John Profile

Brian White
3 Aug 2013

The early 1980s saw an explosion of new bands nationwide as post-punk took hold. Some became established and are still written and talked about today, while others flared brightly but briefly then disappeared as quickly – seemingly forever. One of the latter was the Auckland four-piece John.

David Pinker was the brother of The Features' drummer James Pinker, and fronted John. His fellow 18-year-old band mates, Jock Lawrie (drums), Mark Staufer (bass) and Graeme Harris (guitar) shared an enthusiasm for the mutant disco of Public Image and more angular sounds of Wire and Gang of Four, with their lyrics exploring sexuality, gender and identity issues.

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Jock Lawrie, State Theatre, Symonds Street, 1981
Photo credit: Jock Lawrie Collection
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David Pinker, State Theatre, Symonds Street, 1981
Photo credit: Jock Lawrie Collection
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John's David Pinker and Green Eggs & Ham's John Kuypers and Nick Hanson at Progressive Studios, 1981
Photo credit: Photo By Cushla Dillon
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David Pinker, State Theatre, Symonds Street, 1981
Photo credit: Jock Lawrie Collection
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David Pinker, 1981
Photo credit: Photo By Cushla Dillon
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Jock Lawrie, Chris Knox and David Pinker, venue unknown, 1981
Photo credit: Photo By Cushla Dillon
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Graeme Harris, State Theatre, Symonds Street, 1981
Photo credit: Jock Lawrie Collection
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Mark Stauffer and David Pinker, John, State Theatre, Symonds Street, 1981
Photo credit: Jock Lawrie Collection
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John's David Pinker and Jock Lawrie at Progressive Studios, 1981
Photo credit: Photo By Cushla Dillon
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Mark Staufer would go on to become a major FM radio personality in the 1980s as one of The Top Marks. He's now a well known US based author and screenwriter.

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Members:

Jock Lawrie - drums

David Pinker - vocals

Mark Staufer - bass

Graeme Harris - guitar