While attending Kaikorai Valley High School in Dunedin, Shayne Carter formed Bored Games with Wayne Elsey, Fraser Batts, Jonathan Moore and Jeff Harford.
Debuting at the school talent quest in 1979, the group subsequently played support to Toy Love, a group that (along with Chris Knox’s previous group The Enemy) proved to be a prime influence on the fledgling Carter.
When Wayne Elsey defected to The Stones in 1981, Terry Moore joined briefly before defecting with Fraser Batts to The Chills later that year. A year later, this line-up posthumously recorded Bored Games’ one 12-inch EP, Who Killed Colonel Mustard, with $200 provided by the nascent Flying Nun label. Featuring the deliriously catchy ‘Happy Endings’ and the classic punk thrash of ‘Joe 90’, it’s a minor gem.
Who Killed Colonel Mustard was reissued by Flying Nun for Record Store Day in April 2014.
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.