Bird Nest Roys Profile

Russell Brown
16 May 2013

Anyone who thinks that jangling guitars and vocal harmony was strictly a South Island sound in the 1980s clearly never heard Bird Nest Roys.

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.

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Bird Nest Roys, venue unknown
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Bird Nest Roys in 1986: Rupert E. Taylor, "Big" Ross Williams, Dominic Stones, Peter Moerenhout, "Little" Ross Hollands, Deborah Shadbolt. Taken in Herne Bay at a time when the band was named Heavy As - it only lasted two weeks. A colourised version of this appeared on the rear of the Jaffa Boy sleeve.
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Peter Moerenhout, Ross Hollands, Dominic Stones, Rupert E. Taylor, Ross Williams and Deborah Shadbolt, early 1985
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Alien (Live at the Windsor Castle, Auckland, New Zealand, 4 May 1985) Bob Sutton Collection
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A Flying Nun Bird Nest Roys publicity shot, 1985
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The 1986 Jaffa Boy 7-inch single, produced by Terry King
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Deborah Shadbolt in Wellington, 1984-85
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Bird Nest Roys early 1985
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Bird Nest Roys in Dunedin, 1986
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An early 1985 Flying Nun publicity shot
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Whack It Down, the 1985 debut EP
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Rupert E. Taylor and Dominic Stones, Wellington 1984-85
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Able Tasmans, The Expendables, Bird Nest Roys
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Ain't Mutatin
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Peter Moerenhout , Rupert E. Taylor, Ross Williams, Ross Hollands, Deborah Shadbolt, Dominic Stones, Herne Bay, 1986
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Bird Nest Roys in Wellington, 1984-85
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Able Tasmans, Bird Nest Roys and Court Martial, at The Pulse, Auckland, May/June1991
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The 1987 eponymous longplayer from Bird Nest Roys
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Bird Nest Roys in Wellington, 1984-85
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Dominic Stones, Deborah Shadbolt, Ross Hollands, Rupert E. Taylor (back), Ross Williams (front) and Peter Moerenhout
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Ross Williams
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Bird Nest Roys at the Rising Sun Auckland's K Rd. in 1986
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Ross Hollands at Auckland's Rising Sun Hotel in 1986
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Peter Moerenhout, Ross Williams, Rupert E. Taylor, Ross Hollands, Dominic Stones and Deborah Shadbolt
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Ross Williams, Ross Hollands, Peter Moerenhout, Deborah Shadbolt, Rupert E. Taylor and Dominic Stones, Wellington ca. 1984-85
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Rupert E. Tayor at Auckland's Rising Sun Hotel in 1986
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Dominic Stones, venue uknown
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Trivia:

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.

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Flying Nun

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Members:

Rupert E. Taylor - vocals, dancing

Dominic Stones - guitar

Ross Hollands - vocals

Ross Williams - guitar, vocals

Deborah Shadbolt - bass

Peter Moerenhout - drums

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