DOUBLEHAPPYS 'Nerves' LP
Another uncovered gem from the NZ 80s-90s underground! This record rules! Highly recommended FFO The Gun Club, Guided By Voices, The Clean ++
Originally released on CD in 1992, as a compilation of DoubleHappys prior releases, Nerves has both sides of the Double B Side single, the full Cut It Down EP, two tracks from the live How Much Time Left, Please EP as well as two rare tracks from the Roslyn Mills practice rooms.
DoubleHappys first formed sometime in 1983 when former Bored Games vocalist, Shayne Carter, joined forces with The Stones' Wayne Elsey. They had a drum machine called “Herbie Fuckface”, who lived up to his name by sabotaging most of the duo's efforts onstage, thus quickly calling for human replacement in the form of another old Kaikorai High schoolmate, John Collie.
“The DoubleHappys were quintessential punk - reared on the 1977 English kind, but sounding a lot more like the garage slime late ‘60s American original. Cheap guitars howling and snarling beneath whining snot-punk vocals. Music you make when you’re young and you think everyone else is full of shit. Music you make when you are utterly in love with the sound of the electric guitar.” - Roy Colbert, Dunedin 1992.
In 1984, the trio set about kicking up a storm, touring up north on the famous Looney Tour and recording the Double B Side seven inch while they were in Auckland. Then, early in 1985, the band recorded the Cut it Out EP and in June embarked on a short tour. Towards the end of the tour, the band were travelling south from Auckland by train and Wayne Elsey, in high spirits, climbed out of the carriage and was subsequently killed in a tragic collision with a bridge abutment.
Wayne was a well-loved member of the Dunedin community and his sudden death shocked many people. It was the end of the DoubleHappys, but Shayne Carter and John Collie eventually went on to form Straitjacket Fits. Before this transition, Shayne Carter and fellow musician, Peter Jefferies, also penned the extraordinary single, ‘Randolph’s Going Home’; a tribute to their friend and bandmate, Wayne.
Big Fat Elvis
I Don’t Wanna See You Again
Anyone Else Would
Needles and Plastic
Wrapped Up In Myself Again
I Can’t Say