1990 – 2023
‘Web of Life’ opens with a series of soft mysterious chords before the song transforms into an explosion of energy. Over the course of five minutes, Mac reveals his mastery of tension and release, constantly taking listeners to unexpected places. One of the most powerful aspects of the track comes from the singer’s voice- a powerful instrument capable of growing from a whisper to a full throated croon at a moment’s notice. With its insanely catchy hooks and soaring production, ‘Web of Life’ is a track that should appeal to any electronic music fan.
Perri was unsigned at the time of the song release, which created a lot of discussion between critics who favoured the song. The song charted on multiple charts in both the United States and Canada at numbers 17 and 21 respectively.
The song sold a total of 47,500 downloads in its opening week. In 2011, it was released in the UK and peaked at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. It spent 31 weeks in the Top 40 and 48 weeks in the Top 75. It was later certified Platinum after shipping 600,000 copies. It was the 11th best selling single of 2011 in the UK.
Shihad is the third full-length album released by New Zealand band, Shihad.
Released in New Zealand in September 1996 on the Wildside Records label, it is sometimes known as “the fish album” – a reference to the fish that feature in the album’s artwork.
The album was dedicated to the memory of the band’s manager and friend, Gerald Dwyer, who had died earlier that year.
Traction is the first album by New Zealand rock band Supergroove. It was released in 1994 by RCA Records, debuting at #1 on the National Album Charts and quickly reached platinum status.
Before the band could record their second album, Che Fu was fired from the band. Supergroove would end up releasing their second and final album, Backspacer, without Fu. To date, the album has achieved the requirements for platinum status five times over.
Neil Mullane Finn OBE (born 27 May 1958) is a New Zealand singer-songwriter and musician who is currently a member of Crowded House and Fleetwood Mac.
With his brother Tim Finn, he was the co-frontman for Split Enz, a project that he joined after it was initially founded by Tim and others, and then became the frontman for Crowded House. He has also recorded several successful solo albums and assembled diverse musicians for the 7 Worlds Collide project; contributor Ed O’Brien, also guitarist for Radiohead, has hailed Finn as popular music’s “most prolific writer of great songs”.
Tim Finn, Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn
Together in Concert: Live is a 2000 live album by Tim Finn, Bic Runga, and Dave Dobbyn during their Together in Concert tour. It was recorded in the months of August and September 2000 in venues around New Zealand. Both the concert and album feature all three performers providing vocal and instrumental backing on each other’s songs.
The album reached No. 2 on the New Zealand charts and remained in the charts for 26 weeks.
It was released in the UK on 29 May 2007. On iTunes, Tim Finn’s name was erroneously credited as “Tim Funn”; however, this has since been corrected.
Zed was the contender of the early 2000s. The first five singles from the Christchurch teenagers all entered the Top 20 and debut album Silencer went No.1 in the New Zealand charts, quickly selling 45,000 units.
Songs such as ‘Glorafilia’ and ‘Renegade Fighter’ have remained in the national consciousness, reminders of a new era when radio and New Zealand rock once again had a symbiotic relationship. They were radio friendly, professional and ambitious.
Shihad - Killjoy
Killjoy is the second full-length album released by New Zealand band, Shihad. This album was released in May 1995.
It is their first album to go gold in New Zealand. It is widely regarded as a classic New Zealand rock album.
According to MTV, Iggy Pop and the members of metal band Metallica have both highly praised this album.
Stellar is a New Zealand pop/rock band led by vocalist Boh Runga, sister of acclaimed recording artist Bic Runga. They have had four RIANZ top 10 singles (the highest being “Every Girl” at #3) and two No. 1 albums.
The band’s signature song is “Violent”, which at the 2000 New Zealand Music Awards won the Single of the Year award, as well as winning Runga an award for best Songwriter. The band won seven awards, among them the Best Album award for their debut, Mix.
Take One is the non-official debut studio album by American singer and American Idol season eight runner-up Adam Lambert, consisting of pre-Idol recordings Lambert made while working as a session musician, but released post-Idol. It was released on November 17, 2009.
#72 on the U.S. Billboard 200
#6 on the U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums
The Feelers was signed by Warner Music and released their first album, Supersystem. The album went to number 1 in New Zealand in September 1998, and became the second biggest selling album in the country that year.
At the 1999 New Zealand Music Awards Supersystem won Album of the Year, Song Writer of the Year (James Reid), Band of the Year, and Producer of the Year (The Feelers and Malcolm Welsford). The band was also awarded the most played song on New Zealand Radio two years running, with “Supersystem” 1998 and “Venus” the following year.
