The West Auckland six-piece initially made little impression in the central city scene and were on the verge of disbanding in 1984 when they were spied by former Toy Love drummer Mike Dooley playing at the Performance Café in Upper Symonds Street. Dooley invited them to support Tall Dwarfs, with whom he was guesting at a forthcoming show.
That provided their introduction to the Flying Nun crowd, and to subsequent gigs and parties with kindred North Shore spirits The Exploding Budgies and Goblin Mix. The band's oddball, bohemian style – they had their own special jargon – was a keynote to both their musical and social lives.
They would eventually make a maiden visit to Dunedin where, guitarist 'Big Ross' Williams wrote later, "We were accepted like we were some long lost part of the Nun family, set adrift by a geographical blunder. And that was before they had even heard a note of our music."
After an EP, a single and an album, the band broke up in 1987. Their handful of releases retain a cult following as far afield as the USA and Germany, and they were regarded as an influence by US indie kings Pavement. Guitarist Dominic Stones moved to Dunedin and was subsequently a member of Snapper and The 3Ds. Williams and Hollands formed a post-BNR band, The Tufnels.
Bird Nest Roys never had or aspired to a career, but their enduring appeal was underlined in 2013 by Flying Nun Records' decision to repackage all their releases into a new double-album gatefold package titled Me Want Me Get Me Need Me Have Me Love.
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Rupert E. Taylor - vocals, dancing
Dominic Stones - guitar
Ross Hollands - vocals
Ross Williams - guitar, vocals
Deborah Shadbolt - bass
Peter Moerenhout - drums
Dominic Stones' father Tony has had a distinguished career as a sculptor – but in the 1960s also worked as a designer on the TV pop show C'mon. Bird Nest Roys' retro-look video for their song Ain't Mutatin' was in part a nod to Stones Senior.