The Mockers, Swear It’s True (1984)
My memory (the main one) of The Mockers was seeing a drunk Andrew Fagan on the New Year’s Eve TV specials back in the day when the TV stations closed down at midnight or thereabouts but sometimes went all the way through or at least until 2am on New Year’s Eve! He’d stumble about, having indulged in whatever was going at Avalon’s Green Room. Nowadays, having been in Avalon’s Green Room, it’s hard to know how an old chocolate biscuit, an orange and what appears to be a banana could have done so much damage (unless they’re all still there from Fagan having learned to just say no to fruit and biscuits, in order to make room for the blow and booze). Anyway, sure The Mockers had Forever Tuesday Morning and a few other hits. And sure they’re seemingly best served by a compilation or by a track or two appearing on other compilations but I was very pleased to pick up a decent-sounding second-hand LP of Swear It’s True recently. Some great stuff on there. The Mockers was such a good band name – and they were so faithful, so loving in “mocking” the new romantic sound of the time; nobody in New Zealand did it better.
Sample Track: Alvison Park
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