Push Push (band)

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Push Push
Push Push Photo 1.jpg
Push Push in 1992. From Left to Right Scott Cortese, Silver, Steve Abplanalp, Andy Kane, Mikey Havoc
Background information
OriginAuckland, New Zealand
Years active1985 (1985)-1993, 2016-present
LabelsTall Poppy
MembersMikey Havoc
Steve Abplanalp
Scott Cortese
Andy Kane
Past membersKen Green

Push Push are a rock band formed in the 1990s from Auckland, New Zealand. They are best known for their single "Trippin'".


Formation and Early Years (1985-86)[edit]

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 (guitar) then joined, followed by Scott Cortese (drummer, formerly in the band Whiskey and Lace) who replaced Green.

A Trillion Shades of Happy (1992)[edit]

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 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. "Song 27" and "What My Baby Likes" were further New Zealand Top 10 hits for the band.

Opening for AC/DC (1992)[edit]

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.


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

Announcement (2016)[edit]

In February 2016, Steve Abplanalp made a guest appearance on the New Zealand Comedy Gameshow 7 Days (New Zealand TV series), where he made the announcement the band was back together and about to release a new Single and Play a few shows.



Year Title Details Peak chart
1992 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 62
1992 "What My Baby Likes" 4 118


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.nz. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  2. ^ Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  3. ^ "NZMAs". nzmusicawards.co.nz. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  4. ^ "1992 New Zealand Music Awards". Web page. RIANZ. Archived from the original on 20 December 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012.

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