Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band


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Neil Worboys (Vocals, Harmonica, Mandolin, Kazoo)
Tony Hooper (Vocals, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar)
Kevin Findlater (Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar)
Brian Hayward (Bass Guitar, Tea Chest Bass)
Richard Egan (Vocals, Jug, Percussion)
Danny Shaw (Drums, Washboard)

The Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band was formed in late 1972 by a bunch of Victoria University students. Their instruments included kazoo, tea chest bass and washboard. Their first gig of any note was at the Ngaruawahia Music Festival in 1973, but it took their 1973 ‘New Faces’ appearance, where they were finalists, to really kick off their career. With their ridiculous stage costumes, infectious humour, bouncy songs and Worboys’ foghorn voice, they couldn’t miss.

In November 1973 they scored two massive hits for EMI, “Miss September” and “Everybody Knows” reaching number 2 and 3 respectively on the national charts. An album, “Bulldoggin” was released in June 1974 but it failed to sell, as did subsequent singles “Baby Get Out” and “Day In The Sun”.


Brian McRae, from the Leaders, and Paul Curtiss, were also members of the group during its time.

At year’s end they recruited songwriter John Donoghue, but the Bulldog’s time had already passed.

In 1985 an album appeared, on which they contributed three tracks. The album was called “Something Old, Something New” and was shared with Hogsnort Rupert, Dave and the Dynamos, and Alec Wishart.


Grateful acknowledgement is made to Bruce Sergent for letting us use this material from his great discographical site New Zealand Music of the 60’s, 70’s and a bit of 80’s.

Last edited: 16.04.18

From AudioCulture

When it came time to choose between moving to Australia or disbanding in late 1974, Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band unanimously decided on calling it quits with a Christmas-New Year North Island tour. The thought of starting over across the Tasman was just too much to bear. Bursting onto the national scene as the NZBC’s Studio One New Faces winners of 1973, Bulldogs scored two top five hits, released an album, toured relentlessly, were awarded recording artist/group of the year at the RATA Awards and the group award at the NEBOA Entertainer Of The Year and even performed for and met the Queen. They had nothing more to prove. The Bulldogs story starts with singer Neil Worboys, who became interested in jug band music through his older brother, Brian, and had formed his own jug band, Stupid Cat Requiem, during his first year at Wellington Teachers College in 1970. Read moreProfile from Audioculture, available under a Attribution Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence

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