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Able Tasmans


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This Auckland-based group has gone through a number of line-up and mood changes since they first surfaced in 1984 as a trio whammying things up for the kids on the dancefloor with a very ’60s fun organ-bass-drums sound and songs with titles like ‘Nelson the Cat?!!’.

For over a decade, the Able Tasmans were one of the most-loved New Zealand bands around. While that love never translated into the commercial success sometimes associated with this level of adoration, their fans knew why they made music and responded accordingly.

‘Nelson’ was one of six songs which appeared on the Ables’ 1985 debut EP for Flying Nun, ‘The Tired Sun’. Recorded with thanks to “the marvels of modern steam recording” at Auckland’s Progressive Studio over Easter, 1985, ‘The Tired Sun’ was a lively psych-out, admired for its strong singing and punchy upbeat feel

The Ables released their first full-length album in 1987, ‘A Cuppa Tea And A Lie Down’, which remains their most eclectic recording to date.

It was three years until a new Able Tasmans recording appeared on Flying Nun. Released in 1990, ‘Hey Spinner!’ was a denser album, with tunes that continued the Ables’ curious line in lyrical kiwiana - a trend begun on the previous album, which had built local geography and custom into songs.

1992 saw the Able Tasmans entering the eighth year of their musical career and releasing their third full album for Flying Nun, ‘Somebody Ate My Planet’. Their final album, ‘Store in a Cool Place’ was released in 1995.

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  • BORJA3

    why don't they comeback?? they are amazing!

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Xenopus

    someone needs reissue their stuff. way to hard to find

    1 May 2011 Reply
  • Axver

    You people need to listen to School Is No Good For You more.

    8 Mar 2010 Reply
  • AbleBluenote

    fantastic band ++++

    3 Dec 2009 Reply
  • a_motif

    Good band :)

    26 Sep 2009 Reply
  • JoeGazer

    Hold me is just of my alltime favorites.....

    23 Feb 2009 Reply
  • wattleblossom

    My kids just love Evil BBQ. I bought 'A cuppa Tea and a Lie Down' so I could listen to Sour Queen over and over again. Absolutely wonderful CD. I could listen to it forever and already have for years.

    18 Feb 2009 Reply
  • flashbleu

    Play Evil Barbecue and watch beachboy14's icon - the pig moves in time to the music... (have to type quickly before the Night Nurse wears off...)

    22 Apr 2008 Reply
  • DoodleSnip

    The second track under Listen Now should be Hold Me I.

    27 Jul 2007 Reply
  • skinnypies

    No sam, that was your dads penis

    10 Aug 2006 Reply
  • skinnypies

    haha my mum played flute on sour queen

    30 May 2006 Reply

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