The Avengers story is more complex than it appears on the surface. Their beginnings as a group weren’t in the fertile grounds of schoolboy or neighbourhood friendships like most bands from the era. Instead, a third party, intent on forming the perfect pop group, brought them together. It is also a story of a small group of people whose input at vital times contributed to the group’s eventual success and helped to make up the giant jigsaw that is The Avengers story.
Included in this menagerie of characters are the resourceful fan club secretary, the disc jockey who was almost the fifth member of the group, the local record producer at the peak of his career, a New Zealand born, American raised songwriting traveller, an American A&R man who made them an offer that they had to refuse, and their entrepreneurial manager, Ken Cooper. Cooper’s vision for an inner city club that would be “The Place” to go for Wellington teenagers gave birth to The Avengers, who despite their brief 38 month career are regarded as one of New Zealand’s top bands of the 1960s ...
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Everyone's Gonna Wonder was covered in 1994 by Dunedin 'supergroup' Pop Art Toasters, whose members included The Chills' Martin Phillipps and The Clean's David Kilgour.
Dave Brown - vocals, guitar
Ian (Hank) Davis - drums, vocals
Eddie McDonald - bass, vocals