Headless Chickens Profile

aka International Headless Chickens
Russell Brown
16 Apr 2013

From the radical edge to the top of the singles chart: Few bands here or anywhere have quite the span of the Headless Chickens.

Their story begins in Auckland in 1983, when Johnny Pierce (bass), Grant Fell (guitar) and Bevan Sweeney (drums) hooked up with a Westie kid called Chris Matthews (vocals, guitar) to form the dark, roaring Children's Hour.

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1993 - back: Bevan Sweeney, Chris Matthews, Grant Fell. Front: Michael Lawry, Fiona McDonald
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1990 - Michael Lawry, Grant Fell, Chris Matthews, Rupert E Taylor, Anthony Nevison, Bevan Sweeny
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Chris Matthews
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The cover for the Headless Chickens' 1988 Stunt Clown album, designed from a model made by Jacqueline Dwyer
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Headless Chickens, 22 September 1995
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Rheineck Rock Awards press release
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Headless Chickens with Salmonella Dub and Projector Mix at the University Of Canterbury, 1993
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Headless Chickens - Juice (1994)
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Headless Chickens Australian reunion shows, December 2008
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Headless Chickens recording Stunt Clown at Mandrill Studios, Parnell, Auckland, early 1988: Chris Matthews, Michael Lawry, producer Rex Visible, Rupert E. Taylor, Bevan Sweeny and Grant Fell
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Gascrankinstation (live at The Gluepot, October, 1990) Bob Sutton Collection
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Chris Matthews, Michael Lawry, Fiona McDonald, Grant Fell, Anthony Nevison
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Early Headless Chickens: Michael Lawry, Rupert E. Taylor, Grant Fell and Chris Matthews
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Micheal Lawry, Windsor Castle, 1986
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Chris Matthews, Bevan Larsen, Gerald Presland, Flex
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George
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1987 - Chris Matthews, Michael Lawry, Grant Fell, Bevan Sweeney, Rupert E Taylor
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Gaskrankinstation
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Headless Chickens reunion, The Powerstation, November 2008
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A poster for Headless Chickens' Gluepot shows, October 1992
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Headless Chickens, The Powerstation, 14 March 1993
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Michael Lawry, Grant Fell, Fiona McDonald, Chris Matthews, Anthony Nevison
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The poster for the first Headless Chickens EP on Flying Nun, 1986
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Bevan Sweeney, Michael Lawry, Chris Matthews, Grant Fell and Fiona McDonald
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Cruise Control
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The Headless Chickens at Wellington's Shed Eleven, 1992, with Australia's Caligula, local heroes Gifted & Brown, and DJ Roger Perry
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Poultry In Motion interview - Chris Matthews, Grant fell and Michael Lawry interviewed by Rod Bent aka Rupert E Taylor
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Chris Matthews, HMV store, Auckland 1990
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Rupert E. Taylor, HMV store, Auckland 1990
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Anthony Nevison, HMV store 1990
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1980s Radio With Pictures interview
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Headless Chickens performing at the 1987 Rheineck Rock Award at Auckland's Le Bom, 1987: Michael Lawry, Chris Matthews, Rupert E. Taylor and Grant Fell
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Railway Surfing (live) Bob Sutton Collection
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Chris Matthews, Gluepot 1987
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Chris Matthews, Grant Fell, Bevan Sweeney, Michael Lawry, Anthony Nevison
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1989 - Anthony Nevison, Chris Matthews, Michael Lawry, Grant Fell, Bevan Sweeney
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Headless Chickens live at 2JJJ, Sydney
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Bevan Sweeney, Grant Fell, Rupert E. Taylor, Chris Matthews, Michael Lawry, in a shot taken in early 1990, before Fiona and Anthony joined. 
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The Gluepot, 1990
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The Auckland launch for Chris Knox's Jesus On A Stick comic - Tall Dwarfs, Headless Chickens and Goblin Mix, June 19, 1986
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Secondtime Virgin
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Headless Chickens - Donde Esta La Pollo (1992)
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Juice interview with Grant Fell 2008
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Headless Chickens, Powerstation, 4 December 1992
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Labels:

Flying Nun


Mushroom Records

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Members:

Chris Matthews - vocals, guitar, keyboards

Michael Lawry - keyboards, effects

Grant Fell - bass, guitar

Bevan Sweeney - drums

Fiona McDonald - vocals

Rupert E. Taylor - vocals

Rex Visable - effects

Johnny Pierce - bass

Anthony Nevison - guitar

Angus McNaughton - programming

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Trivia:

Cruise Control includes vocal samples from The Crocodiles' Tears and Shona Laing's 1905.

The stilt walkers who loom in the video for Gaskrankinstation are Bevan Sweeney and his colleagues from a stilt ensemble formed as part of a summer arts work scheme.

The sounds sampled at the beginning of Expecting to Fly are the cry of a psychiatric patient called Willie the Whoop and the squeak of an old playground swing.

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