s artists

The Swingers

Phil Judds short-lived pub band turned superstar outfit. With Counting The Beat they became an overnight sensation, a stripped down successor to the punk bands that came before them (The Scavengers and Suburban Reptiles), The Swingers were Judd and ex-punks Bones Hillman and Busters Stiggs – a rough around the edges rock outfit with the most familiar guitar intro in New Zealand music (its now the soundtrack to a million K-Mart ads..) and a killer riff. They eventually went through rough times, with Ian Gilroy and Andrew Mclennan eventually drafted into the line-up. Their popularity soon waned, with Judd’s interest going into other projects.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • ‘One Good Reason’/’All Over Town’ 7″ Single [1980 Ripper Rpi002]
  • Practical Jokers [1981 Ripper Rpr004]
  • ‘Counting The Beat’/’One Good Reason’ 7″ Single [1981 Ripper Rpi012]
  • ‘It Ain’T What You Dance It’S The Way That You Dance It’/’Flak’ 7″ Single [1981 Ripper Rpi015]
  • ‘One Track Mind’/’Distortion’ 7″ Single [1981 Ripper Rpi019]
  • ‘Punch And Judy’/’In The Middle Of Nowhere’ 7″ Single [1982 Ripper Rpi022]
  • Starstruck [Soundtrack 1982 Mushroom]


b artists

Blond Comedy


Evolving out of The New Entrants in the early 80’s, Blond Comedy were Andrew and Tony Johns, David Mauger (Marginal Era) and Craig Smith-Pilling.


  • Andrew Johns (Drums, 1982 – 1983)
  • Tony Johns (Vocals/Saxophone, 1982 – 1983)
  • David Mauger (Bass, 1982 – 1983)
  • Craig Smith-Pilling (Guitar, 1982 – 1983)


  • Generation Day EP (1982, Mushroom, BLOND1)
  • Rebecca 7″ (1983, Mushroom, K8969)