Jay Clarkson Profile

aka They Were Expendable, The Expendables, Breathing Cage
Andrew Schmidt
20 May 2013

Jay Clarkson sits uncomfortably in the South Island indie continuum. She didn’t play the folk pop card, thump the garage rock drum or end up shaping sound or free noise. Her path was a determined and singular one.

A prolific songwriter who time and time again found the players to bring her music out in bands They Were Expendable, The Expendables, Breathing Cage, The Matches and solo, Clarkson’s songs are still revealing their worth over 30 years on. 

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The Playthings at Christchurch's Gladstone Hotel, 1980
Photo credit: Photo by Gordon Bartram
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They Were Expendable - Big Strain (1983) Rob Mayes Collection
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The Playthings with Paul Kean, Christchurch University 1982
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Breathing Cage - Gary Sullivan, Jay Clarkson, Greg Malcolm-Boelee, Michael Kime
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Playthings - Coloured (1981)
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Jay Clarkson - Boy With The Sad Hands (1987) Bob Sutton Collection
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David Mitchell poster for The Chills, Expendables, Exploding Budgies at Mainstreet, Auckland 1984
Photo credit: Mike Corless Collection. Design: David Mitchell
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The Expendables - Michael Kime, Jay Clarkson, Robert Key
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The Expendables - Liberal Cad
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Jay Clarkson
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Breathing Cage
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They Were Expendable - Big Strain, 1983
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The Playthings at Christchurch's Gladstone Hotel, 1980, playing with The Gordons, hence the shared drumkit
Photo credit: Photo by Gordon Bartram
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Arch Hill Recordings

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Members:

Nick Strong - guitar, bass

Robert Key - drums

Chris Matthews - drums

Graeme Jefferies - guitar

Gary Sullivan - drums

Michael Kime - bass

Greg Malcolm - guitar

Johannes Contag - bass, vocals

Justin Barr - bass

Janine Saundercock - vocals

Dave Toland - drums

Nick Carter - guitar

Donna Sheene - vocals, percussion

Russell Hoffman - keyboards

Jay Clarkson - vocals

Jay Clarkson - guitar, bass