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Tall Dwarfs

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Pioneers from the lo-fi cosmetic and towering numbers of the brand new Zealand pop music picture, the High Dwarfs were formed in 1979 by performers/songwriters Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate following a demise of the previous music group, the legendary Plaything Love. Documenting on Knox’s four-track machine, the duo debuted using the 1981 EP Three Tracks, highlighted from the traditional “Nothing’s Likely to Happen.” The record was popular, although it remaining many Toy Like fans baffled from the pair’s fresh musical path: High Dwarfs’ releases had been intentionally primitive, the D.We.Con. ethic at its purest — tracks were all documented in the home (performed in sleeping rooms, hallways, and so on) and defiantly experimental in character, presaging the rise of that which was eventually dubbed “lo-fi” because the sound started to develop in prominence and impact during the period of the years to check out. In 1982, Bathgate relocated from Dunedin to Christchurch; with the length between him and Knox right now totalling some 750 kilometers, High Dwarfs was relegated to some side task, with both males meeting a few times yearly to record and perform the casual live date. The very first product of the long-distance union was the EP Louis Loves His Daily Drop, released in 1982 for the fledgling Soaring Nun label; Canned Music adopted a year later on. With 1984’s SlugBucketHairyBreathMonster, High Dwarfs obtained their most effective record up to now; the monitor “THE MIND That Wouldn’t Perish” was a cult strike across New Zealand, and using its inclusion for the Soaring Nun compilation Tuatara, it received significant worldwide exposure aswell. After documenting 1985’s That is the Brief and Long from it, Bathgate shifted to the U.K.; many expected the duo’s demise, but he came back after a yr, and the High Dwarfs reunited for 1986’s Toss a Sickie (therefore called because both Bathgate and Knox had been experiencing colds during creation). With 1988’s Dogma, the duo finally graduated to an effective studio room; the EP presented “The Glide,” an account of euthanasia which became among their most questionable and best-known initiatives. The long away from print initial four High Dwarfs EPs had been mined for the next Hello Cruel Globe best-of collection; the to begin their information to earn correct world-wide discharge, it gained them significant global media insurance. In 1990 they reconvened within the studio room, emerging with therefore much material which the longstanding EP format was finally forsaken release a a full-length LP, dubbed Weeville; a calendar year later another record, Fork Music, made an appearance. A tour of America implemented in 1992, and in 1994 High Dwarfs released the 3 EPs LP, a assortment of 18 brand-new monitors sequenced to resemble a trio of mini-albums. Though Knox acquired long preserved a solo profession, Bathgate waited until 1996 to create his single debut with Silver Lame; still, High Dwarfs remained unchanged, issuing Stumpy a calendar year later.

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Full Name Tall Dwarfs
Music Songs Nothing's Going to Happen, All My Hollowness to You, Dare to Tread, The Brain That Wouldn't Die, We Bleed Love, Think Small, Two Humans, Luck or Loveliness, Sign the Dotted Line, Song of the Silents, Lurlene Bayliss, All Is Fine, Turning Brown and Torn in Two, Thought Disorder, Lowlands, Life Is Strange, Phil's Disease, Gluey, Gluey, Meet the Beatle, Waltz of the Good Husband, This Room Is Wrong, Skirl, Pirouette, Sunday Song, Skin of My Teeth, Waltz of a Good Husband, Pictures on the Floor, Shade for Today, Mr. Brocolli, Missed Again, I've Left Memories Behind, Mr. Broccoli
Albums Fork Songs, Weeville, Stumpy, The Sky Above the Mud Below, Fifty Flavours of Glue, Hello Cruel World, That's the Short and Long of It, Three Songs, 3 EPs, Canned Music, Louis Likes His Daily Dip, Throw a Sickie, Dogma, Slugbucket Hairybreath Monster


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1 Guitarist and Singer for punk band "The Tall Dwarfs" Media commentary Cartoonist for the "New Zealand Listener" magazine


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Strip 2002 TV Series performer: "Not Given Lightly"
Beavis and Butt-Head 1996 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Walking and Talking 1996 writer: "Not Given Lightly"

Actor

Actor

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[email protected] 1999 TV Series Movie Reviewer
Shortland Street 1992 TV Series Film Critic (1998)

Director

Director

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Very Short Films 2004 Video segment director

Composer

Composer

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Zilch! 1989

Self

Self

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Good Morning 2008 TV Series Himself
New Artland 2008 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Bro'Town 2005 TV Series Himself
Very Short Films 2004 Video Himself
4 Play: Kiwi Music 2001 TV Series Himself
Sunday 1995 TV Series Himself - Reviewer

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