Their debut album The Buddhafinger, was released in New Zealand mid-2000, and proved to be a huge hit, debuting at #2 on the Official New Zealand Top 40 Albums chart.
The Buddhafinger had a distinctive pop/punkish slant to it, and featured part-time vinyl scratcher, DJ Kritikl (Kevin May), on most tracks.
August 2002 came the follow-up album, The Medusa which was also a top 10 hit. In contrast with The Buddhafinger, The Medusa had “a much darker, at times menacing sound”.
The D4 was a rock band from Auckland, New Zealand. Their music was released by Hollywood Records in the U.S., Flying Nun Records in New Zealand and by Infectious Records in the UK.
The group was assembled by vocalist/guitarists Dion Palmer and Jimmy Christmas, who put together a collection of songs and built a four-piece combo, featuring founding members English Jake and Rich Mixture, during late 1998 and started playing at the Frisbee Leisure Lounge parties along Symonds Street, followed shortly thereafter by inner city pub gigs. They have also played at the Big Day Out and at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
Garageland is a New Zealand indie rock band on the Flying Nun record label formed in Auckland in 1992. Influenced by Pixies, Pavement, The Clean and The Velvet Underground, they were critically acclaimed in the UK and United States for their well-crafted and catchy pop songs. The band took its name from Garageland, a song by The Clash.
Their non-album single “Feel Alright” from 1998 included former The Velvet Underground member John Cale on piano.
“George” is a single by New Zealand rock band Headless Chickens released in 1994. Charting as a double A-side with the Eskimos in Egypt Mix of their 1991 single “Cruise Control”, it reached number one in their native New Zealand for four weeks in 1994 and 1995 and received a Gold certification from RIANZ (now Recorded Music NZ). The song was released in Australia, where it reached number 67 on the ARIA Singles Chart.
Under the Influence — 21 Years of Flying Nun Records is a double album that includes tracks by various bands signed or related to the Flying Nun Records label.
The album was planned as a celebration of the 21st anniversary of Flying Nun Records. Bands invited to be part of the album were asked to record one or two songs; if two songs, then one should be a cover of a Flying Nun song that influenced or inspired them and the other song should be a new and unreleased song of their own.
These were all to be recorded on a single day at York Street Studio on 22 March 2002.
Brian Timothy Finn OBE (born 25 June 1952) is a New Zealand singer and musician. His musical career includes forming 1970s and 1980s New Zealand rock group Split Enz, a number of solo albums, temporary membership in his brother Neil’s band Crowded House and joint efforts with Neil Finn as the Finn Brothers.
The Medusa is the second studio album released by New Zealand rock group, Tadpole on September 15, 2002. It was recorded over late 2001-early 2002 and was produced by Malcolm Welsford via Antenna Recordings.
The Medusa entered the New Zealand Top 40 Albums chart and peaked at #10 on September 15, 2002. The album spent a total of nine weeks on the chart and is the second album to reach the top 10.
Originally formed in 1997 in New Zealand by Dan Young (guitars) and Val Hunting (bass). Early demos and a strong live presence attracted the attention of award-winning producer Malcolm Welsford who immediately recognized their unique sound and offered to produce the first album.
Indicator Dogs’ first album, Anschluss, was released by independent label, Antenna records and distributed through EMI. The album was nominated for best rock release and received rave reviews.
ENZSO was an orchestral project started by former Split Enz keyboardist Eddie Rayner. It combines the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with contemporary pop singers to perform Split Enz songs.
The project began with Eddie Rayner. He wanted something more from the old Split Enz songs, and doing orchestral arrangements seemed perfect. Creating the arrangements on his synthesiser, with help from Dave Woodcock, Eddie approached Mark Keyworth of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to ask the orchestra to play his arrangements; Keyworth gladly agreed.
The London Symphony Orchestra
Digitally recorded and mixed in Dolby Surround™ Sound at Metropolis Studios, London, between January 13th – February 15th, 1994. The London Symphony Orchestra was digitally recorded on January 10 – 12, 1994 at Air Lyndhurst Studios, London.
Michael Hutchence was recorded at Metropolis Studios, Melbourne.
Mick Jagger was recorded at Ocean Way Studios, Los Angeles.
