The Androidss Profile

Andrew Schmidt
21 Apr 2013

The Androidss were a hard-living South Island group drawn north in 1980 by the active Auckland punk and post-punk scene.

They could be found dispensing a full force, left-field sound at all-ages clubs Squeeze and XS Cafe, Liberty Stage, Reverb Room, Mainstreet and The Rumba Bar in Victoria Street East.

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The crowd at an an Androidss gig at XS Cafe, 1980
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Toy Love and The Androidss at Christchurch's Hillsborough, October 1979
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Mark Wilson, pre-The Androidss, with The Basket Cases at The Gresham, circa 1978/9
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Steve and Eric Marsden with roadie Greg Carroll, later U2's guitar-tech, 1981
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The Androidss - Getting Jumpy, 1981
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Eric and Steve Marsden with Ripper Records' Bryan Staff
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Getting Jumpy - Live at the 2008 reunion, Kings Arms Auckland
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The Andoidss at Christchurch's Gladstone Hotel, 1980/81
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The Androidss gigging at XS Cafe, 1980
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The Andoidss at Christchurch's Gladstone Hotel, 1980/81
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The Androidss in the doorway at the RipItUp offices in Darby Street, Auckland, early 1981
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The Androidss - Getting Jumpy b/w Auckland Tonight, Ripper 1981
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The Androidss - Auckland Tonight, Ripper 1981
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The Androidss - Auckland Tonight, 1981
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The Passenger - Live at the 2008 reunion, Kings Arms Auckland
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Plasticine Babies - Live at the 2008 reunion, Kings Arms Auckland
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Androidss, Newtones, Playthings, Ritchie Venus @ The Gladstone
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The Andoidss at Christchurch's Gladstone Hotel, 1980/81
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The Andoidss at Christchurch's Gladstone Hotel, 1980/81
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Auckland Tonight
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Trivia:

Formed as Lincoln Road Loonies.

Named after Phillip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

Auckland Tonight was retitled Christchurch Tonight for hometown shows.

Eric and Steve Marsden were twins. Steve died in 2009 and Eric in 2011.

Iggy Pop watched The Androidss at the seedy British Hotel in port town Lyttleton one night – they played him their famous extended version of The Passenger as Pop sat to the side of the stage.

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Members:

Steve Marsden - guitar, vocals

Eric Marsden - drums

Mark Spence - keyboards

Neil Spence - guitar

Frankie Steentjes - bass

Mark Wilson - guitar

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