UNDERDOGS PHOTOS & MEMORABILIA

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First published in August 2008

(Hover over thumbnails for captions, and click on thumbnails to enlarge photos)

Photos of Murray Grindlay, Harvey Mann, Lou Rawnsley, Doug Thomas

From the Doug Thomas Collection

Excerpt from www.lekiwi.com, referring to the last photo above -  

"This is a photo of the "Underdogs" - the most notorious band in NZ's rock history. This was taken in Christchurch in 1968 or early 1969 while playing resident at the "RamJam Club," a cellar basement club just off Christchurch's Square in mid city. The band had numerous musicians through it's turbulent years but it was this incarnation that caused the most TV & newspaper headlines, police arrests & incarcerations, wild nude parties, brawls, a huge female following - particularly with the strippers & hookers. These excesses were coupled with their equally huge intake of cosmic candy etc etc.... These guys were going for broke & they did.

Remember this was the 60's at its most grim. To be a member of this band you had to be completely mad, crazy, stoned & most of all a great musicians which could mix it with the best the world had to offer. These "rock stars" - as they were called in the newspapers, on television, magazines, radio etc etc - did not even realise how good they were until they had broken up & traveled overseas, separately, to hear other top bands, many of which they could have out-performed any day of the week. The order of the day was to play music as good as possible & party as hard as possible - something they did achieve remarkably well."

 

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