The Crocodiles Profile

Nick Bollinger
1 Nov 2013

Though short-lived, The Crocodiles were one of the most accomplished pop groups to come out of New Zealand in the early 80s. They included an internationally acclaimed actor, launched a trans-Tasman singing star, and left behind one of the country’s most enduring hits.

When Fane Flaws formed The Crocodiles in 1979, his unpredictable energies were already well known. He started out as a Wellington design student in the early 70s, but his career had taken a detour. One evening he was waiting at a suburban bus stop when a brightly painted ex-railways bus rounded the corner. It pulled up alongside him and swung open its psychedelic doors. What could he do but climb aboard?

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Spats, 1977/78
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The Crocodiles - Hello Girl
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The Crocodiles Mk.1: Tony Backhouse, Jenny Morris, Fane Flaws, Tina Matthews, Peter Dasent and Bruno Lawrence, 1979
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The Crocodiles - Any Day Of The Week
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The Crocodiles, late 1980 - Tina Matthews, Peter Dasent, Tony Backhouse. Jenny Morris, Ian Gilroy
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SPATS recording 'New Wave Goodbye' at Harlequin Studio, Mt. Eden Rd, Auckland 1977. L-R: Patrick Bleakley, Michael Knapp, Fane Flaws, Tony Backhouse and Peter Dasent.
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Fane Flaws' Crocodiles logo as it appeared on a promo sticker for the debut album
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The Crocodiles debut album, recorded at Mandrill Studios and produced by Glyn Tucker Jr
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Fane Flaws
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Street Talk and The Crocodiles at the Auckland Town Hall, 18 February 1980
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Tony Backhouse recording with Spats at Harlequin Studio, Mt. Eden Rd, Auckland 1977
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The Crocodiles (Mark I) - Peter Dasent, Tony Backhouse, Bruno Lawrence, Jenny Morris, Tina Matthews, Fane Flaws
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Spats - New Wave Goodbye (1978)
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The Crocodiles (Mark II) - Ian Gilroy, Tony Backhouse, Jenny Morris, Tina Matthews, Peter Dasent
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The Crocodiles - Tears
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Members:

Bruno Lawrence - drums

Fane Flaws - guitar

Jenny Morris - vocals

Peter Dasent - keyboards

Tony Backhouse - guitar

Tina Matthews - bass

Mark Hornibrook - bass

Ian Gilroy - drums

Jonathan Zwartz - bass

Barton Price - drums

Rikki Morris - guitar, vocals

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