The Tall Dwarfs, formed in 1979 by singers/songwriters Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate, are pioneers of the lo-fi aesthetic and towering figures of the New Zealand pop music scene. Jeff Mangum worked on two songs released on the album The Sky Above, The Mud Below: "Possum Born" (a crazy freak-out) and "Over the Waves" (an almost Aeroplane-esque tune). In addition to co-writing the pair, Jeff contributes backing vocals and acoustic guitar to the latter. Sometime NMH member Laura Carter also performs on the album. Jeff and Laura have also joinned Chris Knox on stage at least once or twice (see entry for World of Wild Beards Inc).