As 2006 dawned most keen observers thought The Mint Chicks were doomed. A cautionary tale of a band, New Zealand music’s Icarus. They’d put out a prickly debut album calculated to annoy as many as adored it. They’d turned down huge tours, kidnapped interviewers, pissed off their record company and then done their best to disappear.
Even their blazing comeback show was blighted. They supported the Yeah Yeah Yeahs after a long silent period, debuting many of the songs which would become Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! Only, they played too loud, demolishing part of the venue – and one unlucky fan.
The stage was set for disaster, but in typical fashion they flexed and gave us triumph – probably the best New Zealand guitar album of this millennium to date. It contained romance and fury, songs which snuck onto ZM in the dead of night jammed up against troubled experimental interludes.
It was vision, creation and execution, a kaleidoscopic art-pop masterpiece which shocked New Zealand and should have shocked the world.
- Ockhams Razor
- This Is Your Last Chance To Be Famous, My Love
- Welcome To Nowhere
- You’re Just As Confused As I Am
- Walking Off A Cliff Again
- Don’t Turn Me On Just To Turn On Me
- Funeral Day
- Real Friends
- She’s Back On Crack
- Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
- If My Arm Was A Mic Stand, Would You Hold My Hand?
- Sleeping During The Day
- 100 Minutes Of Silence