Dance Exponents are a popular New Zealand band active from 1981 to 1987, the group formed in 1981 after vocalist Jordan Luck and guitarist Brian Jones disbanded their first group, Basement, and relocated from the South Canterbury town of Timaru to Christchurch with their ex-Splash Alley friend, Steve “Fingers” Cowan. Searching for a drummer in Christchurch, the trio met David Gent (bass) and Michael “Harry” Harallambi (drums) from punk band Channel 4. Cowan moved from bass to keyboards and guitar and the five piece became The Dance Exponents. Their first gig was at the Hillsborough Tavern on Luck’s 20th birthday and Cowan’s 22nd – 15 October 1981. A residency at Christchurch’s Aranui Tavern quickly earned them a strong live reputation, and on the recommendation of Jim Wilson they were signed by Mushroom Records by Mike Chunn in 1982.
After the band’s first album “Prayers Be Answered” went double platinum and hit #4 on the NZ charts, the band followed this up with “Expectation” in 1985 which managed a respectable #7 on the charts.
Chris Sheehan joined the Dance Exponents on guitar in late 1983, just before the release of Prayers Be Answered. Sheehan brought a new edge to the group, best heard on his first recording with them; the Julian Mendelsohn produced single “Sex & Agriculture”. The single would show an edgier side to a band who had built up a large fan base around their radio-friendly pop tunes and the single would go to #11 in the NZ singles charts.
Sex And Agriculture (Extended Mix) 5:55
Sex And Agriculture (7″ Mix) 3:43
Sex And Agriculture (Instrumental) 3:49