The Cadets were a great, original and shambolic live act who were runners up in Victoria University’s battle of the bands in 1984. They were very ahead of their time in those days and Rip It Up magazine (december 1984??) and Karyn Hay of Radio With Pictures rated them as number two best live act of 1984 behind Talking Heads!!!
– steve butler
Gisborne-based Regular Cadets were part of the Marching Orders-type scene from around 1983-1985, joining the likes of Martin Kirk and Jackie Clarke. Dave Butler (vocals and guitar) and Dave Williams (vocals, percussion) as the backbone of this five piece which also included Shane Bolingford (drums), Ged Fanselow (guitar), and John Scott (bass).
They had a number one on Wellington student radio station Radioactive with Air-conditioned nightmare in late 1984 and played extensively around Wellington that year. As far as I know they never released any material other than the “Nightmare” single but were the subject of a lot of industry interest in that mid eighties period… Dave Williams has a family and lives in Christchurch these days, [whilst] Butler – a bloke who lived life as hard as he played – sadly died late last year.
Discography (picks in bold)
- air-conditioned nightmare single