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The Dugites were a Perthmarker band who formed in the late '70s. The name refers to the brown venomous snake, the dugite, common in the area.

History

The Dugites formed in Perth in 1978 and went on to record three critically acclaimed albums in the early '80s. The Dugites combined elements of power pop, new wave and electronic, producing songs with killer melodies, loads of hooks and a smattering of politics, with hit singles - "In Your Car", "Juno and Me", and many more - they were on the radio, Countdown, and concert stages around Australia.

In 1979 The Dugites released a single "Hit Single" / "Bruce", and toured as the backing band for Dave Warner. The single had been self-financed, but that year they were signed by the now defunct Deluxe label. Their first album The Dugites was released in July 1980 and reached number 22 on the Australian Album charts. Their second album West Of The World was released in July 1981 and their final album Cut The Talking was released in April 1984.

When the ABCmarker's Sydney 'youth' radio station Double Jay was launched in 1975, Skyhooks' "You Just Like Me Cos I'm Good In Bed" was chosen as the opening song played on air, specifically because it had been banned by Australian commercial radio because ABC did not observe the same regulations. When Double Jay switched bands to FM in 1980, The Dugites' "Gay Guys" -- the B-side of the Dugites 1980's single "South Pacific", which was also banned by commercial radio -- became the first song to be played by Double Jay's successor, 2JJJ-FM Triple J.

Personnel

  • Lynda Nutter - Vocals & Percussion
  • Gunther Berghofer - Guitar & Vocals (1978-1983)
  • Peter Crosbie - Keyboards, Vocals & Writer
  • Clarence Bailey - Drums & Vocals
  • Paul Noonan - Bass & Vocals
  • John Crosbie - Guitars (1983-1984)
  • Bob Andrews - Production (1978-1983)


By mid-1983, Berghofer and Andrews had left the band.

Band Reformed - Snakefish

The Dugites were asked to be one of a number of Perthmarker bands of the '70s and '80s to be part of 2004's Old Day Out in Fremantlemarker.
"Some members of the Dugites live overseas now," says Lynda.
She explains how she recruited Perth keyboard whizz Kathy Travers, and guitarist Richard Leach to join with original Dugites members Clarence Bailey and Phil Bailey.

The Old Day Out gig was a large success.
"The idea of not playing again for another 20 years just seemed too stupid," Lynda recalls.


No way were The Dugites re-forming to merely regurgitate old hits though.
"We didn't like the idea of playing all the old Dugites hits ad nauseam," avers our singer, "we've got a lot more songs we've written since then, so it seemed a sensible idea to rename ourselves and start a new thing."


The new band is called Snakefish.

Discography

Albums

  • The Dugites (1980) No. 22 Australia
  • West Of The World (1981)
  • Cut The Talking (1984)
  • : The Best Of The Dugites (2004)


Singles

  • "Hit Single" / "Bruce" (1979)
  • "Goodbye" / " No God, No Master" (1980)
  • "In Your Car" / "13 Again" (1980)
  • "South Pacific" / "Gay Guys" (1980)
  • "Waiting" / "Who Loves You More" (1981)
  • "Part Of Me" / "Never Touch" (1981)
  • "No Money" / "Decide" (1982)
  • "Cut the Talking" / "Michael and Rodney" (1983)
  • "Juno and Me" / "Everything Must Change" (1983)


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