Superette


Superette sounded on the surface like the perfect alternative power-pop trio, all fuzzed guitars and big melodies. However, there was always a discordant side to the group too, in their songs’ subject matter and the dark humour shown in their music videos. For a moment in the mid-90s, they were Flying Nun’s shining hope before the label’s owner, Mushroom Records, pulled the rug out from under them.

It wasn’t the first time that machinations at Mushroom Records/Flying Nun had affected the career of lead singer Dave Mulcahy. He started out in Christchurch group, Jean-Paul Sartre Experience (JPSE). Their early music varied widely from indie pop (such as Mulcahy’s ‘Firetime’ or the single ‘I Like Rain’) through to the creepy, off-kilter sound of ‘Flex’. JPSE signed to Flying Nun and Mulcahy relocated with them to Auckland in 1989.

Superette - Touch Me EP (Flying Nun, 1996)
Superette with their own little Tiger. L-R: Dave Mulcahy, Greta Anderson, Ben Howe
Photo credit: Becky Nunes
Superette (L-R): Dave Mulcahy, Ben Howe, Greta Anderson
Superette - Touch Me (1996, directed by Stuart Page)
Ben Howe at the Flying Nun 40th anniversary, Auckland Town Hall, 24 July 2022.
Photo credit: Doug Peters / Ambient Light
Superette photographed in Myers Park, Auckland. L-R: Ben Howe, Dave Mulcahy, Greta Anderson
Superette, L-R: Greta Anderson, Ben Howe, Dave Mulcahy
Poster, 1990s: The Tufnels, Garden Shed, Superette
Superette on the cover of Real Groove magazine, July 1996. Makeup by Fiona McBryde. 
Photo credit: Bill McNicol
Superette - Tiger (Flying Nun, 1996)
Superette photographed in Verona cafe, K Rd, Auckland. L-R: Greta Anderson, Ben Howe, Dave Mulcahy
Superette - Killer Clown (1995, directed by Stuart Page)
Poster for The Tufnels, Superette and Garageland at Squid Bar, Auckland, 1990s.
Greta Anderson at the Flying Nun 40th anniversary, Auckland Town Hall, 24 July 2022.
Photo credit: Doug Peters / Ambient Light
Superette with Stuart Page
Superette (L-R): Dave Mulcahy, Greta Anderson, Ben Howe
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Members:

Greta Anderson

Ben Howe

David Mulcahy

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