High School: Jonas Chord
1976-1978: Panurge, Lewis Manne & Menagerie
1978-1982: The Rag Dolls, Leatherette
1986-1991: Wooden Idols
1991-1995: Tender Hooks, The Sound Detectives
1995-2013: Naked Natives
The metamorphosis of Naked Natives is BANG!
2015 to present: Naked Natives
Tomislav (Naked Natives / BANG!)
In 1976 I formed my first post school band called PANURGE. The genre was mostly progressive rock with the odd pop tune thrown in. After all I was (and still am) influenced by The Beatles.
Like many others, The Beatles was the reason I took music seriously as a musician.
I was one of the founding members of the alternative rock band, THE RAG DOLLS. From 1978, we toured extensively around South Africa gigging in clubs and doing festivals. The Rag Dolls were signed by Graeme Beggs’ Sunshine Records. (Beggs had emormous success with all-girl band, Clout).
An album was recorded but never released due to contractual disagreements and Supreme Court action.
After The Rag Dolls disbanded I formed an original rock band called TOMMYGUN.
In 1986, while living in Cape Town, I entered one of my songs (Hey Baby) in the first Radio 5 / T.O.M.S demo competition. The song won the competition and I was signed by David Gresham (Gresham Records). The name was changed to WOODEN IDOLS with Karen Baker on lead vocal.
2 singles, recorded by WOODEN IDOLS and produced by Kevin Shirley, received extensive radio and TV coverage. Kevin Shirley emigrated to Sydney, Australia. When it came time to record the album, it made sense to go over to Oz to work with Kevin. Gresham was good enough to agree that we go over and he paid all expenses. The album received moderate recognition from the critics.
WOODEN IDOLS never performed live and this was one of the reasons for the break-up in 1991.
I immediately formed a new band called TENDER HOOKS and recorded an album with Transistor Records.
In 1995 I formed a recording project called NAKED NATIVES. ‘Live’ performances were far and few between as I concentrated on working mostly in the studio.
By this time I had moved down to Durban and recorded an album at NikFaiclough’s studio in Kloof using some of Durban’s top musicians. These included Bruce Baker and Craig Nash on Drums. Gary Richardson (from England) and Logan Byrne on Bass. Guitarists included Robbie Boake, John Ellis and Nibs van der Spuy. Producer Andrew Philip handled all keyboards. The album was released in 2000.
Nux Schwartz, Greg Leisegang and Colin Peddie joined the band for ‘live’ performances which included a memorable gig at Splashy Fen.
NAKED NATIVES has remained primarily a recording band which has consisted mostly of myself and Nux Schwartz. In 2008, the two of us recorded a song I wrote for Splashy Fen’s 20th Anniversary. The song is called POLISH THE SKY and remains the top download on NN’s Reverbnation page. We went on to record a complete album which is available on Reverbnation.
Naked Natives have consistently spent time in the studio recording and recently (Sept2015) completing a song with Croatian lyric, "Poljubi (Na Na Na)", which is receiving extensive airplay on Croatian radio stations.
I have since started a new recording project under the name BANG! So far, 2 tracks have been recorded. One at Nux’s studio and one at Neil Snyman’s studio.Besides Nux and I, guests on these tracks include Aury Livingstone, Miriam Erasmus and Paul Seaman.
Naked Natives continue to record ....