Bulldogs original lineup, 1971. L to R, Kevin Findlater, John Donoghue, Paul Curtis, Richard Eagan, Neil Worboys, Brien McCrea. (click on photo to enlarge)
chapter 2-part 3
BULLDOGS ALLSTAR GOODTIME BAND
LEAD VOCAL, HARMONICA AND KAZOO: Neil Worboys
TENOR BANJO: John Donoghue
GUITAR: Kevin Findlater
JUG: Richard Eagan
TEA-CHEST BASS: Paul Curtis
WASHBOARD: Brien McCrea
A few weeks after the band "Timberjack" disbanded in 1971, I ran into Brien McCrea -our drummer from the short-lived Leaders- in Cuba st, Wellington.
was at Wellington Teachers Training College. He informed me that he and some fellow students at the college were putting together an acoustic jugband and looking for a banjo player.
I was actively
seeking an alternative to rock music at the time and offered my services immediately.
That winter Brien, Neil Worboys, Richard Eagan, Kevin Findlater and myself began putting a repertoire together
in an unheated prefab at the Karori Campus.
That eclectic repertoire has been accurately described as "..acoustic jugband music sporting a slightly psychedelic twist.."
Paul Curtis, of Wellington prog-rock band "Farmyard," was my flatmate at the time and soon joined the band on tea-chest bass.
This completed the original Bulldogs lineup. (see above)
In the Spring of 1971 the band emerged from it's icy prefab and began performing
in the streets of Wellington.
Busking was illegal back then. We had to post lookouts for police and always have a getaway truck parked at hand. The bands concert debut was to a packed St James Theatre as support band for visiting Australian popstar Russell Morris.
By year's end the Bulldogs were playing to capacity crowds at the Chez Paree and had developed a significant cult following
around the Wellington Campuses.
This original Lineup folded when Paul Curtis and myself both re-located to Auckland to take up fullltime band work in 1972.
Not long after Paul and I departed, Bulldogs Lineup #2 was formed under Dave Luther's management.
The new Bulldogs lineup won Television's
"New Faces" talent competition and then recorded their version of a song I had given the band (written originally for the Cheshire Katt) entitled "Miss September."
Under Dave's management
the band became fulltime professional entertainers and dominated New Zealand Television and Radio over the Summer of 1973/74.
Brian Haywood left the band in mid-1974 and I replaced
him for their last tours following my departure from the Human Instinct.
After winning "NZ Group of the Year" and "NZ Entertainers of the Year" at the 1974 Music Awards, (see featurettes #1) Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band found themselves with no goals unachieved and nothing left to prove.
formally disbanded by mutual agreement in 1975.
FOR THE RECORD
"Miss September" was the most successful composition of my overground period, She made it to number two on the NZ national charts, earning herself a gold record for sales on the way and even had a racehorse named after her.
When I re-joined the band in 1974 I was commissioned by manager Dave Luther to write another single for Bulldogs and 1975's "Television Mama" was the result.
An even later commission from Dave,"Tokyo Rose" was finally recorded by the band in 1993.
Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band was the most commercially
successful band of my Overground Period and regularly reforms for charitable reunion tours.
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