Wellingtonians, The Hasselhoff Experiment, created "hoff hype" in 1997, when after being together for six months, they released 200 copies of their self titled debut album on vinyl in 1997. The limited editions were snapped up and earned the rockers the award for Best New Act at the 1998 b Net Music Awards, which then in turn led to being signed by Flying Nun. The Hasselhoff Experiment has released two albums since - Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned and Out of the Sandpit and Onto the Drive.