52 at the New Wave Special 78
|Associated acts||The Spies, Steroids, The Normals|
|Past members||Andy Drey (bass), Dino Houtas (guitar), Graham Sinclair (vocals), Malcolm Wardlaw (keyboardist)|
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'.
Dino Houtas at New Wave Special 78