Flying Nun

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Flying Nun Records is an independent record label in New Zealand. The label was formed in Christchurch in 1981 by music-store proprietor Roger Shepherd in the flurry of new punk rock-inspired labels forming in the early 1980s. The intention was to record the original local music of Christchurch, but soon the label rose to national prominence by championing the emerging music of Dunedin.

The Pin Group’ “Ambivalence” 7” was the first release from Flying Nun, although it is widely assumed that “Tally Ho” by The Clean was the first release, as it unexpectedly reached number nineteen in the New Zealand charts, bringing the label unexpected profile and income. This was followed by the seminal Dunedin Double EP, a release which cemented the place of the southern city in the forefront of New Zealand independent music.

Many of the most prominent kiwi rock and alternative bands have been signed to Flying Nun at some stage in their careers. In 2000 Australian youth radio network Triple J produced a list of the thirty “Greatest New Zealand acts of all time”, twenty of which were Flying Nun artists.

The label has been home to various styles of music including the much-debated Dunedin Sound, “high-end pop with a twist”, lo-fi experimentation, strongly Velvet Underground influenced pop, minimalism, industrial, and rock-electronic crossover.

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  • _KevMusic_

    Now with added Sharpie Crows greatness. Makes me very very happy.

    August 2011
  • Mikey_Beat

    awesome

    April 2009
  • ExecutionStyle

    for fuck's sake...dave matthews in the top tracks? dave matthews is the anti-flying nun. can we please get rid of them and add some Clean in its place.

    October 2008
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