Suburban Reptiles Profile

Brian White
27 May 2013

Auckland’s The Suburban Reptiles, along with The Scavengers who started around the same time, were the first 1970s styled punk band in New Zealand.

Formed at the beginning of 1977, inspired by a New Musical Express story seen by Simon Grigg, the original performing line-up was Zero (Clare Elliot, vocals), Billy Planet (Will Pendergrast, bass), Jimmy Joy (also Jimmy Vinyl, saxophone), Shaun Anfrayd (Brian Nicholls, guitar), Des Edwards (drums) and Sissy Spunk (Trish Scott, guitar). Grigg was the manager.

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State Dance, October 1978. The Suburban Reptiles were advertised but split shortly before this and were a no-show
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Buster Stiggs at the Classic Cinema, 3 December 1977
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Jimmy Joy, Zero, Buster Stiggs, Billy Planet, Bones Hillman. Taken for a fashion shoot by an Auckland Star photographer, October 1977.
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Queen Street, 21 October 1977
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The 1978 NZ tour poster overposted with a gig with Wellington's 52 at their home base in Cuba Street
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The Suburban Reptiles above the Classic Cinema, Queen Street, January 1978. The BBC interview with the Sex Pistols had been turned down by TVNZ.
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The Suburban Reptiles play Albet Park, Auckland, 1978
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Riverhead Rock - Zero gets arrested
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The Suburban Reptiles, early 1978: Billy Planet, Jimmy Joy, Zero, Buster Stiggs and Tony Baldock
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Saturday Night Stay At Home
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The Suburban Reptiles and 52 in a handmade flyer for a gig at 52 Cuba Street in April 1978. The Suburban Reptiles had an ongoing association with the inventive Wellington band, with whom they felt they had more in common with than the increasingly conservative Auckland scene.
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Zero all dressed up for The Rocky Horror Show, September 1978
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The Suburban Reptiles with stand-in guitarist Johnny Volume at the August 1977 Students' Arts Festival at Victoria University. The band are setting up and The Scavengers' Des Truction is also seen. From left: Des Truction, Buster Stiggs, Johnny Volume and Jimmy Joy.
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Megaton
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The Suburban Reptiles, venue unknown
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The Suburban Reptiles in Onehunga, June 1977: Shaun Anfrayd, Jimmy Joy, Billy Planet, Sissy Spunk, Buster Stiggs, Zero. Taken before the Marcellin College which saw them featured on every weekend paper's front page that week.
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Jimmy Joy and Zero - Classic Cinema, December 3rd, 1977
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Razorblade Rosie
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Buster Stiggs, pop star Richard Wilde, Zero, Jimmy Joy, Colin Lum from Phonogram at the Megaton single release party at The Poenamo Hotel, Takapuna, January 1978.
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Flyer for a December 1977 Classic Cinema party. The Suburban Reptiles did a series of these gigs.
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Saturday Night Stay At Home video with Phil Judd
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Queen Street, 21 October 1977
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Albert Park, February 1978
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The crowd at The Suburban Reptiles Radio Hauraki concert in February, 1978
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Zero
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Zero
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Before a gig at a private party in Massey, West Auckland, Zero checks her makeup in Jimmy's shades, May 1977
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Bones Hillman and Jimmy Joy, Classic Cinema, Queen Street, Auckland, December 3rd, 1977
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The Dominion street poster the morning after Buster Stiggs had thrown a drumstick into the audience at Victoria University in August, 1977. A girl was accidently hit and the papers blew up the story, causing vigilante type operations against both The Suburban Reptiles and The Scavengers, with Johnny Volume being beaten a couple of nights later in the university toilets.
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The Suburban Reptiles in Auckland's Jean Batten Place, October 1977. L to r: Jimmy Joy, Bones Hillman, Buster Stiggs, Zero, Billy Planet.
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The Buster Stiggs designed poster for Saturday Night Stay At Home, using an image from the 1950s. The poster was recreated in the 2014 7-inch reissue of the single.
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The Suburban Reptiles wish RipItUp a Merry Xmas, December 1977
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Zero and Jimmy Joy in an invitation to a private party above Auckland's Classic Cinema, November 1977
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Trivia:

Jimmy Joy was also known as Lino Clone briefly

The first pressing of Megaton had the despised Roger Dean designed 'prog' Vertigo label. It had been requested by Simon Grigg to indicate irony

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Members:

Buster Stiggs - drums, guitar

Zero - vocals

Billy Planet - guitar, bass

Bones Hillman - bass

Shaun Anfrayd - guitar

Sissy Spunk - guitar

Roland Morris - bass

Phil Judd - guitar

Johnny Volume - guitar

Tony Baldoch - bass

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Labels:

Vertigo

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