Children's Hour (2)

Whilst Chris Matthews was struggling within the pop-confines of The Prime Movers, Johnny Pierce (bass), Grant fell (guitar) and Bevan Sweeney (drums) were forming their own brooding rock sound as Children's Hour. Matthews (vocals / guitar) consolidated the group in 1983, and it was this line-up that released two EPs on Flying Nun - and went on to tour New Zealand.

They disbanded when Grant Fell left for Australia, and in 1985 Chris Matthews and bassist Johnny Pierce formed the International Headless Chickens along with Michael Lawry (guitar) and a drum machine.

Following the sad death of Pierce, Grant Fell rejoined the group on bass, and Bevan Sweeny completed the lineup in 1987. The Headless Chickens then went on to become one of New Zealand's most successful bands.

in 2005 the three surviving members of Children's Hour, with Failsafe Records Rob Mayes on bass, reconvened for a handful of reunion performances, playing a swag of material both old and new. The tour coincided with the retrospective release of 'Looking For The Sun', featuring Children's Hour live material from 1982-1983 - part of Mayes' archival 'Retrogenic' series.

Children's Hour (2) Discography Tracks


SAFE064CD Children's Hour (2) - Looking For The Sun album art Children's Hour (2) Looking For The Sun(CDr, Album) Failsafe Records SAFE064CD New Zealand 2005 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

C60 Children's Hour (2) - Flesh album art Children's Hour (2) Flesh(12") Flying Nun Records C60 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
KID 001 Children's Hour (2) - Ya! Ya! Ya! album art Children's Hour (2) Ya! Ya! Ya!(7") Flying Nun Records KID 001 New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version

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