Jean-Paul Sartre Experience

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Jean-Paul Sartre Experience
Also known asJPS Experience
OriginNew Zealand
GenresIndie rock
Years active1984–1994
LabelsFlying Nun Records
Associated actsSuperette
The Stereo Bus
Solid Gold Hell
Past membersDavid Yetton
Dave Mulcahy
Gary Sullivan
James Laing
Russell Baillie
Matt Heine

The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience, later renamed JPS Experience after a lawsuit by the estate of Jean-Paul Sartre, were an indie rock band on New Zealand's Flying Nun Records.


The band was formed in 1984 by Dave Yetton (vocals, bass guitar), Gary Sullivan (drums), and Dave Mulcahy (guitar).[1] They were later joined by a second vocalist and guitarist, Jim Laing.[1] Their first crudely recorded demo tape was supplied to campus radio stations around the country in a can. It contained early versions of songs like "Einstein" and "Crap Rap" that would appear on subsequent releases. In 1986 they were asked to record a track for the "Weird Culture, Weird Custom" compilation produced by the student radio network. Their track was "Let That Good Thing Grow" - re-released on their first album. They were subsequently signed by Flying Nun, who issued their eponymous début EP in January 1987, and début album Love Songs the same year, described by Allmusic as "an exceptional - if short - affair".[1][2] After two further albums for the label, they added keyboard player Russell Baillie and abbreviated their name to the JPS experience after being threatened with legal action by Sartre's estate.[1] After three EPs, Baillie departed in 1993, and the band released their fourth album, Bleeding Star, which took a noisier approach than their earlier recordings, drawing comparisons with Pixies and My Bloody Valentine.[3] Mulcahy had left during the album's recording, forming Monster and later Superette and Eskimo, who released one album before shortening their name to Kimo. He was replaced by Matt Heine, formerly of Solid Gold Hell.[1] The band continued until their split in 1994.[1]

After the demise of JPS Experience, David Yetton recorded two albums with The Stereo Bus and one solo album, as well as playing with The Mutton Birds.[1] James Laing released one solo album and Gary Sullivan performed on the first Stereo Bus album and on early Dimmer releases. Sullivan joined Solid Gold Hell.[1] Jim Laing died on 12 April 2016 of natural causes.[1] Before his death the band had been in talks to reunite and write new material, the band played a one off-show, Saturday 22 April at the newly refurbished Hollywood Theatre in Avondale to commemorate their friend and band mate Jim Laing.[4]



Date of Release Title Label Charted Certification Catalog Number
1986/1988 Love Songs Flying Nun Records/Communion - - FN078/COMM2
1990 The Size of Food Flying Nun Records - - FN122
1993 Bleeding Star Flying Nun Records - - FN246


Date of Release Title Label Charted Certification Catalog Number
1986 Jean-Paul Sartre Experience Flying Nun Records - - FN057
1991 Elemental/Flex Communion - - COMM24CD
1993 Masked and Taped Flying Nun Records - - FNCD244
1993 Breathe Flying Nun Records 9 - FNCD245
1993 Into You Flying Nun Records 47 - FNCD271


Date of Release Title Label Charted Certification Catalog Number
1995 The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience Flying Nun Records - - FNCD078


Year Single Album NZ Singles Chart Certification
1987 I Like Rain/Bo Diddley Love Songs - -
1991 Precious The Size of Food 26 -
1993 Ray of Shine/Shiver Bleeding Star 14 -

Compilation appearances[edit]

The group have appeared on some compilations and soundtracks since their inception in both New Zealand and Australia. The following is a list of these albums that have featured tracks by the JPS Experience.

  • (1999) - Scarfies (Flying Nun Records) - "Let There Be Love" & "Grey Parade"
  • (1987) - Weird Culture, Weird Custom "Let That Good Thing Grow" National Student Radio


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 382
  2. ^ Jansen, Skip "Love Songs Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-10-09
  3. ^ Jansen, Skip "Bleeding Star Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-10-09
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