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Double Happys (also known as The Doublehappys) were a short-lived but influential rock band based in Dunedin, New Zealand, and part of the Dunedin Sound music wave of the 1980s. The band was formed initially by former Bored Games members Shayne Carter and Wayne Elsey after the demise of Elsey’s other band The Stones in 1983.

They employed an old and erratic drum machine (christened “Herbie Fuckface”). Herbie proved too erratic and it was not long before the duo opted to recruit former school friend John Collie to provide a more reliable rhythm section. They took part in the Flying Nun “Looney Tour” in February 1984, traveling around the country with various other bands, cutting a single, the “Double B-side” (“The Other’s Way” and “Anyone Else Would”), in March.

Early in 1985, the band recorded an EP, Cut it Out and embarked on a short tour in June. Towards the end of the tour the band were traveling south from Auckland by train, and Elsey, in high spirits, climbed out of a carriage. The train passed under a bridge, killing Elsey instantly.

The two remaining members of the band decided not to continue with the name, but later formed the nucleus of Straitjacket Fits.

Edited by scott_sea on 19 Oct 2012, 23:36

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