Wednesday, May 5, 2021

VA - Flying Nun 25th Anniversary Box Set [2016] (4 x CD's)


VA - Flying Nun 25th Anniversary Box Set [2016] (4 x CD's)

Flying Nun Records is an independent record label formed in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1981 by music store manager Roger Shepherd. The label formed in the wake of a flurry of new post-punk-inspired labels appearing in New Zealand in the early 1980's, in particular Propeller Records in Auckland. Shepherd had intended to record the original local music of Christchurch, but soon the label rose to national prominence by championing the emerging music of Dunedin. "Ambivalence" by The Pin Group (the first band of Roy Montgomery) was the first release from Flying Nun, although it is widely assumed[by whom?] that "Tally Ho" by The Clean was the first release, as it unexpectedly reached number nineteen in the New Zealand charts, bringing the label unanticipated profile and income. There followed the seminal Dunedin Double, a release which cemented the place of the southern city in the forefront of New Zealand independent music. Flying Nun moved into the full-length album market in 1982 with the Ego Gratification Album by Chris Knox and Beatin Hearts by Builders (recorded 1982, Auckland). Many of New Zealand's most prominent kiwi rock and alternative bands have signed to Flying Nun at some stage in their careers. In 2000 Australian youth radio network Triple J produced a list of the thirty "Greatest New Zealand acts of all time", twenty of them by Flying Nun artists. The label has been home to various styles of music, including the much-debated Dunedin sound, "high-end pop with a twist", lo-fi experimentation, strongly Velvet Underground-influenced pop, minimalism, industrial, and rock-electronic crossover. (Wikipedia)

Limited to 1500 copies worldwide this 4 x CD boxset celebrates the 25th Anniversary of New Zealand's finest (and longest running) independent label. Jam packed with long out-of-print rarities this set will have fans of the iconic label salivating. The four discs are sequenced in a roughly chronological order with the tracks hand-picked by Shepherd himself. The first disc covers the label's early years, with flagship band The Clean aptly getting things started with the epic 'Point That Thing Somewhere Else'. Other obvious names like The Chills, The Verlaines and The Gordons are present but this multi-disc format affords them the luxury of including some obscurities and lost gems from the likes of The Rip and Victor Dimisch Band, not to mention the label's first release - 'Ambivalence' by Pin Group. The second disc covers the mid-to-late 80's, the years many consider the label's heyday, where second generation Nun bands like The Bats and Straitjacket Fits took the label to the world. Again more rare treats are to be had with Stephen, The Weeds, Alpaca Brothers and This Kind Of Punishment. Disc three continues from the late 80s to mid 90s where the music really hit it's stride with great bands like Skeptics, JPSE, 3Ds and the mighty Bailter Space and the final disc takes us from the mid 90s to the present day where we witness some of the label's key original players going solo (David Kilgour, Martin Phillips, Graeme Downes) and a new generation of fresh and exciting talent like HDU, The Subliminals and The Mint Chicks. Fittingly ending with the pre-Nun band many consider to be one of the label's catalysts (Flying Nun,2006.) 






Track lists


01 Clean Point That Thing Somewhere Else 5:25

02 Gordons Coalminer's Song 5:42

03 25 Cents The Witch 2:06

04 Pin Group Ambivalence 3:24

05 Bilders Alien 2:31

06 Bored Games Joe 90 4:25

07 Stones Something New 2:57

08 Mainly Spaniards That's What Friends Are For 3:28

09 Naked Spots Dance Governed By You 2:34

10 The Victor Dimisch Band Native Waiter 3:35

11 Marie and the Atom Isol 5:18

12 Children's Hour Caroline's Dream 3:14

13 Fetus Productions What’s Going On 4:30

14 Chills Pink Frost 3:55

15 Rip The Holy Room 3:47

16 Great Unwashed Neck of the Woods 2:05

17 Verlaines Pyromaniac 3:28

18 Expendables The Man With No Desire 5:02

19 Doublehappys Needles and Plastic 5:22

20 Shayne Carter & Peter Jefferies Randolph’s Going Home 3:58


01 Tall Dwarfs Crush 5:57

02 Exploding Budgies Kenneth Anger 4:11

03 Alpaca Brothers Hey Man 3:23

04 Axeman The Wharf With No Name 5:01

05 Weeds Wheatfields 2:58

06 Dead Famous People Barlow's House 2:41

07 Orange What's in a Name? 3:19

08 Goblin Mix Travelling Grave 3:28

09 Kind of Punishment Immigration Song 2:48

10 Sneaky Feelings Trouble With Kay 1:59

11 Bird Nest Roys Jaffa Boy 3:03

12 Bats North By North 4:03

13 Peter Jefferies & Jono Lonie Thief With the Silver 2:01

14 Jay Clarkson The Boy With the Sad Hands 4:07

15 Cakekitchen Dave the Pimp 5:16

16 Straitjacket Fits Dialling a Prayer 3:50

17 Terminals Batwing 2:30

18 Look Blue Go Purple I Don’t Want You Anyway 2:49

19 Snapper Buddy 3:40

20 Stephen Don’t Know Why 2:39

21 Dead C Scarey Nest 2:44

22 S.P.U.D. Breakdown Town 4:53


01 Sombretones Good Evening Listeners 4:40

02 Chris Knox Meat 3:59

03 Headless Chickens Gaskrankinstation 4:31

04 Queen Meanie Puss Contracts 4:35

05 Olla Septic Hagfish 2:27

06 N.R.A. Glitch 6:18

07 Chug Flowers 3:25

08 Skeptics Sheen of Gold 5:06

09 Magick Heads The Back of Her Hand 2:51

10 Dribbling Darts Hey Judith 3:08

11 Renderers Touch of Evil 3:32

12 Jean-Paul Sartre Experience Bleeding Star 5:08

13 Pop Art Toasters What Am I Going to Do 2:24

14 3ds Philadelphia Rising 4:47

15 Dimmer Crystalator 2:56

16 Alec Bathgate Pet Hates 2:29

17 Rik Starr A Sort of Holiday 1:56

18 Garageland What Will You Do? 3:00

19 Bailterspace Splat 3:47

20 Able Tasmans Klingon National Anthem 5:18


01 Superette Saskatchewan 5:27

02 Loves Ugly Children Suck 3:53

03 David Mitchell & Denise Roughan Crying Room 3:48

04 Solid Gold Hell Country Sow 3:07

05 King Loser '76 Comeback 3:18

06 Bike Save My Life 3:24

07 David Kilgour Chop Me in 1/2 7:24

08 Bressa Creeting Cake Rocky Mountain 3:12

09 Chris Hazlewood Surf's Up in Malibu 2:19

10 Martin Phillipps Evermore 2:05

11 Hasselhoff Experiment Brown Paper Bag 2:24

12 Ghost Club Ghost Club Theme Song 4:17

13 Betchadupa Spill the Light 3:34

14 Robert Scott Harmonic Deluxe 4:55

15 Subliminals Uh-Oh 6:03

16 High Dependency Unit Schallbute 3:42

17 Graeme Downes Cattle, Cars, and Chainsaws 2:50

18 Shocking Pinks Emily 2:12

19 D4 Sake Bomb 1:43

20 Mint Chicks Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! 4:41

21 Toy Love Rebel 2:24