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Putty in Her Hands


Kind of strange poppy post-punk (in the mid 1980s Freudian Slips style) that marked the debut of Charlotte Yates, who went on to have a successful solo career in the 1990s, and Christine Jeffs – now a director with the independent hit ‘Rain’.

The duo recorded their debut EP for Jayrem while still studying at Massey University in Palmerston North. Local musicians Tim Hunt (drums), Allison Wallace (violin) and Deb Frame (saxophone) contributed to the recording, and Frame become the 3rd member. Soon the trio had relocated to Wellington and then expanded to a 6-piece band; with Neil Cruickshank (drums), Gerard Tahu (bass), and future comedian/television personality Jackie Clarke (vocals) completing the line-up.

The expanded line-up gave them a fuller, funkier sound and led to some fairly high profile performances – however by 1990 the group had split, with Charlotte Yates recording her own solo material.

The duo of Clarke and Yates would be reunited in 1993 with the spoof (a play on popular group When the Cats Away) kitsch trio When the Cats Been Spayed, with multi-instrumentalist Robin Nathan.



  • Trick of the Light EP (1987, Jayrem, JAY140)


  • Discogs entry

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