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In Case You Were Wondering.........

To the best of my knowledge, these are the approximate whereabouts of some of the the bands mentioned on these pages, updated as information comes to hand....

Pauly

Paul Fuemana

Easily the most asked about person found on these pages. After it ended Paul lived quietly on Auckland's North Shore, with his wife Kirstine, and his family. Tragically he passed away on January 31, 2010 after a long illness.

Hundreds of requests for new OMC tracks arrived every year, from every country you can think of. New Zealanders remain unaware of just how big he was around the world.

RIP Pauly.

The Features

The Features in Wellington, 1980
Photo: Peter

The Features

Jed Town and James Pinker still make music. Jed went became Fetus Productions and now DJs and records, and is an audio-visual artist of some reputation in Auckland. He made several solo records as ICU, as well as performing with SPK. James Pinker was in Dead Can Dance and lived in London for years, and later, back in Auckland, was a member of Mesh. He is now an Arts Administrator in Auckland.

Karel Van Bergen lived for some years in Germany but passed away in 2013. Chris Orange was in Japan playing freeform jazz but is now based on Waiheke in Auckland's harbour. He tutors at Auckland's MAINZ. Jed has recently been playing again with Chris as The X-Features.

Jed's ambient soundscape DVDs for sale
A 2007 interview with Jed

The Spelling Mistakes

All four still live in Auckland and reformed for three sell-out gigs in the late nineties. Nigel Russell runs Oceania Audio and the Hanson brothers still actively record and are involved in other artistic ventures. Warwick Fowler (nee Hitler) lives in Auckland and can often be seen driving around the city, grinning as always.

There was a compile of all their work a couple of years back. Its for sale at Record Records.

A Marching Girls Poster

The Marching Girls / The Scavengers

Johnny Volume lives in London. Des Hefner runs a gallery in Melbourne. After leaving Marching Girls, Ronnie, as Brendan Perry (his real name) was half of Dead Can Dance who were extraordinarily successful over six albums, released for 4AD. He lives in Ireland where he owns a studio. In 2012 Dead Can Dance reformed, released a new album and toured the US.

The Scavengers reformed in 2004 for 2 Auckland gigs, without Brendan, but featuring Dion from the D4, and a special guest appearance from Michael Simons (nee Mike Lesbian) who is successfully in the advertising business in Sydney.

Mike sang Mysterex for the first time (it was, notoriously, written about him when he left the band). They reformed again in 2008 for the Ak79 reunion.

Their 1978 demos were finaly released in 2002, as an album, on John Baker's Zerox label. Another album was issued by Real Groovy Records in 2014.

Brendan's site

Techtones

Techtones, 1980.
Courtesy of Steve Roach

Techtones

Chris Burt & Steve Roach do film and TV sound, Peter Solomon seems to have gone AWOL, and Jimmy Jurucevich was last heard of as an electrician in Melbourne. Steve plays in The Grifters.

The Screaming Meemees

Michael O'Neill and Peter Van Der Fluit both live in Auckland own Liquid Audio in Grey Lynn. Mike is also a property owner of some substance. Peter and Mike wrote a rock opera in 2010, based around Romeo and Juliet. It premiered in London in June 2011. Tony Drumm is a lawyer in Auckland for a aviation company. He also sculpts and has exhibited widely. Yoh lives in Byron Bay, NSW and is a landscape gardener. A reunion fell through a few years ago - which some might see as a relief!

Sady Mike had a stroke in 2014.

Liquid Audio
Tony Drumm

Blam Blam Blam

Tim Mahon managed a band called Mar-v-elle who had several top 40 singles in NZ, and was a major mover in the rise of South Auckland's urban sounds in the mid nineties. He now sells Real Estate in Auckland. Mark Bell is a session guitarist of some repute, and journalist in Auckland.

Don McGlashan led The Muttonbirds for years, and does film and TV scores. He has released his several solo albums. They reformed in 2003 for a one off tour and again in 2007.

