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Wellington alternative grunge-rock band ‘Gordon’ released their first album ‘The Power of Birth’ in 2012. Album #2, ’All means all’ followed in 2014. The line-up for the second album featured Lars Von Espy on vocals/guitar, Joe Fogarty on lead guitar, Jason Aitofi on bass and new boy Allan Anthony on drums, who brought mojo and technique to Gordon’s back-line. They expanded on the proggy elements of their sound with an aural wallop that is punctuated by dreamy soundscapes.

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Video for “Knob News” from the album ‘The Power of Birth’. Shot in Wellington and Wainuiomata.

Cover/text sourced from Bandcamp. Used with permission.

Last edited: 28.07.15

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  • View on NZ On Screen The Gordons

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "The lifespan of these Christchurch experimental rockers was short but sure; they were rumoured to be a major early influence for Sonic Youth. They disbanded after releasing early 80s records awash in driving guitar. One of the founding members, Alister Parker, went on to form Nelsh Bailter Space (later Bailterspace). Melody Maker: "saying Gordons were loud is like saying the Beatles were a pop group". NME: "When you put it on not only will your lawn die, your Motorhead albums will shrivel in their sleeves." " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Adults and Children

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Alternative ; Rock ; Abstract ; Flying Nun ; Music Video

    "Bold lighting and caterwauling guitars push this largely black and white performance clip above others of the era. Silhouette and strobing make for a mesmerising video that deserves a consumer health warning for those affected by flashing lights. After line-up changes and much remembered live gigs, the Christchurch noise-meisters ultimately morphed into Bailterspace.    " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen I Need Your Love

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Rock ; Funk ; Music Video

    "'I Need Your Love' marked the biggest hit for the Kaukau brothers, and vocalist Karl Gordon. This performance sees Gordon grooving in satin blue waistcoat and bellbottoms, while Kevin Kaukau sneaks in a few guitar tricks inspired by Jimi Hendrix, on a guitar with an unusual attachment. Rip it Up writer Ken Williams described how the song's "ethereal, even fragile, drone jumped off the radio". It was judged Single of the Year at the 1978 NZ Music Awards; the band can be seen winning the award in the closing minutes of the Ready to Roll telecast from which this clip is taken." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Skeptics

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "They are hailed as recording pioneers for their electronic experimentation but the Skeptics are still mostly remembered for the controversy that surrounded their macabre 1987 abattoir-splatter music clip, AFFCO. Formed in 1979 by Palmerston North high school students, David D'Ath and Robin Gauld, with friends Nick Roughan and Don White, the group quickly developed a reputation for musical mayhem. After the release of their first album in 1985, Gauld left the band to be replaced by The Gordons' John Halvorsen." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Into the Void

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Music ; Film

    "This documentary delves into Christchurch underground band Into the Void. The Black Sabbath-inspired group was formed in the late 80s by art school students Jason Greig, Paul Sutherland, Ronnie van Hout and Mark Whyte. Two decades spawned only two albums; the reputation of “Christchurch’s answer to Spinal Tap” rests on legendary live shows, with noise complaint-worthy riffs splitting ears at former bar Dux de Lux. Director Margaret Gordon assembled archive and interviews with band members and mates to capture the milieu of metal, booze, quakes and art. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen American Pie - Episode Two

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Television

    "More everyday Americans are encountered as this documentary series — fronted by Gordon McLauchlan — visits Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky to explore the Bible Belt touchstones of patriotism, mining, religion, guns and country music. Interviewees include a former miner and self confessed mountain man who collects guns and teaches scripture, a new wife and mother trying to settle into life in a smaller town, a truckie and aspiring musician who sees big rig drivers as the last cowboys, and a singer/songwriter looking for that elusive big break in Nashville." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Blue Meanies

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Music Video

    "This single from former Mint Chick Kody Nielson's solo project could take its name from the music hating creatures in The Beatles' Yellow Submarine or a Balinese mushroom with mind altering properties. Or both. Director Sam Kristofski's video for this shimmering neo-60s pop song — captioned a "Sci-Fi-Delic Experience" — is in the ‘hipster surrealist’ mode (typified by Spanish collective CANADA), with model Zippora Seven hiking in the woods overseen by a golden Buddha with laser beam eyes worthy of Flash Gordon. The trippy animations are by Daniel Foothead. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Country Calendar - Spoofs Special

