Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Human Instinct - The Hustler (1974 new zealand, solid guitar rock with various influences)

Back in Auckland, the Greer brothers started work on renovating Dave Henderson and Tommy Adderley's "Granny's" nightclub. Tommy only had one request according to Maurice: "Purple - ! want the place to be ail purple with ace curtains and lots of latticework, just like a typical Granny's place", Once refurbished the group again took over the residency and started work on the next album "The Hustler "at Stebbings Studio. A theme of 1930's gangsters and prohibition quickly emerged with Glen Griff writing a song about Mae West while unbeknown to him John Donoghue had written a song about gangsters called "Johnny Blade" so a theme of gangsters and bootleggers was quickly established which seemed very appropriate in mid - 70 s New Zealand where unlicensed clubs sold tickets at the door for liquor and venues were constantly raided by the police. 

Human Instinct and Underdogs bassist Neil Edwards recalls the scene at the time; yeah there was this guy called Happy Jack ( we called him that because he never smiled) he would roil up in his car with a boot full of booze, he would always park a few doors down from a club and send word to the patrons that he was ready for business and people would be ushered out in small groups so as not to cause too much of a kerfuffle'. It was always $5 a bottle (hip flask) which was a lot dearer than the bottle stores at the time, he would have boxes of whiskey, gin, bourbon, whatever you wanted, i remember one time there was a construction site on the corner of Queen Street and Wyndham St which had access to Durham Lane where Grannys was. and he would hide in there in his car as lie was always cautious of being caught by the cops, he would always have one eye on the booze, one eye on the dough and his other eye looking out for cops. $5 was a Sot of money in those days so quite often you would get people to chip in $1 each and we would share, we were young and skinny so you didn't need much to get pissed anyway'.
CD Liner Notes
1. The Hustler (Glenn Mikkelson) - 4:12
2. Mae West and My Gangster Hero (Glenn Mikkelson) - 4:25
3. Funky Monkey (Glenn Mikkelson) - 3:55
4. Johnny Blade (John Donoghue) - 3:25
5. Last Breakfast (Alan Gorrie, Mick Travis) - 3:37
6. Passing Lines (Gordon, Reilly) - 7:11
7. Gypsy Lady (John Donoghue) - 4:18
8. Nothing's Changed (Glenn Mikkelson) - 2:39
9. Stoned Mary (Glenn Mikkelson) - 6:14

The Human Instinct
*Billy TK - Guitar
*Martin Hope - Guitar
*John Donoghue - Guitar, Vocals
*Glen Mickleson (aka Zaine Griff) - Bass, Vocals
*Maurice Greer - Drums, Vocals

1970  Human Instinct - Stoned Guitar (2007 bonus tracks edition)
1971  Human Instinct - Pins In It 
1972  Human Instinct - Snatmin Cuthin
1975  Human Instinct - Peg Leg / The Lost Tapes
Related Acts
1972/75/80  Billy T.K And The Powerhouse - Move On Up The Unreleased HMV Tapes (2009 release) 
1972  Space Farm - Space Farm 
1967-69  The Underdogs - Blues Band And Beyond / Sitting In The Rain
1970  The Underdogs - Wasting Our Time

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