Car Crash Set Profile

Barney McDonald
11 Nov 2013

Pioneering New Zealand electronic pop band Car Crash Set doesn’t have a Wikipedia page. In fact, if you didn’t grow up listening to local music in the 1980s you could be forgiven for not having a clue who or what they were.

While guitar-based New Zealand rock and pop music from the era gets compiled, voted on and plundered for commercial purposes, Car Crash Set and mutant peers The Body Electric have almost disappeared without a trace.

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Ryan Monga, Zanzibar, Fort St. Auckland, New Years Eve 1983/4
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Dave Bulog
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Car Crash Set, Mix It Up, Mainstreet, October 1983
Photo credit: Nigel Russell collection
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David Bulog and Nigel Russell
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1983 party featuring Car Crash Set. At Auckland's Mainstreet to a capacity crowd, this was the band's debut live performance.
Photo credit: Nigel Russell collection
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Dave Bulog, Mix It Up, Mainstreet, October 1983
Photo credit: Nigel Russell collection
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Nigel Russell and Dave Bulog, 10 March, 1985 at the Auckland University Quad where they played with The Chills and The Able Tasmans
Photo credit: Photo by Dave Smith
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Nigel Russell, Mix It Up, Mainstreet, October 1983
Photo credit: Nigel Russell collection
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Dave Bulog and Nigel Russell, Mix It Up, Mainstreet, October 1983
Photo credit: Nigel Russell collection
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Trevor Reekie with Car Crash Set at Zanzibar, late 1983
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Car Crash Set
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RipItUp ad for the Two Songs EP, 1983
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Nigel Russell on the Car Crash Set video shoot for Breakdown
Photo credit: Mark Roach collection
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Trevor Reekie on the Car Crash Set Breakdown video shoot, 1984
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Breakdown
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Nigel Russell, Simon Mark-Brown, Dave Bulog, Mix It Up, Mainstreet, October 1983
Photo credit: Nigel Russell collection
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Another Day - demo
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Nigel Russell at Mix It Up, Mainstreet, October 1983
Photo credit: Nigel Russell collection
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Nigel Russell and David Bulog - Car Crash Set
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Toys
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Car Crash Set on the Breakdown video shoot - L to R: Nigel Russell, Sharon Tuapawa, David Bulog, Ryan Monga, Trevor Reekie, 1984
Photo credit: Nigel Russell collection
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Peter Urlich, Ryan Monga, Sharon Tuapawa, David Bulog, Zanzibar, New Years Eve 1983/4
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Car Crash Set album release party, 1984
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The 2008 German Car Crash Set vinyl only reissue
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No Accident video shoot, 1984. L to R: Dave Bulog, Simon Mark-Brown, Nigel Russell, Trevor Reekie, Ryan Monga
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Trevor Reekie, Sharon Tuapawa, Nigel Russell, Quays, Auckland, 1984
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Car Crash Set, Auckland University 1985 - L to R: Trevor Reekie, Nigel Russell, Pat Roxburgh, Dave Bulog
Photo credit: Photo by Dave Smith
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Nigel Russell at Zanzibar
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Fall From Grace (2015 video)
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No Accident
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Imagination
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1984 CCS bio from Reaction
Photo credit: Nigel Russell collection
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Nigel Russell
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Nigel Russell on the Breakdown video shoot
Photo credit: Nigel Russell collection
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Breakdown video shoot, 1984
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Car Crash Set, Auckland University Quad, 10 March, 1985. Trevor Reekie and Nigel Russell.
Photo credit: Photo by Dave Smith
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Car Crash Set: Simon Mark-Brown, Trevor Reekie, Ryan Monga, Nigel Russell, Dave Bulog, Radio With Pictures show, Quays, 1984
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Members:

Nigel Russell - vocals, synthesizer

Trevor Reekie - guitar

David Bulog - synthesizer

Ryan Monga - bass

Betty-Anne Monga - vocals

Rick Robertson - saxophone

Pat Roxburgh - bass

Bruce Aitken - trumpet

Sharon Tuapawa - vocals

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