Solitudes

New wave pop from (1981-2) Christchurch 4 piece. The band feature heart throb Anton Jenner – Vocals (future Wastrels), Chris Tindall – Bass, Paul Lonsdale – Guitar and Guy Norris – Drums. The band played various shows including the influential series of 3ZM sponsored Town Hall concerts. High fashion content. They released one self released single – Home Again/Mother Suburbia and eventually split, Jenner going on to front the Wastrels, confusingly beloved band of the Dance Exponents, who didn’t really seem to be quite as good as they were made out to be.
– Rob Mayes

Discography (picks in bold)

See-Also

Bored Games

Biography

Before Dimmer, before Straitjacket Fits, before even the Doublehappys, Shayne Carter was in a Flying Nun-type punk band called Bored Games, who opened for the likes of the Clean and Toy Love before the lads had even left high school.

The conduit was the Pistols doing ‘Pretty Vacant’ on TV some time in 1978. A blast of white light – so exotic, primitive and powerful – it blew me away. Lesley Paris (later to become a member of Look Blue Go Purple, and at one time even head up Flying Nun) informed me that her neighbor, Robin Siatanga, had a tape of the entire ‘Nevermind The Bollock’ album and we’d pass it among ourselves like this chalice of purse gold. I can still remember the cassette – White with thin gold stripes. At home i’d listen to it on headphones, cranked up beyond distortion, the music like an avalanche in my ears. That’s when I began writing songs. – Shayne Carter

At the age of 15, Carter (the ever-vocal front-man) formed Bored Games with Kaikorai High School buddies Wayne Elsey (bass) and Jeff Harford (drums) drafted in Logan Park High Schoolers Fraser Batts (guitar – brother of Jeff, making his name in The Same) and Jonathan Moore (guitar).

That was the beginning really. Two tribes from opposite sides of the city interlocked, bringing together the 20 or so kids who made up the town’s original young punk scene. By this point The Enemy had left for Auckland – along with the original Clean – and assumed a shape of mythic proportions. – Shayne Carter

Bored Games started forming songs and ideas, Lesley helping out as their primary supporter, and the band indulging in such influences as “The Buzzcocks, The Saints, The Stooges, The Ramones, The Damned and The Pistols. AK79 came out and we loved The Scavengers tracks and would later cover Proud Scum’s ‘I Am A Rabbit’…”, and listened intently to bootleg’s of The Enemy, provided by (‘Records Records’ owner) Roi Colbert.

Going from making their debut at Kaikorai High School talent quest to supporting heroes Toy Love (and even upstaging them by playing ‘Pull Down The Shades’ in the more primal, slow 10 version The Enemy used to play), things quickly fell into place – the band playing community halls to armies of Dunedin youngsters, though violence somewhat curtailed this option and being too young for pubs the started to run out of options. A possible support slot with Lip Service fell through:

…Mr. Batts said no. We didn’t bother telling Lip Service we weren’t turning up because they were from Auckland and besides they looked old. We thought they were probably fakes. The Knobz came and played a lunchtime concert at school. The covered The Members’ ‘Solidarity Confinement’ and dedicated it to Bored Games but we were unmoved. We thought The Knobz were fakes as well. Afterwards my next door neighbor would plaster “Knobz wank dogz” posters all over the city. -Shayne Carter

By 1980 the band had started thinking about recording, with a back catalog of some 20 originals to work with. Mike Chunn overlooked the group, taking on the young Dance Exponents instead. Wayne Elsey grew tired, leaving to form The Stones and was replaced by Terry Moore, and the band won the 1980 KVHS talent quest on second attempt. In 1981 the band slid away, half the members resurfacing in Martin Phillips re-christened sequel to The Same – The Chills.

The group would (with the birth of Flying Nun, later in 1981) record the ‘Who Killed Colonel Mustard’ EP (which included the brilliant ‘Joe 90’ – unmistakably the bands signature song) posthumously a year after their break-up, and Carter would go on to re-unite with his school chums in The Doublehappys. The EP is now tragically hard to find, but the boys material is easily obtained on the ‘..But I Can Write Songs OK’ compilation on Yellow-Eye records.

[Quotes from Shayne Carter taken with permission from ‘Mysterex: Kiwi Punk And Beyond #3”]

Members

  • Shayne Carter (vocals, 1978 – 1981)
  • Wayne Elsey (bass, 1978 – 1980)
  • Jeff Harford (drums, 1978 – 1981)
  • Fraser Batts (guitar, 1978 – 1981)
  • Jonathan Moore (guitar, 1978 – 1981)
  • Terry Moore (bass, 1980 – 1981)

Discography

  • Who Killed Colonel Mustard EP [1982 Flying Nun LUDO001]

Links

Places of Interest

Channel Four

Biography

An early pop punk band featuring Eugene Butcher (later of Desperate Measures and Evasive Action), David Gent and Michael Harrallambi (both of Dance Exponents).

Never saw this band but ‘You Were The One‘ (Failsafe Records‘ ‘Accident‘ compilation) is a pretty good example of catch pop punk/new wave stuff. The Exponents used to do a cover of this song in their live set.

– Rob Mayes of Failsafe Records

Members

  • Eugene Butcher (Vocals, 1981)
  • David Gent (Bass, 1981)
  • Michael Harrallambi (Drums, 1981)

Discography

Links

 

The Exponents

jordan luck’s insistent pub band – born out of the south island port town of timaru and forged through beer and indulgence, there was never ever an exponents song that couldn’t be sung in a drunken haze with a million other plebs while drooling over the rugby. needless to say, i hate the fuckin’ band, and everything else that luck has ever touched. they toured for years and went through a huge range of members, including: david gent, brian jones, steve cowan, martin morris, michael harralambi, chris sheehan, mike seymour and (of all people) eddie rayner. they broke up in the mid 80s, but reformed without the ‘dance’ at the front of their name in the early 90s, and their recordings got even more stale and self-celebratory.
discography
picks in bold

  • prayers be answered [1983 mushroom SMX61130]
  • live at mainstreet [1983 w/ the legionnaires mushroom L38017]
  • expectations [1985 mushroom ISMX65427]
  • amplifier [1986 zulu ZPL001]
  • the exponents [1992 mercury]
  • erotic ep [1992 mercury 864 775-2]
  • something beginning with c [1992 polygram]
  • grassy knoll [1994 phonogram 522913-2]
  • like she said ep [1994 polygram]
  • once bitten, twice bitten [1995 warner 0630 12558 / 2]

awards etc
rianz awards 1982

  • most promising group of the year – dance exponentsrn

rianz awards 1984

  • album of the year prayers be answeredrn
  • top male vocalist of the year jordan luckrn

rianz awards 1991

  • single of the year why does love do this to me?rn
  • top male vocalist of the year jordan luckrn

rianz awards 1996

  • top group of the year the exponentsrn