The Hulamen Profile

Murray Cammick and AudioCulture
Published: 22 Nov 2013
Updated: 28 Aug 2020

As the Wellington teen soul band, The Rodents faltered in 1981, members of the band were already participating in Willis St practice room jams (in the YMCA building) that would evolve into The Hulamen.

Non-Rodents in the new band included bassist Paul "Mac" MacAllister, guitarist Stephen Jessup (ex-Rough Justice), vocalist Marion Spencer and saxophonist Peter Famularo.

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Hulamen poster for the release of 'Beer and Skittles', late 1982.
Photo credit: John Niland collection
Two Hulamen: John McDougall and Stephen Jessup. 
Photo credit: John Niland collection
Watch: the Hulamen, 'Beer & Skittles', 1982. Video by Debra Bustin.
A Hulamen frontline: Tim Robinson, Gerry Moran (holding the mic), John McDougall and Steve Jessup (on guitars)
Hand-coloured flyer for a Hulamen gig at Wellington Polytechnic, 25 June 1982; support acts was the Swerve. 
Photo credit: John Niland collection
Early distribution list of record stores selling the Hulamen's 'Beer and Skittles' EP, 1982.
Photo credit: John Niland collection
The Hulamen get the Vespa going, 1982. From left: Peter Famularo, John McDougall, John Niland, Andrew Cross, Marion Spencer, Paul McAllister, Stephen Jessup, and Andrew Clouston. 
Photo credit: John Niland collection
The Hulamen detail their requirements for the 25 June 1982 gig at the Wellington Polytechnic.
Photo credit: John Niland collection
Chelsea Records, Wellington, takes 20 copies of the Hulamen's EP 'Beer and Skittles', sale or return, January 1983.
Photo credit: John Niland collection
The Hulamen's contract to appear at the Rainbow Music Festival, Masterton, March 1982 - their fee was $385.
Photo credit: John Niland collection
Hulamen flyer, Wellington, 27 February 1982. Art by Tim Bollinger. 
Photo credit: John Niland collection
Ticket for the Hulamen/Swerve gig at Wellington Polytechnic, 25 June 1982. 
Photo credit: John Niland collection
The Hulamen take a break from a rehearsal. From left: Andrew Clouston, Stephen Jessup, Marion Spencer, Paul McAllister, John Niland, John McDougall, and Andrew Cross. Sitting is Peter Famularo. 
Photo credit: John Niland collection
The Hulamen often dressed their stages as flamboyantly as themselves. From left: Andrew Clouston, Peter Famularo, Richard Caigou (back to camera), Andrew Cross, Tim Robinson (shades), John McDougall, Gerry Moran, and Stephen Jessup. 
Peter Famularo, saxophonist with The Hulamen (and nephew of record-retailer Silvio).
Photo credit: John Niland collection
$3162.13 - the cost of recording the Hulamen's 'Beer and Skittles' EP at RNZ's Broadcasting House, and Marmalade Studios, Wellington, 1982. 
Photo credit: John Niland collection
Generic gig poster for the Hulamen, designed by Andrew Clouston.
Photo credit: John Niland collection
The Hulamen's PA requirements, 1982. 
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The Hulamen's 'Beer and Skittles' EP bubbles under in the NZ singles chart, 14 November 1982. Although it only reached No.44 a couple of weeks later, the EP is regarded as a classic, and it encapsulates a moment in Wellington music. 
Photo credit: John Niland collection
John Niland's artist's pass for the Hulamen gig at Wellington Polytechnic, 25 June 1982. 
Photo credit: John Niland collection
Peter Marshall, who guested with The Hulamen
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
The Hulamen (L-R): John McDougall, Stephen Jessup, John Niland, Andrew Cross, Andrew Clouston, Marion Spencer, and Peter Famularo (standing). In front is Paul “Mac” MacAllister.
Photo credit: John Niland collection
Tim Bollinger’s eclectic artwork for the first release on John Niland’s Wellington-based Eelman Records label. With just seven tracks the album was referred to on the sleeve as an Eel.P! This cover by Tim, brother of author/musician/broadcaster Nick, set the tone for the design on all 12 Eelman releases, done in the main by Tim, Wellington artist Debra Bustin, and Hulamen saxophonist Andrew Clouston.
Labels:

Jayrem


Eelman

Members:

David Armstrong - trumpet

Andrew Clouston - tenor sax, baritone sax

Andrew Cross - drums

Peter Famularo - tenor sax, alto sax, congas

Stephen Jessup - guitar

Paul "Mac" MacAllister - bass

Marion Spencer - vocals

John McDougall - guitar

John Niland - piano, organ, clavinet