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Able Tasmans

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Years active  1984–1996
Active until  1996
Genres  Indie rock, Lo-fi music
Labels  Flying Nun
Origin  New Zealand (1984)
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Past members  Leslie Jonkers Peter Keen Graeme Humphreys Craig Mason Jane Dodd Ronald Young David Beniston Stuart Greenway
Albums  A Cuppa Tea and a Lie Down, Hey Spinner
Members  Graeme Humphreys, Leslie Jonkers, Ronald Young
Similar  The Verlaines, Bird Nest Roys, Straitjacket Fits, Sneaky Feelings, Look Blue Go Purple

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The Able Tasmans were an indie band from Auckland, New Zealand.


At various times the band consisted of Leslie Jonkers, Peter Keen, Graeme Humphreys, Craig Mason, David Beniston, Jane Dodd (previously of The Verlaines), and Ronald Young. They formed in 1984 and named themselves after the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. They released four albums and two EPs on Flying Nun Records. The band split up in 1996.

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Ten years later Graeme Humphreys and Peter Keen regrouped to record an album, The Overflow, under the name of Humphreys & Keen.

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The band's style of music could be considered as similar to the prevalent Dunedin Sound favoured by Flying Nun during the 1980s and 1990s and most effective when keyboards (not normally prominent in the Dunedin Sound) were to the fore, as on their early student radio hit "Snow White Chook."

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Graeme Humphreys is now better known in New Zealand for his role as a radio talkback host (under the name Graeme Hill).

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The group have appeared on a few CD and DVD compilations since 1991 in New Zealand. The following is a list of these albums that have featured tracks by the Able Tasmans.

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  • (1990) - In Love With These Times (Flying Nun Records) - "What Was That Thing?"
  • (1991) - Roger Sings the Hits (Flying Nun Records) - "Getting Older"
  • (1991) - Getting Older (Flying Nun Records) - "Sour Queen"
  • (1995) - Abbasalutely (Flying Nun Records) - "S.O.S." (ABBA cover)
  • (2004) - Second Season Flying Nun DVD II (Flying Nun Records) - "Big Bang Theory"
  • (2004) - Very Short Films (Flying Nun Records) - "Hold Me 1"
  • Songs

    Sour QueenA Cuppa Tea and a Lie Down · 1987
    What Was That ThingA Cuppa Tea and a Lie Down · 1987
    Hold Me IHey Spinner · 1990


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