Mammal Profile

Nick Bollinger
3 Aug 2013

The day Rick Bryant got his masters degree in English (honours, first-class), he also attended his first rehearsal with Mammal. Though a bright academic career beckoned, the dark lure of rock and roll proved stronger.

In the early 70s, Mammal were an important New Zealand band: original, ambitious and talented. The paucity of their recordings means their significance has sometimes been overlooked. At a time when New Zealand’s musical landscape was dominated by pop acts and covers bands, Mammal were pioneers of an uncompromising experimental rock.

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Mammal, 1972 (at Lucifer's Nightclub). Left to right: Rick Bryant, Bill Lake, Patrick Bleakley, Mike Fullerton, Tony Backhouse, Robert Taylor
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
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Rick Bryant, Mammal, 1973
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
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Mammal, 1973. Left to right: Tony Backhouse, Julie Needham, Kerry Jacobson, Mark Hornibrook, Robert Taylor, Rick Bryant
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
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Mammal, 1972. Left to right: Bill Lake, Mike Fullerton, Rick Bryant, Patrick Bleakley, Tony Backhouse, Robert Taylor
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
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Mammal, Auckland Town Hall, 1973
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
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Bill Lake, 1975, Patanga Crescent, Wellington. 
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
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Sam Hunt/Mammal - Beware The Man
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A poster for Mammal and Tamburlaine at Wellington club Lucifer's in 1972
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
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Mammal in the studio, 1973. Bill Lake, Patrick Bleakley, Rick Bryant
Photo credit: Phil Warren Collection
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Robert Taylor, 1974
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
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Mammal, 1974. Clockwise from left: Mark Hornibrook, Rick Bryant, Robert Taylor, Tony Backhouse, Kerry Jacobson, Julie Needham
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
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Mammal, 1973. Robert Taylor, Rick Bryant
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
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Mark Hornibrook, 1974
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
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Mammal, 1974. Left to right: Julie Needham, Mark Hornibrook, Kerry Jacobson, Rick Bryant, Robert Taylor, Tony Backhouse
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
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Mammal live at the 1973 Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival, coming on just after Black Sabbath
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
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Members:

Rick Bryant - vocals, tambourine

Tony Backhouse - piano, guitar

Bill Lake - guitar, mandolin

Robert Taylor - guitar

Julie Needham - violin, vocals

Steve Hemmens - bass

Mike Fullerton - drums

Patrick Bleakley - bass

Mark Hornibrook - bass

Kerry Jacobson - drums

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Red Rat Records