Nick Bollinger cups his ear around some recent reissues from the Flying Nun catalogue.
Able Tasmans - A Cuppa Tea and A Lie Down
Sneaky Feelings - Send You
The Stones - Three Blind Mice
The latest bunch of Flying Nun reissues represent the first and second waves of 80s alternative music in New Zealand.
Sneaky Feelings wrote sophisticated, well-structured songs that stretched from jangly pop to country and soul. Their great debut album is doubled in length here with singles and bonus tracks.
The Stones were a rough and ready trio. Initially inspired by The Clean, they created their own appealing brand of droney, sloppy rock. Their few previously released recordings are augmented here with live and other tracks.
Able Tasmans came from the north with the keyboard-driven tunes of Graeme Humphries and exceptional voice of Peter Kean. Their first album and EP, paired up here with some extra tracks, were just the beginning.