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Blam Blam Blam

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Band Members

In 1979 The Plague became the Madda Ferrets, then the Whizz Kids, with several changes in members.


Whizz Kids/Spelling Mistakes Occupational Hazard  single Ripper Records 
RIP 004
NZ 1980  
  Whizz Kids: Occupational Hazard
Spelling Mistakes: Reena.

Whizz Kid members:- Don McGlashan, Mark Bell, Andrew McLennan, Tim Mahon, Ian Gilroy, Kit Snoid

Whizz Kids became Blam Blam Blam - Tim Mahon (bass, voice), Mark Bell (guitars, voice), Don McGlashan (drums, euphonium, voice).

First gig, October, 1980, at a harbour cruise party.

1982 - Dick Driver briefly a member of the band as lead singer. (Other bands/projects - Doomed (as Johnny Abort), Pop Mechanix, Hip Singles, Splash Alley, Radio With Pictures)

In 1982, during a tour to promote Luxury Length, Tim Mahon was seriously injured in a road accident; subsequently the band broke up. However, he later managed Mar-v-elle and now sells real estate. Mark Bell is a session guitarist and journalist. (Where are they now?)

Reunions:

January 1984 - Blam Blam Blam briefly reformed for a series of benefit gigs.
May 2003 - Blam Blam Blam played together again for New Zealand Music Month.
29 September 2007 - Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland.

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Albums

Blam Blam Blam Blam Blam Blam LP Propeller Records REV 202 NZ 1982 March
  Combination of There Is No Depression In New Zealand single and Maids To Order EP. The tracks on these are:

There Is No Depression In New Zealand (McGlashan/Von Sturmer)
Gotta Be Guilty (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan).
Maids To Order (Bell/Mahon/Von Sturmer/McGlashan)
Battleship Grey (Bell)
Blue Belmonts (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan)
Respect (McGlashan)

Blam Blam Blam Luxury Length LP, cass Propeller Records L37414, REV 204 NZ 1982 May
  1. Talkback King (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan)
2. Like My Job (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan)
3. Luxury Length (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan)
4. The Bystanders (Bell/Mahon/Von Sturmer/McGlashan)
5. Don't Fight It, Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us (McGlashan)
6. Time Enough (McGlashan)
7. Learning To Like Ourselves Again (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan)
8. Businessmen (Bell/Mahon/Von Sturmer/McGlashan)
9. Pensioner Love (???)
10. Call For Help (McGlashan)
11. Last Post (Bell)

Recorded at Harlequin Studios

Blam Blam Blam/Netherworld Dancing Toys The Blam Blam Blam Story/Netherworld Dancing Toys  LP CBS SBP 237993 NZ 1984 April
  A side, live album, The Blam Blam Blam Story:-

1. Luxury Length (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan)
2. Agency (???)
3. The Beach On 42nd Street (McGlashan)
4. Don't Fight It Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us (McGlashan)
5. There Is No Depression In New Zealand (McGlashan/Von Sturmer)

B side: Netherworld Dancing Toys:-

1. Do I Ever Make Your Memories
2. She Shot A Hole In My Soul
3. Sheer Thrill
4. Bored To Death
5. The Moment Is Magic

The Blam Blam Blam tracks are from February 1984 "Reunion" shows.

Recorded at Harlequin Studios

Blam Blam Blam The Complete Blam Blam Blam CD, cass Propeller Records, D30899 (REV 502)  NZ 1992
[2003]
 
The Complete Blam Blam Blam 1. There Is No Depression In New Zealand (McGlashan/Von Sturmer)
2. Battleship Grey (Bell) *
3. Maids To Order (Bell/Mahon/Von Sturmer/McGlashan) *
4. Dr.Who (Bailey)
5. Motivation (Bell) *
6. Blue Belmonts (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan) *
7. Respect (McGlashan)
8. Got To Be Guilty (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan)
9. Don't Fight It Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us (McGlashan)
10. Learning To Like Ourselves Again (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan)
11. Call For Help (McGlashan) Ivan Zagni 11 string guitar
12. Time Enough (McGlashan)
13. Like My Job (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan)
14. Luxury Length (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan)
15. Businessmen (Bell/Mahon/Von Sturmer/McGlashan)
16. Talkback King (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan)
15. The Bystanders (Bell/Mahon/Von Sturmer/McGlashan)
16. Beach On 42nd Street (McGlashan) ^
17. Last Post (Bell)

