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A very popular local live band in the early 1990s, the ''Romantic Andes'' met at the [[University of Waikato]]'s Bryant Hall, initially calling themselves [[Giant Jack and the Codpieces]]. The band went through a number of lineup changes over several years.
 
A very popular local live band in the early 1990s, the ''Romantic Andes'' met at the [[University of Waikato]]'s Bryant Hall, initially calling themselves [[Giant Jack and the Codpieces]]. The band went through a number of lineup changes over several years.
  
A popular early recording, ''Anaconda Funky Limbo'', appeared on the 1993 compilation [[Discordia Concors]] (with their name misspelt "Romantic Andies"), featuring the popular sing-along lyrics "Bob Marley used to sing this song". The lineup at this time comprised [[Dylan Parry]] (vocals, jewish harp, percussion), [[John Worsley]] (acoustic guitar, vocals, percussion, toilet), [[Brendan White]] (acoustic bass, backing vocals), [[Hayden Biglow]] (cello, backing vocals), [[Dan Hodgkinson]] (drums) and [[Demelza Locke]] (backing vocals, percussion). They had three additional [[Contact]] live-to-air recordings released at the same time on the [[Inside the Wireless]] compilation. The band won the [[Contact 89FM]] busking competition in 1993, winning the chance to support ''the Muttonbirds'', but were unable to attend ([[MSU]] took their place). Their first major gig was instead supporting ''Jan Hellriegel'', and they were the major drawcard to the [[Hamapalooza]] gig in 1993.
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A popular early recording, ''Anaconda Funky Limbo'', appeared on the 1993 compilation [[Discordia Concors]] (with their name misspelt "Romantic Andies"), featuring the popular sing-along lyrics "Bob Marley used to sing this song". The lineup at this time comprised [[Dylan Parry]] (vocals, jewish harp, percussion), [[John Worsley]] (acoustic guitar, vocals, percussion, toilet), [[Brendan White]] (acoustic bass, backing vocals), [[Hayden Biglow]] (cello, backing vocals), [[Dan Hodgkinson]] (drums) and [[Demelza Locke]] (backing vocals, percussion). They had three additional [[Contact]] live-to-air recordings released at the same time on the [[Inside the Wireless]] compilation. The band won the [[Contact 89FM]] busking competition in 1993, winning the chance to support ''the Muttonbirds'', but were unable to attend ([[MSU]] took their place). Their first major gig was instead supporting ''Jan Hellriegel'' in October 1992, and they were the major drawcard to the [[Hamapalooza]] gig in 1993.
  
 
The band won the [[Contact]] [[Battle of the Bands]] in 1994, wearing drag. In September that year they released an album titled [[To Understand the Animals]] with a performance at the [[Wailing Bongo]]. By this time the lineup had evolved to John Worsley, Dylan Parry, Hayden Biglow, [[Mike Clarkin]] (drums) and [[Tim Hansen]] (bass). Crowd favourites included "Half a World Away", "Happy Hug Song", and "Tiny Tom".
 
The band won the [[Contact]] [[Battle of the Bands]] in 1994, wearing drag. In September that year they released an album titled [[To Understand the Animals]] with a performance at the [[Wailing Bongo]]. By this time the lineup had evolved to John Worsley, Dylan Parry, Hayden Biglow, [[Mike Clarkin]] (drums) and [[Tim Hansen]] (bass). Crowd favourites included "Half a World Away", "Happy Hug Song", and "Tiny Tom".

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