Daddy's Highway

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Daddy's Highway
Studio album by The Bats
Released 1987
Recorded 1986-1987 at Reel Time in Glasgow, Scotland and Nightshift in Christchurch, New Zealand
Genre Dunedin Sound, Indie pop, Alternative rock
Length 51:56
Label Flying Nun Records
Producer The Bats and John Milton
The Bats chronology
Made Up in Blue
Daddy's Highway
4 Songs
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B+ [2]

Daddy's Highway is the 1987 debut album by New Zealand indie rock group The Bats.

Recording and release[edit]

By 1986, The Bats had released three critically acclaimed EPs, but still had not released a full-length album. While touring in the U.K. that year, an acquaintance in Glasgow offered the use of his home 8 track studio. Half of the tracks for what would become Daddy's Highway were recorded there.[3]

Upon their return to New Zealand, recording was completed at Nightshift in Christchurch, and the album was released by Flying Nun in 1987. "Block of Wood" was released as a 7" vinyl single.[4]


Daddy's Highway is often cited as The Bats' most highly regarded album, and is considered one of the best New Zealand albums of the 1980s.[5] In 2000, it was named #88 in music magazine Rip It Up's New Zealand's Top 100 Albums of All Time.[6] Notable tracks on the album include "North By North", "Tragedy" and the lead single, "Block of Wood", all of which were staples on New Zealand student radio.

2010 reissue[edit]

In October 2010, Flying Nun reissued Daddy's Highway. The album was remastered by Paul Kean, and five bonus tracks were added. "Calm Before The Storm" and "Candidate" were the B-sides to the "Block of Wood" single, and the remaining three songs were from the band's early EP Made Up in Blue .

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Robert Scott. 

No. Title Length
1. "Treason"   2:55
2. "Sir Queen"   3:25
3. "Round And Down"   2:18
4. "Take It"   2:30
5. "North By North"   4:08
6. "Tragedy"   3:00
7. "Block Of Wood"   3:12
8. "Miss These Things"   3:07
9. "Mid City Team"   2:25
10. "Some Peace Tonight"   2:53
11. "Had To Be You"   3:03
12. "Daddy's Highway"   4:00


  • Paul Kean (bass, engineer, mixed by)
  • Malcolm Grant (drums)
  • Robert Scott (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards)
  • Kaye Woodward (lead guitar, vocals)

Also credited:

  • Alastair Galbraith - violin on "Block of Wood", "Miss These Things" and "Had To Be You".
  • Arnold Von Bussell - engineer, mixed by
  • Rob Pinder - engineer, mixed by


  1. ^ Allmusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Bats: Consumer Guide Reviews". The Village Voice. Robert Christgau. 
  3. ^ Kean, Paul. "The Bats: Ancient History - Official Site". The Bats. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Bats - Official Site". The Bats. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Hogg, Colin. "Flying Nun Records - The Bats". Flying Nun Records. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Muller, Fred. "New Zealand's Top 100 Albums of All Time". Rock List. Retrieved 7 December 2011.