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The Swingers

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The Swingers began in New Zealand around June 1979 out of the remnants of the punk scene, notably the Suburban Reptiles.

They started to gig regularly around Auckland, building a repretoire of songs and gaining acceptance. They ran their own shows, booked their own tours and released a single 'One Good Reason' on independent label, Ripper Records, which reached #17 on the national NZ charts.

The first sign of interest came in mid 1980 from Mushroom managing director Michael Gudinski. By this time The Swingers were one of New Zealand's top bands. Mushroom Records signed the band.

'Counting The Beat' was recording in August 1980, but a final mix didn't eventuate until late November. It's success was instant, going to #1 nationally within 4 weeks and had exceeded 100,000 sales.

In May 1981 The Swingers second single 'It Ain't What You Dance, It's The Way You Dance It' was released, but despite terrific overall airplay, it failed to chart beyond a national top 30 position.

Band Members:
Phil Bud Judd (guitar, vocals)
Ian Kiljoy Gilroy (drums, vocals)
Dwayne Bones Hillman (bass, vocals)

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