4 Oct 2016

The Great New Zealand Album: Peking Man

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:27 pm on 4 October 2016
Peking Man, 1986 publicity shot

Peking Man, 1986 publicity shot Photo: CBS

Our great New Zealand album is from a band possibly best described as a supernova.  They shone very brightly for all too short a period. 

It was the mid 80s, synth pop and electronica ushered in the digital age.  Disco was dead and this was the post-punk era, represented no better than by a band from Auckland, formed in 1983.  They made just one album, but it was huge. 

At the New Zealand music awards in 1986 they were named Top Group and they also picked up awards for Single of the year, Best Album Cover, Best Engineer, Best Producer, Best male vocalist and Best female vocalist.  

The band was Peking Man. Margaret Urlich joins Jesse Mulligan to talk about the making of their eponymously titled first album.

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