Mark Bell - guitars, voice
Tim Mahon - bass, voice
Don McGlashan - drums, euphonium, voice
Ivan Zagni - 11 string guitar on "Call For Help"
David Rudolph - live sound
Jenny Pullar - lights
Karen Tacon - lights

Produced by Blam Blam Blam and Paul Streekstra
except
^ Produced by Blam Blam Blam and Steve Garden from a live mix by David Rudolph
* Produced by Blam Blam Blam

Note:
A remastered album was released in 2003, with additional liner notes.

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Singles

Blam Blam Blam Maids To Order 12" EP Propeller Records, X13068 K113.REV10 NZ 1981 March/April
  Maids To Order (Bell/Mahon/Von Sturmer/McGlashan)
Battleship Grey (Bell)
Blue Belmonts (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan)
Respect (McGlashan)

Recorded at Harlequin Studios

Blam Blam Blam There Is No Depression In New Zealand 7" Propeller Records, K8422  REV 11 NZ 1981 July
  There Is No Depression In New Zealand (McGlashan/Von Sturmer)
Gotta Be Guilty (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan).

Recorded at Harlequin Studios

Blam Blam Blam Don't Fight It, Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us 7" Propeller Records, K8425 REV 14 NZ 1981 December
  Don't Fight It, Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us (McGlashan)
Dr Who (Bailey)
Cachunga Cachunga

Recorded at Harlequin Studios

Blam Blam Blam Call For Help 7" Propeller Records, REV 17 NZ 1982 May 
  Call For Help (McGlashan)
Learning To Like Ourselves Again (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan)

Blam Blam Blam Blam Blam Blam CD Propeller Records, D11319 (REV28) NZ 1992 November
  On the CD I saw:

Don't Fight It, Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us (McGlashan) (Full version)
Thomas Is Guilty (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan) (live)
Respect (McGlashan) (live)
Don't Fight It, Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us (McGlashan) (Single version)

Recorded at Harlequin Studios; live at The Gluepot

This is the track listing in the National Library of New Zealand Catalogue, detailed view.

Note:- Propeller Records catalogue has this track listing for REV28:-
  • Don't Fight It, Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us
  • Respect (live)
  • Call For Help (live)
  • Don't Fight It, Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us (radio)
The now off-line Kiwi Rock site listed the catalogue number as K8425 / REV28, but 'K8425' was used for the earlier 7" single.

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Compilations

Various Class of 81 album Propeller Records Rev 201 NZ 1981 March
  Motivation (Bell)

The first song the band ever recorded, remastered from cassette.

Class of 81 A Collection of New Zealand Garage bands, 1981 (Propeller Records)

Various Doobie Do Disc album ? NZ 1982  
  There Is No Depression In New Zealand (McGlashan/Von Sturmer)

Various More Hits and Myths LP album XSF, XSFLP 002 NZ c1982  
  There Is No Depression In New Zealand (McGlashan/Von Sturmer)

Various Barking Up The Right Tree album ? NZ 1983  
  Don't Fight It Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us (McGlashan)

Various Hits and Myths '83 LP album XSF, XSFLP 003 NZ 1983  
  Learning To Like Ourselves Again (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan)

Various Unexplored album Strange Weekend Records, CD044 US 1986  
  Don't Fight It Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us (McGlashan)

Various It's Bigger Than Both Of Us album Propeller Records NZ 1988  
  Don't Fight It Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us (McGlashan)
There Is No Depression In New Zealand (McGlashan/Von Sturmer)

It's Bigger Than Both Of Us (Propeller Records)

Various Bliss, 20 Essential NZ Classics CD Festival Records (NZ), D 31484 NZ 1995  
Bliss Don't Fight It Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us (McGlashan)
There Is No Depression In New Zealand (McGlashan/Von Sturmer)

Various Kiwi Rock Vol. 2 2 CD album EMI 471051-2 NZ 1995 May
Kiwi Rock Vol. 2  Disc One
7. There Is No Depression In New Zealand (McGlashan/Von Sturmer)

Full album tracklisting is here.

