Coup D'Etat Profile

John Dix
15 Oct 2014

It was all a matter of timing. Sweetwaters, January 1980. Hello Sailor were fresh from a disastrous spell in Sydney following an earlier disheartening foray in Los Angeles. The Red Mole Theatre Troupe, New York-based, were back home for a handful of performances.

Three months later, Hello Sailor had split up and two key members of Red Mole's musical arm, keyboardist Jan Preston and bassist Neil Hannan, had decided not to return to the USA, and formed Wolfgang with drummer Steve Osborne. As a sideline to Red Mole obligations in New York, Preston and Hannan had formed an occasional band, the Shaky Islanders, but they were looking at a more permanent group in New Zealand. The fledgling band needed a guitarist. Enter Harry Lyon.

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The 1981 self-titled Coup D'Etat album
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Coup D'Etat - No Music On My Radio
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Harry Lyon and Neil Hannan with Coup D'Etat
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Coup D'Etat - Dr I Like Your Medicine
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Jan Preston and Harry Lyon with Coup D'Etat, 1981
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The artwork for Dr I Like Your Medicine
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Barry Linton's generic Coup D'Etat poster
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Coup D'Etat's second lineup, 1981: Neil Hannan, Harry Lyon and Paul Dunningham
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Coup D'Etat: Jan Preston, Harry Lyon, Paul Dunningham and Neil Hannan
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Coup D'Etat: Jan Preston, Paul Dunningham, Harry Lyon and Neil Hannan
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Coup D'Etat at Auckland University's Maidment Theatre, May 1980
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Jan Preston with Coup D'Etat
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Members:

Harry Lyon - guitar, vocals

Jan Preston - keyboards, vocals

Paul Dunningham - drums

Neil Hannan - bass

Stuart Pearce - keyboards

Steve Garden - drums

Steve Osborne - drums

Murray Hancox - keyboards

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