From Up The Punks
|Also known as||Jellyfish|
|Associated acts||Shoes This High, Smelly Feet, The Spies, The Kiwi Animal, 52, Fishschool, The Normals|
|Kevin Hawkins (guitar), Chris Plummer (bass), Brent Hayward (vocals), Mike Lawry, George Henderson, Andy Drey, Jane Walker, Jessica Walker|
The Amps started in 1978 out as a “music experiment” that became resident band at The Mindshaft on Majoribanks street playing songs from a diverse range of punk and proto-punk influences: the New York Dolls, The Slickers, The Clash and early Pink Floyd; to a diverse clientele of junkies, pimps, hustlers and “those into music with an “eat shit” attitude”; the emerging Wellington punk scene.
The Amps featured a line up that would go on to form some of the main acts within the Wellington scene: (The Steroids, The Spies and Shoes This High. Following a personnel change The Amps briefly became The Jellyfish playing what George Henderson described as a "Syd Barret, Lee Perry and Beefheart influence seeping into the Wellington punk/ new wave matrix." Splitting in late 1979 Chris, Kevin and Jessica regrouped with vocalist-provocateur Brent Hayward and became the "defiant, abrasive, negative Shoes This High".. George and Chris meanwhile continued to jam and formed influential band The Spies who would initiate the late 1979 Cuba Mall gigs and the first use of Thistle Hall as a venue.
- George Henderson is now based in Dunedin and continues to perform psychedelic lounge music as The Puddle.
- Brent Hayward went on to play in Smelly Feet, The Kiwi Animal and currently performs in Fats White.