Blam Blam Blam


1981 was the year indie music broke in New Zealand. In an era of musical and creative adventure, Blam Blam Blam stood out amongst their peers, taking their cracked post-punk art rock into the pop charts and capturing the zeitgeist.

Blam Blam Blam made two videos for their 1981 hit, ‘There is No Depression in New Zealand’. Their best-known clip draws on the underlying disquiet of the political climate of the time, with mimed beatings and phone surveillance amid rural scenes and a weather report predicting calm, calm, calm.

Outdoors, venue unknown
Photo credit: Photo by Jenny Pullar
Blams late 1981: Dick Driver, Don McGlashan, Mark Bell, Tim Mahon and soundman David Rudolph
Photo credit: Photo by Jenny Pullar
Andrew Snoid and Ian Gilroy with the Whizz Kids, Wellington 1980
Mark Bell and Tim Mahon
Photo credit: Simon Grigg Collection
Mark Bell, Sweetwaters 1981
Photo credit: Photo by Jenny Pullar
Blams on the roof of their practice rooms, Hobson Street, Auckland, 1981
Photo credit: Photo by Jenny Pullar
There Is No Depression In New Zealand
Poster for Blam Blam Blam's reunion tour, 2019
Blam Blam Blam - Live at Mainstreet 1984
Blam Blam Blam - There Is No Depression in New Zealand (RNZ, live at The Others' Way 2019)
Tim Mahon
Photo credit: Photo by Jenny Pullar
Don McGlashan, Tim Mahon, Mark Bell
Photo credit: Photo by John Reynolds
Don McGlashan
Photo credit: Jenny Pullar
Mark Bell, Tim Mahon, Don McGlashan during the No Depression video shoot. The rooftop TVNZ Shortland Street.
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Blam Blam Blam in the 1982 Call For Help video
Don't Fight It Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us
Trivia:

Don McGlashan produced records for The Instigators, Newmatics, and Otis Mace & Rex Reason.

Mark Bell, Tim Mahon, Andrew Snoid (McLennan), Ian Gilroy and Richard Von Sturmer attended Westlake Boys High School on Auckland’s North Shore.

Ian Gilroy drummed with The Crocodiles and The Swingers.

Andrew Snoid replaced Dick Driver in Pop Mechanix then joined The Swingers. He reconnected with Mark Bell in Coconut Rough for the surprise hit, Sierra Leone.

Sara Fort partnered with Jed Town in Fetus Productions.

After time spent in America, Richard Von Sturmer is an Auckland-based poet, performer and filmmaker.

The Whizz Kids reformed in August 1982 for shows in Christchurch and Auckland (in September at The Gluepot). The new line-up was Bones Hillman (bass), Ian Gilroy, Mark Bell, Tim Mahon and Andrew Snoid.

Labels:

Propeller

Members:

Don McGlashan - drums, vocals, euphonium

Tim Mahon - bass, vocals

Mark Bell - guitar, vocals

Dick Driver - vocals

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