They did it with a quirky, fractured grind and freaked vocal on ‘Fascist Tango’, a song about police oppression on the New Zealand capital’s streets from their 1982 7-inch EP Yeah Mate.
The next cause down the chute after opposition to apartheid in 1981 was the no-nukes movement, which picked up pace from 1982 into 1983. The impending fear of annihilation and the resentment it brought is well evoked on the fluid, Fall-sounding ‘Ashtray’.
Also worth checking on the EP is a venomously tongue-in-cheek take on ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’. They had three live tracks on the 1983 live punk compilation Capital Kaos – ‘Do Th’ Jug’, ‘Residential Background’ and ‘Fascist Tango’.
Although short-lived, First Fifteen got down to Christchurch for shows at the DB Gladstone in August and September, 1983, had a spot at Ima Hitt’s New Year’s Eve New Plymouth show, and were among the impressive post-punk line-up at Punakaiki Festival near Greymouth in April, 1983. They also performed at Auckland’s Rumba Bar.
Drummer Jeff Miles died in 1987 and singer Tim Scott, who went on to form Freedom For Sheep, passed away in 2011.
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Scott McFarlane - bass
Jeff Miles - drums
Blaise Orsman - guitar
Tim Scott - vocals
World Ashtray Records