Doublehappys Profile

Andrew Schmidt
15 May 2013

“It was Revenge of the Nerds, a classic rock and roll story. Punk rock working class kids from Dunedin. It’s got to be real and represent who you are and where you’re from, and the Doublehappys were little shits from Dunedin.”

95bFM, the Auckland University student radio station, has caught former Doublehappy Shayne Carter on an honest day in 2012. Class was not something the 1980s indie music scene dwelt on. Socio-economic tensions and differences existed, but more often as personal rather than group motivation.

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The Doublehappys, 1984: L to R: Wayne Elsey, Shayne Carter, John Collie
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The 1984 Looney Tours poster
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Richard Langston's Garage 4, with Jeremy Freeman's photo of the Doublehappys on the cover, 1985
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Chris Knox-directed video for Doublehappys Needles and Plastic
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Doublehappys live at Oriental Tavern in Dunedin, 1984
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Cut It Out, 1985
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The poster for the 1984 Double B-Side EP
Photo credit: Graeme Hill collection
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Shayne Carter and Wayne Elsey in a Flying Nun publicity grouping
Photo credit: Photo by Terry Moore
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The Double B-Side EP, 1984
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Doublehappys - The Other's Way
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Doublehappys live at Oriental Tavern in Dunedin in 1984 playing Needles and Plastic
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Poster fot the 1985 EP Cut It Out
Photo credit: Design by John Collie
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Doublehappys live at Oriental Tavern in Dunedin in 1984 playing Big Fat Elvis
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The Doublehappys, Dowling Street, Dunedin, 1983
Photo credit: Photo by Kat Spears
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The Double B-Side EP, 1984
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On the Looney Tour - the late Johnny Pierce (Children's Hour), the late Wayne Elsey (Doublehappys), Dave Merritt (tour manager), Bevan Sweeney (Children's Hour), 1984
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Shayne Carter, John Collie, Wayne Elsey, 1984
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Labels:

Flying Nun

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Members:

Shayne Carter - guitar, vocals

John Collie - drums

Wayne Elsey - guitar, vocals

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Trivia:

John Collie is an accomplished artist whose painting was used on The Verlaines’ Bird-Dog album.

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