Bored Games Profile

Published: 10 May 2013
Updated: 7 May 2019

A punky footnote in New Zealand’s alt-rock timeline, Bored Games was the high school band of Shayne Carter, who would go on to stamp his mark with Straitjacket Fits and Dimmer.

While attending Kaikorai Valley High School in Dunedin, Shayne Carter formed Bored Games with Wayne Elsey, Fraser Batts, Jonathan Moore and Jeff Harford.

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A very young Bored Games at Kaikorai Valley High School Dance in 1979, with Shayne Carter on his knees beside Wayne Elsey.
Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Jeff Harford
Happy Endings (1982)
Watching Bored Games at Queen's Gardens, 1981.
Photo credit: Kat Spears
Bored Games promo poster, 1982
Shayne Carter performs Joe 90 solo (Live @ Bodega 06/05/11)
Bored Games, Dunedin, 1981. From left: Jonathan Moore, Terry Moore, Fraser Batts, Shayne Carter and Jeff Harford
Photo credit: Lesley Paris
Bridesmaid (1982)
Bored Games at Queen's Gardens, 1981.
Photo credit: Kat Spears
Bored Games second gig, with Toy Love, The Androidss, and The Terls at the Concert Chamber, Dunedin 1979
Photo credit: Design by Chris Knox
Who Killed Colonel Mustard, the 1982 Bored Games 12" EP, featured the classic Joe 90

Shayne Carter - vocals

Wayne Elsey - bass

Fraser Batts - guitar

Jonathan Moore - guitar

Jeff Harford - drums

Terry Moore - guitar


Terry Moore and Fraser Batts later became members of The Chills.

Wayne Elsey subsequently formed The Stones, and then reunited with Carter in The DoubleHappys, but was tragically killed in a train accident while on tour in 1985.


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