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    Main » 2015 » March » 29 » Underdogs ~ 1970 ~ Wasting Our Time
    Underdogs ~ 1970 ~ Wasting Our Time
    Underdogs ~ 1970 ~ Wasting Our Timegenre: garage, psych
    state: new zealand
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    Dreams Fantasies & Nightmares:
    This Auckland band evolved out of the Underground Blues Band, which had formed in 1965. The name change came in 1966 and The Underdogs signed to Zodiac Records at the tail end of '66.
    They quickly established a reputation as a wild live act and in Harvey Mann had one of the best blues guitarists in New Zealand. After the release of their debut 45 See Saw they appeared on the national T.V. pop show 'C'mon!'. Soon after Mann departed to The Brew. Lou Rawnsley replaced him and his fuzzy guitar line was a characteristic of their follow-up, a cover of John Mayall's Sitting In The Rain. Apart from being a huge local hit the single made the National Top 20.
    In 1967, their hot reputation as a live band earned them a slot on the touring version of the 'C'mon! Show' when the frequently brought the house down. At the end of the year they decided to relocate to Wellington, which led to the departure of Neil Edwards to Le Frame. He was replaced by former Breakaways' member Dave Orams, who in turn gave way to ex-Bitter End man George Barris. The move to Wellington proved a bad one 'cos they found it hard to get work. In early 1968 they disintegrated. Neil Edwards also did a stint with Human Instinct and then Headband.
    That's not the end of the story, however, later that year Murray Grindlay and Harvey Mann (both in The Brew) decided to reform the band in Auckland. Doug Thomas had also been in The Breakaways. Rawnsley designed the cover for their album then left. His replacement was Chaz Burke-Kennedy, but their cover of Frank Zappa's You Can Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance had to be retitled There Will Come A Time to satisfy the censors, but it didn't sell well and conflict over musical direction (or lack of it) saw the band in limbo again. There was one further brief reformation in the late seventies.
    Murray Grindlay went on to play in several other bands and write jingles. Neil Edwards still works the pub circuit. Harvey Mann moved to Australia. Doug Thomas runs a successful stereo importing business.

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    Harvey Mann - Telecaster, Gibson, Acoustiphonic Guitars, Vocals
    Neil Edwards - "Talking Frog" Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
    Gleny Pig - Drum Kit, Miscellaneous Percussion
    Bob Gillett - Glock, Recorder, Voice, Production
    Bruce Duske - Dials, Meters, Tape, Mixmaster
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