Andy Anderson Profile

aka Neville Anderson, Andy James
Andrew Schmidt
5 Dec 2014

In his book Hippie Hippie Shake, Richard Neville, the editor of underground magazine Oz, recalls his 1966 send-off at Sydney Airport. Neville was heading for India and London, and his rowdy rabble took over a VIP lounge, partying to the sound of The Missing Links’ ‘I’ve Got My Mojo Working’.

Performing that version of ‘Mojo’ was 17-year-old New Zealand born vocalist Andy Anderson – a state house kid from Naenae in the Hutt Valley known to Australian audiences as Andy James. What was he doing in the hard world of inner city Sydney, fronting one of Australia's most notorious and best-remembered bands of the 1960s?

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Andy Anderson (second from right) with Running Jumping Standing Still
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Andy James circa 1968
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The Andy James Asylum, 1968
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Andy Anderson in Sydney's Centenial Park with Lindsey Farr on flute, 1969
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Arkastra in Wellington behind Lucifers nightclub, just off Manners Street, c. 1972 . L to R: Harry Leki, Andy Anderson, Tom Swainson, Peter Blake, Paul Reid and Denys Mason.
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Running Jumping Standing Still at Melbourne's Thumpin Tum, 1966
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Running Jumping Standing Still - Diddy Wah Diddy
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Andy Anderson with The Missing Links, Sydney, 1965. (Left to right) John Jones, Ian Thomas, Doug Ford, Chris Grey, Baden Hutchins, and Andy.
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Andy Anderson on TVNZ's Dixie Chicken show in 1987
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Running Jumping Standing Still, 1966/67
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South Sound 72, a festival held in Gore with Arkastra, Third Chapter and others, December 1972.
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Arkastra: Harry Leki, Tom Swainson and Andy Anderson
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Mother Superior in Melbourne in 1968/69. Andy Anderson is second from right.
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Andy Anderson with The Missing Links, Beach House, Sydney, 1965
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Arkastra, about to play the South Sound 72 festival in Gore, December 1972. Note the posters for the Ngaruawahia rock festival to be held a month later. 
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Andy Anderson, Bobbi Marchini and Bernie McGann at Sydney's Cheetah Room with Southern Comfort circa 1970
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Paul Reid, Harry Leki and Andy Anderson with Arkastra
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Andy James Asylum, 1967
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The Action at Sydney's Hawaiian Eye in 1969, with Evan Silva in front and Andy Anderson on drums
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The Missing Links - You're Driving Me Insane
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Andy Anderson, Midge Marsden and Beaver (and band) at Nambassa, 1978
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Mammal / Arkastra poster for a gig at Victoria University, Wellington, December 1972
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The Missing Links' 1966 Philips EP Unchained, with Andy Anderson at the top
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Andy Anderson, centre, with The Great Men, Melbourne, 1968
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The Missing Links' only album, released by Philips in December 1965
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Andy Anderson on country music TV show Dixie Chicken (Episode 3, 1987)
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The Missing Links - Wild About You (1965), later covered by The Saints
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The Missing Links, 1966, with Andy Anderson second from right
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Andy Anderson when he was with Running Jumping Standing Still
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The Missing Links, circa 1966, with Andy Anderson rear left
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Arkastra in the All Star Summer Rock Concert at Wellington's Opera House, alongside Corben Simpson, Desna Sisarich, Mammal, Tamburlaine and Sharon O'Neill, 1 October 1972. 
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Andy Anderson's 3 Minute acting demo reel
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Andy Anderson with The Missing Links, Sydney, 1965
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Running Jumping Standing Still: Andy Anderson, Ian Robinson, Rick Dalton and Doug Ford
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Andy Anderson on Getting Old
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Andy Anderson, 2014
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Arkastra: Peter Blake, Dennis Mason, Harry Leki, Andy Anderson, Tom Swainson and Paul Read, c. 1972
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Andy James Asylum at Catcher, Melbourne, 1967-68
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Mother Superior bans Mother Superior
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Andy Anderson on country music TV show Dixie Chicken (Episode 2, 1987)
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Andy Anderson (left) in Centennial Park, Sydney, 1969. The name of the other player is unknown.
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The Corvairs in Wellington in 1964: Dave Leith, Andy Anderson, Gerry Loesch, Dale Wrightson and Alex Neill 
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Andy Anderson, on Grunt Machine in 1975, interviewing Hiram W. Violent
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Andy Anderson with Andy James Asylum circa 1968
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Arkastra at Lucifer's, Wellington, c. 1972
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Running Jumping Standing Still - Diddy Wah Diddy on The Go!! Show (August 5, 1966)
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Arkastra, Blerta, Olibet, and Mammal perform at the closing gigs of Lucifer's, Wellington, February 1973, after a double-bill by Blerta and Mammal at the Union Hall, Victoria University (later known as the Hunter Lounge venue).
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The Missing Links: Doug Ford, Frank Kennington, John Jones, Chris Gray, Ray Hoff, Andy Anderson
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Andy Anderson on country music TV show Dixie Chicken (Episode 5, 1987)
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A review of Arkastra and others including Sam Hunt, Tamburlaine, Desna Sisarich, Corben Simpson, and Sharon O'Neill performing in the All-Star Summer Rock Concert at the State Opera House, Wellington, 1 October 1972.
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Sunshine Records

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Trivia:

Andy Anderson's TV career includes roles on both sides of the Tasman, first as presenter on the Grunt Machine in the 1970s, and in dramas Radio Waves, Gloss, The Sullivans, Packed To the Rafters, Marlin Bay, Alex Proyas' Garage Days, Shortland Street - and in Supergroove bassist Joe Lonie's short film Honk If You're Horny.

In 1982 Anderson won a Logie award for his role as Jim Sullivan in The Sullivans. In 2000 he won an AFI award for Best performance by an actor in a tele-feature or mini-series, for Halifax f.p.

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