The Stones Profile

Andrew Schmidt
5 Dec 2013

Dunedin’s The Stones were masters of the telling one-liner. “We want to be God,” guitarist Wayne Elsey told the indie masses at Punakaiki festival near Greymouth in April 1983, before chopping out a stunning version of ‘Fad World’, crammed with guitar improvisation.

Elsey was mocking southern piety and punk’s egalitarianism, while slyly (and knowingly) referencing John Lennon’s controversial comparison of The Beatles’ popularity with that of Jesus Christ.

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The Stones - Jeff Batts, Graeme Anderson, Wayne Elsey
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Wayne Elsey, Graeme Anderson, Jeff Batts
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May 1982
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The Stones, 1981
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The Stones - Wayne Elsey, Jeff Batts, Graeme Anderson
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A generic Stones poster, year unknown
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Jeff Batts at a 3ZM spnsored concert
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The Verlaines, The Stones and The Clean. This was The Verlaines first gig as a three piece, 1981. They only played three songs before it was shut down
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Shirtless in Dunedin in 1982 - Jeff Batts, Graeme Anderson and Wayne Elsey
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The Stones at The Dunedin Music Centre, 19 February 1983, with Chant and Gamaunche
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Graeme Anderson, Jeff Batts and Wayne Elsey
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Graeme Anderson, Jeff Batts
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The Stones at New Plymouth's Bowl of Brooklands, January 2 1983
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Back: Jeff Batts and Wayne Elsey. Front: Graeme Anderson
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The Stones outside The Gladstone, 1982
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The Chills and The Stones near The Gladstone, 1982
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Wayne Elsey
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Wayne Elsey and Graeme Anderson
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The Stones at The Empire Tavern, 1981
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Handdrawn Stones poster
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Labels:

Flying Nun


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Yellow Eye

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Members:

Wayne Elsey - guitar, vocals

Jeff Batts - bass, vocals

Graeme Anderson - drums, vocals

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Trivia:

Wayne Elsey found the same dynamic as The Stones – sarcy guitar offsider and say-little drummer – in Doublehappys, his next trio with fellow Brockville boys Shayne Carter and John Collie – who released two records before Elsey’s untimely death in 1985.

Jeff Batts was in The Pterodactyls, the Auckland-based indie group who released a one-sided EP on Palmerston North’s Meltdown Records that featured his Stones-ish ‘Born Again’.

Graeme Anderson was spotted in The Adult Mayflies, supporting Straitjacket Fits in Hamilton’s Hillcrest tavern in October 1987.

Alastair Galbraith wrote ‘Starless Road’ as an elegy for the dead Stone and released it on The Rip’s second EP, Stormed Port. He considered his friend Wayne Elsey again in a memoir for Landfall 221 in May 2011 called simply Stones.

Bruce Russell plans to release a live collection of The Stones alongside studio-captured material.

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Wayne Elsey, Jeff Batts and Graeme Anderson