Ritchie Venus Profile

aka Ritchie Venus and The Blue Beetles, The Volkswagons
Andrew Schmidt
24 Oct 2013

As Ritchie Venus, Christchurch eccentric Michael Braithwaite was a movie-making rock traditionalist who, having worked his way through a string of under-exposed Garden City groups in the 1960s and 1970s was “discovered” in the early 1980s by movers from Christchurch’s rich post-punk scene.

The Ballad of Ritchie Venus (1999), Nathan Pohio’s biographical film, one of the few made on individual non-mainstream New Zealand musicians reveals Venus’s abundance of self-made film and an extensive recorded catalogue, much of it unreleased, alongside an appreciation of his unique place in Christchurch popular music from those who knew him, when he appeared on Flying Nun Records and Onset Offset Records in the 1980s.

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Bleeding Heart
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Ritchie Venus at Stinkfest 13, 2011
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Ritchie Venus at the Christchurch 80s Reunion Dux de Lux Live 2 April, 2012
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Rocking to the Grave
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Screened poster by Stevie McCabe for a US tour in the '90s
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Ritchie Venus at the Christchurch 80s Reunion Dux de Lux Live 2 April, 2012
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Ritchie Venus and The Blue Beetles self-named EP for Flying Nun, 1981
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Androidss, Newtones, Playthings, Ritchie Venus @ The Gladstone
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Ritchie Venus at the Christchurch 80s Reunion Dux de Lux Live 2 April, 2012
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Ritchie at Stinkfest 13, Christchurch December 2011
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My Precious Things EP, with Steve McCabe, 2013. Limited to 150 copies
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Rebel Blood
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Ritchie Venus & The Blue Beetles - You Don't Own Me
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1983
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1981
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Trivia:

Lianne Dalziel, the Mayor of Christchurch, sang with The Blue Beetles in the 1980s

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Members:

Ritchie Venus

M S Agro - bass

Norman Duffy - drums

Michael Vaile - drums

John Segovia - guitar

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Labels:

Unwucht Records


Onset/ Offset


Flying Nun