|Genres||Pop, new wave|
|Associated acts||Pop Mechanix, The Swingers, Midnight Oil|
|Past members||Andrew Snoid
Dennis "Choc" Te Whare
Despite their 1983 first single, "Sierra Leone", hitting the top five, and the band being named Most Promising Group of the Year at that year's RIANZ Awards they split up in 1984.
The band was formed in 1982 by lead singer Andrew Snoid, formerly with New Zealand bands The Whizz Kids, Pop Mechanix and Australian-based New Zealand group The Swingers, and guitarist Mark Bell. Bell later joined Snoid in a reformed Pop Mechanix. Other member were Dennis "Choc" Te Whare, keyboardist Stuart Pearce and drummer Paul Hewitt - and later guitarist Bones Hillman They decided on the name "Coconut Rough" based on a type of sweet treat popular in Australia and New Zealand.
The band's biggest hit was also their first single - "Sierra Leone" hit the top five in the 1983 New Zealand pop charts. The song was aided by one of the first New Zealand music videos with special effects. In 2001, Sierra Leone was voted the 94th best New Zealand song of all time by members of APRA.
|1983||"Sierra Leone"||#5 (NZ)
|1983||"As Good As It Gets"||#28 (NZ)||-|
|RIANZ||1983||Single of the Year||"Sierra Leone"||Nominated|
|Most Promising Group||Won|
|Best Music Video||Greg Rood - "Sierra Leone"||Nominated|
- The AMG profile for Coconut Rough
- Coconut Rough at thebigcity.co.nz
- Sierra Leone music video, courtesy NZ On Screen
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