Instigators Profile

Andrew Schmidt
9 May 2013

The Instigators – Ed Geddes (vocals, sax), Sonya Waters (keyboards, vocals), Tarewai Wesley (bass), Eddie Olsen (drums) and Tom Rothsey (guitar) – were a hard touring Auckland ska/punk group, whose first single release 'Not Really Bad' arrived in 1981.

Their second single for Auckland indie Ripper Records added the fine staccato punk of ‘Hope She’s Alright’ to their legacy. The song can be found on the Propeller compilation Bigger Than Both Of Us.

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'Hope She's Alright' - Rob Mayes Collection
The Not The 1978 Tour lineup - The Instigators with Andrew Boak (No Tag), Eric Marsden (Androidss), Nick Hanson (Spelling Mistakes) and Yoh (Screaming Meemees), 1982
The Instigators first lineup: Tarewai Wesley, Sonya Waters, Ed Geddes and Eddie Olsen
Photo credit: Sonya Waters archive
The Instigators at Sweetwaters, 1982 on the Ariel Railway Stage
Photo credit: Photo by Gordon William Bartram
Sonya Waters
Photo credit: Photo by Bryan Staff
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The Instigators
1982 Canterbury University Orientation gig, with Desperate Measures, Instigators and Riot 111
'Hope She's Alright', 1982
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Don McGlashan produced The Instigators first single Not Really Bad for Ripper Records in 1981.

Sonya Waters released a solo EP No Pain through Ripper Records in 1983. She is a music teacher in Auckland and has played in Fang and White Swan Black Swan.

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Ed Geddes - sax, vocals

Sonya Waters - keyboards, vocals

Tarewai Wesley - bass

Eddie Olson - drums

Tom Rothsey - guitar

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