The Furys Profile

John Dix
14 Aug 2016

The Furys were regarded as one of the wildest bands of their era, largely due to the stage presence of their leader, the flamboyant singer-guitarist Dave McLean. Despite being a favourite of critics and fellow-musicians, the big time eluded them and they had just two commercial releases. But to their loyal fans The Furys were the epitome of New Zealand pub rock.

Dave McLean tended to dominate every room he strutted across. Rugged, loud and brash, opinionated and often cynical, these were attributes he took onstage, creating quite a spectacle, cigarette in hand and a drink close by.

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The Furys and Techtones at a school cafe, 1981
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The Furys at Auckland's Rumba Bar, 1980
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Dave McLean, 1985
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The Furys - Auckland Fun
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The Furys at Auckland's King's Arms, 2004
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Techtones, Furys and Androidss at Auckland's Mainstreet, 1981
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The Furys, 1981
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The Furys, 1979: Paul Andrews, Joe Gill, Dave McLean, Mike Cooney and John Gray
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Toy Love and The Furys at Auckland's Liberty Stage
Photo credit: Design by Alec Bathgate
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The Furys, 1981: Robbie Peters, Rob Galley, Simon Elton and Dave McLean
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The Furys, 1994 reunion shows
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The Furys, 1980: Steve Butler, Simon Elton, Dave McLean and Mike Cooney
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The Furys, 1994: Rob Galley, Simon Elton and Dave McLean
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The Clean and The Furys at Auckland's Windsor Castle, September 1979
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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The Furys - Auckland Fun (live at 2009 30th anniversary reunion)
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The Furys, 2006: Rob Galley, Simon Elton, Robbie Peters and Dave McLean
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The Furys, 1994: Rob Galley, Scott Rogers, Dave McLean and Simon Elton
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The Furys, 1988: Martin Williams, Dave Curtis, Dave McLean, Simon Elton and Steve Hubbard
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The Furys' 1981 EP on their manager Brian Jones, and Charley Gray's Muchmore label
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Simon Elton, 1985
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The Furys - I Gotta Gun
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The Furys, 1980: Steve Butler, Simon Elton, Dave McLean and Mike Cooney
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Rob Galley and Dave McLean with The Furys, Radio Hauraki Greenpeace II Concert, Mainstreet, Auckland, December 1981
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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The Furys at Auckland's Rumba Bar, 1980
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The Furys 1981 Radio With Pictures tour
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The 1986 4x5 cassette EP
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Dave McLean's solo EP I Need A Heart (1999)
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Labels:

Muchmore Records


Tipping Point Records

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Members:

Dave McLean - vocals, guitar

Mike Cooney - guitar

Paul Andrews - vocals

Joe Gill - bass

John Gray - drums

Simon Elton - bass, vocals

Rob Galley - guitar

Steve Butler - drums

Robbie Peters - drums

Steve Hubbard - guitar

Dave Curtis - keyboards

Johnny Scott - drums