Desperate Measures were Christchurch’s answer to pop punk, a couple of years after the whole Sex Pistol thing, but they were fun and had a few good songs for all the punk posturing. They had a reasonably heavy following, or it seemed so at the time.
The band featured Eugene Butcher – vocals (now doing something in multi media in London where he has lived for 10 years), Eric Vandenhoven – bass guitar (later of Evasive Action, Southern Front, Iceland, Champion Beat and now doing chef things in Auckland), Shane – guitar (now runs an Auckland recording studio), Greg – drums.
The band managed to record and self release a 4 song EP 1984, as well as a live to multi track set which ended up as the first Failsafe records release, ‘Wasted Again’ (b/w ‘Unauthorised’).
As with many rough punk bands the measures spawned a number of talented musicians, notably Eric Vandenhoven, who’s inventive bass playing went on to encourage and influence many local musicians.
– Rob Mayes
- Eric Vandenhoven (Bass, 1981 – 1984)
- Eugene Butcher (Vocals, 1981 – 1984)
- Shane O’Neill (Guitar, 1982 – 1984)
- Greg Hussy (Drums, 1982 – 1984)
- Desperate Measures EP [1982 Desperate Times DT216]
- Desperate Measures [1984 w/ Unauthorised Failsafe SAFE001]