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Paul Kean is a New Zealand musician and music producer.
Kean first played in the Basket Cases (aka "The Detroit Haemorrhoids") in 1977/78.
When The Enemy lost Mick Dawson, Paul Kean joined as bass player along with Jane Walker on keyboards to form the short lived Toy Love in 1979/80. The CUTS CD compilation of Toy Love singles and their self-titled album along with a second disc of demos was released on Flying Nun in 2005. In 2012 Paul Kean was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall Of Fame and won the Herald Legacy Award as a member of Toy Love.
Through the 1980s Paul went on to do live sound engineering for many of the Flying Nun acts, notably The Clean, The Chills, The Verlaines and Sneaky Feelings.
Kean managed and produced two Playthings singles and an album, briefly joining them on bass in 1982.
A collaboration with Robert Scott in Thanks to Llamas followed with the formation of The Bats along with Kaye Woodward and Malcolm Grant.By 2011 The Bats had produced their eight album to add to their catalogue along with two compilations and a host of EPs and singles. Many of these were produced or co-produced by Paul Kean, who also handled most of the mixing.
Kean currently lives and works in Christchurch for the Council's Events team. He is also actively involved in the bands Minisnap and The Bats.
Flying Nun Records is an independent record label formed in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1981 by music-store manager Roger Shepherd.
The Dunedin Sound was a style of indie pop music created in the southern New Zealand university city of Dunedin in the early 1980s.
Chris Knox is a New Zealand rock and roll musician, cartoonist and movie reviewer who emerged during the punk rock era with his bands The Enemy and Toy Love. After Toy Love disbanded in the early 1980s, he formed the group Tall Dwarfs with guitarist Alec Bathgate. The Tall Dwarfs were noted for their unpolished sound and intense live shows. His 4-track machine was used to record most of the early Flying Nun singles.
Toy Love was a New Zealand new wave/punk rock band that originated in Dunedin and was active from 1978 to 1980. Members included Chris Knox, Alec Bathgate and Paul Kean.
The Verlaines are a rock band from Dunedin, New Zealand. Formed in 1981 by Graeme Downes, Craig Easton, Anita Pillai, Phillip Higham and Greg Kerr, the band went through multiple line-ups.
Bailter Space is an atmospheric noise rock band that formed in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1987 as Nelsh Bailter Space; they had previously recorded as The Gordons. Its members are Alister Parker, John Halvorsen, Brent McLachlan. After releasing seven studio albums, numerous EPs/singles and a career retrospective compilation, Bailter Space went on an extended hiatus in 2004. They returned in August 2008 to play the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan.
Shayne P Carter is a musician best known for leading Straitjacket Fits from 1986–1994, and as the only permanent member of Dimmer (1995–2012).
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Straitjacket Fits formed in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1986 and were a prominent band in the Flying Nun label's second wave of the Dunedin sound.
David Auld Kilgour is a New Zealand songwriter, musician and recording artist from Dunedin. He first started playing guitar as a teenager in the late 1970s. With brother Hamish he formed The Clean, a group that went on to become one of the most popular and most respected bands in New Zealand.
The Bats are an influential New Zealand rock band formed in 1982 in Christchurch by Paul Kean (bass), Malcolm Grant (drums), Robert Scott and Kaye Woodward. Though primarily a Christchurch band, The Bats have strong links to Dunedin and are usually grouped in with the Dunedin sound musicians that emerged in the early 1980s. The band has retained the same four members from 1982 to the present day.
Able Tasmans were an indie pop band from Auckland, New Zealand, initially formed as a duo in 1983. They released four albums and two EPs on Flying Nun Records before splitting up in 1996.
Daddy's Highway is the 1987 debut album by New Zealand indie rock group The Bats.
At the National Grid is an album released in 2005 by New Zealand band The Bats. It was their first album for ten years and the first to be released on a New Zealand label other than Flying Nun.
Bilders is a New Zealand music group of varying lineups that produced a string of self-recorded 7-inch vinyl releases between 1980 and 1982 leading to Beatin Hearts, the first studio-album from fledgling New Zealand independent record label 'Flying Nun Records'.
Free All the Monsters is the eighth full-length album by New Zealand band The Bats, released in 2011.
Made Up in Blue is a 1986 EP by New Zealand indie rock group The Bats.
Loves Ugly Children were an indie rock band on New Zealand's Flying Nun Records, amongst other labels, during the 1990s. They released two albums, many EPs, singles and videos and toured extensively through their home country of New Zealand, as well as Australia and England.
Pan Am was an alternative rock band from Auckland, New Zealand.
The Deep Set is the ninth full-length album by New Zealand band The Bats, released in 2017.
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