Kiwis Doin’ Dylan – Part IV
And Here Come The Eighties and Nineties
And it continued and continued….. The decades kept rolling along with Dylan’s music being covered by new generations of musicians – including young up-and-coming musicians as well as some more established. The Eighties were sparse in commercially released Dylan covers in New Zealand, but the Nineties proved much more productive. (Most of the scans after 1985 are from CD artwork)
- Toy Love
“Positively 4th Street”
on cassette (1988) NZ Walking Monk, and CD copy (2000) “Live at the Cook” Vol 2. Actual concert was 28 August 1980 at The Captain Cook (pub known as "The Cook"). (Medley of Greenwalls/Yummy Yummy Yummy/Positively 4th Street) - Toy Love was an influential, iconic and important part of New Zealand music - especially the new wave punk rock scene. Andrew Schmidt has written a comprehensive history of the reality and the mythology around this group - on a NZ music website.
- Certain Sounds 81
“In The Garden”
on LP “Let’s Fly on the Wind” (Youth for Christ) YFC 116
this recording of songs includes Karen Buchanan (vocals), Graham Burt (keyboards, backing vocals), Janet Burt (vocals), Nelson Chase (bass, vocals), Earl Langridge (drums), Allen Walker (guitar, vocals) and Lyndsay Simpkin (tour manager/speaker).
“Love Minus Zero/No Limit”
LP “Auckland Acoustics” Real Groovy Records RGR 002 -
Siren was Penni Bousfield, Karen Kahurangi Gorter, and Nettie Bird.
- Marc Hunter
on Aussie tribute CD "Doin' Dylan" 1995 Columbia 480647 2 (actual recording from 1989 Aussie ZZZERO) 1989 ABC Records for kids – 836 861-1 same track on CD of Marc Hunter 'singles' Raven 105 in 2000. Marc was one of the NZ group Dragon which toured extensively in NZ before heading to the larger pastures of Australia. Noted NZ music writer Nick Bollinger has documented Dragon's trajectory in detail in a NZ music website.
- Crowded House
“Mr Tambourine Man”
on UK CD 'Indie Compilation' called "Blowout"
EMI 7243 493 5852 2 and on a large number of other releases, vinyl, single, EP, compilations etc. originally recorded live April 7th, 1989 with Roger McGuinn as Byrdhouse. Crowded House is probably the most widely known NZ band. While sometimes claimed as being an Australian band, the key component member was always Neil Finn. Kerry Doole has an extensive history of Crowded House on a NZ music website. Two of the many releases with this Dylan track are shown here.
- Willie Hona
“Every Grain of Sand”
“When the Night Comes Falling From the Sky”
CD and cassette - “Keep An Open Heart” Festival D30704
Willie Hona was one of the (many) members of the Pacific reggae group Herbs. The story of the Herbs is told by Peter McLennan on a NZ music website.
- Al Hunter
“Don't Think Twice, It’s All Right”
CD "The Singer" Pagan PACD 1094 4357942
Originally Al Hunter was a blues, R&B, rock musician but in 1980 decided to return to his first love of country music. Chris Bourke has detail on his music and career in a NZ music website.
- Margaret Farrelly
"Tomorrow Is A Long Time"
cassette “Once In A Blue Moon” NZ Replay Radio
- Malcolm Jimenez
“Knockin’ On Heaven's Door”
CD “Live at Rick's” Auckland Blue Falcon Records BF 001 - Rick's Cafe Amercain is in Auckland. Rick Roff is proprietor of this Cafe known for its jamming sessions. This CD was recorded 8th, 9th and 10th of November, 1992 with Malcolm Jimenez (guitar and vocals), Richard Adams (violin), and Dean Menzies (harmonica).
- Paul Ubana Jones
“Ballad of a Thin Man” (1992)
CD “The Things Which Touch Me So“ Pagan 4357832
“It Takes a Lot to Laugh and a Train to Cry” (1997)
CD "Blessings and Burdens" Pagan PACD 1136 8446772
John Dix has written the Paul Ubana Jones story on a NZ Music website. Paul has lived in New Zealand since 1987 and Dylan songs play a large part in his music. "Jones picked up the guitar at age eleven and his earliest influences included Ray Charles and Mahalia Jackson but Bob Dylan made the greater impression. Dylan songs still feature in his repertoire."
