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Coup D’Etat


Not to be confused with the Auckland punk venue of the late 70s, or the Suburban Reptiles song of the same name, Coup D’Etat were a tight trouser new wave outfit of the early 80s formed by Hello Sailor‘s Harry Lyon.

Well-remembered for their catchy upstroke white-boy reggae-lite single ‘Doctor I like your medicine’ which got to number 9 on the NZ charts in 1981:

Preston soon left the band to pursue a solo career, and Lyon joined his old bandmate Graham Brazier in The Legionnaires, before Hello Sailor reformed.



  • No music on my radio 7″ single (1980, Vertigo, 6036075)
  • Doctor I like your medicine 7″ single (1980, Vertigo, 6036 077)
  • Permanent hire 7″ single (1981, Vertigo, 6036 081)
  • Coup d’Etat (1981, Vertigo, 6456 011)


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