The Puddle

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The Puddle
OriginDunedin, New Zealand
GenresAlternative rock, pop rock
Years active1983 – present
MembersGeorge D. Henderson
Ian Henderson
Gavin Shaw
Alan Starrett
Past membersShayne P. Carter
Peter Gutteridge
Lesley Z Paris
Ross Jackson
Norma O'Malley
Lindsay Maitland
Alan Haig
Heath Te Au
Jenny Crooks
Richard Cotton
Norman Dufty
Vikki Wilkinson

The Puddle are a New Zealand music group originally formed in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1983 or 1984 by George D. Henderson.[1] They had a mini-album, a live album, a studio album and a single released on New Zealand independent record label Flying Nun Records between 1986 and 1993. The group has continued to exist since then, with several line-up changes and periods of inactivity. Since 2006 the group has released four albums on Dunedin independent record label Fishrider Records.[2]

Early history[edit]

Prior to forming The Puddle George D. Henderson had been a key member of Wellington, New Zealand experimental avant-garde punk groups The Amps and The Spies.[3] In 1980 he relocated to Christchurch and formed The And Band who self released one 7-inch single.

Very early line-ups of The Puddle included Shayne P. Carter on drums, replaced briefly by current drummer Ian Henderson who is George's brother.[4] The first settled line-up of the band, which recorded the min-album Pop Lib, released on Flying Nun Records in 1986, also included Peter Gutteridge (keyboards), Lesley Z Paris (drums), Ross Jackson (bass), Norma O'Malley (flute) and Lindsay Maitland (coronet & French horn).[5]

Maitland died of an accidental drug overdose in 1987 and Gutteridge left to form Snapper. The remaining line-up recorded a live album Live at the Teddy Bear Club released on Flying Nun Records (FN172). It was followed in 1992 by a studio album, Into the Moon (FNCD164), recorded by Alastair Galbraith, which was released on CD together with the "Pop Lib" EP.

Henderson was imprisoned in 1991 for drug-related offending.[6] On his release a new Line-up of The Puddle was formed. This line-up recorded a 7-inch single "Thursday"/"Too Hot to be Cool" released on Flying Nun Records in 1993 (FN278). At this time this line-up of The Puddle recorded an album Songs For Emily Valentine. This album was not released until 2005[7] although two songs from it were released as a 7-inch single on French label Acetone in 1993.

In the second half of the 1990s Henderson contributed songs to the Dunedin collective group Mink. In 2000 The Puddle (with Ross Jackson back on bass and Alan Haig on drums) performed at the Dunedin Sound music event organised and broadcast live on California's KFJC radio station, and are included on the double CD released by the station as KFJC 89.7 FM Presents The Dunedin Sound.[8]

2001 to present[edit]

The Puddle (Henderson and Jackson, with ex-Mink drummer Heath Te Au) continued to play from 2001, although Henderson's health was affected by continued drug use and the effects of hepatitis C.

In 2005 Henderson began to address his health issues.[7] This coincided with a studio recording session in Wellington organised by a friend Richard Steele (which produced the 2010 album Playboys in the Bush). Since then The Puddle have recorded another four albums, all released on Fishrider Records.[2] The current line-up of The Puddle (since 2006) is Henderson (guitar, vocals), his brother Ian Henderson (drums), Gavin Shaw (bass) and Alan Starrett (viola, keyboards). They are occasionally augmented by keyboard/ trumpet player Lucy Hunter from fellow Fishrider Records band Opposite Sex.


Date of Release Title Label Charted Certification Catalog Number
1991 Live At The Teddy Bear Club Flying Nun - - FN172
1992 Into The Moon (includes Pop Lib EP) Flying Nun - - FNCD164
2005 Songs for Emily Valentine Powertool - - PT047
2007 No Love – No Hate Fishrider - - -
2009 The Shakespeare Monkey Fishrider - - FISH004
2010 Playboys In The Bush Fishrider - - FISH005
2012 Secret Holiday & Victory Blues Fishrider - - FISH007
EPs / Mini-albums
1986 Pop Lib Flying Nun - - THIS 001 / PUD 001

Singles and other appearances[edit]

  • "Christmas in the Country" appeared on a 1987 Bnet compilation Weird Culture Weird Custom
  • Live in the palm of your hand, cassette, Infinite Regress (1989)
  • "Friends (live)" appeared on a split Onset/Offset label 7-inch around 1987
  • "Thursday"/"Too Hot To Be Cool", 7-inch, Flying Nun (1993)
  • "The Power of Love"/"Mamelons damadou", 7-inch Acetone (France) (1995)
  • "Average Sensual Man", on split 7-inch single with Robert Scott/Adalita Srsen (2010)
  • "Secret Holiday"/"Victory Blues", Fishrider (2012)


  1. ^ Bell, Mark. "Splashing the Surface of The Puddle", NZ Musician, April/May 2009
  2. ^ a b "The Puddle" on Fishrider Records' website
  3. ^ "The Amps' page on Up The Punks"
  4. ^ Gilchrist, Shane. "Best Kind Of Momentum", Otago Daily Times, 4 July 2009
  5. ^ "The Puddle" on Fishrider Records' website"
  6. ^ Dass, Kiran. "Voodoo Rocker", The Listener, 23 August 2008
  7. ^ a b c Chilton, Chris. "Puddle Deep, Mountain High", Southland Times, 8 July 2011
  8. ^ Entry for KFJC 89.7 FM Presents The Dunedin Sound on

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