Octopus was an English psych-rock band that released three singles and the 1971 album Restless Night on Penny Farthing. Bassist Nigel Griggs and drummer Malcolm Green reappeared later in Split Enz.

Members: Nigel Griggs (bass, guitar), Paul Griggs (vocals, guitar, piano), Rick Williams (rhythm guitar, vocals, 1968-70), Gary Whinyates (drums, 1968-69), Brian Glascock (drums, 1969-70), John Cook (keyboards, 1970-72), Malcolm Green (drums, 1970-71), Tim Reeves (drums, 1971-72)

Octopus emerged from The Cortinas, a Hatfield, Hertfordshire, pop combo formed in 1964 by brothers Nigel and Paul Griggs. In 1968, they issued the pop-psych classic “Phoebe’s Flower Shop” on Polydor.


  • Restless Night (1971)


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