City Weekend article on the band, October 1998
Handsome Geoffrey were a three-piece guitar pop group from Hamilton Girls' High School in the late 1990s to early 2000s. One of the more successful Hamilton groups of the time, the band came to prominence New Zealand wide by winning the national Rockquest in 1998.
Handsome Geoffrey comprised Anna Coddington
(guitar), Janna Hawkins
(bass) and Aidee Walker
(drums). With simple and sweet yet melodically
Aidee, Anna and Janna as they appeared in the City Weekend paper in 1998
interesting songs such as Around the Sun
and Surly Little Bugger
, the group had as many detractors as they did followers, which was plenty, perhaps more of each than any other Hamilton band since (excluding perhaps the Datsuns
). During one performance at the Hillcrest Tavern
was infamously hit in the face by a glass beer mug.
After relocating to Auckland, and with the addition of drummer Jonny Corker (ex-Rubicon), the group re-emerged in late 2004 as indie-pop rockers Duchess.
One recording by Handsome Geoffrey, I Sort of Love You, can be found on the 2001 compilation Year Zero, and was released on the 2000 promotional CD NZ on Air Indie Hit Disc 10.
- Handsome Haul, City Weekend, October 1998
- There's something about Geoffery, Waikato Times, 27 October 1998, P13
- Flying jug spoils singer's night, Waikato Times, 20 August 1999, P1
- Singer battles flying jug as contest rages, Waikato Times, 20 August 1999, P3
- Ex-pupils aim for stardom, Waikato Times, 29 July 1999, P3
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