Thorazine Shuffle Profile

Gareth Shute
11 Aug 2014

In the mid-nineties, Thorazine Shuffle were the student radio band of the moment – brash upstarts poised for bigger success. Their early sound was noisy enough to catch the coattails of the grunge hype, but their best songs aspired towards a more classic 1960s rock sound.

The pre-history of Thorazine Shuffle began at Selwyn College, when bassist Chris Familton started jamming with two other students, guitarist Antony McDonald and drummer Blair Miller.

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Thorazine Shuffle - An Affair (1996)
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Thorazine Shuffle at Bob Bar, High Street, Auckland
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The cover of the 1996 single Harry
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On the roof of De Brett's Hotel in Auckland: Antony McDonald, Jules Barnett, Chris Familton and Josh Hetherington
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Thorazine Shuffle (clockwise): Antony McDonald, Jules Barnett, Murray Hood, Josh Hetherington, late 1996
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Aaron Carson at the 2009 Thorazine Shuffle reunion at 95bFM's bStreet at Auckland's Britomart
Photo credit: Photo by Gareth Shute
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Thorazine Shuffle as a trio - Jules Barnett, Aaron Carson and Josh Hetherington
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Thorazine Shuffle, Albert Park, Auckland in the late 1990s at a 95bFM Summer Series - Antony McDonald, Josh Hetherington, Aaron Carson and Jules Barnett
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Setlist from the Obscure tour with Semi Lemon Kola
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Josh Hetherington
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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The cover of the 1999 Your Own PR album, released by Hapuka Records, via Mushroom
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1994 live at the Auckland University Cafe
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Jules Barnett at the 2009 Thorazine Shuffle reunion, 95bFM's bStreet at Auckland's Britomart
Photo credit: Photo by Gareth Shute
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Jules Barnett recording in York Street Studios
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Josh Hetherington at the 95bFM Summer Series, Albert Park, 1996
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Thorazine Shuffle - Harry (1996)
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Second Child, Thorazine Shuffle and Sniff at Squid, O'Connell Street, Auckland, February 1994
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Thorazine Shuffle at a 95bFM Private Function
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The self-released Stir cassette EP from 1993, recorded at Frisbee Studios
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Murray Hood, Josh Hetherington, Jules Barnett and Antony McDonald
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The cover of An Affair (1996)
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Josh Heatherington, at the 2009 Thorazine Shuffle reunion, 95bFM's bStreet at Auckland's Britomart
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More than Anyone (2000)
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A reunion of the Thorazine Shuffle trio - Aaron Carson, Josh Hetherington and Jules Barnett
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Jules Barnett and Aaron Carson
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Thorazine Shuffle - Emperor's New Clothes (1999)
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Chris Familton, Antony McDonald, Josh Hetherington and Jules Barnett
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Thorazine Shuffle and The Nixons at The Pelican's first birthday, Elliot Street, Auckland, November 1993
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Jules Barnett, 95bFM Summer Series, Albert Park, Auckland 1996
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Trivia:

Thorazine Shuffle’s music videos feature a number of cameos from people who were well known in Auckland at the time. Amongst the waltzing dancers on the video for “An Affair” are Joel Tobeck (actor and guitarist, ex-Splitter), and guitarist, Dan Sperber (New Loungehead, Relaxomatic Project, Dan Sperber Dance Band).

Thorazine Shuffle members, Chris Familton, Antony McDonald, and Blair Miller played with Mikey Havoc (Push Push) in Fontanelle from 1995-8, while Jules Barnett was also the bass player for Freak Power during his first years in the local music scene.

These days, Familton runs a music blog, www.doubtfulsounds.net, and plays in Sydney band Charlie Horse, which also features Matt Brown (Shaft, Propeller) on drums.

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Members:

Mette Dale - flute

Josh Hetherington - vocals, guitar

Jules Barnett - drums, vocals

Aaron Carson - bass

Antony McDonald - guitar

Chris Familton - bass

Blair Miller - drums

Murray Hood - bass

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Chronic


Hapuka Records