Steroids

Short-lived Wellington punk outfit (originally known as Johnny Mono And The Steroids) that featured on the Wellingtonzone compilation – a not quite as successfull follow-up to the acclaimed **** release from the previous year.

Forming in April 1979, The Steroids played a pretty standard post-punk style, punctuating their setlist with choice covers by the likes of Wire, Gang Of Four and early Cure. Comprised of Andrew Dray (Ex-52 and a one-time member of The Amps – Bass/Vocals), Alan Jimson (Guitar / Vocals) and Robbie Holmes (also an ex Amp – Drums), the band was a prominent figure in Wellingtons’ early punk scene.

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The Wallsockets

Highly active in the Wellington scene during the early 80s, the Wallsockets featured Fran and Martin Walsh (lead guitar and bass respectively), Brett Carstairs (rhythm guitar), and originally Tennessee (another guitarist) and drummer Nezzie, though the band brought in new vocalist Lynette Moss and drummer Simon by 1980 – and it was this line-up that completed their recordings.

The band were one of the more persuasive Wellington outfits, organizing gigs and parties, along with establishing practice and performance spaces in central Wellington. Spending time in Sausage Studio’s made the band much tighter, and by the time of their initial recordings, they were a honed and professional outfit, capable of pop-flavored punk with a dark edge.

Fran was also a one-time member of fellow wellington band Naked Spots Dance – both bands contributing to the Wallsockets-organized **** compilation featuring four post-punk bands from the era.

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  • **** [1980 W/ Beat Rhythm Fashion, Life In The Fridge Exists, Naked Spots Dance Sausage]

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AD

Originally performed as Art and Duty, a name borrowed from wellington band Beat Rhythm Fashion‘s song of the same name. The band comprised of Andrew Naylor (Drums/Bass), Rob Kitson (Also Of Clients – Drums/Bass), Rob Mayes (Dolphin, Throw, Springloader – Guitar ), Rick Tindall (Johnnies – Vocals And Guitar) and David Scales (also Of Clients – On Drums) in 1984. This band played live only once, at the gladstone, where there accident compilation track was recorded – a battle of the bands contest which included performances by the Expendables, Not Really Anything, amongst others.

A sort of transitional project for Rob Mayes, the band feature 14 songs with music written by Rob and lyrics improvised by Rick. The band followed on from a previous line up featuring Mayes, Naylor and Kitson dubiously called the Perk-U-Laters, a punk pop outfit put together by Fred Bertram, Christchurch’s self styled Malcolm MacLaren figure. Fred managed a number of bands including Desperate Measures and The Clients and fostered mayes song writing talents by manufacturing a band including the sneering vocals of Robert Blackmore, Mayes on guitar, Naylor on bass and Kitson on drums (also bassist with The Clients).

The Perk-U-Laters played 3 shows, the first at the illustrious star and garter where the predominantly punk audience enjoyed 5 raucous numbers including ‘Psycho Fred’, a thrashing torrid of cheek directed at manager Bertram, who was mixing the band at the time. Yelling for more the audience were informed ‘They Don’T Know Anymore’. One university gig and one Hillsborough tavern gig later and the band disbanded, dropping singer Blackmore and eventually enlisting Tindall on vocals for the preteniously named Art And Duty.

AD featured a new batch of Mayes compositions and included a twin drummer line-up, mainly due to the band rehearsing at the clients armagh street practice room, a house owned by Naylor and then girlfriend Kirsty Lay (Face Of The Eighties’ winner). This house was a notorious punk party venue and had the good fortune to have a good selection of band gear to thrash away on, including 2 drum kits. AD performed their songs once before Mayes decided to write a whole new batch of songs with other musicians, moving on to work with the steve birss, and eventually into Dolphin.
(profile thanks to Rob Mayes)

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Naked Spots Dance

Early 80s Wellington Post-Punk Outfit In The Style Of The Au Pairs, Featuring Kate Walker, Stephen Norris, Matthew Fisher And Katherine Mcrae, And For A Short-Period Future Oscar Winner (And Member Of The Wallsockets) Frances Walsh.
The ‘5 Love Songs’ Ep Is Excellent, A Very Jagged And Fragmented Take On Post-Punk Where The Guitar Floats In And Out Of Thick Bass Grooves, And At Times Threatens To Explode – Later Culminating In An Almost-Psychadelic Styled Breakdown At The End Of The Ep.

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