- simon grigg: taken from griggs' archive website.
Under simon griggs management, the reptiles dressed in stark and desheveled clothing, often in nazi regalia, and attempted to draw attention to themselves making their live debut (borrowing split enz's gare, no less).
Though far removed from the political uprising of their inspiration motherland of england, punk did make a major impact in new zealand homes in 1977, and few bands were as attention-grabbing as the reptiles. billy planet later switched instruments, replacing both original guitarists with bones hillman (who had made his name in the avondale spiders) bringing along his bass, and of course his unmistakeable punk-hitler moustache with him.
They recorded 4 tracks at a 1977 session under tim finn (who according to grigg fell asleep 10 minutes into the sessions) for phonogram, though only 'megaton' and 'desert patrol' would turn up on their single with the other tracks ('razor smile' - which featured on the angel mine soundtrack, and the excellent 'coup d'etat') eventually compiled together onto the 'ak79' compilation in 1993.
zero eventually went on to play columbia in the stage version of the rocky horror picture show - joining the british king of glam, gary glitter. reforming with zero on vocals, stiggs and baldock on guitar with the split enz connection increasing to include phil judd on bass and paul crowther on drums they now took on a new wave approach - ousting jimmy joy. pretty soon the band had disbanded, with zero leaving for sydney with boyfriend joy.
Raw Power Records.