Penknife Glides Profile

aka Hula Palaver
Murray Cammick
1 Apr 2015

In 1980 there was a vibrant local music scene nationwide. Penknife Glides were one of the new Auckland bands to quickly rise to prominence, from the practice room in June to the main stage of the Sweetwaters Festival in January 1981 and opening for The Police in February 1981.

Many music journalists loved their mod style and they recorded a single and two EPs before heading for London July 1982, leaving the local scene as quickly as they arrived.

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Penknife Glides - Taking The Weight Off (2009 version)
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Reaction Records acts Penknife Glides and Danse Macabre on the upper North Island Positive Reaction tour, November/December 1981
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Penknife Glides, 1980
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Jules Moloney 
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Steven Gravelle
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Cliff "Skeats" Gravelle
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Penknife Glides at Westhaven, Auckland: Steven Gravelle, Stefan Morris, Cliff "Skeats" Gravelle and Jules Moloney
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Penknife Glides at the Mt. Eden War Memorial Hall, August 1981
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An advert for the Nervous EP's launch party at Auckland's Mainstreet, August 1981
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Penknife Glides - My Life (2009)
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Penknife Glides - Sound of Drums (1982)
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Stefan Morris
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Penknife Glides visit The Primmers' You're Gonna get Done (live at Kings Arms, May 2013)
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An advert for the second Penknife Glides EP, Nervous, released by Reaction in August 1981
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Penknife Glides: Stefan Morris, Cliff Gravelle, Jules Moloney and Steven Gravelle
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Penknife Glides - Nervous (1981)
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Penknife Glides at The Reverb Room in Auckland's Symonds Street, November 1980 with the newly formed Blam Blam Blam
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Penknife Glides at XS Café, November 1980
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Penknife Glides 1980: Cliff Gravelle, Stefan Morris, Jules Moloney and Steven Gravelle
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Penknife Glides 1981: Jules Moloney, Cliff "Skeats" Gravelle, Steven Gravelle and Stefan Morris
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Steven Gravelle
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Penknife Glides open The Reverb Room, Labour Weekend 1980
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The 2010 Penknife Glides album A Stab In The Dark contained reworkings of three of their released songs and seven tracks that had not been previously released
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Young mods around town, 1980: Steven Gravelle, Stefan Morris, Cliff Gravelle and Jules Moloney
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$1 for Penknife Glides and friends at Auckland's Logan Campbell Centre, June 7, 1981
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RipItUp, November 1981, with label mates Danse Macabre and Penknife Glides on the cover. The two bands were about to head off on the Positive Reaction tour.
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Penknife Glides' first gigs at XS Café, September 1980
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Penknife Glides 1980 – Steven Gravelle, Cliff Gravelle, Stefan Morris and Jules Moloney
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Members:

Cliff Gravelle - guitar, vocals

Steven Gravelle - vocals

Jules Moloney - bass

Stefan Morris - drums

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Trivia:

Song idea one: Penknife Glides shared their Nikau Street practice room with The Newmatics and a plague of rats. ‘City Rats’ is also about the police attending too many gigs – a reality at time.

Song idea two: When a fellow Nikau Street resident was asked how he killed time while in Mt Eden Prison, he replied, “Oh, I just took the weight off man.”

Song idea three: There was nothing new about the Anzac Avenue’s ‘New Station Hotel’ but the Harbour Lights Lounge was a great gig for Penknife Glides and elusive regular dancers inspired this song.

Song idea four: ‘It’s Too Late Now’ is the sibling song to ‘Taking The Weight Off’ and is inspired by Elvis Costello’s ‘Watching The Detectives’ and the dub reggae desires of drummer Stefan Morris.

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