The Exponents formed in 1981, first recording as The Dance Exponents, before dropping the ‘Dance’ in 1990. Over the act’s 34-year career they released nine studio albums and three greatest hits compilations, featuring hits such as ‘Why Does Love Do This To Me’, ‘Who Loves Who The Most’, ‘Victoria’ and ‘I’ll Say Goodbye (Even Though I’m Blue)’.

While called The Dance Exponents, the band won Most Promising Group at the 1982 NZ Music Awards and from there continued to produce hit after hit. 

The first album Live At Mainstreet was released in 1983 and was nominated for Album of the Year. They didn’t win, but were back in 1984 to win Album of the Year with Prayers Be Answered. The album stayed in the NZ charts for a year and sold double platinum in the process.

Jordan Luck’s songs, along with the group’s exuberant live performances, made The Dance Exponents one of the most popular bands of the 1980s.

The group left for the UK in 1987, returning home three years later. Following the namechange, in 1992 The Exponents released Something Beginning With C, which yielded the group’s biggest hits; ‘Why Does Love Do This To Me’, ‘Whatever Happened To Tracey’ and ‘Who Loves Who The Most’. The album became the band’s first number one in the New Zealand Charts.

The Exponents went on to release more successful albums, gaining multiple Tūī finalist nods and wins, before disbanding in 1999 after the final NZ tour of the album Hello, Love You, Goodbye.

Since then, the band has released three greatest hits albums, reuniting frequently and in 2010 played at the ‘Band Together’ benefit concert for the 2010 Canterbury Earthquake.

Jordan Luck (vocals) • Brian Jones (guitar) • David Gent (bass) • Harry Harallambi (drums) • Stephen Cowan (guitar) • Chris Sheehan (guitar) • Dave Barraclough (guitar)