Popular band, from Ponsonby in Auckland, often in the New Zealand Top 10 in the late 60s. Vocalist Larry Morris later went solo and had six singles on the NZ charts 1969-1983 including The Hunt (1969, #5 NZ) and The Game (1970, #8 NZ). See also The Rebels.
Larry’s Rebels were New Zealand’s Animals. Our Paul Revere and the Raiders. The top notch local pop band with bluesy bite, who released a handful of vital discs, and for a brief few years were all over the media, the charts and the nation’s bedroom walls. They were Auckland’s first great homegrown pop band of the modern pop era; hard working and electrifying live. Their cover versions nipped at the heels of the originals.
– Andrew Schmidt at Audio Culture.
Painter Man was apparently pulled from airplay by national broadcaster NZBC after one listener complained that its lyrics were offensive. See Bruce Sergent’s NZ music site which expands on the story and quotes a NZ newspaper of the day.
Further reading: 1. The Larry’s Rebels page at Bruce Sergent’s New Zealand music website. 2. Larry Morris interview with Murray Cammick at NZ music website Audio Culture (January 2016). 3. Larry’s Rebels profile at Audio Culture.
Suggestion from Terry Stacey.
Painter Man was written by Kenny Pickett and Eddie Phillips. Along with drummer Jack Jones, they were the original members who were still in Hertfordshire beat band Mark Four when they became The Creation in 1966. Future Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood joined the band not long before it broke up in 1968.
Same title but not the same song as
‘Painter Man’ by Larry’s Rebels.
The Non-Pareils were apparently from the Madeira-Redington Beach area [source].
I’m guessing this disc #FS-101 was a one-off for the label, as it was for the band.
Singles followed with Painter Man as A-side or B-side and with varying tracks on the other sides. The German single on Hansa International came out in August 1978, and the charting UK single was on Atlantic in February 1979. For a list of singles in various countries, see this page at 45cat.com.
Further reading: Frank Farian timeline from his website [archived page].