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It’s New Zealand Music Month: Spotlight on Kiwi Bands #4

It’s New Zealand music month and 14 days into it I am highlighting some great Kiwi Bands. Most will be 80’s and 90’s band that I grew up with and are those classic albums.

Band number #4 is: The Mutton Birds

Another classic NZ band, that rose from the ashes of other bands. Those being Blam Blam Blam and The Front Lawn, both being fronted by Don McGlashan.

Blam Blam Blam:

The Front Lawn

The Mutton Birds debut album remained on the charts for over a year.

For their second album, Salty, they signed with EMI Australia. It was self-produced and mixed by Tchad Blake. Again the album went platinum in NZ but received little notice beyond Australia and New Zealand.

Their next album, Nature, was a collection of songs from their first two CDs with production assistance from Neil Finn, released by Virgin Records.

Their third proper CD, Envy of Angels, was recorded in Wales and released in 1996 worldwide. It sold typically well in Australia and New Zealand, and sales increased from those of Nature in the rest of the world. This year also saw The Mutton Birds’ contribution to the soundtrack of Peter Jackson’s film The Frighteners with a cover of Blue Öyster Cult’s 1976 classic “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”.

Technically now disbanded they still reform to do benefits and the hope is for another album at some point.

In the meantime Don McGlashan has been releasing solo albums.