Straitjacket Fits were certainly one out of the box, a lightning-in-a-bottle rock band that turned the Dunedin Sound jangle on its ear. Evolving into one of the leading lights of Flying Nun in the late 1980s and early 1990s, they signed to major US label Arista Records, a move that promised to take them into the stratosphere of indie rock-dom, but didn’t – a move that in hindsight jarred with the band’s aesthetic. Straitjacket Fits are still beloved in New Zealand, with founding member, songwriter, and vocalist Shayne Carter considered an alternative rock deity and figurehead to this day.
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Andrew Brough - vocals, guitar
John Collie - drums
David Wood - bass
Mark Petersen - guitar, vocals
Straitjacket Fits were inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
NZ-born, Australian-raised film director Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly) helmed four music videos for Straitjacket Fits - Down In Splendour, Done, Cat Inna Can and If I Were You.
The video for the Andrew Brough/ Bike single ‘Welcome To My World’ features Shayne Carter as a policeman.
After several years in Auckland garage band Shaft, Mark Petersen became the long-serving live sound engineer at the Kings Arms venue in Auckland. He remains a local guitar god in psychedelic rock trio Seeds of Orbit.
The footage of Straitjacket Fits on the back of a truck in the clip for She Speeds was filmed inside the Lyttelton Tunnel.