52

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52
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Background information
Years active 1976-1978
Associated acts The Spies, Steroids, The Normals
Past members Andy Drey (bass), Dino Houtas (guitar), Graham Sinclair (vocals), Malcolm Wardlaw (keyboardist)

About

52 played a form of experimental rock with quirky rhythms, inspired by the likes of Soft Machine and Captain Beefheart, that was too loose to fit in with the sometimes overly serious prog-rock scene and too out-there to be allowed into the 'yayaya' pub circuit. They were an important proto-punk group for the first wave of Wellington bands introducing a more eclectic take on musical subversion that would become a template for the Wellington punk/ post-punk sound, inspiring the likes of The Spies, Shoes This High, Life In the Fridge Exists and Steroids.

52 were the only Wellington band to play in the New Wave Special 78 but were not included in the accompanying TVNZ documentary of the event possibly due to the bands inability to fit into what was already becoming a very restrictive definition of 'punk'.

Bassist Andy Drey would later go on to form Steroids and organise the Wellingtonzone gigs before achieving chart success in 1982 with pioneering electro-pop group The Body Electric.

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