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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The Missing Links - Wild About You (1965), later covered by The Saints
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Mother Superior in Melbourne in 1968/69. Andy Anderson is second from right.
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Arkastra: Harry Leki, Tom Swainson and Andy Anderson
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Andy Anderson (left) in Centennial Park, Sydney, 1969. The name of the other player is unknown.
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Andy Anderson - Don't Know Your Arse
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Arkastra in Wellington behind Lucifers nightclub, just off Manners Street. L to R: Harry Leki, Andy Anderson, Tom Swainson, Peter Blake, Paul Reid and Dennis Mason.
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Paul Reid, Harry Leki and Andy Anderson with Arkastra
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The Missing Links, 1966, with Andy Anderson second from right
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Andy Anderson with The Missing Links, Beach House, Sydney, 1965
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The Missing Links - You're Driving Me Insane
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Andy Anderson - A You Shaped Space
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Andy Anderson on TVNZ's Dixie Chicken show in 1987
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Andy Anderson with Andy James Asylum circa 1968
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Andy Anderson on country music TV show Dixie Chicken (Episode 3, 1987)
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Andy Anderson on Getting Old
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Andy Anderson - If I'd Known I'd Live This Long
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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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Running Jumping Standing Still - Diddy Wah Diddy
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Running Jumping Standing Still: Andy Anderson, Ian Robinson, Rick Dalton and Doug Ford
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The Missing Links' only album, released by Philips in December 1965
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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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Running Jumping Standing Still at Melbourne's Thumpin Tum, 1966
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The Andy James Asylum, 1968
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Arkastra: Peter Blake, Dennis Mason, Harry Leki, Andy Anderson, Tom Swainson and Paul Read
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Andy Anderson with The Missing Links, Sydney, 1965
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The Missing Links: Doug Ford, Frank Kennington, John Jones, Chris Gray, Ray Hoff, Andy Anderson
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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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Andy Anderson, Bobbi Marchini and Bernie McGann at Sydney's Cheetah Room with Southern Comfort circa 1970
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Andy Anderson, centre, with The Great Men, Melbourne, 1968
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Andy Anderson - Byron Bay
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Andy James Asylum, 1967
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Andy Anderson in Sydney's Centenial Park with Lindsey Farr on flute, 1969
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Andy Anderson - Road To Your Heart
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Andy Anderson's 3 Minute acting demo reel
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Running Jumping Standing Still, 1966/67
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Andy Anderson on country music TV show Dixie Chicken (Episode 2, 1987)
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Andy Anderson, 2014
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Running Jumping Standing Still - Diddy Wah Diddy on The Go!! Show (August 5, 1966)
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Andy Anderson, Midge Marsden and Beaver (and band) at Nambassa, 1978
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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 James circa 1968
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The Missing Links, circa 1966, with Andy Anderson rear left
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Andy Anderson when he was with Running Jumping Standing Still
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The Missing Links' 1966 Philips EP Unchained, with Andy Anderson at the top
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Andy Anderson (second from right) with Running Jumping Standing Still
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Andy Anderson on country music TV show Dixie Chicken (Episode 5, 1987)
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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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Sunshine Records

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