Chris Knox has an astounding creative output which is not confined to making music. He is also known for his contribution to film, video, cartoons, writing and criticism in a number of New Zealand's leading magazines and national television networks.

Chris Knox's Jandalin
a guitar incorporating
a pair of jandals.

Chris is also known as the spiritual godfather of the Flying Nun recording scene. As well as releasing his own music on Flying Nunn, Chris was involved with the recording of many bands on the label.

He has been an integral figure with three of the country's important rock bands: The Enemy, Toy Love and Tall Dwarfs as well as a prolific solo recording artist. Chris was the vocalist for The Enemy, which was one of this country’s first punk bands. Toy Love had a number of hit singles in New Zealand before the band ended in 1980. Chris then formed the Tall Dwarfs, with guitarist Alec Bathgate, a band much loved for their honest, unpolished sound and intense live shows. He conitinues to make music with his band The Nothing.

An extensive touring musician, Chris has played live in front of audiences all around New Zealand and extensively internationally. He spent 1995 touring Europe, America and Australia, attracting widespread interest and acclaim for his album Songs of You & Me. The album reached the top of US college radio charts and received unprecedented attention in mainstream American music media. At the 2001 New Zealand Music Awards, Chris’s Knox's song Not Given Lightly (1990) was announced as New Zealand's thirteenth best song of all time as voted by APRA members.

Chris has been making music, reviewing film for Real Groove Magazine and writing columns for the newspaper. He has also been writing a cartoon strip under the name Max Media in the New Zealand Herald since 1987, and has been an occasional television film reviewer. He hosted the Television series of classic movies, entitled The Vault and appeared on television reviewing movies in Backch@t and is currently on TVNZ6 presenting the arts programme The New Artland.

Chris resides in Auckland.  He was selected as a Laureate in March 2009. On 11 June 2009 Chris was admitted to Auckland hospital suffering from a stroke. The public outpouring of support for Chris and his family following the announcement of his illness was enormous. Chris received excellent professional support and care from his family and he was determined to return to art making again. 

In April, 2012, almost three years after suffering his debilitating stroke, Chris surprised Auckland punk rock band Rackets by joining them in a performance at Real Groovy Records.  The band members said "it was a nerve-racking, but thrilling experience". The performance, at Real Groovy on Queen St, Auckland, celebrated the launch of a new album from Chris Knox's former band Toy Love.

 Witi Ihimaera with Chris Knox at the 2009 Laureate Awards, held in Auckland at the Epsom Showgrounds.
  Image by Angela Busby



Don McGlashan, Nick Bollinger and Roger Shepherd accept Chris Knox's 2009 Laureate Award on his behalf.
Chris Knox & The Nothing (Roy Martyn, Stefan Neville, Jol Mulholland) play "The Hell of It" at the Big Day Out, Auckland, January 2007.
Video of "Face of fashion" by New Zealand musician Chris Knox.
Video for the track "My Dumb Luck " by New Zealand musician Chris Knox. Chris Knox is an 2009 Arts Foundation Laureate. Video directed by Barbara Ward.
Video clip of "Not Given Lightly" by New Zealand musician Chris Knox. Chris Knox is a 2009 Arts Foundation Laureate.
Video clip of "Inside Story by New Zealand musician Chris Knox. Chris Knox is a 2009 Arts Foundation Laureate.
Video of "Get a Life" by New Zealand musician Chris Knox. Chris Knox is a 2009 Arts Foundation Laureate.


Chris Knox and The Nothing
Swimming Pool - Toy Love 1980 from “Toy Love”
Tall Dwarfs 1983 - 1994
From the tribute album “Stroke”, cover versions of songs by Chris Knox
Various sound clips


Chris Knox has penned the weekly Max Media strip in the New Zealand Herald's entertainment pages for almost 20 years. Photos: Courtesy the artist.
Born Invercargill, New Zealand
Lead singer of one of New Zealand's very first punk bands, The Enemy
Formed band Toy Love (in Auckland)
Bought an open-reel Teac 4-track with which he and flatmate Doug Hood proceeded to record young Dunedin bands for the fledgling label Flying Nun
Formed band Tall Dwarfs; Knox solo album Songs for Cleaning Guppies
Began writing a cartoon strip under the name Max Media in the NZ Herald
Toured Europe, America and Australia
APRA members voted Not Given Lightly as New Zealand's thirteenth best song of all time
Released the album Yes
bNet "Lifetime Achievement Award" and an APRA Silver Scroll for "best song of the year", My Only Friend
Album Songs of You & Me reached the top of US college radio charts
Launched his own label 'A Major Records' to release his album Chris Knox and the Nothing.
Hosted TVNZ6 series The New Artland
Suffered a major stroke;Received an Arts Foundation Laureate Award