New Zealand art rockers!
LP DON’T BELIEVE IN FAIRYTALES MUSHROOM AUS L 37147
1979 9 TRKS
7″ I THINK IT’S YOU / OL’ BLUE MUSHROOM AUS K 7126
1978 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
7″ MARGUERITTA AND ME / FLY BY NIGHT PAROLE NZ K 8652
1982 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
7″ MOONSHINE LADY / SOMEBODY BROKE MY HEART MUSHROOM NZ K 6950
1977 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
7″ SAVING FOR A RAINY DAY / ALL THE KING’S HORSES MUSHROOM NZ K 7977
1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
CD STUFFED MUSHROOM AUS D 19981
1977 9 TRKS
LP STUFFED MUSHROOM AUS L 36312
1977 9 TRKS original issue
LP THIS IS THE LIFE PAROLE AUS L 37775
1982 10 TRKS
For my money, Mother Goose were the best Split Enz-influenced band to follow them out of New Zealand. Mother Goose appear to
I started going to New Zealand in 1980 / 1981 – I had seen Split Enz in 1977, Mi-Sex in 1980 and was no stranger to what was going on ‘down there’. I believe I had their debut album, “Stuffed” before I ever went to NZ. Already being familiar with Split Enz’s masterpiece “Mental Notes”, I couldn’t help but feel that “Stuffed” had been influenced by “Mental Notes” – and, like Split Enz, the band Mother Goose appeared to dress-up a bit. So, art rock, dress-up, New Zealand – Split Enz and Mother Goose seemed to have a lot in common.
Including both bands initially going to Australia from their homes in NZ. Many NZ bands went to NZ, but not so many succeeded, in the 70’s.
On one of my first trips to NZ, people would often ask me what other NZ music I was familiar with – after I had finished rhapsodizing about Split Enz. Whenever I mentioned Mother Goose, people would always say – “Have you seen the video for “Baked Beans” – it’s wonderful!”. Mmm…no, I haven’t seen the video for “Baked Beans”, but I do have that track on vinyl…
If the last new Mother Goose piece I got was in 1982, and the only thing added to my collection was the CD issue of “Stuffed” – I haven’t thought about Mother Goose in a good many years.
So, if you like the Phil Judd version of Split Enz, it might be worth checking out Mother Goose, kiwi fans!