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 11:06 AM

thanks for sharing that!

Bill Nothingelseon on Facebook
June 23, 2011 at 12:06 PM

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

June 23, 2011 at 01:06 PM

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

Nigel Russell
June 23, 2011 at 03:06 PM

Good call Simon, Cool track Eric and nice pix Chad

Chad Taylor
June 27, 2011 at 04:06 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 01:07 PM

nice one Simon, thank you mate!!!

eric roulston
July 13, 2011 at 01:07 PM

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

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