The Four Fours were never the hippest group, but they were seasoned live performers, studio experienced and adaptable, with a strong pop sense and three fine vocalists in guitarists Dave Hartstone and Bill Ward and young drummer Maurice Greer. The group was completed by bass player Frank Hay.
They began performing regularly around Great Britain in 1968 with the likes of The Move, The Spencer Davis Group and The Small Faces.
Arriving in England in August 1966 as The Human Instinct, they quickly signed a recording contract with Mercury Records before switching to Deram Records in 1967. They began performing regularly around Great Britain in 1968 with the likes of The Move, The Spencer Davis Group and The Small Faces.
Home again in April 1968, the original Human Instinct split. Drummer and vocalist Maurice Greer retained the name. Greer drafted in Billy TK from Palmerston North’s The Sinners for an unsuccessful return to London.
Back in New Zealand The Human Instinct recorded a series of strong-selling New Zealand albums: Burning Up Years (early 1970), Stoned Guitar (late 1970) and Pins In It (1971) and they toured Australia in mid-1971.
Two more albums on Zodiac Records – Snatmin Cuthin (1972) and The Hustler (1974) – followed, although neither sold particularly well. The Hustler in particular is regarded as a fine example of blues-tinged country rock.
The Human Instinct would remain a feature on New Zealand stages well into the 1980s, with an ever-changing line-up always revolving around drummer Maurice Greer, who resurrects the group periodically to this day, playing festivals and shows in the 2000s.
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Renaissance Fair was a minor American chart hit for Human Instinct in 1968 on Time Records. The song was originally released by The Byrds.
Phil Whitehead - lead guitar
Glenn Mickelsson - bass
Peter Cuddihy - bass
Chris Gunn - bass
Bill Ward - guitar
Maurice Greer - drums
Larry Waide - bass
Pete Barton - bass
Graeme Collins - keyboards
Martin Hope - guitar
Frank Hay - bass