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The Exponents 1997
Dave "Duck" Barraclough (Guitar), Jordan Luck (Vocals), Michael "Harry" Harallambi (Drums) and Dave Gent (Bass)

The title of the fourth album Something Beginning With C emerged from an in-joke, which saw the band resolve to make the initial letters of their first five albums spell PEACE. Hence, Prayers Be Answered, Expectations, Amplifier and ..... Something Beginning With C ..... and ,,,,,

 
 

Something Beginning With C - March 1992


Grassy Knoll - Sept 1994


Once Bitten, Twice Bitten - Dec 1995


Better Never Than Late - May 1997

 
 

1992 saw another crack at the Australian market, and a deal with PolyGram Australia entailing relocation to Sydney, and the album Grassy Knoll, which featured contributions from Dave Dobbyn and Brent Williams — harder and heavier, to meet the needs of the Aussie label (which had declined to even release Something Beginning With C).  Grassy Knoll came nowhere near the success of its predecessor, and like so many of those who had gone before, The Exponents copped the cold hard edge of the Aussie music scene.

 
 

Hello, Love You, Goodbye - Dec 1999


Sex And Agriculture - Nov 2005


Greatest Hits - Nov 2011


Eight Days At Roundhead - May 2013

 
 

In 1994, Australian Dave Barraclough joined the band as a guitarist and songwriting partner for Jordan, most notably on the single La La Lulu, which featured on the Warner Music compilation album Once Bitten, Twice Bitten — The Singles 1981-1995, which topped the charts and sold five times platinum.  Warner also released the 1996 one-off single Do You Feel In Love, but the band moved to Sony Music in 1997 for their sixth studio album, Better Never Than Late.  It peaked at No.3 but didn't survive long in the charts.  The Exponents' 1999 album (the last of the decade) Hello, Love You, Goodbye, was an odd beast. Gent left the band and Steve Simpson stepped in on bass for the album's eight live tracks (from a show at the Poenamo Hotel in Takapuna) and six new studio songs.  This "peaked" dubiously at No.48 — and the band broke up, with Barraclough returning to Australia to join Mental As Anything.  Jordan went on to pull together his own touring bands, before the four original Exponents reformed in 2005 to record two new songs, Geraldine and Or A Girl I Knew, for the Universal Music compilation Sex & Agriculture: The Very Best of the Exponents, which sold platinum.  The original Exponents reformed again in 2010 for the Band Together benefit concert for Christchurch earthquake victims.  Christchurch was also the scene of a one-off show the following year to mark the band's 30th anniversary, along with another Universal release, Why Does Love Do This To Me: The Exponents Greatest Hits.  2013 saw a flurry of activity around the Notable Pictures documentary The Exponents (screened on Prime TV in May of 2013).  Universal digitally re-issued Live at Mainstreet, Amplifier, Prayers Be Answered, Expectations, Something Beginning With C and Grassy Knoll (the last four being enhanced with rarities, B-sides and live recordings).   A new album, Eight Days at Roundhead, featured some of Jordan's earliest songs.

In 2007 Jordan Luck became the first songwriter to be inducted into the APRA NZ Music Hall of Fame, and then in 2012 he was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music in the 2012 Queen's Birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours.

Chris Sheehan passed away in December 2014 after a long illness.  The Exponents were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2015.  The Hall of Fame is an initiative of Recorded Music NZ and the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), whose support of AudioCulture (New Zealand's noisy library of music) enables that site to stream music content.

 
 

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