|Origin||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Genres||Rock, new wave|
|Past members||Phil Judd
The Swingers were a New Zealand rock band.
Formed out of the remnants of The Suburban Reptiles, the founding members were Phil Judd (guitar, vocals), Wayne Stevens (aka Bones Hillman) (bass), and Mark Hough (aka Buster Stiggs) (drums). Formed in 1979, the band released the single "One Good Reason" which was a top 20 hit in New Zealand. They also appeared on the Ripper Records sampler AK79 and established a large live following after a residency at Auckland's Liberty Stage club.
After some band dissension, Ian Gilroy of The Crocodiles replaced Hough on drums. The band released the single "Counting the Beat" which became a No. 1 hit in Australia and New Zealand. A second single released in 1981, "It Ain't What You Dance, It's the Way That You Dance It" (which had the outro repeat line "oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah"), was also a Top 5 hit in New Zealand but only a minor hit in Australia (reaching #43). An album, Practical Jokers, produced by David Tickle, was released. The band also performed songs in the film Starstruck.
|Date of Release||Title||Label||Charted||Certification||Catalog Number|
|1981||Practical Jokers||NZ: Ripper, AUS: Mushroom||#2 (NZ)
|1982||Counting the Beat||USA: Backstreet||-||-|
|1979||"One Good Reason"||#19 (NZ)||-|
|1981||"Counting the Beat"||#1 (NZ)
|1981||"It Ain't What You Dance, It's The Way That You Dance It"||#4 (NZ)
|1981||"One Track Mind"||# 27 (NZ)||-|
|1982||"Punch and Judy"||-||-|