Jerry Hadley was recorded at Soundtracks Studios, New York. Maire Brennan, Marianne Faithfull, Gilbert Biberian, The Ibstock Place School Singers were recorded at Metropolis Studios, London.
Her debut single “System Virtue” won her best songwriter at the RIANZ 1993 New Zealand Music Awards.
The video for the song was directed by Josh Frizzell and Matt Noonan and won Best Video at the same awards show. It went on to be the most played New Zealand music video in 1994.
Pacifier - Live
Pacifier Live is a live album by Shihad (then-performing as Pacifier), which was recorded on their August 2003 tour of their homeland New Zealand.
It was issued on 2×CD on 23 November 2003 via WEA with an additional 1000 copies on vinyl. Pacifier Live reached the top 10 on the New Zealand albums chart.
Andrew Brough was a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Dunedin, New Zealand. Best known for his work with the Straitjacket Fits, he later led the band Bike.
In 1996 he was shortlisted for the APRA Silver Scroll and in 2008 he was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame
Shihad - Churn
Churn is the debut album by Shihad, released in New Zealand by Wildside Records on 12 July 1993 and in Europe on 25 June 1994 on Modern Music.
As of August 2014, Shihad had the most Top 40 New Zealand chart singles for any local artist, with 25; three of these reached the top ten. Their singles, “Home Again”, “Pacifier” and “Bitter” are listed at No. 30, 60 and 83, respectively, in the Nature’s Best compilation, an official collection of New Zealand’s top 100 songs.
Formed in 1996, Auckland band Eight have been in no rush, instead allowing their music to breathe and take shape over time. This willingness to explore and define their own sound has been rewarded, as Eight’s music is both mature and powerfully dynamic. Their songs capture a variety of moods from enveloping rock radio hits to brooding melodic soundscapes.
Eight has a high degree of industry experience amongst their own ranks also. Drummer Paul Russell was an original member of the hugely successful group Supergroove, and more recently was part of Che Fu and The Krates. He and other members of Eight have also performed with the likes of Anika Moa and Brooke Fraser.
Breathe was a rock band from Wellington, New Zealand, consisting of Andrew Tilby (vocals, guitar), Richard Small (guitar, vocals), Pet Johnson (bass guitar), Steve Gallagher (keyboards) and Guy Fisher (drums).
The band was formed in the mid-1990s by Hutt Valley school friends Small, Tilby, Fisher and Gallagher, with the addition of Johnson.
Opshop is a New Zealand rock band that formed in 2002. They released their first album, You Are Here in 2004, their second album Second Hand Planet in 2007, and their third album Until The End of Time, which debuted at number one on the New Zealand Album Charts, in 2010.
In 2008, the band won the 2008 APRA Silver Scroll for Song of the Year for their song “One Day”. Jason Kerrison, the lead member of the group appeared on The Masked Singer NZ as a Tuatara, winning the first season.
Second Child were an oddity on the Auckland rock scene in the early 1990s, with their musically complex, almost progressive take on alternative rock. Their line-up gradually shifted around key members Damien Binder and Chris van de Geer, who sought a more melody-driven sound on their 1996 album, Slinky.
The pair went on to long careers in music and Second Child’s best songs capture them coming into their own as songwriters. The songs serve as a window into how van de Geer’s long career as a studio engineer-producer first began.
The Exponents, formerly The Dance Exponents, was a New Zealand rock group led by vocalist and songwriter Jordan Luck.
Their major hits, include “Victoria” “Why Does Love Do This To Me” and “Who Loves Who The Most”.
Thorazine Shuffle delivered a guitar sound influenced by both the classic 60s rock of The Who and The Rolling Stones and the indie and garage rock of 90s acts like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. Hetherington’s lyrics always challenged and provoked discussion with song titles such as Happy Camper, Queer and Wank.
The rhythm section changed over the years but always retained a kick and punch that ensured they were a strong live band and gained them international supports for Helmet, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fugazi and Grant Lee Buffalo.
Thorazine Shuffle were indie guitar heroes of the mid 90’s Auckland scene, producing searing rock ‘n’ roll- fuelled pop music of genuine originality.
The Bats are an influential New Zealand rock band formed in 1982 in Christchurch by Paul Kean (bass), Malcolm Grant (drums), Robert Scott (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards) and Kaye Woodward (lead guitar, vocals).
Though primarily a Christchurch band, The Bats have strong links to Dunedin and are usually grouped in with the Dunedin sound musicians that emerged in the early 1980s. The band has retained the same four members from 1982 to the present day.
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