The Mutton Birds David Long - guitars, Don McGlashan - lead vocal, rhythm guitar and euphonium, Alan Gregg - bass, vocals, Ross Burge - drums.

The Mutton Birds: David Long - guitars, Don McGlashan - lead vocal, rhythm guitar and euphonium, Alan Gregg - bass, vocals, Ross Burge - drums. Photo: The Mutton Birds

the RNZ Music team has been thinking back to 1994, and what a great year it was for music - both around the world, and right here in New Zealand. Because it's NZ Music Month - and the 25th of May, in fact - we thought we'd explore some of the enduring Kiwi albums that turn 25 this year.

1:15 Dave Long on Salty

Dave Long of the Mutton Birds reflects on the making of the band’s 1994 album Salty.

1:30 Song Crush

Kirsten Johnstone is joined by Yadana Saw and Danielle Street to share their new music picks.

2:10 Pacific Music Awards

RNZI’s Dominic Godfrey gives us a full report on the Pacific Music Awards.

2:30 Essential NZ Albums: Proud

Nick Bollinger delves into the making of the 1994 Proud compilation.

3:10 Dave Dobbyn on Twist

Dave Dobbyn talks about his return to New Zealand in 1994 and how that influenced his album Twist.

3:20 The View from the Pit

Yadana Saw talks to Rueben Raj and Dave Simpson, two of New Zealand’s premiere live music photographers about their new exhibition.

3:40 Paul Casserly on Broadcast 

Strawpeople’s Paul Casserly discusses the making of their 1994 album Broadcast.

4:05 The Mixtape: Toby Morris

Award winning cartoonist Toby Morris joins Yadana for the RNZ Mixtape.

Music played in this show


The Last Time - The Andrew Oldham Orchestra

Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve

i'm not where you are - Marika Hackman

Too Close To The Sun - The Mutton Birds

Song Crush

Eyes Of Nothing - Alphabethead

I THINK - Tyler the Creator

Gone Gone Thank You - Tyler the Creator

Due West - Kelsey Lu

Waves (Van Dyke Parks edit) - Sofia Bolt

Hide Yr Brain - SJD

No-one - SJD

Te Po - Hirini Melbourne & Richard Nunns


Woke Up This Morning (Chosen One Mix) - Alabama 3

Anytime - Mavis Staples

Ufiufi - Adeaze

Sugar (From NZ Live) - Bailey Wiley and Melodownz

Sun Ra With The Mind & Jasminfire - Jamila Woods

Essential NZ Albums: Proud

God Defend New Zealand - Vocal Five

We Are The OMC - OMC

Trust Me, I Don’t Need You - Semi MCs

Ain’t It True, In The Neighbourhood - Sisters Underground

Dawn Of The Eve - Di-Na-Ve

Bassed On A Lost Cause - Radio Backstab & DJ Payback

Tuesday Blues, Pass It Over - Pacifican Descendants

Pacific Beats - Puka Puka

South Coast-  Lake South 

Tu (feat. Jani Lauzon) - Moana & The Tribe

3 - 4pm

I Can't Change My Name - Dave Dobbyn

Sunshine - Sebadoh

Dream Within a Dream - Tristen

Lullaby - The Cure

Bruise - Yumi Zouma

Crying - Strawpeople

Spaces - Eyreton Hall

Microscopic God - Earth Tongue


The Mixtape: Toby Morris

Accidentally Like A Martyr - Warren Zevon

Mythological Beauty - Big Thief

Alfred & Church - SWIDT

Arahura - Marlon Williams

Little Death - The Beths