Doug Hood Profile

Andrew Schmidt
6 Dec 2016

Doug Hood remembers almost to the hour, the time and place, he first met Chris Knox. It was two or three in the afternoon on Good Friday, 31 March 1972, in Dunedin’s North East Valley. He’d headed south that morning from Christchurch with a University of Canterbury mate in a just purchased car to visit his Te Kuiti High School friend, Trevor Sargent, who flatted with Knox in the southern city.

Hood’s first impression of Chris Knox, the future Toy Love front man, one half of Tall Dwarfs and respected solo performer has faded with time and circumstance, although 44 years later, sitting in the main bar of Auckland inner-city Grey Lynn Returned Services Club, he remembers Knox as being “a little wacky” that day.

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The Looney Tour, February 1984, with promoter Doug Hood, left, with hat
Photo credit: Photo by Terry Moore
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The 1984 Looney Tours poster
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Simon Grigg, Roger Shepherd and Doug Hood at the Apra Silver Scroll. Photograph taken at the Powerstation, Auckland, in the late 1980s by Murray Cammick
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Toy Love late 1979. Soundman Doug Hood is repairing something. Mike Dooley, Chris Knox, Doug Hood and Alec Bathgate
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The Clean, 1979, at Beneficiaries Hall, Dunedin. Doug Hood (vocals), David Kilgour (guitar), Peter Gutteridge (bass), Hamish Kilgour (drums).
Photo credit: Photo by Jeff Batts
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Toy Love in Sydney: Jane Walker (out of picture), Mike Dooley, Chris Moody and Doug Hood
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The Last Rumba, a live album released by Flying Nun in 1983, recorded by Doug Hood and Terry King
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Martin Phillipps and Doug Hood
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The Clean, 1979. Doug Hood on vocals
Photo credit: Photo by Jeff Batts
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Chris Knox filming The Clean during the 1981 Boodle Boodle Boodle shoot as Doug Hood watches
Photo credit: Photo by Carol Tippet
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Show Me To The Bellrope was This Sporting Life's only long player. It was recorded at The Lab by Doug Hood and released in November 1982. The sleeve was designed by The Herco Pilots' Chris Williams.
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Doug Hood, circa 1980
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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Chris Knox with the legendary TEAC. Doug Hood is in the mirror
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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Doug Hood, Mick Dawson and Chris Knox with The Enemy, probably at The Windsor Castle, Auckland, 1978
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A group shot from the February 1984, Doug Hood promoted, Looney Tours Flying Nun touring show, with The Chills, Children's Hour, The Expendables and the Doublehappys, with tour manager Dave Merritt.
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Unknown, Tim Mahon and Doug Hood backstage at Auckland's St. James, 2005
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
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Filming an unreleased Clean promo video for Happy Birthday John in Chris Knox and Doug Hood's backyard in Jessel Street, Grey Lynn, 1982.
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Doug Hood
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This Sporting Life's In Limbo EP, recorded by Doug Hood and Simon Shanahan at Progressive Studios in Auckland. Recorded in 1983, it was not released until early 1984.
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Doug Hood with Bird Nest Roys
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The South Tonight interviews Toy Love's Chris Knox as Doug Hood sets up the PA (1980)
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