Lisle Kinney Profile

Glen Moffatt
20 Mar 2015

When Hello Sailor were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2011, it was without Lisle Kinney, the bass player who had been there in the trenches with them as they conquered their home country and then gallantly took on Hollywood and Australia.

To their credit, his partner in the band’s engine room, drummer Ricky Ball, and the band’s longest-serving bass player, Paul Woolright, both acknowledged Kinney in their acceptance speeches at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards, but his absence was baffling.

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Dave Dobbyn and an early version of DD Smash with Rob Guy and Lisle Kinney, Avalon Park, Lower Hutt, late 1981
Photo credit: Photo by Bryan Staff
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Lisle Kinney with DD Smash, likely taken on the beach tour January 1982
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Lisle Kinney and Harry Lyon recording the first Hello Sailor album at Stebbings, April 1977
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Paul Dunningham and Lisle Kinney rehearsing with Brown Street, 1975
Photo credit: Paul Dunningham collection
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Lisle Kinney, Windsor Castle, 1977
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Lynch
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Harry Lyon (Hello Sailor), Graham Brazier (Hello Sailor), Hammond Gamble, Charlie Morrison (manager of the Cabana), Lisle Kinney (Hello Sailor), Paul Jamieson and Lyn Buchanan (Hello Sailor) in the mid-1980s at Napier's Cabana Hotel
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Hello Sailor in 1977: Dave McArtney, Lisle Kinney, Graham Brazier, Harry Lyon, Ricky Ball
Photo credit: Photo by Jeremy Templer
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Hello Sailor - Blue Lady
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Hello Sailor - Lying In The Sand
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Lisle Kinney and Harry Lyon at rehersals in LA
Photo credit: Photo by Jeremy Templer
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The Cool Bananas line-up of DD Smash. L to R: Lisle Kinney, Rob Guy, Dave Dobbyn, Peter Warren
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The original line-up of Gun Crazy, 1983. Left to right, Lisle Kinney (bass), Peter Harrison (keys), Colin Budd (vocals, guitar, songwriting), Simon Hannah (drums), Andrew Langsford (guitar). 
Photo credit: Simon Hannah collection
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Lisle Kinney and Harry Lyon at LA rehersals
Photo credit: Photo by Jeremy Templer
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Gold discs for DD Smash for debut album Cool Bananas, with Minister of Justice Jim McLay. Peter Warren, Rob Guy, Jim McLay, Lisle Kinney (behind), Dave Dobbyn (front). Taken at Record Warehouse in Durham Lane, Auckland, 22 May 1982. There was a countdown to gold and Jim was on hand to present and press the flesh.
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Dave McArtney and Lisle Kinney at a private Xmas party in LA, 1978
Photo credit: Photo by Jeremy Templer
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Lisle Kinney, 2014
Photo credit: Neil Ellis collection
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Ricky Ball, Harry Lyon, Graham Brazier, Dave McArtney, Lisle Kinney, a publicity shot from 1985
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Son Of Sam (Live in LA 1978)
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An early Brown Street line-up in Ponsonby, 1975. Left to right, Paul Dunningham, John Parker, Greg Mayson, Kaye Wilson, Keith Ballantyne, Chris Nielson, Lisle Kinney.
Photo credit: Paul Dunningham collection
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The original line-up of Gun Crazy, 1983. Left to right, Lisle Kinney (bass), Peter Harrison (keys), Colin Budd (vocals, guitar, songwriting), Simon Hannah (drums), Andrew Langsford (guitar). 
Photo credit: Simon Hannah collection
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Hello Sailor - Blue Lady (with Ray Manzarek at the Whiskey A Go Go, LA 1978)
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Hello Sailor - Gutter Black
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Trivia:

Lisle Kinney’s first gig with Hello Sailor was at the Crypt Nightclub in early 1976. Part of the deal was that the band did the cleaning, including the toilets.

Saxophonist Andrew Clouston was Lisle Kinney’s passenger when he crashed the DD Smash truck in late 1982. Clouston rejoined the band two days later, but Ian Morris replaced Kinney.

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