The Swingers

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The Swingers
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Rock, new wave
Years active 1979–1982
Labels Mushroom Records
Past members Phil Judd
Wayne Stevens
Mark Hough
Ian Gilroy
Andrew Snoid

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.

In 1980 the band moved to Australia and signed for Mushroom Records for that country, although their New Zealand releases remained on Ripper.[1]


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.


The band underwent a couple more line-up changes, including the addition of Pop Mechanix and Coconut Rough vocalist Andrew Snoid, before it split up in March 1982.



Year Title Label Charted Certification
1981 Practical Jokers NZ: Ripper, AUS: Mushroom #2 (NZ)[2]
#70 (AUS)[3]
1982 Counting the Beat USA: Backstreet - -


Year Single Album Charted Certification
1979 "One Good Reason" #19 (NZ) -
1981 "Counting the Beat" #1 (NZ)
#1 (AUS)
1981 "It Ain't What You Dance, It's The Way That You Dance It" #4 (NZ)
#43 (AUS)
1981 "One Track Mind" #27 (NZ) -
1982 "Punch and Judy" - -



  1. ^ The Swingers Discography
  2. ^ Practical Jokers Album
  3. ^ Kent, David. Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W. (1993). ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ New Zealand Charts

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