The Idle Idols Profile

Simon Grigg
6 Aug 2015

Standalone unique in a scene that bred unique, and certainly the most visually adventurous of all the second wave punk bands who gathered around Auckland's punk-central venue Zwines in 1978, The Idle Idols have a deserved place in the era’s folklore beyond their short life span and their early halting musical prowess.

Although they didn’t release a record, a live performance of their song ’Innocent Bitch’ was captured in June 1978 at a Wellington Town Hall show called New Wave Special 78 for an Eyewitness punk special, also featuring The Scavengers, Suburban Reptiles and Rooter (who would morph into The Terrorways), and it was featured on Radio With Pictures.

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The Idle Idols at Zwines: Leonie Batchelor, Paul Gibbs, Shona Bruce, Sandra Jones and Jamie Jetson
Photo credit: Photo by Fiona Clark
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Eyewitness punk special 1978 - featuring The Idle Idols (clip 2)
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Leonie Batchelor at Zwines
Photo credit: Photo by Fiona Clark
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Shona Bruce
Photo credit: Photo by Fiona Clark
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Shona Bruce and Sandra Jones
Photo credit: Photo by Jay Tidball
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Leonie Batchelor and Paul Gibbs at Zwines
Photo credit: Photo by Fiona Clark
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Jamie Jetson and Sandra Jones at Zwines
Photo credit: Photo by Fiona Clark
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Jamie Jetson
Photo credit: Photo by Jay Tidball
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Jamie Jetson
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Sandra Jones
Photo credit: Photo by Fiona Clark
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Jamie Jetson
Photo credit: Photo by Fiona Clark
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Paul Gibbs and Sandra Jones at Zwines
Photo credit: Photo by Fiona Clark
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Jamie Jetson at Zwines
Photo credit: Photo by Fiona Clark
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Paul Gibbs and Sandra Jones at Zwines
Photo credit: Photo by Jay Tidball
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Paul Gibbs and Shona Bruce
Photo credit: Photo by Jay Tidball
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Eyewitness punk special 1978 - featuring The Idle Idols (clip 1)
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Three members of The Idle Idols upstairs at Zwines watching another band. Paul Gibbs has his hand on the beam (next to his partner Fiona McLeod), Shona Bruce is talking to Kevin Grey (vocalist with The Masochists) and Leonie Batchelor has her back to the camera as she talks with her partner, Street Talk guitarist Mike Caen (obscured).
Photo credit: Photo by Fiona Clark
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The Idle Idols at Zwines
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Members:

Jamie Jetson - guitar

Leonie Batchelor - bass

Shona Bruce - drums

Sandra Jones - vocals

Paul Gibbs - vocals

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