The Fourmyula

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Between 1968 and 1971 when they disbanded, The Fourmyula had a string of hits unmatched by any other New Zealand group. They bucked the tradition of local bands covering overseas songs, insisting on recording their own material. One of these originals, ‘Nature’, composed by pianist/guitarist Wayne Mason, gave the group a No.1 hit and went on to be covered by numerous artists over the following decades – including a second hit version in 1993 by The Mutton Birds – eventually being voted the nation’s best song of the past 75 years in the 2001 APRA poll. Read moreProfile from Audioculture, available under a Attribution Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence


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  • Close Up - 'Nature' performed by The Fourmyula

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: News/Current Affairs ; Music ; Television

    "“Through falling leaves I pick my way slowly…” In 1970 a musical paean to getting your nature buzz topped the charts. ‘Nature’, by The Fourmyula, became a Kiwi classic: in 2001 an APRA poll voted it the best local song of the past 75 years. This 2010 Close Up report, from Auckland’s Montecristo Room, sees presenter Mark Sainsbury introduce the band's second performance of 'Nature' in Aotearoa (the band were overseas when it topped the charts). He quizzes composer Wayne Mason, and drummer Chris Parry recalls encountering The Clash while working in the English music scene." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Making Music - Wayne Mason

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music ; Arts/Culture ; Short Film

    "Wayne Mason — multi-instrumentalist and composer of The Fourmyula classic 'Nature' — talks about songwriting and his musical evolution in this episode, from a series made for high school students. He demonstrates his piano playing (on an energetic boogie-woogie work out) and a Scandalli accordion on 'High and Dry' (which he wrote in the Warratahs). He discusses the origins of 'Nature', and his songwriting technique (which always begins on a guitar); and muses on his high school band The Fourmyula which took him to Abbey Road, where he met The Beatles." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Warratahs

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "The Warratahs formed in 1986 around Wayne Mason (ex-Fourmyula, and composer of the classic 'Nature') and Barry Saunders, with TVNZ arts presenter Nik Brown on fiddle. Following a residency playing covers of country standards at Wellington's Cricketers Arms, they began recording their own material. Their timeless, Kiwi-inflected, neo-traditional country, and relentless touring made them a unique presence in the fashion conscious music scene of the late 80s. After a few years off, the band have since reformed." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Nature

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Rock ; Music Video

    "This muscular early 90s cover of The Fourmyula’s pastoral 1969 classic comes from the first album by Don McGlashan’s band The Mutton Birds. The award-winning music video was directed by Fane Flaws — the first of six he made with the band (after previously working with McGlashan on The Front Lawn’s Beautiful Things clip). Guest vocalist Jan Hellriegel features amongst the battery of kaleidoscopic and psychedelic digital effects used to evoke the joys of nature. In 2001 the original tune was voted best NZ song in 75 years by songwriters’ association APRA. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Rockinghorse

    Source: NZ On Screen

    "In 1973 EMI producer Alan Galbraith amassed a supergroup of Kiwi musicians to provide session music for the label’s artists, including singer Mark Williams. The band’s first line-up was Wayne Mason and Carl Evensen (The Fourmyula), Keith Norris and Clint Brown (Rebirth, Taylor) and Bruce Robinson (Face, The Pleazers). Rockinghorse released two albums of their own, and won gongs for Best Group and Single at the 1975 RATA Awards. The band's celebrations led to a year-long ban from the Lion Breweries pub circuit." (NZ On Screen summary)

 

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