'Gordons', for those who don't already know, emerged around 1980
as the first incarnation of New Zealand/New York band Bailterspace.
The following account is from a newspaper article, which gives a brief
chronolocical history of the 'Gordons' and their development
in its current form.
the life and times... as compiled by
Russell Baillie (NZ Herald * 15/5/97)
1980 - Having formed in Christchurch, 'the Gordons' play
their first show. They head out on their first national tour six
months later. Their van breaks down and are stuck in Wellington for
six weeks; they record seven songs for an album at Sausage Studio.
Unfortunately the tapes are wiped by an engineer.
October 20, 1980 - First
show in Auckland at the Rumba Bar. "A band out of the ordinary. And
yes, you can dance to them" says Simon Grigg of Rip It Up (and he
should know). They record the Future Shock 7-inch single at Harlequin
and press 1000 copies.
Late 1980-81 - More tours, reputation
1981 - Back in Auckland, Gordons record album (Volume
One) at Harlequin in one 22-hour stint sometime in October. released
at the end of 1981 with press release stating: "If you don't buy
our album, we will blow you up. Love, 'the Gordons'." Album voted
best of 1981 by Rip It Up readers; the band disintegrates about the
September 1, 1983 - Band re-emerge to play at
Christchurch's Gladstone Hotel with Vince Pinker replacing Alister on
guitar. Begin recording an Album.
March 1984 - Tour of
1984 - Gordons Volume Two released by Flying
Late 1984 to
1986 - The original Gordons reform and re-record
(possibly over one New Years Eve) the lost Sausage sessions. Tape is
given to Wellington label Jayrem but then the band get cold feet and
grab it back. The master remains in the band's vault. McLachlan is in
Wellington, where he has hooked up with the Skeptics and
is setting up a recording studio called Writhe.
Late 1986 - Parker forms
a band called Nelsh Bailter Space with Hamish Kilgour (ex-Clean), Ross
Humphries and Glenda Bills. This line-up records an EP of the same
name which appears in December 1987 on Flying Nun, along with a 7-inch
single, New Man. Humphries and Bills leave the band and John
Halvorsen, working as a graphic artist in Christchurch, joins Parker
and Kilgour in the band now known as Bailter
1988 - The trio head to Writhe to record the album
Tanker. McLachlan is the engineer.
July 1988 - Bailter Space head to
New York and play with the Bats at the New Music Seminar. Kilgour
stays on in America.
1989 - Halvorsen is living in Wellington and a
new Bailter Space is formed with McLachlan on drums. They record
Thermos, again for Flying Nun. McLachlan and Halvorsen are also
playing and recording in the Skeptics.
1991 - The band heads
off on a world tour that sees Bailter Space spend time in Germany and
America. Hooking up with US label Matador, they plan to base
themselves in New York, but head home to record an EP, The Aim, and an
album, Robot World, in 1992.
1993 - Initially living in Germany,
the band then settle in New York, which has remained the group's base
since. They record the Vortura album in New York that
1994 - A world tour begins with a triumphant trip around
New Zealand, then heads through Europe and
1995 - Wammo is recorded in New York and released
by Matador and Flying Nun. Huge tour of America. European tour with
Matador bands Railroad Jerk and Helium.
January 1996 - A return to New
Zealand for two months, touring and recording 10 tracks for new album.
Return to New York. The album is worked on in various studios
throughout the year.
January 1997 - Return to New Zealand again with
the master tapes of completed Capsul album.
March 1997 - Back to New
1997 - Album released. American tour looming.
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