androidss, the

approximate time period: 1979 – 1983. the androidss were world famous in christchurch. this band was very important on the local scene for it’s melodic post punk rock/pop sound, a la television. they were a regular performing outfit at the gladstone. they reportedly had a large set of wonderful tunes, most unfortunately lost to history save the accident compilation track mr fish, taken from a live recording of a gladstone performance and a double aside single ‘auckland tonight’ backed with ‘getting jumpy’ on ripper records (rip020).
the bands line-up was frankie steentjes – bass, mark wilson – vocals guitar (belle motions, basket cases), neil spence – guitar, mark spence – keyboards, eric marsden – drums, steve marsden – guitar and vocals. eric and steve were twins, neil and mark were brothers.
the band had some strange aura associated with them, a couple of the band had done time in jail and there was this drug connotation that connected itself to their gigs, but not necessarily their music. undeniably the band produced some standalone great music, pure guitar pop. bassist frankie went on to work with rex visible in not really anything. i never saw the androidss perform live and never actually met any of the band members directly, so the band is a bit of an enigma to me, just their reputation and their music let to impress me. one band i really wish i’d caught live.

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