Naked Spots Dance Profile

Andrew Schmidt
21 May 2013

Stephen Norris (guitar, vocals) and Kate Walker (bass) were the heart of Naked Spots Dance, the longest surviving group of the early 1980s Terrace Scene.

Through two fascinating EPs (Certain Ways, New), a 1983 album called Falling, and nearly four years as performers, the Wellington post-punk act accumulated a substantial body of challenging, but not inaccessible work.

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1982 - Matthew Fisher, Stephen Norris, Kate Walker
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Naked Spots Dance just prior to their support gig for The Fall in Wellington, 1982
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Naked Spots Dance, Riot 111 and The Spines, year unknown but likely 1982
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Naked Spots Dance - Kate Walker, Matthew Fisher, Stephen Norris
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Naked Spots Dance as they appeared in the 1980 RipItUp feature on new Wellington bands. L to r: Katherine McRae, Matthew Fisher, Kate Walker, Stephen Norris
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New, 1982
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Naked Spots Dance just prior to their support gig for The Fall in Wellington, 1982
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Sausage Records

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Members:

Stephen Norris - guitar, vocals

Kate Walker - bass

Phil Harfield

Matthew Fisher - drums

Katherine McRae - vocals

Fran Walsh - vocals

Jennifer Ward-Lealand - vocals

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Trivia:

Stephen told In Touch magazine in 1982 that he liked Pere Ubu, Henry Cow, Robert Wyatt and Michael Jackson.

Fran Walsh would later marry Peter Jackson, and has won three Oscars, out of a total of seven nominations for her work.