The Swingers

Swingers were a Kiwi new wave band that released the album Practical Jokers in 1981. Their single “Counting the Beat” reached No. 1 in New Zealand and Australia. They feature in the 1982 Australian musical comedy Starstruck. Guitarist–singer Phil Judd was a founding member of Split Enz.

Members: Phil Judd (vocals, guitar), Dwayne “Bones” Hillman (bass guitar), Buster Stiggs (drums, 1978-80), Ian “Killjoy” Gillroy (drums, 1980-82), Andrew McLennan (vocals, 1982)

The Swingers spun from the Suburban Reptiles, a pioneering Auckland punk band that issued two singles in 1978. The second, “Saturday Night Stay at Home,” features guitarist Phil Judd, who recently returned to New Zealand after three years in England as an off-on member of Split Enz.


  • Practical Jokers (1981)


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