The Spines had just released Punch/Your Body Stays on Ripper Records. I had a connection with the guys from The Body Electric – I had been in Bricks Theatre with Gary and both Alan and Andy had become good friends. I used to go to their early rehearsals and writing sessions.
They released Pulsing and Sue Barlow put together a national tour for the two bands to coincide with Orientation at the various Universities
Tim Robinson had an offer to join Rick Bryant in the Neighbours and we had to find a new drummer. It was Andrew Cross for a while but he was committed to other things at the time of the tour. Neil Duncan couldn’t make it – so it was just Wendy and me.
At a party in Mt Vic I met up with Ross Burge. I had played once before with him when he filled in for Caroline and he had just come off a stint with Midge Marsden – he agreed to do the tour.
We all got the ferry and managed to get a good soundcheck in Nelson.
It was pretty instant when we got together – the songs were in odd time signatures (Punch went from 5/4 to 3/4 to 4/4) but funky – Ross made them funkier.
The two bands were a good pairing – their synth and drum machine dramas and our post punk funk. We had a truck with the PA and lights and the rest of us travelled in a HighAce van that we called the death shuttle.
At the Ruby Bay Festival we got pelted with ice by bikers and in Motuaka we visited a hippie commune before the gig – to get in the mood.
The gig itself was OK but afterwards we all wanted to party and we were given two addresses. The first party was a getting out jail party for a sex offender so we left there quick smart and the second was some sort of Hitler youth trip.
Christchurch was a lot better – met Brent McLachlan for the first time. He started taping us.
The gig at Lincoln was a strange one – at lunchtime off the back of a truck.
We all got the ferry back to Wellington except big Gaz who had fallen asleep on the boat.