[ Flying Nun LP / 2 LP ]
Release Date: Friday 5 May 2017
Look Blue Go Purple were part of Flying Nun's 'second wave' (along with Doublehappys, Straitjacket Fits and the Abel Tasmans). Formed in 1983, they honed their sound in a Dunedin practice room under a record shop, where they developed a distinctive style with layered vocal harmonies, keyboards (and even flute) over trademark Dunedin guitar strum and solid tribal beats. They released three EPs before calling it a day. Though they'd made a conscious call to play with other women, LBGP never labeled themselves as a "feminist" or "girl" band, and grew tired of endlessly being asked about gender in interviews. "Gender has nothing to do with it," they said.
Look Blue Go Purple comprised Canadian-born bass player, Kathy Bull (now Francisca Griffin) and keyboard player and vocalist, Norma O'Malley, who were both in the band Permanent Tourists with Martyn Bull (The Elevators, The Chills). Inspired by British bands such as The Slits and The Raincoats and wanting to play with other women, they drafted guitarists Denise Roughan and Kath Webster, and drummer Lesley Paris. Whilst the quintet certainly had the distinctive jangly, gently psychedelic, lo-fi Flying Nun sound, the combined vocals of Roughan, Webster and O'Malley found their own striking synthesis that made them stand out from other groups of the time.
They released their debut EP Bewitched in 1985, which was recorded and produced by Terry Moore, which reached No.21 on New Zealand's pop charts and remained in the Top 50 for eight weeks. Their second EP LBGP2 climbed to No.26 in January 1987, propelled by the infectious folk pop of "Cactus Cat" and stayed in the pop charts for five weeks. Their third EP, This is This, was released late 1987 around the time the band broke up. They played live frequently and toured New Zealand extensively, often with their label mates including The Chills, The Bats and Straitjacket Fits.
This compilation comprises their three EPs, Bewitched (1985), LBGPEP2 (1986) and This is This (1987), along with previously unreleased live tracks.
Side 1 - Bewitched
Safety In Crosswords
As Does The Sun
Side 2 - LBGPEP2
Side 3 - This is This
I Don't Want You Anyway
In Your Favour
Year Of The Tiger
Days Of Old
Ralta (Live)... Wellington, Feb 14, 1987
Side 4 - Live Tracks
Spike (Canterbury University, Christchurch, Aug 8, 1983)
A Request (Canterbury University, Christchurch, Aug 8, 1983)
Juxtaposition (Victoria University, Wellington, Mar 5, 1985)
Girl Like Her (Motueka, Feb 17, 1987)
Eyes Are The Door (Wellington, Feb 14, 1987)
Codeine (Feb 1987)