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Flying Nun Records

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In 1981 record store manager Roger Shepherd founded Flying Nun Records promoting the music of Christchurch though it soon became a major portal for bands further south. The first release on Flying Nun was The Pin Group with the 7" Ambivalence but it was The Clean achieving chart success with Tally Ho! and the EP Boodle, Boodle, Boodle that really put the label on the map.

Later the release of the classic Dunedin Double featuring The Chills, The Verlaines, Sneaky Feelings and The Stones, signalled the beginnings of a vibrant new Dunedin scene which quickly became labelled The "Dunedin Sound" by pundits further north, a label that has been detested by some, frequently denounced as a myth and hotly debated by others. Many of the early recordings were made on a 4-track tape recorder operated by Chris Knox and Doug Hood and are indicative of a stripped back D.I.Y ethos that permeated the scene.

Discography

1981 (7") The Pin Group - Ambivalence/Columbia FN001
1981 (7") The Clean - Tally Ho!/Platypus (3 versions) FN002
1981 (7") The Pin Group - Coat FN003
1981 (EP) The Clean - Boodle, Boodle, Boodle (4 versions) FN 003
1981 (EP) Ballon D'Essai - This Is The Level Crossing FN007
1981 (7") Ritchie Venus & The Blue Beetles - Bleeding Heart/Josephine FN008 (low volume)
1981 (7") 25 Cents - Don't Deceive Me/The Witch FN009
1981 (7") Playthings - Coloured PLAY 623
1982 (2EP) The Chills/Sneaky Feelings/The Stones/The Verlaines - Dunedin Double - DUN 1
1982 (7") The Chills - The Rolling Moon COLD 001
1982 (7") The Builders - Schwimmen In Der See FN006
1982 (LP) This Sporting Life - Show Me To The Bellrope FN011
JUN 1 1982 (7") Mainly Spaniards That's What Friends Are For FN014
1982 (7") Sneaky Feelings - Be My Friend FN015
1982 (EP) The Pin Group - Go To Town (12") FN 1967
1982 (EP) The Clean - Great Sounds Great, Good Sounds Good, So-so Sounds So-so, Bad Sounds Bad, Rotten Sounds Rotten GOOD 001
JAN 8, 1982 (LP) The Builders Beatin Hearts
1982 (7") The Clean - Getting Older LAST 1
1982 (EP) Bored Games Who Killed Colonel Mustard (2 versions) LUDO 001
1982 (LP) Chris Knox Songs For Cleaning Guppies ME 1
1982 (EP) Naked Spots Dance New NSD 2
1982 (7") Playthings Bird's Eye View PLAY 001
1982 (EP) Tall Dwarfs Louis Likes His Daily Dip WEE 001
1982 (7") The Jessels Bobzilla XMAS 001
1983 (LP) The Great Unwashed - Clean Out Of Our Minds (2 versions) BIG 001
1983 (LP) The Stones - Another Disc Another Dollar BUCK 001
1983 (EP) Children's Hour - Flesh C60
1983 (EP) Skeptics - Chowder Over Wisconsin CHOW 001
1983 (LP) Sneaky Feelings - Send You FEEL 1
1983 (EP) 8 Living Legs/Flak Emigration FLEG 001
1983 (EP) This Sporting Life In Limbo FN009
1983 (7") The Verlaines - Death And The Maiden FN014
1983 (EP) Ballon D'Essai Grow Up FN020
1983 (EP) Tall Dwarfs - Canned Music (2 versions) FNTIN 1
1983 (EP) Fetus Productions - Fetalmania FPRO 999
1983 (EP) Marching Orders - The Dancer GIS 001
1983 (EP) They Were Expendable - Big Strain J 1
1983 (LP + EP) The Fall - In A Hole ? MARK 1 + 2
1983 (EP) Netherworld Dancing Toys - Netherworld Dancing Toys NDT 001
1983 (EP) Netherworld Dancing Toys - The Trusted OnesNDT 002
1983 (EP) Netherworld Dancing Toys - Song And Dance NDT 003
1983 (LP) The Last Rumba (Various Artists) RUM 001
1983 (LP) This Kind Of Punishment This Kind Of Punishment TKP 001
1983 (EP) The Victor Dimisich Band The Victor Dimisich Band VD 1
1983 (EP) Marie And The Atom Yellow Read Aloud YELL 001
1984 (7") The Chills - Pink Frost/Purple Girl COLD 002