Various Rock Your Radio: retro 1980-1989 CD album Media Music/NZ On Air NZ 1997?  
  There Is No Depression In New Zealand (McGlashan/Von Sturmer)

"Rock Your Radio is a nationally syndicated series of 120 x 1 hour features focusing on New Zealand music produced within 'rock' formats... from then, now & always." (former Immedia page)

Full track listing at: National Library of New Zealand Catalogue, detailed view.

Various Total Bliss CD album Festival NZ 2001  
  There Is No Depression In New Zealand (McGlashan/Von Sturmer)
Don't Fight It Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us (McGlashan)

Full track listing at: National Library of New Zealand Catalogue, detailed view.

Various Kiwi Classics Vol 9 CD album EMI NZ 2003 5th May
  13. There Is No Depression In New Zealand (McGlashan/Von Sturmer)

Full album tracklisting is here.

Various Nature's Best 3: Complete The Collection of New Zealand's Top Songs of All Time CD Sony NZ 2003 12th May
  Don't Fight It Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us (McGlashan)
There Is No Depression In New Zealand (McGlashan/Von Sturmer)

Various Give It A Whirl CD Universal NZ 2003 26th May
  Call For Help (McGlashan)

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Videos

Blam Blam Blam Luxury Length music video   NZ c1982?  
Luxury Length video

Luxury Length (Bell/Mahon/McGlashan)

Mark Bell, Tim Mahon and Don McGlashan

"Pulling a habit out of a Rat"


Don McGlashan and the Glaxo Babies There Is No Depression In New Zealand music video   NZ 1990/1  
  There Is No Depression In NZ (McGlashan/Von Sturmer) performed by Don McGlashan and the Glaxo Babies

The Glaxo Babies were Mark Bell's Kiwi cover band. They appeared at a music awards ceremony in Wellington. Don also sang Don't Fight It Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us. (Glaxo - milk powder for babies in NZ in the 60's)

New Zealand Music Video Awards 1991 compilation:
Reference Number: F32818 (New Zealand Film Archive (advanced search))

Music video:
Reference Number: F32834 (New Zealand Film Archive (advanced search)) (Note: music videos are not catalogued in detail. In the record, the date is uncertain.)

In June 1990 Don McGlashan and the Glaxo Babies were part of six concerts over three days at St James Cabaret, Wellington, to support a bill for compulsory 20% New Zealand music quota on New Zealand radio.
Reference Number: F23206 (New Zealand Film Archive (advanced search)) (note McGlashan is spelt 'McGalshan')


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Charts

New Zealand charts
  Date Released Format Highest Position Time in Chart
There is No Depression In New Zealand July 1981 single No 11 10 weeks
Don't Fight It Marsha Dec 1981 single No 17 9 weeks
Call For Help May 1982 single No 50 1 week
Blam Blam Blam Story April 1984 album No 27 4 weeks

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Awards

New Zealand awards
Don't Fight It Marsha 1982 RIANZ Awards Song of the Year

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Links

Blam Blam Blam biography - Propeller Records
Blam Blam Blam (muzic.net.nz)
Blam Blam Blam (Wikipedia)

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References

Blam Blam Blam, The Complete Blam Blam Blam, CD booklet

Chunn, Mike and Jeremy, The Mechanics of Popular Music - A New Zealand Perspective, GP Publications, 10, Mulgrave St., Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand, 1995. ISBN 1-86956-130-9

Dix, John, Stranded In Paradise, New Zealand Rock 'N' Roll 1955-1988, Paradise Publications, 1988. ISBN 0-473-00638-3 (limpback), ISBN 0-473-00639-1 (Limited Edition Casebound)

Ricketts, Harry and Roberts, Hugh, Editiors, How You Doing? - A Selection of New Zealand Comic and Satiric Verse, Lincoln University Press, 1998. ISBN 0-909049-26-2

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