- Terry's Mob
“Knockin' on Heaven's Door”
CD “Terry’s Mob” T&ACD57 vocalists Tereapii Pita, Pat Williams, Ngatamariki Akaiti, Rere Kaiaruna with musicians George Moekaa and Rere Kaiaruna
- Graham Wardrop
“I'll Be Your Baby Tonight”
cassette Radio NZ Studios
- Easy St.
“Man In the Long Black Coat”
CD “Easy St.” Panic 96001 (Tony Ricketts, Jenny Kilpatrick, Liam Davidson, Kerrin Worsfold). There was another NZ music group with the name Easy Street - hence this group is known by the name Easy St.
- Hard to Handle
"Slow Train Coming"
CD "The End of the Beginning" City Light Productions - John Michaelz (vocals), Anton Elkington (guitar, vocals), Paul Higgins (drums) and Kevin Coleman (bass). The music was recorded earlier (1992) but finally released in 1995. John Michaelz was born in NZ in 1965, but moved to Iceland at age five. He later returned to live in NZ in 1987 and formed the band "Hard to Handle" which toured extensively until it disbanded in 1993. Information on his life and career is available on the John Michaelz facebook page.
- Darren McKean
“It’s All Over Now Baby Blue”
cassette “Toitu te Whenua” (Our Land) - Blue Smoke Music Co. - Darren McKean sings under the pseudonym “Shahn” - harmony vocals by Davy Dee – various artists on this cassette performing as Cowboy.
- Hammond Gamble
“Groom Still Waiting At The Altar”
CD "Plugged In and Blue" Scoop de Loop SCD 025 - same track on CD Warner Bros 0927447302 (2002) "100% Blues - The Ultimate Collection"
Hammond Gamble is a well known NZ bluesman and songwriter. The Hammond Gamble website has detail on his history and career.
- Jan Preston
CD "Accomplices" Jayrem CDJAY 345.
Keith Newman has extensive detail on Jan's career in a NZ music website. A summary of her career: "Classically trained pianist and former New Zealand rock musician Jan Preston is one of Australia and New Zealand's finest exponents of boogie-woogie and rhythm and blues piano and is a sought after composer of film and documentary soundtracks."
- Kerry Turner with Mike Harding and Sarah-Jayne White.
"You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"
CD "Tahora 21st - A Coming of Age" Tahora Music Festival OMAPU 021 - Kerry Turner, with Mike Harding and Sarah-Jayne White.
Tahora is a small settlement located in the Manawatu-Wanganui Region in the North Island of New Zealand along the Stratford–Okahukura railway line and State Highway 43 between Stratford and Taumarunui. It was the location of an annual folk music festival for 30 years. This 2CD recording is from their 21st Festival in 1997..
- Chocolate Fish
CD “Live at Vino Vino” Big Love Production BLCD1001 - Vino Vino Café, Waiheke Island, (35 minute ferry ride from Auckland). Chocolate Fish is comprised of Anu Grace (vocals, flute), Pete Reilly (guitar) and others. The members of the group live on Waiheke Island.
- McSweeney Brothers
“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”
“The Times They Are A-Changin’”
“Like a Rolling Stone”
CD "The McSweeney Brothers Live at the Claddagh" C5501 recorded 26 July 1998 in Auckland. Group members: Marian Burns, Phil McSweeney, Peter Williams and Paddy Hallissey.
- Peter Caulton
"Man with the Long Black Coat"
CD "Raining on the Rock" Bear Family Records BCD 16392 AH.
Peter was born in Gisborne New Zealand and has performed widely through out the world in more than 20 countries. In recent decades he has been based in Europe, mainly Germany. This particular CD was however recorded in Australia, with mostly songs written by Australians. The Dylan song is an exception to that.