Sensitive to a Smile (album)

Sensitive to a Smile is a 1987 album by New Zealand reggae band Herbs. It reached number 10 and spent 30 weeks in the New Zealand album chart[1] and was awarded Album of the Year at the 1987 New Zealand Music Awards.[2] The album included the four singles "Sensitive to a Smile", "Rust In Dust", "Listen" and "No Nukes (The Second Letter)", all of which charted.[3] Sensitive to a Smile was re-released digitally in 2012 with extra tracks from Herbs' 1984 album Long Ago and their 1982 single "French Letter (A Letter To France)".[4]

Sensitive to a Smile
Studio album by
RecordedMascot Recording Studios, Auckland
GenrePacific reggae
ProducerBilly Kristian
Herbs chronology
Long Ago
Sensitive to a Smile
Singles from Sensitive to a Smile
  1. "Sensitive to a Smile"
    Released: 1987
  2. "Rust in Dust"
    Released: 1987
  3. "Listen"
    Released: 1988
  4. "No Nukes (The Second Letter)"
    Released: 1989

The album was launched at Mangahanea marae in Ruatoria, as a gesture of unity to Ruatoria after it had seen conflict between local Rastafarian groups and the community, as well as arson attacks.[5] The launch concert was filmed by director Lee Tamahori and became the basis of the music video for the first single "Sensitive to a Smile".[6]

Track listing

1."E Papa"Traditional2:06
2."Travellin In Style"Tama Lundon/Willie Hona4:18
3."No Nukes (The Second Letter To France)"Dilworth Karaka/Charlie Tumahai4:13
4."Sunshine At Night"Willie Hona/Tama Lundon/Todd Casella3:31
5."Sensitive To A Smile"Dilworth Karaka/Charlie Tumahai4:29
6."Rust In Dust"Dilworth Karaka/Charlie Tumahai3:25
7."Listen"Willie Hona/Tama Lundon/Todd Casella4:31
8."Station Of Love"Willie Hona/Thom Nepia/Fred Faleauto3:53
9."Pay The Man"Dilworth Karaka/Charlie Tumahai3:54
10."Jah Knows"Dilworth Karaka/Willie Hona3:03


  • Fred Faleauto – drums/vocals
  • Dilworth Karaka – guitar/vocals
  • Morrie Watene – sax/vocals
  • Willie Hona – guitar/vocals
  • Tama Lundon – keyboards/vocals
  • Charles Tumahai – bass/vocals
  • Thom Nepia – percussion/vocals
  • Billy Kristian – producer
  • Victor Grbic – engineer
  • Hugh Harawira Lynn – executive producer


Year Nominee / work Award Result
1987 Sensitive to a Smile 1987 New Zealand Music Awards – Album of the Year Won[2]
1987 Billy Kristian for Sensitive to a Smile 1987 New Zealand Music Awards – Best Producer Won[2]


  1. "HERBS – SENSITIVE TO A SMILE (ALBUM)". Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  2. "1987 Winners". NZ Music Awards. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  3. "HERBS IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  4. "Herbs albums being released digitally". 3 News. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  5. Kara, Scott (22 November 2008). "Politics, peace and love (stories behind 5 songs as told by Karaka)". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  6. "Herbs Profile". Audio Culture. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
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