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Mockumentary ; Television

    "Ask Country Calendar viewers which shows they remember and inevitably the answer is "the spoofs" — satirical episodes that screened unannounced. Sometimes there was outrage but mostly the public enjoyed having the wool pulled over their eyes. Created by producer Tony Trotter and Bogor cartoonist Burton Silver, the first (in late 1977) was the fencing wire-playing farmer and his "rural music". This special episode collects the best of the spoofs, from the infamous radio-controlled dog, to the gay couple who ran a "stress-free" flock, and more malarkey besides." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Fat Freddy's Drop - Based on a True Story

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Music ; Television

    "This documentary follows the "seven headed soul monster direct from the shores of Wellington" — Fat Freddys Drop — as they rumble their dub-rich sound through Europe like a Houghton Bay roller. Touring to showcase album Based on a True Story, it features rehearsals and performances, eating Italian kai moana, playing concrete ping pong in Berlin, and (in the fifth clip) a jam with Cliff Curtis. Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe lauds the 'fullas' and Mu explains whanau to German journos. True Story sold 120,000+ copies and dominated the 2005 New Zealand Music Awards.  " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Bailterspace

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Originally from Christchurch, Bailterspace began life in 1986, from the ashes of Gordons. Following several releases with Flying Nun, including 1990's critically-acclaimed Thermos, their atmospheric guitar-driven, Richter scale-registering sound gained the attention of industry heavyweights in New York and they were signed to iconic indie label, Matador Records and name-checked as an influence by alt-NYC darlings Interpol. Bailterspace took an extended hiatus in 2004, returning to play the famed Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan four years later.  " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen North by North

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Alternative ; Flying Nun ; Music Video

    "Flaming torches and streaming ribbons hanging off the front of the car are not your usual Kiwi road-trip accessories, but they're perfect visuals for this classic Bats song. Not to mention the iconic whirling burning guitar on the roadside. Alongside the imagery of motion, fluid camerawork tracks the band performing in front of a DIY Jackson Pollock-esque backdrop. Alister Parker (Gordons, Bailterspace), John Chrisstoffels, and Paul Kean (The Bats) are the directorial team. The song featured in Harry Sinclair movie Topless Women Talk About Their Lives." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Don't Fight it Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both of Us

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Rock ; Music Video

    "Blam Blam Blam’s second hit from 1981 was angular and artsy, hook-filled but unsettling: all qualities captured in a theatrical video, directed by Andrew Shaw. Clowns, magicians, fire-eaters and trick cyclists join the band, while actors play out the saga of ‘Don’t Fight It, Marsha’. The actors — including Phillip Gordon (Came a Hot Friday), Michael Hurst and Donogh Rees (Constance) — were directed by Harry Sinclair, who would later join Blam band member Don McGlashan in The Front Lawn. The Len Lye-style scratch effects were by Jenny Pullar, the Blams’ lighting designer." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • Radio with Pictures - The Violent Femmes

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music ; Television

    "Host Richard Driver introduces this short Radio With Pictures segment on the “band that made Milwaukee famous”. For the Violent Femmes it’s a long way from Wisconsin to Wellington. RWP hands control of the camera to the band: after goofing around in the ivy in front of Victoria University’s Hunter Building, the Femmes are presented with their first gold record in a nearby graveyard (New Zealand is “obviously a country with a high level of taste”). The first Femmes break up occured the following year. The band's cover of T. Rex classic ‘Children of the Revolution’ plays on the soundtrack." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Years Back - 2, The Twenties (Episode Two)

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; War ; Television

    "In this episode of the archive-compiled history series, Bernard Kearns focuses on the Roaring Twenties. Soldiers returning from the First World War struggle to tame the land as commodity prices fall. The Labour Party, with miners as its backbone, gains a foothold on the political scene, and the Ratana Church emerges as an alternative to more distant Māori leaders. In Dunedin, the New Zealand and South Seas International Exhibition proves a huge success and members of the Royal Family are popular visitors to our shores. But the Great Depression looms." (NZ On Screen summary)


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