Push Push (band)

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Push Push
A Trillion Shades of Happy.JPG
Cover of the 1992 album A Trillion Shades of Happy
Background information
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Rock, Glam metal
Years active 1985-1993
Labels Tall Poppy Records
Festival Records
Past members Mikey Havoc
Steve Abplanalp
Scott Cortese
Andy Kane
Shayne Silver
Ken Green

Push Push was a glam metal rock band of the 1990s from Auckland, New Zealand. They were best known for their single "Trippin'".


Early days 1985/86. From left to right: Ken Green, Mikey Havoc, Andy Wilson, Steve Abplanalp
Scott Cortese who replaced drummer Ken Green.

Former Auckland Rangitoto College students Mikey Havoc (vocals), Ken "Kenny" Green (drummer), Andy Kane (aka Andy Wilson, lead guitar), and Steve Abplanalp (bass) formed the band around 1985/86. Silver (Shayne Silver, guitar) then joined, followed by Scott Cortese (drummer, formerly in the band Whiskey and Lace) who replaced Green.

The band released their debut album A Trillion Shades of Happy in 1992. Their first single "Trippin'" was recorded at Airforce Studios (Auckland), with the drum track for done in one take. The song went to #1 in New Zealand. The bonus track "I Love My Leather Jacket" was recorded at The Lab. Backing vocals on the track 'Dig My World' were provided by Jan Hellriegel

The band opened for AC/DC at Mount Smart Stadium in 1992. Apparently the band drew straws to see who was going to walk onstage first as there were around 50,000 people in the crowd so they were all pretty nervous (Scott Cortese the drummer drew the short straw). Their set ended prematurely however because a fire started under the stage and Mikey Havoc announced this to the crowd which the promoters didn't like. They also blew up the speaker system so AC/DC weren't able to play as loudly as they normally did.

The band performed this on the first Hey Hey It's Saturday (Australian entertainment) show broadcast in New Zealand. "Song 27" and "What My Baby Likes" were further New Zealand Top 10 hits for the band, although neither charted in Australia.

In 1991 PUSH PUSH was awarded the top band award and best video award for trippin at the RIANZ awards.

Push Push singer, Mikey Havoc, later went on to host a television show called Havoc with Jeremy 'Newsboy' Wells.



Year Title Details Peak chart
1991 A Trillion Shades of Happy 3


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
NZ[1] Aus[2]
1991 "Trippin'" 1 25 A Trillion Shades of Happy
"Song 27" 7
1992 "What My Baby Likes" 4


RIANZ New Zealand Music Awards
Year Award[3] Details Result
1992[4] Best Group Won
Video of the Year "Trippin'" Mauger Bros Won
Single of the Year "Trippin'" Nominated
Best Male Vocalist Mikey Havoc Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Push Push discography". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Push Push: Discography". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "NZMAs". nzmusicawards.co.nz. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  4. ^ "1992 New Zealand Music Awards". Web page. RIANZ. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 

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