Three shots, tak­en by Chad Tay­lor, of Auck­land band Bal­lare, who were one of the new wave of NZ elec­tron­i­ca that flour­ished in the ear­ly to mid 1980s. The images were tak­en in their Eden Ter­race prac­tice rooms some­time in ’83.

Their only release was the track Danc­ing, which appears on the Pro­peller new artist comp, We’ll Do Our Best, in March, 1983. A kind of cult has grown up — most­ly off­shore in places like Ger­many — around that track over the years and the band’s leader, Eric Roul­ston, has been long talk­ing about a col­lec­tion of their work. Per­haps.…
Some­where I have an mp3 of Danc­ing, which I’ll upload to this post when I find it.

In the inter­im, Eric Roul­ston is still active, as The Asso­ci­a­tion, on Sound­cloud. I’d also rec­om­mend this quite love­ly track.

Edit: Danc­ing:


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Chris Fran­cis on Face­book
June 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

thanks for shar­ing that!

Bill Nothin­gelseon on Face­book
June 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Wow, could­n’t place the song til I played the YouTube clip — awe­some, thanks!

June 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Fan­tas­tic. I got this weird ‘Jack your body’ vibe going on, except they were three years ear­ly.

Nigel Rus­sell
June 23, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Good call Simon, Cool track Eric and nice pix Chad

Chad Tay­lor
June 27, 2011 at 4:53 am

Thanks Nigel, and thanks Simon for post­ing. Nice to see the pho­tos being looked at… Wish I’d lugged that big cam­era around more. If Eric gets around to a com­pi­la­tion I’ll dig out the hi-res scans…

eric roul­ston
July 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm

nice one Simon, thank you mate!!!

eric roul­ston
July 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm

oh and thanks for the new stuff, very appre­ci­at­ed Simon!!

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