Murray Grindlay Profile

aka Monte Video
Glen Moffatt
21 Jul 2015

Having a shot glass chucked at his face after a gig in an Auckland bar in the mid-1970s changed Murray Grindlay’s life. In the days following, with stitches in his left cheek, he retired from the live music scene to concentrate on writing jingles.

Grindlay had already released recordings with The Soul Agents, The Underdogs and Cruise Lane, toured New Zealand with The Underdogs and tried his luck in Australia, but that early morning in the emergency department at Auckland Hospital, he decided it was time to sink or swim on the strength of his songwriting.

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The Underdogs, June 1967: Tony Walton, Neil Edwards, Murray Grindlay and Lou Rawnsley
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The 1977 Murray Grindlay single from the soundtrack to Sleeping Dogs, produced by Alan Galbraith
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Shoop Shoop Diddy Wop Cumma Cumma Wang Dang - Monte Video (1982)
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NZ On Screen - Screentalk interview with Murray Grindlay
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Monte Video & The Cassettes - Don't Mention My Name (1983)
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The cover of Murray Grindlay's 1977 solo album, photographed by Des Williams. This was not the cover Murray wanted on the release but his label made the decision to go with the sleeve seen here.
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Murray Grindlay as Monte Video, 1982
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Travellin On - TVC featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan, Murray Grindlay and Midge Marsden
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Murray Grindlay at the 1982 APRA Silver Scrolls, The Crypt, Queen Street
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A rare Murray Grindlay live performance, Sale St, Auckland, October 2011
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Lou Rawnsley and Murray Grindlay from a 1967 Playdate magazine photoshoot
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BASF Dear John TVC - adapted by Murray Grindlay (1981)
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The Underdogs - Sitting In The Rain (1967)
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Cover for Murray Grindlay’s 1980 All Blacks TV campaign ‘Give ‘Em A Taste Of Kiwi', released as a single under the name Black Bolt And The Silver Ferns.
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Murray Grindlay in the 1970s, venue unknown
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The Underdogs, circa 1967: Lou Rawnsley, Murray Grindlay, Tony Walton and Neil Edwards
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Murray Grindlay with his original jingles band which also provided the backing for his self-titled 1977 album, from which this photo came. Left to right: Red McKelvie, Peter Woods, Neil Edwards, Grindlay, Dennis Ryan.
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The Underdogs classic debut album, released on Zodiac in early 1968
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Cruise Lane on stage at De Bretts, High Street, Auckland, August 1973. Left to right, Red McKelvie, Brett Neilsen, Mike Wilson, Murray Grindlay, Paul Hewson.
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Murray Grindlay fronting The Underdogs, circa 1967. Tony Walton on drums.
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The Underdogs, September 1967: Tony Walton, Neil Edwards, Murray Grindlay and Lou Rawnsley 
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Theme from Once Were Warriors (1994) - composed by Murray Grindlay and Murray McNabb, performed by Tama Renata
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A rare Murray Grindlay live performance, Sale St, Auckland, October 2011. Left to right: Murray McNabb, Bruce Lynch, Grindlay, Frank Gibson Jr. 
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Murray Grindlay, Midge Marsden and Stevie Ray Vaughan at Auckland's Stebbing's Studio recording the Europa Travelling On advert in September 1987. Midge Marsden recalls Stevie upsetting Margaret Stebbing by turning his amp up to "11". 
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Murray Grindlay in the 2000s
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The 1983 Monte Vidéo album (the & The Cassettes was dropped for this release), regarded by Murray Grindlay as some of his best work. It was released in the US by Geffen Records.
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Great Crunchie Train Robbery TVC - music by Murray Grindlay (1975)
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Murray Grindlay with The Electric Confectionaires at Montage Studios in Grey Lynn, Auckland
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The 1977 sountrack to the New Zealand feature Sleeping Dogs. It featured three Murray Grindlay tracks as well as his songs being performed by other singers.
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Trivia:

Alongside a host of drag queens and mates in dress-up, the video for ‘Shoop Shoop Diddy Wop Cumma Cumma Wang Dang’ featured a cameo by country music singer Al Hunter, who appeared in white face and red lipstick.

Murray Grindlay produced the Red Hot Peppers LP Toujours Yours at Stebbing Recording Studio in 1976 although he would later call it a disaster due to his inexperience and not knowing what to do with the band.

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Mushroom Records


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