The Mockers

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The Mockers and their very entertaining front man Andrew Fagan were high on the NZ pop music charts in the 1980s and were one of the few local bands to be embraced by commercial radio. First known as Ambitious Vegetables, the band got together at Rongotai College in 1979. The songwriting core was lyricist Andrew Fagan and melody writer Gary Curtis. They recorded their first single 'The Good Old Days' in May 1980 when the band were 17 years of age and sold 400 copies, mostly by mail order. (By Murray Cammick) Read moreProfile from Audioculture, available under a Attribution Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence

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  • View on NZ On Screen The Mockers

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "The Mockers were led by Andrew Fagan, who captivated audiences with flamboyant costumes, theatrics and a drawling pop vocal style. Formed in 1979 as the Ambitious Vegetables, Fagan and songwriter Gary Curtis renamed the band and set sail for pop stardom with a slew of hook laden singles and three studio albums. Their hit 'Forever Tuesday Morning' led to Fagan winning the 1985 RIANZ Top Male Vocalist award and in 1987 they headed to the UK, but not before drummer Steve Thorpe tragically killed himself; three years later the band dissolved." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Shazam! - Mockers Special

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music ; Television

    "Phillip Schofield introduces the Mockers at this benefit concert at the Christchurch Town Hall which is later broadcast on his youth music show Shazam!. Their first album has just gone straight into the Top 10 and the band are well on their way to becoming pop stars, with Andrew Fagan, resplendent in red frock coat and bare chest, very much out front as one of New Zealand music's great showmen. Six songs are featured including the hits 'Woke Up Today', 'My Girl Thinks She's Cleopatra', 'Alvison Park' and the title track of their album 'Swear It's True'." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Karyn Hay and Andrew Fagan: Making music, television, and music television...

    Source: NZ On Screen

    "Rock'n'roll couple Karyn Hay and Andrew Fagan have both had long and varied careers in New Zealand music and media. They have been night-time hosts on Radio Live, but Fagan spent many years as the lead singer of pop band The Mockers, and Hay was the long-time host of iconic music show Radio with Pictures. Hay and Fagan are also both published authors. In this ScreenTalk, Hay and Fagan talk about: The trials and tribulations of getting a music video made in NZ in the 80s through TVNZ's 'sausage factory' Radio with Pictures and the decision to play the forbidden video - AFFCO by The Skeptics Hay's work on her favourite music video of all those she has directed - Hey Judith by The Dribbling Darts Of Love in the 90s Fagan's cameo appearance in the Hey Judith video This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen One Black Friday

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Music Video

    "The Mockers were at the peak of their mid-80s pop prowess when they released this single. It originated with Andrew Fagan’s Wellington based co-writer Gary Curtis hearing reports of the 1984 Queen Street riot in Auckland (after an outdoor concert which had featured The Mockers). The music video places the band amongst the lions, acrobats, rides and sideshows of the now defunct Whirling Brothers Circus (set up in Victoria Park in inner city Auckland) with Fagan resplendent in a velvet frock coat with lace cuffs, black choker and matching nail polish." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Forever Tuesday Morning

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Music Video

    "'Forever Tuesday Morning', co-written by Andrew Fagan and band mates Tim Wedde and Gary Curtis, is The Mockers' most well-known single and number 75 on APRA's Top 100 NZ Songs. Fagan sits in darkened solitude, a prisoner of his emotions while the band heads into the TVNZ makeup room, passing Radio with Pictures presenter Karyn Hay on the way. After some makeup room mischief involving drummer Steve Thorpe, a can of hairspray and a budgie cut, the band performs, with Fagan now dressed in a flowing white shirt and trademark leotard ensemble." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen A Winter's Tale

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Music Video

    "Conservation pioneer Richard Henry tried to save the kākāpō from rats and stoats, via an island sanctuary in 1890s Fiordland. His doomed bird rescue efforts might seem an odd subject for a pop ballad. Singer/songwriter Andrew Fagan also included a paean to Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton on 1985 Mockers album Culprit and the King. Fagan argues that adventuring is "naturally something to aspire to. Writing pop songs about it never felt like an issue to me." This performance of the song, directed in a single shot by Brent Hansen, roams a gloomy Avalon studio." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Seven Years Not Wasted

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Music Video

    "A polar explorer might seem an odd subject for one of NZ’s leading mid-80s bands to tackle – but, for all the make-up and rock'n'roll finery, Andrew Fagan was no ordinary pop star. This ode to Ernest Shackleton, from The Mockers' second album, was a pointer to Andrew Fagan the accomplished ocean going, solo yachtsman. Such subject matter would have sorely tested TVNZ's resources for making low budget clips. This compromise sees the band on a studio set dressed with suitably nautical looking nets, intercut with archival footage of a Shackleton expedition." (NZ On Screen summary)

 

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