Tim Mahon's workpage
Don McGlashan's site

Sissy Spunk

Trish 'Sissy Spunk' Scott, Suburban Reptiles, May 77. Photo Simon Grigg.


The Bongos

John Quigley plays in the Nairobi Trio in Auckland, Gill Civil is in British Columbia where she composes and releases music, and Phil Steel is a ski instructor in Japan. Simon Mark-Brown is a commercials director of some note in Auckland.

Simon Mark-Brown's Film Company
The Nairobi Trio
Gill Civil

Tall Dwarfs

Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate still are. Chris suffered a stroke in 2009 but still appears with on stage when least expected. At the 2012 lauunch of the Toy Love live album in Auckland he leapt onstage with a young band - without warning - to perform an extraordinary take of Pull Down The Shades.

A tribute album was released in late 2009 and can be bought from his site.

Chris Knox

The Newmatics

Brent 'Sid' Pasley ran a tourist boating company in Auckland until 2009, and is now a Landscape Gardner to the stars, Mark Clare is an actor in Auckland (he was the one who dived off the bridge in the iconic lotto ad, and could be seen on TVNZ's Street Legal), Kelly Rogers co-owns The Rialto Cinema in Newmarket, Benny Staples was in The Woodentops and Lava Lava, he still DJs around Auckland and played as part of The Crackhead Experience.

Jeff Smith is a film director, computer programmer and designer. His 2011 film on Christchurch garage band, The Chants R&B, Rumble & Bang, was a hit at the NZ Film Festival. Chris Watts plays jazz professionally in Auckland. Simon Clarke where are you? Recently reformed, they had a sell-out gig in Auckland as a one off. Benny released a solo album in 2005.

The Newmatics finally released their debut album in 2015.

Sid's Landscape Company
Rumble & Bang Trailer

The Newmatics

No Tag

Karl Van Wetering is in West Auckland and designs and manufactures furniture & Mark Sullivan lives on Auckland's North Shore after many years in London. Andrew Boak lives in San Francisco where he ran the highly respected Imperial Dub label and his own Green label. Paul is an accountant and part time Feng Shui consultant in AK - true. They can also be found on Facebook.

They recentlly jammed together for the frst time in years, followed by a performance at Auckland's Kings Arms.

Paul's Feng Shui School

The Dabs

Steve Thorpe, a great guy if there ever was one, sadly took his own life in the mid eighties. Geoff Hayden is in London, where he drives a black cab. Rowan lives in Sydney, works for a travel software company and plays country rock.

Rowan's excellent Dabs' site

The Prime Movers

Chris Mathews was in The Headless Chickens, and Nick Crowther is in Melbourne, Australia

Prime Movers

Prime Movers, Mainstreet, 1982. Photo unknown

Jam This Record

Was a one off from James Pinker, Alan Jansson, Dave Bulog, and myself.

SisterMatic

Basically the Newmatics plus Sina, the female vocalist on OMC's "How Bizarre" (aged 16). Sina found worldwide fame as "Sister Sina" in that song's lyrics but now lives happily in South Auckland with a family.

The Suburban Reptiles

Suburban Reptiles filming Saturday Night Stay At Home video

The Suburban Reptiles

Buster was in the Swingers and The Models and now lives in Perth with his family where he is a successful graphic designer and involved with Children's Television, Zero (Clare) is in West Auckland with her family and makes puppets, Billy is a restauaranter in London, Jimmy (Brett) is an academic in Wellington, after years in Hong Kong; Trish and Tony are in Auckland.

Bones was in Midnight Oil for years and now is a working bassist living in Nashville. Shaun (Brian Nichols) was unfortunately killed in a traffic accident some years back.

Des Edwards must be out there somewhere?

Trish Scott's son, Joel Little, was the co-writer and producer of Lorde's global smash hit 'Royales' in 2013, some 36 years after his mum first picked up a guitar to play with the Reptiles in Ponsonby. What goes around ...

