The Pin Group

The Pin Group – Ambivalence // Columbia (Flying Nun Records) 1981. A lot of people think that the first release on the seminal New Zealand label Flying Nun was the amazing Tally Ho! single by The Clean and that’s understandable. In retrospect, Tally Ho! really represents the blueprint for what could be considered the Flying Nun “sound”. The light-hearted and totally infectious weirdness of the whole thing amazingly made it a top selling single back in 1981 when it was released and because of it, both independent music from New Zealand and The Flying Nun label were globally legitimised. What’s not as well known is that shortly before Tally Ho!, Flying Nun released its actual first single by The Pin Group who were from Christchurch, the hometown of label-founder Roger Shepherd. Unlike The Clean, The Pin Group were a decidedly dark, Joy Division-type affair. In fact, this single is almost like the missing link between dark wave and the Flying Nun sound. The bass line is heavy and repetitive on both tracks and the vocals are low and morbid yet the guitar is jangly much like future label mates The Verlaines or something. All of The Pin Group releases are available on the essential Retrospective CD.

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6 Responses to The Pin Group

  1. Grant says:

    very cool band! the artwork reflects that sound nicely too

    for some reason Ambivalence reminds me of Map Ref…by Wire

  2. Joe says:

    I can hear that!

  3. Chris says:

    Flying Nun also made punk band The Warners disappear from their roster. Not sure why as the Satellite Surfing EP they put out through their label was great.

  4. Tim says:

    I was going to tidy up the house today, but then I disovered this site…

    Dig the KIWI fruit on the cover – !

    Before this the only alternative NZ band I liked was SML, they released an awesome album called IS THAT IT? // not on Flying Nun though. Didn’t Mark E. Smith have a fight with Flying Nun over “Fall in a Hole”.?

  5. Nick says:

    “Flying Nun also made punk band The Warners disappear from their roster. Not sure why as the Satellite Surfing EP they put out through their label was great.”
    Mine was on blue vinyl, and recorded by Chill Terry Moore! I can never find any reference to them anywhere. Oh well, I still have the scars to remind me of many a night at the Rising Sun! I suppose FN didn’t want anything to do with skinheads?

  6. Joe says:

    @Nick: That would be my guess. Chris above did a writeup on his blog on The Warners.

    http://smalltakeover.blogspot.com/2007/12/warners-hit-and-run-lp-onslaught.html

    great band…I like them and No Tag. haha…No problem with the skinhead bands here. Ever catch this video?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8I9PcWf-V0

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