This Sporting Life Profile

aka Alms For Children
Andrew Schmidt
17 Jun 2015

This Sporting Life was a souped up extension of Alms For Children, Auckland city boys with a cut down amped up sound who left their mark with a landmark indie single and minor chart hit on the truly independent REM Records in August 1981.

Paul Fogarty (guitar), Ben Hayman (bass), Daron Johns (drums) and Gary “Rodent” Charlton (vocals) had been at the innovative edge of the early 1980s New Zealand indie boom for nearly two years by then.

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Gary Charlton and soundman Simon Shanahan, Christchurch, before The Fall support
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This Sporting Life as band of the week at the Rumba Bar in Auckland, 1982
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Paul Fogarty, Gary Rodent and Ben Hayman
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This Sporting Life with Peter Jefferies, Army Hall, New Plymouth, New Years Eve, 1982/3
Photo credit: Photo by Glen Tucker
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This Sporting Life: Paul Fogarty, Gary 'Rodent' Charlton, Daron Johns and Ben Hayman
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The Herco Pilots and Alms For Children at a Rem Records gig, the Rumba Bar, 18 July 1981
Photo credit: Graeme Hill collection
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The Clean and This Sporting Life support The Fall in Christchurch
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This Sporting Life's In Limbo EP, recorded by Doug Hood and Simon Shanahan at Progressive Studios in Auckland. Recorded in 1983, it was not released until early 1984.
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The RipItUp advert for Alms For Children's 1981 Alms Not Arms EP
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Paul Fogerty, Gary 'Rodent' Charlton and Ben Hayman (with Daron Johns hidden)
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Show Me To The Bellrope was This Sporting Life's only long player. It was recorded at The Lab by Doug Hood and released in November 1982. The sleeve was designed by The Herco Pilots' Chris Williams.
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A May 1981 poster for so called "North Shore Invasion" bands in Kohimarama, Auckland, with The Screaming Meemees, Blam Blam Blam, Alms For Children and The Ainsworths
Photo credit: Simon Grigg Collection
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Paul Fogarty, Daron Johns, Gary 'Rodent' Charlton and Ben Hayman
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The Flying Nun advert for the 1982 Show Me To The Bellrope album, drawn by Chris Knox
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This Sporting Life setting up at the Bowl Of Brooklands, New Plymouth, 2 January 1983
Photo credit: Photo by Glen Tucker
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This Sporting Life with Peter Jefferies, Army Hall, New Plymouth, New Years Eve, 1982/3
Photo credit: Photo by Glen Tucker
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The Alms For Children business card
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Smelly Feet and Alms For Children at the Auckland University Cafe, September 1981
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The Alms For Children EP Alms Not Arms, released on Harry Russell's Rem Records label in 1981
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This Sporting Life, Bowl of Brooklands New Plymouth, 2 January 1983
Photo credit: Photo by Glen Tucker
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This Sporting Life and Flak at Auckland's Rumba Bar
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This Sporting Life: Paul Fogarty, Daron Johns, Gary 'Rodent' Charlton and Ben Hayman
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Daron Johns with This Sporting Life in New Plymouth, 2 January 1983
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This Sporting Life - Total Loss (from 1981's Show Me To the Bellrope)
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Alms For Children and friends, 1981
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This Sporting Life - Point To Point (live at the Rumba bar, Auckland, 1982)
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Members:

Paul Fogarty - guitar

Ben Hayman - bass

Daron Johns - drums

Gary Charlton - vocals

Phil Jackson - drums

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