Bones Hillman

Proud Scum

John 'Atrocity' Jenkins is in London working as a book-keeper; Alistair 'Rabbit' Duguid is successful in the NE US (in IT); Jonathan 'Jamrag' Griffiths is in Melbourne, writing and has a severals books, linked below; and Bruce Hoffman is in Auckland where he runs a Fire Safety business.


Jonathan's Book: The Road Behind

The Terrorways @ The Globe

The Terrorays at the Globe.
Photographer unknown.

Terrorways

John 'No-One' Hunter is living in Queensland; Kerry Buchanan works at JB Hi-Fi in Auckland and is a writer and commentator of some reputation; Dean Martelli works with Michael O'Neill and Peter Van der Fluit (ex Screaming Meemees) at their Liquid Audio; Peter Hoffman is in Auckland and plays in a rockabilly band; Gary Hunt is a artistic metalworker who sells to the rich and famous amongst others.

Kerry Buchanan Interview

Scavengers @ Zwines

Scavengers @ Zwines. Johnny Volume and Mike Lesbian

Masochists / Rednecks / Europe

Kev Grey, Jimmy Sex, Spike, and Tony all still live in West Auckland. Kev is married to Zero from The Suburban Reptiles. Spike & Tony are in a band, The Stop Go Men, with Tim from Blam Blam Blam.

Secret Agents

Keith lives in Nottingham and is a Systems Analyst. Sadly 'Tall' Tony Jakich died a few years back in the UK of an illness, and is missed.

The Dentists

Dean Buchanan became a painter of some reputation in New Zealand, as did Denys Watkins. Ross Townshend owns a screenprinting business in Auckland. William Giffiths is a jeweller in Melbourne.

William Griffths' site
Dean Buchanan

The Phantoms

The Phantoms @ Zwines.
Photo unknown

Junk / The Phantoms

Frank Stark for many years ran the NZ Film Archive; Grant Dillon is an Alexander Techniquein in Auckland; Robbie Van de Lisdonk is a printer in Morningside, Auckland (and provided the photo above) and Iain Myers was last heard of as an accountant in Australia.

The Idle Idols

Paul Gibbs is an artist in London; Julie "Jamie Jetson" Curlette lives in Aucjkland after years in London; and Sandra Jones lives with her family in West Auckland. Leonie Batchelor is in Sydney. Shona Bruce passed away in the 1990s.

Paul Gibbs

Penknife Glides

Penknife Glides

Penknife Glides

Stefan Morris is a graphic designer in Melbourne, Jules runs the Architecture IT Dept at Melbourne University, Steve lives in Auckland and Bangkok, and Cliff''s writing songs in Sydney. An album, gathering their tracks is available from their superb website.

Penknife Glides

The Ainsworths

Hillary Hunt is very successful in the finance world, Adam Holt is managing director of Universal Music NZ, and president of the Recording Industry Assoc of NZ.

Hillary Hunt's company

Lava Lava Inner Sleeve

Lava Lava

others..

Harry 'Ratbag' Russell is in Auckland after twenty years in New York where he released three seminal and highly influential albums under the name Harry The Bastard ; Paul Robinson (Berlin) works for the Qantas magazine in Sydney; the Trezevant sisters (Aliens) both live in Auckland...Yvette, was in Dead Can Dance in the 1980s and is now an actor, and Giselle owns a catering business; Mike Allpress (City Slitz) owns Allpress Coffee, one of Australasia's biggest coffee companies; Mark McDonald (Brunetttes) is a practitioner of holitsic medicine in Sydney; Terry 'Towelling' Graham (Rebel Truce) is an artist in Auckland; Eddie Olsen, drummer for The Instigators, later played in Coconut Rough and The Exponents and is now a freelance drummer in Manchester, UK.

Toy Love's site
Allpress Coffee
The Chills' Site
Simon Coffey's rather splendid poster and artwork archive

Some of the photos on this site come from Anthony Phelps, who, as a newspaper photographer in the early 1980s, took hundreds of quite incredible shots. One day, like Murray Cammick, I hope he'll put a book or site covering those together. In the interim he can be found here.

as for the rest - sorry can't help you