Andy Anderson Profile

aka Neville Anderson, Andy James
Andrew Schmidt
5 Dec 2014

In his book Hippie Hippie Shake, Richard Neville, the editor of underground magazine Oz, recalls his 1966 send-off at Sydney Airport. Neville was heading for India and London, and his rowdy rabble took over a VIP lounge, partying to the sound of The Missing Links’ ‘I’ve Got My Mojo Working’.

Performing that version of ‘Mojo’ was 17-year-old New Zealand born vocalist Andy Anderson – a state house kid from Naenae in the Hutt Valley known to Australian audiences as Andy James. What was he doing in the hard world of inner city Sydney, fronting one of Australia's most notorious and best-remembered bands of the 1960s?

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The Missing Links, circa 1966, with Andy Anderson rear left
Andy Anderson on TVNZ's Dixie Chicken show in 1987
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
Running Jumping Standing Still - Diddy Wah Diddy
The Missing Links' 1966 Philips EP Unchained, with Andy Anderson at the top
Andy Anderson when he was with Running Jumping Standing Still
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
Running Jumping Standing Still - Diddy Wah Diddy on The Go!! Show (August 5, 1966)
Andy Anderson on country music TV show Dixie Chicken (Episode 5, 1987)
South Sound 72, a festival held in Gore with Arkastra, Third Chapter and others, December 1972.
Photo credit: Peter Blake collection
Andy Anderson with The Missing Links, Sydney, 1965
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
Mother Superior bans Mother Superior
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
The Corvairs in Wellington in 1964: Dave Leith, Andy Anderson, Gerry Loesch, Dale Wrightson and Alex Neill 
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
Arkastra, Blerta, Olibet, and Mammal perform at the closing gigs of Lucifer's, Wellington, February 1973, after a double-bill by Blerta and Mammal at the Union Hall, Victoria University (later known as the Hunter Lounge venue).
Photo credit: Peter Blake collection
Andy Anderson with Andy James Asylum circa 1968
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
Arkastra in the All Star Summer Rock Concert at Wellington's Opera House, alongside Corben Simpson, Desna Sisarich, Mammal, Tamburlaine and Sharon O'Neill, 1 October 1972. 
Photo credit: Peter Blake collection
Andy Anderson on Getting Old
Andy Anderson with The Missing Links, Beach House, Sydney, 1965
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
Andy Anderson, 2014
Andy James Asylum at Catcher, Melbourne, 1967-68
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
Arkastra: Peter Blake, Denys Mason, Harry Leki, Andy Anderson, Tom Swainson and Paul Read, performing at the Opera House, Wellington, 1 October 1972
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
A review of Arkastra and others including Sam Hunt, Tamburlaine, Desna Sisarich, Corben Simpson, and Sharon O'Neill performing in the All-Star Summer Rock Concert at the State Opera House, Wellington, 1 October 1972.
Photo credit: Peter Blake collection
Running Jumping Standing Still, 1966/67
Andy Anderson, Midge Marsden and Beaver (and band) at Nambassa, 1978
Photo credit: Peter Terry collection
Andy James Asylum, 1967
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
Paul Reid, Harry Leki and Andy Anderson with Arkastra
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
Arkastra, about to play the South Sound 72 festival in Gore, December 1972. Note the posters for the Ngaruawahia rock festival to be held a month later. 
Photo credit: Peter Blake collection
Andy Anderson on country music TV show Dixie Chicken (Episode 2, 1987)
The Missing Links: Doug Ford, Frank Kennington, John Jones, Chris Gray, Ray Hoff, Andy Anderson
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
Running Jumping Standing Still: Andy Anderson, Ian Robinson, Rick Dalton and Doug Ford
Andy Anderson (second from right) with Running Jumping Standing Still
Andy Anderson's 3 Minute acting demo reel
The Missing Links - You're Driving Me Insane
The Missing Links, 1966, with Andy Anderson second from right
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
Andy Anderson on country music TV show Dixie Chicken (Episode 3, 1987)
Andy Anderson, on Grunt Machine in 1975, interviewing Hiram W. Violent
The Missing Links' only album, released by Philips in December 1965
Andy Anderson (left) in Centennial Park, Sydney, 1969. The name of the other player is unknown.
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
Arkastra: Harry Leki, Tom Swainson and Andy Anderson
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
The Missing Links - Wild About You (1965), later covered by The Saints
Mammal / Arkastra poster for a gig at Victoria University, Wellington, December 1972
Photo credit: Peter Blake collection
Andy Anderson, Bobbi Marchini and Bernie McGann at Sydney's Cheetah Room with Southern Comfort circa 1970
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
Andy James circa 1968
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Arkastra at Lucifer's, Wellington, c. 1972
Photo credit: Peter Blake collection
Running Jumping Standing Still at Melbourne's Thumpin Tum, 1966
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
Arkastra in Wellington behind Lucifers nightclub, just off Manners Street, c. 1972. From left: Harry Leki, Andy Anderson, Tom Swainson, Peter Blake, Paul Reid and Denys Mason.
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
Andy Anderson in Sydney's Centenial Park with Lindsey Farr on flute, 1969
The Action at Sydney's Hawaiian Eye in 1969, with Evan Silva in front and Andy Anderson on drums
The Andy James Asylum, 1968
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
Andy Anderson with The Missing Links, Sydney, 1965. (Left to right) John Jones, Ian Thomas, Doug Ford, Chris Grey, Baden Hutchins, and Andy.
Mother Superior in Melbourne in 1968/69. Andy Anderson is second from right.
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
Andy Anderson, centre, with The Great Men, Melbourne, 1968
Photo credit: Andy Anderson collection
Labels:

Philips


Parlophone


Sunshine Records

Trivia:

Andy Anderson's TV career includes roles on both sides of the Tasman, first as presenter on the Grunt Machine in the 1970s, and in dramas Radio Waves, Gloss, The Sullivans, Packed To the Rafters, Marlin Bay, Alex Proyas' Garage Days, Shortland Street - and in Supergroove bassist Joe Lonie's short film Honk If You're Horny.

In 1982 Anderson won a Logie award for his role as Jim Sullivan in The Sullivans. In 2000 he won an AFI award for Best performance by an actor in a tele-feature or mini-series, for Halifax f.p.