5. The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience

The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience

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They gate-crashed the Flying Nun Records Xmas party and played an astonishing set that so impressed label-founder Roger Shepherd he fell into the Avon River.

That was 1985 in Christchurch, and The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience was the band that pushed Roger Shepherd over the edge.

One of the great underground bands from New Zealand’s pop heyday, they were musically-assured – and in possession of an unusual strength in that there were three songwriters. Together they created moody, layered, idiosyncratic pop masterpieces.

As Fred Mills observed in Trouser Press, The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience were responsible for “some of the finest New Zealand records ever. And one of the greatest band names, period.”

The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience broke up in 1994 after three albums and a nearly 10-year career on Flying Nun Records. As Roger Shepherd once said – “There was no other band like them on the planet”.

The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience were –
David Yetton – Bass/Vocals
David Mulcahy – Guitar/Vocals
Jim Laing – Guitar/Vocals
Gary Sullivan – Drums

17Jun2022

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