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

Members:

Greta Anderson

Ben Howe

David Mulcahy

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