Diatribe Profile

Peter McLennan
15 May 2013

An Auckland band from the early 1980s, Diatribe's only release was on Warrior Records, the same label as Herbs, run by Auckland promoter Hugh Lynn from his Mascot Recording Studio in Eden Terrace.

Diatribe member Ross France wrote ‘Azania (Soon Come)’ for Herbs from their classic 1981 Whats’ Be Happen? EP (he's also listed as singing backing vocals on it), and John Berkley, another Diatribe member, played in an early version of Herbs on bass.

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Merata Mita and Diatribe - Treaty Song (from Patu!)
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Book of Bifim reviews the Sweet Soul Music show, 9-10 May 1986 at the Galaxy, Mt Eden Rd, Auckland. Pictured are Rafer Rautjoki and Fiona McDonald from Seven Deadly Sins, which evolved from Diatribe.
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The 1984 Jayrem compilation Songs From Banana Dominion included Diatribe's Dangerous Game.
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Diatribe, with Greg Johnson in the top centre and Fiona McDonald at the top left. Taken at the old Auckland railway yards, 1986.
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Diatribe - Too Lazy EP, 1983
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The 1984 Jayrem compilation Songs From Banana Dominion included Diatribe's Dangerous Game.
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Dangerous Game
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Back cover of Diatribe's 1983 EP Too Lazy.
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Diatribe - Side B of the Too Lazy EP features Dangerous Game, penned by Rafer Rautjoki and later covered by Jules Issa.
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Merata Mita and Diatribe - Treaty Song.
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Diatribe, 1983
Photo credit: Simon Grigg Collection
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Sweet Soul Music, 9-10 May 1986 - two nights of live music promoted by Montage Studios and bFM at the Galaxy in Mt Eden Rd, Auckland before the venue became the Powerstation. The line-up included Seven Deadly Sins, which evolved from Diatribe.
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Herbs - Azania (Soon Come), 1981, written by Ross France (from Merata Mita's Patu!)
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Members:

John Berkley - bass, backing vocals, percussion

Chris Whyte - drums, percussion

Peter Kirkbride - guitar, vocals, percussion

Ross France - saxophone, organ, percussion, backing vocals

Rafer Rautjoki - saxophone, vibes, percussion

Greg Johnson - trumpet, vocals, keyboards

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Warrior

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