The Human Instinct Stories

The Human Instinct Part 1: The Rock and Roll and Pop Years


Dave Hartstone, Maurice Greer, Frank Hay, Bill Ward, London 1967

When they returned to New Zealand in April 1968 after 20 months in Great Britain, The Human Instinct were buoyant and optimistic. They’d had five singles released on major labels in the old country and toured with The Small Faces, Cat Stevens, Spencer Davis Group and the Jeff Beck Group, with Rod Stewart. No other New Zealand 1960s group could claim that level of success and exposure in the heart of the pop revolution.   

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The Human Instinct Part 2: Stoned Guitar in the Underground, 1968 - 1979


It was Maurice Greer’s magpie eye that saved The Human Instinct. The name still had value, so he’d have that for a start. As the most successful New Zealand group in the UK in the second half of the 1960s, it had gathered considerable cachet alongside an acknowledged ability to change with the musical times.

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