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hey all, don't know if this is of interest to anyone, but the following link features a list of the top 100 albums to be released in new zealand, according to rip it up magazine. i thought this was a worthy post as the top spot went to a classic album, i'm sure (most of) you will agree. of course, they've criminally excluded some of the finns and phil judd/various enz members' later works but we won't go into that (for obvious reasons i think)!


the link: rip it up - top 100 new zealand albums of all time or keep reading...

"Here is the listing of "New Zealand's Top 100 Albums of All Time", as published in three parts in the New Zealand rock monthly "Rip It Up", from October to December 2000. The 250 contributors were drawn from the ranks of musicians, journalists and industry reps. Ranked in order of merit".

1. SPLIT ENZ - Mental Notes (1975)

2. CHE FU - 2b S.Pacific (1998)

3. SHIHAD - Killjoy (1995)

4. THE SKEPTICS - Amalgam (1992)

5. SUPERGROOVE - Traction (1994)

6. THE CLEAN - Boodle, Boodle, Boodle (1981)

7. SALMONELLA DUB - Killervision (1999)

8. STRAITJACKET FITS - Melt (1990)

9. TOY LOVE - Toy Love (1980)

10. VARIOUS - AK '79 (1980)

11. BAILTER SPACE - Thermos (1990)

12. SPLIT ENZ - True Colours (1980)

13. STRAITJACKET FITS - Blow (19930

14. HUMAN INSTINCT - Burning Up Years (1970)

15. DAVE DOBBYN - Loyal (1988)

16. HEADLESS CHICKENS - Body Blow (1993)

17. 3D's - Helzapoppin' (1992)

18. THE CHILLS - Kaleidoscope World (1984)

19. THE FRONT LAWN - Songs From The Front Lawn (1989)

20. SHIHAD - General Electric (1999)

21. THE GORDONS - Future Shock (1988)

22. JPS EXPERIENCE - Bleeding Star (1992)

23. UPPER HUTT POSSE - Against The Flow (1989)

24. SNAPPER - Snapper (1988)

25. DLT - The True School (1996)

26. RAY COLUMBUS & THE INVADERS - Original Numbers (1965)

27. HEADLESS CHICKENS - Stunt Clown (1988)

28. MICRONISM - Inside A Quiet Mind (1998)

29. 3D's - The Venus Trail (1993)

30. BIC RUNGA - Drive (1997)

31. CROWDED HOUSE - Crowded House (1986)

32. DANCE EXPONENTS - Prayers Be Answered (1983)

33. DEAD C - Trapdoor ****ing Exit (1990)

34. SWINGERS - Practical Jokers (1981)

35. LA DE DA'S - La De Da's (1965)

36. BLAM BLAM BLAM - Luxury Length (1982)

37. CHRIS KNOX - Seizure (1990)

38. FETUS PRODUCTIONS - Fetalmania (19??)

39. PITCH BLACK - Futureproof (1999)

40. THE CHILLS - Submarine Bells (1990)

41. THE GORDONS - The Gordons (1988)

42. CROWDED HOUSE - Together Alone (1993)

43. SHIHAD - Churn (1993)

44. HUMAN INSTINCT - Stoned Guitar (1970)

45. DD SMASH - Cool Bananas (1982)

46. THE MUTTON BIRDS - The Mutton Birds (1992)

47. SPUD - Gnaw (1991)

48. SPLIT ENZ - Frenzy (1979)

49. SALMONELLA DUB - Calming Of The Drunken Monkey (1997)

50. STICKY FILTH - Weep Woman Weep (1988)

51. DAVID KILGOUR - Here Come The Cars (1991)

52. VARIOUS - Wild Things: Wyld Kiwi Garage 1966 - 69 (1990)

53. BIRD NEST ROYS - Bird Nest Roys (1987)

54. SOLID GOLD HELL - Swinging Hot Murder (1994)

55. BAILTER SPACE - Vortura (1994)

56. NATHAN HAINES - Shift Left (1995)

57. TH' DUDES - So You Want To Be A Rock 'N Roll Star (1982)

58. HELLO SAILER - Pacifica Amour (1978)

59. HDU - Sum Of The Few (1996)

60. DAVE DOBBYN - Twist (1994)

61. HEAD LIKE A HOLE - 13 (1991)

62. THE NOMAD - Second Selection (1999)

63. TALL DWARFS - Hello Cruel World (1988)

64. HASSELHOFF EXPERIMENT - Hasselhoff Experiment (1998)

65. JEAN PAUL SARTRE EXPERIENCE - The Size Of Food (1990)

66. ABLE TASMANS - Hey Spinner (1990)

67. GARAGELAND - Last Exit To Garageland (1997)

68. GREG JOHNSON - Vine Street Stories (1995)

69. SHIHAD - Shihad (1996)

70. BAILTER SPACE - Wammo (1995)

71. THE STEREO BUS - The Stereo Bus (1997)

72. THE FOURMYULA - The Fourmyula (1968)

73. MI-SEX - Graffiti Crimes (1979)

74. MOCKERS - Swear It's True (1984)

75. STRAWPEOPLE - Worldservice (1992)

76. KING LOSER - Super Sonic Free Hi-fi (1995)

77. HERBS - What's Be Happen (1981)

78. TIM FINN - Before And After (1993)

79. PETER JEFFERIES - Last Great Challenge In A Dull World (1991)

80. DOUBLE HAPPYS - Nerves (1992)

81. SKEPTICS - 3 (1992)

82. VARIOUS - Dunedin Double (1982)

83. FLESH D VICE - Secrets Of The Estranged (1985)

84. GRAHAM BRAZIER - Inside Out (1981)

85. BAILTER SPACE - Tanker (1990)

86. SCREAMING MEEMEES - If This Is Paradise, Give Me The Bag (1982)

87. MARK DE CLIVE-LOWE - Six Degrees (1999)

88. THE BATS - Daddy's Highway (1987)

89. STELLAR* - Mix (1999)

90. TINNITUS - Futures Past (1992)

91. THE VERLAINES - Hallelujah All The Way Home (1985)

92. BILDERINE - Split Second (1984)

93. PRINCE TUI TEKA - The Man, The Music, The Legend (1982)

94. LOOK BLUE GO PURPLE - Bewitched/LBGPEP2 (1985/1986)

95. SOHZ -Cyclehum (1997)

96. FRED DAGG - Fred Dagg's Greatest Hits (1975)

97. THE CLEAN - Compilation (1986)

98. SPINES - Idiot Sun (1986)

99. ROY MONTGOMERY - Scenes From The South Island (1994)

100. BAITERCELL - Prototype (1998)
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i'm not sure if the double happys were in fact influenced by split enz, i've never really thought about it to be honest! they weren't around for long, and soon after the band changed its name to the straitjacket fits...they feature on that list too and they were another great new zealand like the enz.

there's also bands like stereo bus, jps experience and garageland who neil finn has worked with or talked about and of course, the mutton birds. lots of quality acts on that list indeed. if you need any other information then mail me.

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