One Album Wonders: Bird Nest Roys' Bird Nest Roys

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 22, 2014 01:33pm | Post a Comment
Here is an additional edition of my series of great, mostly obscure, one album wonders. In the album era (roughly the mid-1960s until the mid-2000s), the album was the dominant format of recorded music expression and consumption. It seems that most musicians from that era, if able to scrape together the funds for the recording of one studio album, generally returned with at least one more.  Some, like Sun Ra, somehow released more albums than I've had hot dinners. Even most excellent bands, in my opinion, would have done well to find something other to do with their time rather than keep making records after their fifth album or twelfth year (although there is the Go-Betweens Exception). The following acts mostly date fromthe Golden Age of the LP -- and yet were unable or unwilling, in all cases, to record more than one. 



Bird Nest Roys

Just as Organisation, for all of their mysticism and experimentation, were resolutely grounded in late '60s German krautrock scene, it's hard to imagine Bird Nest Roys having come from anywhere other than the fertile indie scene of New Zealand in the 1980s. Indeed, the band formed in the vicinity of Waitakere and was comprised of Big Ross (Ross Williams), Little Ros(Ross Hollands), Deberly Roy (Deborah Shadbolt), Dominic StonesPeter Moerenhout, and Warwick Wakefield

For a one album wonder Bird Nest Roys were fairly prolific, having debuted with the Whack It All Down EP in 1985 which was followed by two singles, "Jaffa Boy" b/w "Bus Stop" and "I Need Your Love." They were a natural fit on Flying Nun Records, who released their eponymous album in 1987. A compilation of all of the band's recordings titled Me Want Me Get Me Need Me Have Me Love, was released in 2013.

After they flew the coup, the members of Bird Nest Roys followed other non-musical pursuits although Stones went on to play in The 3Ds and Snapper. They returned to the nest in 2008 for a performance in Aukland.  


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