Fourmyula

Fourmyula

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Formed in 1963 in Heretaunga in the Hutt Valley, north of Wellington by writer and guitarist Wayne Mason as Southern Auroras, and then Sine Waves and Insect before finally becoming Fourmyula in 1967, with the lineup that made most of their records.

Winning the national Battle of The Bands, they were signed to His Master's Voice (NZ) Ltd later that year by Howard Gable and over the next three years had a string of hits that made them one of the most succesful New Zealand bands of their time.

Moving to London in 1969 they developed a live sound that was substantially harder and heavier than their psychedelic pop of earlier years.

Their 1969 single Nature, composed by Mason, was their biggest hit in NZ, won the Loxene Golden Disc (the equivalent of the Record of the Year) in 1970, and in 2003 was named the Supreme New Zealand Composition of the previous 75 years at their celebration of that anniversary.

They split in 1971 but reformed in 2010 with the re-release of their catalogue in a boxed set.

Chris Parry stayed in the UK and, as A&R manager at Polydor discovered and signed The Jam, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and The Cure, who he also managed and released via his Fiction label.
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Fourmyula Discography

Albums

The Fourmyula* The Fourmyula (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice New Zealand 1968 Sell This Version
CSDM 6296, CSDM.6296 Fourmyula Green 'B' Holiday(LP, Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice CSDM 6296, CSDM.6296 New Zealand 1968 Sell This Version
CSDM 6309 Fourmyula Creation(LP, Album) His Master's Voice CSDM 6309 New Zealand 1969 Sell This Version
CSDM 6313, CSDM.6313 The Fourmyula* With Guest Star Shane* The Fourmyula* With Guest Star Shane* - Live With Special Guest Star Shane(LP, Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice CSDM 6313, CSDM.6313 New Zealand 1970 Sell This Version
CSDM 6324 The Fourmyula* Turn Your Back On The Wind(LP, Album) His Master's Voice CSDM 6324 New Zealand 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

HR.335 Fourmyula I Know Why(7", Single) His Master's Voice HR.335 New Zealand 1968 Sell This Version
HR.340 Fourmyula Start By Giving To Me(7", Single) His Master's Voice HR.340 New Zealand 1968 Sell This Version
HR.334 The Fourmyula* Alice Is There(7", Single) His Master's Voice HR.334 New Zealand 1968 Sell This Version
The Fourmyula* Nature (Single) His Master's Voice New Zealand 1969 Sell This Version
The Fourmyula* Come With Me (Single) Columbia New Zealand 1968 Sell This Version
1C 006-80 023 The Fourmyula* I Know Why / Alice Is There(7", Single) Columbia 1C 006-80 023 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
HR 368 Fourmyula Forever(7", Single) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice (NZ) Limited HR 368 New Zealand 1969 Sell This Version
GESM 6138 The Fourmyula* Four Hits Of The Fourmyula(7", EP) His Master's Voice GESM 6138 New Zealand 1969 Sell This Version
HR.342 The Fourmyula* Home(7", Single) His Master's Voice HR.342 New Zealand 1969 Sell This Version
DNZ.118 The Fourmyula* Lady Scorpio(7", Single) Columbia DNZ.118 New Zealand 1969 Sell This Version
HR.374 The Fourmyula* I'll Sing You A Song(7", Single) His Master's Voice HR.374 New Zealand 1969 Sell This Version
HR.405 The Fourmyula* Otaki(7", Single) His Master's Voice HR.405 New Zealand 1970 Sell This Version
HR.390 Fourmyula Make Me Happy(7", Single) Columbia HR.390 New Zealand 1970 Sell This Version
HR.455 The Fourmyula* Lullaby(7", Single) His Master's Voice HR.455 New Zealand 1971 Sell This Version
HR 522 The Fourmyula* Nature(7") EMI HR 522 New Zealand 1974 Sell This Version

Compilations

AXIS 2003 The Fourmyula* Portrait Of The Fourmyula(LP, Comp) Axis (3) AXIS 2003 New Zealand 1974 Sell This Version
4354032 Fourmyula The Most Of The Fourmyula(CD, Comp) EMI 4354032 New Zealand 1992 Sell This Version
521924 2 The Fourmyula* The Very Best Of The Fourmyula(CD, Comp) EMI 521924 2 New Zealand 1999 Sell This Version
50999 6265042 7 Fourmyula The Complete Fourmyula(4xCD, Comp) His Master's Voice 50999 6265042 7 New Zealand 2010 Sell This Version
Retro932 The Fourmyula* Inside The Hutt - New Zealand's Pop-Psych Kingpins 1968-1969(CD, Comp, RM) RPM Records (2) Retro932 UK 2013 Sell This Version

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