Dead Flowers Profile

Gareth Shute
18 Apr 2017

Dead Flowers arrived amongst a slew of long-haired rock bands in the early 90s, but distinguished themselves with sharp playing and catchy melodies. Alongside Shihad and Head Like A Hole they became a flagship band for Wildside Records, with three albums that hit the Top 40.

Lead singer Bryan Bell first learnt piano at age seven. His mother was a music teacher who influenced him and his two brothers to take up music (the youngest, Michael, went on to play the organ at St Matthews for over 15 years and is a music teacher himself). At high school, his bass-playing friend, Simon Williams, encouraged Bell to get a guitar so they could form a band.

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Dead Flowers - You Drink the Water, I'll Drink the Wine (live)
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Dead Flowers, L to R: Darryn Paterson-Harkness, Bryan Bell, Rob Dollars, Damon Newton
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Bryan Bell
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Dead Flowers - I Don't See Anyone (live on ice TV)
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Murray Cammick (centre) with Dead Flowers' Bryan Bell and Damon Newton
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Dead Flowers - Home
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First line-up of Dead Flowers, L to R: Riqi Hadfield, Damon Newton, Bryan Bell, Rob Dollars, David James
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Dead Flowers - Lisa
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Riqi Hadfield, Bryan Bell, Dave James
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Dead Flowers, photographed for their third, self-titled album. L to R: Darryn Paterson-Harkness, Damon Newton, Bryan Bell, Rob Dollars
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Dead Flowers at the Powerstation, Auckland
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Dead Flowers, L to R: Damon Newton, Rob Dollars, Bryan Bell, Riqi Hadfield, David James
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Dead Flowers, L to R: Damon Newton, Riqi Hadfield, Rob Dollars, Bryan Bell, Aaron Carson
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Dead Flowers, clockwise from top left: Rob Dollars, Aaron Carson, Damon Newton, Bryan Bell
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Dead Flowers early promo pic
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Dead Flowers, L to R: Damon Newton, Rob Dollars, Bryan Bell, Riqi Hadfield, David James
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Dead Flowers in Sydney
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Dead Flowers - I Don't See Anyone
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Dead Flowers - Same Same
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Dead Flowers - Ain't It the Truth (live on Havoc, 1998)
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First line-up of Dead Flowers, L to R: Damon Newton, David James, Rob Dollars, Riqi Hadfield, Bryan Bell
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Dead Flowers - Plastic
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Dead Flowers - You Drink the Water, I'll Drink the Wine
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Dead Flowers - Be Someone (from Skin Of A Stone, 1993)
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Dead Flowers at an instore signing, Beatbox, Gisborne, with Leesa Tilley
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Dead Flowers - I Wanna Know (live on Ice TV, 1998)
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Dead Flowers, L to R: Rob Dollars, Bryan Bell, David James, Damon Newton, Riqi Hadfield
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Dead Flowers photographed for the back cover of their debut album, 1993's Skin Of A Stone. L to R: Rob Dollars, David James, Damon Newton, Bryan Bell, Riqi Hadfield
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Dead Flowers onstage
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Dead Flowers, onstage at the Powerstation, Auckland
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Trivia:

Bryan Bell has been playing in the Jordan Luck Band for far longer than he was in Dead Flowers and his period of working with Luck outstrips even The Exponents partnership of Luck and Brian Jones.

Tours with The Exponents often involved the bands trying to prank each other. One occasion, a fillet of fish was tapped inside Riqi Hadfield’s amp after a run of pre-Xmas gigs. The Dead Flowers didn’t pick it up from their practise room until Boxing Day, by which time all their gear stank and they had to suffer a very stinky trip to Tauranga for the next show.

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Members:

Bryan Bell - vocals, guitar

Damon Newton - guitar

Riqi Hadfield - guitar

Rob Dollars - drums

Aaron Carson - bass

Darryn Paterson-Harkness - bass

Rich Mixture - bass

David James - bass