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Chris Knox (born September 2, 1952) is a New Zealandmarker rock and roll musician, cartoonist, and DVD reviewer who emerged during the punk rock era with his bands The Enemy and Toy Love. After Toy Love disbanded in the early 1980s, he formed the group Tall Dwarfs with guitarist Alec Bathgate, much loved for their honest, unpolished sound and intense live shows. His 4-track machine was used to record most of the early Flying Nun singles.

He has also released a number of solo, self-produced albums which feature his Casiotone. Knox has also released an album under the pseudonym 'Friend'.

At the 2001 New Zealand Music Awards Knox's song "Not Given Lightly" (1990) was announced as New Zealand's thirteenth best song of all time as voted by APRA members. A love song written for "John and Leisha's mother" - his partner Barbara - this track never scaled commercial heights though it has belately generated some income for the songwriter through its use in TV advertising (notably for Vogel's bread).

Knox has played live in front of audiences all around New Zealand, including an annual slot in Wellington's infamous Bar Bodegamarker. He has also extensively toured internationally. His swing through the US in 1995 included, among others, stops in Seattle, WA to play the legendary and now-defunct Crocodile Cafe. His minimalist, DIY sound played well to ears then-focused on grunge, with its retro-punk stylings.

Knox currently resides in Aucklandmarker, where he continues to make music and earn a living as a newspaper columnist and film reviewer (Real Groove). His cartoon strip goes under the name Max Media. He is also an occasional television film reviewer, and was recently host of a Television New Zealand series of classic movies, entitled The Vault.

Knox launched his own label 'A Major Records' in 2006 to release his album Chris Knox and the Nothing. This was the first album Knox recorded in a professional studio, rather than in his trademark DIY style, since his time with Toy Love.

Knox's "It's Love", from the 2000 album Beat, has been used in a commercial for Heineken Premium Light Beer.

On June 11, 2009 Knox was admitted to Auckland hospital suffering from a stroke. The album STROKE - Songs For Chris Knox was released in New Zealand on November 16, 2009. It features 33 artists from around the world performing Knox's songs. The album is a way for Knox's fans to contribute to the costs of his rehabilitation - all artists contributed their time and talent without charge. Artists include Jay Reatard, David Kilgour, The Mint Chicks, Shayne Carter, Yo La Tengo, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Bill Callahan, The Mountain Goats, The Bats, The Chills, The Verlaines, The Nothing (including Chris), Tall Dwarfs & Lou Barlow.Despite the stroke Chris is working on a new Tall Dwarfs album, which will feature singing but no words.


  • Songs for Cleaning Guppies (1981)
  • Guppiplus (1987)
  • Seizure (1988)
  • Croaker (1991)
  • Polyfoto, Duck-Shaped Pain and Gum (one CD, 1993)
  • Meat (compilation of tracks from Seizure and Croaker, 1993)
  • Songs Of You And Me (1995)
  • Yes!! (1997)
  • Almost (bonus CD to go with Yes!!, 1999)
  • Beat (2000)
  • Inaccuracies & Omissions (as Friend, 2002)
  • Chris Knox And The Nothing (as Chris Knox and The Nothing, 2005)
  • A Warm Gun (as The Nothing, 2008)
  • Stroke - Songs For Chris Knox (various artists, 2009)


  1. Chris Knox, "Not Given Lightly", The Listener 194(3352) [7-13 August 2004].
  2. Musician Chris Knox Suffers stroke, Radio New Zealand.
  3. July 2009 - Interview with Knox collaborator Jay Reatard

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