Old New Zealand

...The Fourmyula...



Martin Hope (guitar and vocals) Wayne Mason (guitar, keyboards, vocals) Ali Richardson (bass and vocals) Chris Parry (drums) Carl Evenson (lead vocals)

The Fourmyula were a successful New Zealand rock band that formed in 1967 and had a string of hits from 1968-71. Unlike many other groups of the time the band were recording and releasing their own original material. Their best known song "Nature", written by Wayne Mason made it to Number One in the pop charts in December 1969.

Wayne Mason left in October 1970 and eventually the group disbanded. While still in the U.K. Mason and Evenson joined with Bruce Robinson (guitar) and Richard Burgess (drums) to form Flinders and recorded a single for Parlophone, "Riverboat Song".

Wayne Mason and Carl Evenson went on to form Rockinghorse with Mason later becoming a founding member of The Waratahs before embarking on a successful solo career. Martin Hope Joined Human Instinct in 1972.

Discography

Singles:

1968 Come With Me (Richardson/Mason)/Honey Chile - HMV HR 331 #2
1968 Alice Is There (Richardson/Mason)/I Dig Your Act - HMV HR 334 #4
- from the album The Fourmyula
1968 It's Only Make Believe/I Know Why - HMV HR 335 #7
1969 Start By Giving To Me/If I Had The Time #21
1969 Home/Tell Me No Lies - HMV HR 342 #10
- from the album Green B Holiday
1969 Forever/Mr. Whippy - HMV HR 368
1969 Lady Scorpio/She's A (Richardson/Mason) - Columbia DNZ 118 #7
1969 I'll Song You A Song (Richardson/Mason)/Mill Song (Mason) - HMV HR 374 #3
1969 Nature (Mason)/Home - HMV HR 380 #1
- from the album Creation
1969 (7" EP) Four Hits of the Fourmyula - HMV GESM 6138
1970 Make Me Happy/Lord I'm Coming There - Columbia HR 390 #19
1970 Otaki (Mason)/Which Way Did She Go? #15
1970 Turn Your Back On The Wind/Believe In Love
1971 Lullaby/Molly - HMV HR 455 #21

Albums:

1968 The Fourmyula - HMV CDSM 6283
I Can Show You
1969 Green B Holiday - HMV CDSM 6296
Dedicated to Mr Cook Mr Harris Sally's Line Bang On Harry
1970 Creation - HMV CDSM 6309
Orphan Patterns of Life
1970 Alive With Special Guest Star Shane - HMV CDSM 6313
When Will You Come Home (Richardson)
1974 A Portrait of The Fourmyula - Axis
1992 The Most of The Fourmyula - EMI
1999 Very Best of The Fourmyula - EMI
2010 Turn Your Back On The Wind - HMV CDSM 6324
2010 The Complete Fourmyula - EMI

1972 (7") Flinders: Riverboat Song/I Know - Parlophone
1974 (7") Carl Evenson: Green Dam River /Slow Roaming Man

More Video Links

Otaki - Live in Upper Hutt
Tell Me No Lies - Covered by The Situations
C'Mon Show - Fourmyula and Avengers
The Fourmyula Reunite in 2010!
Nature - The Fourmyula perform Nature in Close Up's studio.
Nature - Live - The Fourmyula - Nature (live at the Montecristo Room)
Nature - The Muttonbirds (cover)
NZ On Screen - Making Music - Wayne Mason 2005
The Fourmyula Leave Wellington bound for U.K.

Audio Links

95BFM - Interview with The Fourmyula March 18 2010
Radio NZ - 27 Sep 2013 Best Song Ever Written - Nature
Radio NZ - Live Music and Sessions
Nature - with brief interview on Solid Gold 90.2FM

General Links

Wikipedia Facebook
Audio Culture - Nick Bollinger
The Fourmyula - Bruce Sergent's Fourmyula page
New Zealand History Online - Wayne Mason and the song 'Nature'
Stuff.co.nz - The Return of the Fourmyula
New Zealand Herald - The Fourmyula to enter NZ music hall of fame
NZ Musician - The Complete Fourmyula Four Discs of Kiwi Pop History
Elsewhere - Graham Reid - The Fourmyula: The Complete Fourmyula (EMI)
The Active Listener - Review of "Inside the Hutt - New Zealand's Pop-Psych Kingpins 1968-1969"