Songwriters Nick Sampson and Malcolm Black, with a rhythm section of Graham Cockroft (bass) and Brent Alexander (drums) and an ever-changing horn section, filled the much complained about tyranny of distance (for Dunedin groups) with self belief, an accessible persona, persistent tours and a constant run of chart records.
Graham Cockroft is now CFO at Contact Energy and a major shareholder in the revived Flying Nun Records.
Nick Sampson was also in Lure Of Shoes.
Malcolm Black became a prominent entertainment lawyer working in music licensing. He was head of A&R for many years at Sony Music and worked with Les Mills International and Crowded House.
The name Netherworld Dancing Toys was suggested by the band's trumpet player, Alistair Perry. It's a line from the Roxy Music song Spin Me Round on the 1979 Manifesto album.
Nick Sampson's current band is called Betty Love Elvis.
In the 2019 New Year’s Honours list Malcolm Black was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the music industry.
Nick Sampson - vocals, guitar
Graham Cockroft - bass
Brent Alexander - drums
Phillip Hurring - brass
Alistair Perry - trumpet
Matthew Trubuhovich - saxophone
Mick Rillstone - saxophone
Neville Schwabe - saxophone
Stephen Renwick - trombone
Grant Hughson - trumpet