The Weeds

Biography

[Profile thanks to Tim Davey]

The Weeds were around for about a year in the mid-80’s, formed with the intention of having fun and seeing just how stupid they could be, while also entertaining people. The band provided a great distraction for its members from the more ‘serious’ music they were making in other groups at the time. The name supposedly came from the fact that all the members were quite skinny at the time.

Robert Scott and Michael Morley had been playing together in the Pink Plastic Gods in late 1984. Following the end of the group Scott (Bass, Vocals) And Morley (Guitar, Vocals) got together with Jeff Harford (Vocals) and Chris Healey (Drums) and The Weeds was born. All except Healey had had much experience in other bands; Scott had been in The Clean and was front-man with The Bats, Morley was in Wreck Small Speakers On Expensive Stereos and Harford had played with Bored Games. Following the tragic end of Doublehappys in mid-85 Shayne Carter (Guitar , Vocals) And John Collie (Drums) were also added to the line-up. An odd feature of the group was that they had two drummers.

Every gig they played involved some sort of dress-up theme which the whole band would participate in. One night they would be playing draped in foliage and weeds, another would be in glam gear or bad taste clothes. Their most outrageous ‘dress-up’ was playing in their underpants on the town hall stage as support to the Verlaines and the Rip at a 4XO dance. Their only out-of-town gigs were at the Gladstone in Christchurch as support to Look Blue Go Purple and in Auckland at Windsor Castle. The latter gig didn’t go down very well and the band realised that dressing up stupidly and playing music was best done only around people who knew you.

The essence of the weeds was not about serious music or writing meaningful lyrics but about having a good time. A review by Sharon Guytonbeck following a gig at the empire spelt this out:

with a couple of friends helping out The Weeds were a lot of groovy fun. Who needs ‘Live Aid’ when you can have this. Yes, The Weeds confirmed my belief that Dunedin is where it’s all happening musically. We don’t need the rest of the world when we can be at The Empire with The Weeds.

– Critic 6/8/85

Band rehearsals were for the sole purpose of writing new material which gave their on-stage sound a very fresh feel. In mid-85 the band made some recordings at Dockside Studios on Wharf St which emerged as the Flying Nun single ‘Wheatfields’, a very Velvets-influenced piece that buzzed along with the chorus line ‘It’S Been A Hard Day On The Wheatfields …’. further recordings were made later in the year at Chippendale House which to this day remain unreleased.

By late 1985 the members of The Weeds were being pulled away by their other musical projects and the band faded away. Scott continued with The Bats and Carter And Collie went on to form Straitjacket Fits. Morley was later involved in Dead C, Gate and This Kind Of Punishment while Harford became part of My Deviant Daughter.

The Weeds played only around 15 gigs but will almost certainly be remembered by everyone who saw them for their mix of shock, humor and good music.

Members

  • Robert Scott (Bass/Vocals, 198?)
  • Michael Morley (Guitar/Vocals, 198?)
  • Jeff Harford (Vocals, 198?)
  • Chris Healey (Drums, 198?)
  • Shayne Carter (Guitar /Vocals, 198?)
  • John Collie (Drums, 198?)

Discography

Links

Bedford Tours

Biography

One of Rob Scott’s many one-off bands – this time with Andrew Strang.

They put out the Chch To DunedinĀ cassette on Scotts’ own Every Secret Thing label.

Members

  • Rob Scott
  • Andrew Strang

Discography

  • Chch To Dunedin Cassette (1984, Every Secret Thing, EST 11]

Links

 

Every Secret Thing

every secret thing (aka est – also the name of a comic/fanzine that scott published) was a home taping label established by rob scott and incorporated a lot of his home demos (usually as electric blood, but also in many other totally unknown bands) along with ultra-rare recordings from the likes of wreck small speakers on expensive stereos, the weeds and various compilations featuring many dunedin and christchurch bands.
the label no longer produces tapes (lasting until the mid 90s), with scotts’ official solo debut being released by flying nun in 2000. their entire catalog is very very rare, due to their low-run, limited distribution approach and the relative obscurity of the labels acts.
compilation discography
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  • songs from the lowlands cassette [1984 EST 02]
  • big southern hits cassette [1984 EST 13]
  • the hills are alive: whistle up a wind cassette [1985 EST 25 / RAITH 117]
  • the hepton festival cassette [1986 EST 28]

Pink Plastic Gods

one-off supergroup comprised of: robert scott (the bats, the clean), michael morley (the dead c, wreck small speakers), bruce russell (the dead c, a handful of dust), denise roughan (look blue go purple, 3ds) and bruce blucher (trash, alpaca brothers). put out in the lap of the gods on scotts’ every secret thing label.
discography
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Raith Rovers

one of robert scott‘s many one-off bands – this time with the axemen‘s bob brannigan, robs’ brother andrew scott and j underhill. they put out the ralph cassette on scotts’ own every secret thing label.
discography
picks in bold

Mr. Big Nose

One Of Rob Scott‘S Many One-Off Bands – This Time With The 3ds Dave Saunders, Ken Stewart, Alan Haig And Peter Gutteridge. They Put Out The Various Outtakes Cassette On Scotts’ Own Every Secret Thing Label.

Discography (picks in bold)

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