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