1984 (7") The Chills - Doledrums/Hidden Bay COLD 003
1984 The Great Unwashed - Singles (3 versions) DIRT 001
1984 The Verlaines - 10 O'Clock In The Afternoon (2 versions) FN022
1984 (EP) The Rip - A Timeless Peace FN023
1984 (EP) The Bats - By Night FN024
1984 Expendables - The Flower FN025
1984 The Doublehappys - Double B Side FN026
1984 (EP) Phantom Forth - The E.P FN027
1984 (EP) Scorched Earth Policy - Dust To Dust FN028
1984 (LP) Expendables - In Between Gears FN029
1984 (7") The Jumblies - Stuff Of Dreams I8080
1984 (7") Children's Hour - Ya! Ya! Ya! KID 001
1984 (EP) Tall Dwarfs - Slugbuckethairybreathmonster (3 versions) SLUG 1
1984 (LP) This Kind Of Punishment - A Beard Of Bees TKP 002
1985 (EP) The Chills - The "Lost" EP COLD 004
1985 (EP) The Doublehappys - Cut It Out DH 002
1985 (EP) Sneaky Feelings - Husband House FEEL 2
1985 (7") Crystal Zoom- Uptown Sheep (7") FN030
1985 (EP) The Bats - And Here Is 'Music For The Fireside'. FN031
1985 (EP) The Exploding Budgies - The Grotesque Singers FN033
1985 (EP) The Fold - The Fold FN035
1985 (EP) Not Really Anything - Watched A World FN036
1985 (LP) Vibraslaps - Vibraslaps FN038
1985 (LP) The Verlaines - Hallelujah - All The Way Home (3 versions) FN040
1985 (LP) From Scratch - Pacific 3,2,1,Zero (Part1) FN041
1985 (EP) Scorched Earth Policy - Going Thru' A Hole In The Back Of Your Head FN042
1985 (EP) Able Tasmans - The Tired Sun FN043
1985 (EP) Bird Nest Roys - Whack It All Down FN044
1985 (EP) Goblin Mix - Goblin Mix FN046
1985 (EP) Look Blue Go Purple - Bewitched FN LBGP 001
1985 (EP) Tall Dwarfs - Three Songs (Single) (2 versions) FNOT 1
1985 (EP) This Is Heaven - 200 Variations IND 001
1985 (EP) Look Blue Go Purple - Bewitched LBGP 001
1985 (LP) Tall Dwarfs - That's The Short And The Long Of It LONG 1
1985 (EP) Marie And The Atom - Spit It Out MATA 002
1985 (EP) The Chills - The "Lost" EP MC COLD 004
1985 (LP) Sneaky Feelings - Take SidesMcFEEL 001
1985 (EP) The Chills - The "Lost" EP NORMAL 43
1985 (LP) The Clean - Odditties ODD 1
1985 (LP) Playthings - Live '81 PLAY 234
1985 (EP) Fetus Productions - Perfect Product PROD. 001
1985 (LP) Fetus Productions - Luminous Trails PROD 331
1985 (EP) This Kind Of Punishment - 5 By Four TKP 003
1985 (7") The Weeds - Wheatfields WEEDO1
1986 (LP) Outnumbered By Sheep (Various Artists) BFM 001
1986 (7") Shayne Carter & Peter Jefferies - Randolph's Going Home CJ001
1986 (LP) The Chills - Kaleidoscope World (compilation) COLD 005
1986 (7") The Chills - I Love My Leather Jacket (2 versions) COLD 006
1986 (LP) The Clean - Compilation COMPO 001
1986 (7") Sneaky Feelings - Better Than Before FEED 3
1986 (EP) Sneaky Feelings - Better Than Before FEEL 3
1986 (7") Sneaky Feelings - Coming True/Wasted Time FEEL 5
1986 (LP) Sneaky Feelings - Sentimental Education FEEL 6
1986 (LP) Tuatara - A Flying Nun Compilation (Various Artists) (2 versions) FN045

More Video Links

Heavenly Pop Hits - The Flying Nun Story.
Radio With Pictures - Dunedin and Christchurch bands.
Flying High With Flying Nun - Roger Shepherd and Flying Nun
In Love With These Times - TV commercial.
Anything Can Happen - Excerpt from 1989 Flying Nun Documentary
Friends of The Enemy - Dunedin scene 1982

Audio Links

Flying Nun Records - Five Part Radio New Zealand Series.

General Links

Flying Nun Records - Official Website
Wikipedia Facebook
Audio Culture - Brian White
Audio Culture - The "Unofficial" Flying Nun Vault
Audio Culture - Flying Nun: Getting Older - the 1990s and beyond
stuff.co.nz - Flying Nun's 30 eye-popping years
Stylus Magazine - In Love With Those Times