Chants R&B Profile

Andrew Schmidt
12 May 2013

Tension prickled through the crowd. The Pretty Things – Britain’s R&B punks, who have already scandalised timid middle New Zealand with their unkempt appearance and fuck you demeanour, were now due in Christchurch.

Keenly awaiting the band and some more outrageous behaviour, no doubt, were TV camera crews, press and fans.

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The Chants at the Stage Door - Martin Forrer, Mike Rudd, Jim Tomlin
I'm Your Witchdoctor - live in 2007
The Christchurch reunion poster
Rumble & Bang Trailer
Mike Rudd, 1966
The Chants win the 1964 Christchurch Battle Of The Bands at Addington Showgrounds - Trevor Courtney, Mike Rudd, Jim Tomlin and Pete Hanson
Mike Rudd interviewed by Jeff Smith
Mike Rudd
Photo credit: Jeff Smith collection
The Chants at The Stage Door
I'm Your Witchdoctor
Trevor Courtney interviewed by Jeff Smith
Jim Tomlin interviewed by Jeff Smith
Pete Hanson, Mike Rudd, Jim Tomlin, Trevor Courtney
Photo credit: Photo by Warren Sellers
The original lineup of The Chants - Compton Tothill, Trevor Courtney, Mike Rudd, Jim Tomlin and Stan Major
David Farrier interviews Chants R&B: Reunited in 2007
Chants R&B in an Action Records publicity shot
Photo credit: Jeff Smith collection
1965: Trevor Courtney, Jim Tomlin, Martin Forrer, Mike Rudd

Mike Rudd - rhythm guitar, vocals, harmonica

Trevor Courtney - drums, vocals

Pete Hanson - bass

Jim Tomlin - lead guitar

Neil Young - bass

Martin Forrer - bass

Max Kelly - guitar

Tim Piper - guitar

Stan Major - saxophone

Compton Tothill - bass

One Two Brown Eyes

Rumble and Bang, a Chants R&B documentary produced by Jeff Smith and Simon Ogston, featured at film festivals in 2011.

Chants R&B reunited for New Zealand shows in 2007 and 2010.

Jim Tomlin was head of Otago Polytech’s art department before retiring. In recent years, he has played jazz at Dunedin’s casino.

Mike Rudd had a No.1 Australian hit with the spacey harmonica-led I’ll Be Gone in 1971, with his underground progressive rock group Spectrum. He continues to play and record in Melbourne.