting this place.. and check out the Look Blue Go Purple vid in there!
Ok, lets take a step back in time right now and experience 'Cactus Cat'!
THE LAW OF THINGS
"Remarkably, despite long periods of inactivity, the band's original lineup of Scott plus singer/guitarist Kaye Woodward, bassist Paul Kean, and drummer Malcolm Grant remains intact. So too does that dreamy, disconsolate feeling that settles in whenever the Bats' best music takes hold and nimbly seeps under your skin."
How often is it that you hear of a band that has stayed together for over thirty years, with the complete original line-up of members?!
Such a feat, and the fact that they have been making remarkable music all along the way just adds to the wonder of THE BATS.
Although THE BATS first beginnings came about in Christchurch, they were part of the Dunedin music community of the 80s, whose sound collectively became known as the 'Dunedin Sound'. THE BATS have not only found an intensely loyal New Zealand following over the years, but have regularly toured internationally, guested with Radiohead and The Buzzcocks and count amongst their travels many tours of the United States (yes there is talk of more touring in the not so distant future!!) THE BATS are without a doubt amongst our top you-must-go-and-see-them-live-they're-awesome-and-you-will-never-regret-it bands.
The joy of researching many of the original Flying Nun bands is the discovery of all of the connections that exist between the bands. It doesn't take much reading or asking to discover that many musicians of the 80s era had many projects on the go... for example THE BATS founder Robert Scott is also a member of THE CLEAN. (For some extra historic NZ music learning check out Gareth Shute's book NZ Rock 1987 - 2007).
You might notice in our collection of BATS goodies that we stock a selection of original band gig posters... you might notice that we also have some original artworks that the posters were printed from... Robert Scott is responsible for many of these artworks, and artwork for THE BATS album covers.
LEFT BY SOFT
"David Kilgour's way with music over the years is the kind of gift of talent that maintains its own pace; without being demonstrative about it, he just seems to release one excellent album after another in group, collaborative, and solo contexts, where one listen is all it takes to remind someone of just how good he is. Such is the case with his latest album backed by the Heavy Eights, Left by Soft, where the opening instrumental title track has not one, but two brilliant solos that seem to float above the energetic, crisp chug of the main arrangement like birds skimming over a lake."
Here is a taster of some of DAVID KILGOUR & THE HEAVY EIGHTS:
For more info: www.davidkilgour.com
CAUL OF THE OUTLAW
"King Loser put the scuzz in scuzz-rock. Like some kind of evil take on Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood [sic], the domineering front of Chris Heazlewood and Celia Mancini (nee patel/pavlova) trade off vocal barbs (him – rugged and biting, her – sultry and fork-tongued) over a bed of surf-guitar, jungle-grooves or just good-old american lo-fi hiss-rock."
King Loser's music has been described as surf rock instrumental, psychedelic rock and noise... this Flying Nun band came together in the early 90s however their connections as individual musicians to so many other bands is rather interesting... and I am sure there are many stories out there!
Want to check out some more of their history? Here is a nice little summary...
And here's a little of them in person - an early interview and sounds from the 90s...
"The Chills were exemplars of the so-called Dunedin Sound – an often moist and melancholy, simultaneously dark and breezy amalgam of Western garage-pop roots but invested with an otherworldly aura, as if those overseas influences had indeed seeped in upside down. But only Phillipps was this quixotic, bridging folk and bubblegum, Bowie and Syd Barrett, with feverish shivers and childlike whimsy. (No one else would have dared wear pixie boots with no irony, only joy)"
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Want to reminisce? here is THE CHILLS well known music video for PINK FROST
For more info: www.softbomb.com
For more info see http://www.flyingnun.co.nz/artist/46/show_group
or read any book that records events of NZ music history or the DUNEDIN SOUND!