Say Yes To Apes Profile

John Pain
17 Dec 2018

Kevin Smith was one of New Zealand’s most popular international TV stars of the 1990s. Ares, his recurring character on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Young Hercules, gained him many fans and opened the door to what looked to be a promising film career.

This was sadly cut short by his accidental death after a fall on a film set in 2002. Back in the early to mid-80s he was a member of the band Say Yes To Apes, who could be found playing inventive and sometimes pretty wild gigs at venues in the South Island.

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Steve Watson and Kevin Smith, Say Yes To Apes.
Photo credit: Stuart Page
Say Yes To Apes - Tim McLeod, Duane Zarakov (Patrick Faigan), Steve Watson.
Photo credit: Stuart Page
Duane Zarakov (Patrick Faigan), Say Yes To Apes.
Photo credit: Stuart Page
Say Yes To Apes, Who's That?, TV Eye label, 1983.
Photo credit: RNZ collection
Say Yes To Apes, Knife 7", TV Eye label, 1983.
Say Yes To Apes, Who's That?, TV Eye label, 1983. Distributed by Flying Nun.
Photo credit: RNZ collection
Kevin Smith, Say Yes To Apes.
Photo credit: Stuart Page
Steve Watson, Say Yes To Apes.
Photo credit: Stuart Page
Say Yes To Apes - Tim McLeod, Duane Zarakov (Patrick Faigan), Steve Watson.
Photo credit: Stuart Page
Duane Zarakov (Patrick Faigan), Say Yes To Apes.
Photo credit: Stuart Page
Back cover to Say Yes To Apes - Who's That?, on the TV Eye label, 1983.
Photo credit: RNZ collection
Duane Zarakov (Patrick Faigan), Say Yes To Apes.
Photo credit: Stuart Page
Kevin Smith, Say Yes To Apes.
Photo credit: Stuart Page
Say Yes To Apes, Who's That?, TV Eye label, 1983.
Photo credit: RNZ collection
Say Yes To Apes - Who's That?, on the TV Eye label, 1983.
Photo credit: RNZ collection
Labels:

Flying Nun


TV Eye

Trivia:

Space Dust appeared in the 2001 NZ film Snakeskin, and had a tune on the soundtrack called Ridin’ the Daisy Train.

Members:

Kevin Smith - vocals, guitar

Duane Zarakov - drums

Steve Watson - bass, synth, violin, guitar, percussion

Tim McLeod - guitar, violin