The Bats Profile

Michael Higgins
29 May 2013

The Bats are a glorious anomaly. They have endured for three decades without a line-up change in an industry where bands crash and burn without leaving the practice room.

There are also few acts in the Flying Nun canon that inspire descriptions like sweet, gentle and lovely; but their intelligent, folky/country inflected jangle pop has regularly been framed in these terms – which isn’t to say that they don’t have a darker side.

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Afternoon in Bed
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The Bats, 1984: Malcom Grant, Robert Scott, Kaye Woodward and Paul Kean
Photo credit: Photo by Frank Shepherd
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Made Up In Blue
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Paul Kean, Kaye Woodward, Malcolm Grant and Robert Scott in the mid-1980s
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The Bats and Wreck Small Speakers On Expensive Stereos at The Captain Cook, December 1984
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The Bats in a Flying Nun publicity shot from August 1994, used for the release of the 1995 Couchmaster album
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Claudine
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The Bats in November, 1989: Malcolm Grant, Kaye Woodward, Paul Kean and Robert Scott
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A 1986 tour poster after the return from Europe
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The Spill The Beans EP cover from 1994
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Malcolm Grant, Robert Scott, Paul Kean, Kaye Woodward (holding Rose)
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Robert Scott, Malcolm Grant, Kaye Woodward, Paul Kean
Photo credit: Photo by Alec Bathgate
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A montage of early shots of The Bats, Christchurch circa 1983
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Simpletons
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Chicken Bird Run (Live performance at the Gluepot in Auckland, New Zealand, 14 September 1990) Bob Sutton Collection
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Robert Scott and Malcolm Grant, 1984
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Thousands Of Tiny Luminous Spheres, the 2000 Flying Nun compilation
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Zippy's Last Tour, February 1985
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North by North
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The Bats at The Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
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1995 Flying Nun publicity shot, taken in Christchurch's Hagley Park
Photo credit: Photo by John McCombe
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Members:

Robert Scott - guitar, vocals

Paul Kean - bass

Malcolm Grant - drums

Kaye Woodward - guitar, vocals

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