Doug Hood Profile

Andrew Schmidt
6 Dec 2016

Doug Hood remembers almost to the hour, the time and place, he first met Chris Knox. It was two or three in the afternoon on Good Friday, 31 March 1972, in Dunedin’s North East Valley. He’d headed south that morning from Christchurch with a University of Canterbury mate in a just purchased car to visit his Te Kuiti High School friend, Trevor Sargent, who flatted with Knox in the southern city.

Hood’s first impression of Chris Knox, the future Toy Love front man, one half of Tall Dwarfs and respected solo performer has faded with time and circumstance, although 44 years later, sitting in the main bar of Auckland inner-city Grey Lynn Returned Services Club, he remembers Knox as being “a little wacky” that day.

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Doug Hood
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The Last Rumba, a live album released by Flying Nun in 1983, recorded by Doug Hood and Terry King
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Doug Hood with Bird Nest Roys
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The Clean, 1979, at Beneficiaries Hall, Dunedin. Doug Hood (vocals), David Kilgour (guitar), Peter Gutteridge (bass), Hamish Kilgour (drums).
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Unknown, Tim Mahon and Doug Hood backstage at Auckland's St. James, 2005
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A group shot from the February 1984, Doug Hood promoted, Looney Tours Flying Nun touring show, with The Chills, Children's Hour, The Expendables and the Doublehappys, with tour manager Dave Merritt.
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Doug Hood, Mick Dawson and Chris Knox with The Enemy, probably at The Windsor Castle, Auckland, 1978
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Show Me To The Bellrope was This Sporting Life's only long player. It was recorded at The Lab by Doug Hood and released in November 1982. The sleeve was designed by The Herco Pilots' Chris Williams.
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Chris Knox filming The Clean during the 1981 Boodle Boodle Boodle shoot as Doug Hood watches
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The Clean, 1979. Doug Hood on vocals
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The 1984 Looney Tours poster
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This Sporting Life's In Limbo EP, recorded by Doug Hood and Simon Shanahan at Progressive Studios in Auckland. Recorded in 1983, it was not released until early 1984.
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Simon Grigg, Roger Shepherd and Doug Hood, 1988
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Toy Love in Sydney: Jane Walker (out of picture), Mike Dooley, Chris Moody and Doug Hood
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Toy Love late 1979. Soundman Doug Hood is repairing something. Mike Dooley, Chris Knox, Doug Hood and Alec Bathgate
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Filming an unreleased Clean promo video for Happy Birthday John in Chris Knox and Doug Hood's backyard in Jessel Street, Grey Lynn, 1982.
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Chris Knox with the legendary TEAC. Doug Hood is in the mirror
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The Looney Tour, February 1984, with promoter Doug Hood, left, with hat
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