- Flying Nun Records
Flying Nun Records is a formerly independent record label in
New Zealand. The label was formed in Christchurch in 1981 by music-store proprietor Roger Shepherdin the flurry of new punk rock-inspired labels forming in the early 1980s. The intention was to record the original local music of Christchurch, but soon the label rose to national prominence by championing the emerging music of Dunedin. The Pin Group' "Ambivalence" 7" was the first release from Flying Nun, although it is widely assumed that "Tally Ho" by The Cleanwas the first release, as it unexpectedly reached number nineteen in the New Zealand charts, bringing the label unexpected profile and income. This was followed by the seminal " Dunedin Double EP", a release which cemented the place of the southern city in the forefront of New Zealand independent music.
Many of the most prominent
kiwi rockand alternative bands have been signed to Flying Nun at some stage in their careers. In 2000 Australian youth radio network Triple Jproduced a list of the thirty "Greatest New Zealand acts of all time", twenty of which were 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-fiexperimentation, strongly Velvet Undergroundinfluenced pop, minimalism, industrial, and rock-electronic crossover.
Roster in the 1980s to the mid-1990s
Chris Knox, Toy Love, the Tall Dwarfs
* David Kilgour,
* Martin Philipps and
Jean-Paul Sartre Experience
* The Sneaky Feelings
Bird Nest Roys
The Dead C
Loves Ugly Children
Roster from the mid 1990s
Since the mid-1990s many of the original stable of artists have split up or moved to other labels including Xpressway Records (
Port Chalmers, New Zealand), Arch Hill Recordings, (Auckland), Powertool Records (Auckland) or Matador Records( United States). A similarly eclectic new generation of bands is signed to Flying Nun, including:
The Mint Chicks
In addition to supporting the albums of emerging artists, Flying Nun also released many compilations of a cross-section of their artists, in some cases now the only easy-to-find document of some artists. The compilations are:
Dunedin Double EP" (1981)
* "Tuatara" (1986)
In Love With These Times" (1990)
Pink Flying Saucers over the Southern Alps" (1991)
Getting Older 1981-1991" (tenth anniversary) (1991)
* "Shrewd: a compilation of NZ women's music" (1993)
Pop Eyed" (1996)
* "Topless Women Talk About Their Lives" (film soundtrack) (1997)
* "Scarfies" (film soundtrack) (1999)
* "Speed of Sound" (2003)
Under the Influence - 21 Years of Flying Nun Records" (2004)
* "Very Short Films" (music video compilation DVD) (2003)
* "Second Season" (music video compilation DVD) (2004)
In 1990 Festival Records bought a fifty percent stake in Flying Nun, and then in 2000 merged with
Mushroom Recordsbringing Flying Nun into the Festival Mushroom Records family of companies.
In 1999 Matthew Bannister of The Sneaky Feelings wrote "Positively George Street: A Personal History of the Sneaky Feelings and the Dunedin Sound" covering the New Zealand music industry of the 1980s, including Flying Nun.
Flying Nun was bought 100% as part of the purchase of FMR (Festival Mushroom Records) by
Warner Music Groupin 2006. [http://www.amplifier.co.nz/news/21053/warner_music_announces_mushroom_records_for_local_artists.html;jsessionid=18ED5A3F8BBB54AB78959F7FEF11CC02]
Bannister, M. (1999). "Positively George Street". Auckland: Reed Books. ISBN 0-7900-0704-5
List of record labels
Music of New Zealand
* [http://www.flyingnun.co.nz/ Official Flying Nun site]
* [http://www.stylusmagazine.com/feature.php?ID=1567 "In love with those times"] — detailed feature-article from [http://www.stylusmagazine.com Stylus Magazine] on Flying Nun artists
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjUDemQFznA "Heavenly Pop Hits"] — Part One of an 8-part documentary from 2002, telling the story of Flying Nun Records.
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp054fTJNKw "Dunedin and Christchurch Bands"] — Part Two of a 3-part TV New Zealand series from 1984, featuring interviews and live footage of several Flying Nun Records bands.
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