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Since 1979 the Herbs have produced a stream of affable reggae hits with some of the country's top talent. Between 1986 and '87 Slice of Heaven, with Dave Dobbyn, reached #1 on both the New Zealand and Australian charts. In 1989, Tim Finn joined them for Parihaka, and in 1992 Annie Crummer fronted the huge hit See What Love Can Do. The Herbs have also worked alongside UB40, Taj Mahal, Tina Turner, Neil Young and Stevie Wonder.

In the 1980's, and the first half of the 90s, The Herbs were considered to be the Kings of the South Pacific with ten Top 20 singles hits. Though infectiously upbeat, the Herbs' music has always been forthcoming in its messages. Their 1980 hit French Letter (which spent 11 weeks on the charts) came to express the country's anti-nuclear stance - 14 years later it was re-recorded to garner support for the prevention of nuclear testing at Mururoa. Similarly, No Nukes, Nuclear Waste and Light of The Pacific did as much for the national psyche as they did for popular radio. Long Ago was a diverse album featuring tracks like On My Mind, Stolen Time, Repatriation and Jah Reggae, all which had their own message. The album featured Carl Perkins (who formed House Of Shem), who played percussion and co-wrote & sang some of the songs.

Herbs also toured Australia with Hamilton Based Reggae band Katchafire which was a success. The name & the sound of Herbs will never be forgotten in New Zealand households. Even in 100 years it wont be too long ago.

Band Members:
Tony Fonoti
Spencer Fusimalohi
Fred Faleuoto
Dilworth Karaka
Carl Perkins
Tama Lundon
Jack Allen
Mori Watene
Willie Hona
Thom Nepia





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Posted: Thu Oct 7, 2010 10:47 am
They were well-known.



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Yo bro's
Posted: Tue May 18, 2010 3:26 pm
Wayno here...

yup... am still in china.. and i found a Chinese bar owner ( big one ) who loves reggae.. how about a china tour???
Get in touch..



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Herbs 'Fan Club'
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:13 pm
I am interested to know whether this group has a Fan Club. I can find very little info on them and would really like to download some of their older music.
I have just recently returned to NZ after a long stint away and feel proud to know that we are still pumping out vibes that compare to any artist or band I have heard.
It's a real shame that our top artists have to leave NZ for overseas to get the recognition they deserve. These boys are THE BEST......

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The Very Best Of Herbs releasing November 24
Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:40 pm
LIGHT OF THE PACIFIC – The Very Best Of Herbs
In stores November 24

1987. An election year (Labour won under Lange); the year of the first Lotto draw and NZ's first heart transplant. 1987; the year in which reggae pioneers Herbs received the Best Songwriter Award at the Tuis for the now classic 'Sensitive To A Smile' (Herbs picked up a gong for Best Album that year too).

Somewhat fittingly 1987 was also the year The New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament and Arms Control Act was passed, together with The Maori Language Act making Maori an official language. The members of Herbs must surely have been smiling when those two acts were passed.

'Sensitive To A Smile' has of course previously been recognised as one of the Top 100 NZ songs of all time by APRA and has thus been celebrated as part of the Nature's Best Series.

Like all classics, 'Sensitive..' is a timeless piece of song writing, and to help recognise thirty years of timeless Herbs music as part of a forthcoming new Herbs compilation, Hollie Smith has recorded a version of the song interpreting it for current and future generations. Hollie has without question made the song her own; she performs it here together with The Mt Roskill School Choir. The song will be released as a single as well as featuring on Light Of The Pacific - The Very Best of Herbs on November 24.

‘Sensitive To A Smile’, Hollie Smith – hitting radio next week.


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herbs lyrics
Posted: Sat Jan 24, 2004 5:04 pm
Kia ora

I was hoping to find lyrics for any songs by herbs please email me if you are able to help in anyway


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