Buster Stiggs
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Buster Stiggs

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Band Alternative Singer/Songwriter


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Suburban Reptiles

1978 - Feb 6th. "Megaton"/"Desert Patrol" - Vertigo - 6036920 - Phonogram

1978 "Saturday Night Stay at Home"/"45 Single"

"Saturday Night Stay at Home", "Megaton", and "Coup d'Etat" on AK79 (1979)

"Saturday Night Stay at Home" on Hits and Myths (1982)

The Swingers

One Good Reason / All Over Town. 1980.
Produced by Mike Chunn, recorded at Mascot Studios.
NZ: Ripper RIP002 (7").

Counting The Beat / One Good Reason. 1980.
AUS: Mushroom K8101 (7").

Counting The Beat / One Good Reason. 1981.
NZ: Ripper RIP 012 (7").

It Ain't What You Dance It's The Way You Dance It / Flak.
NZ: Ripper RIP 015 (7").

Counting The Beat / It Ain't What You Dance It's The Way You Dance It. 1982.
USA: Backstreet L33 1770 (12").

Counting The Beat / The Flak. 1982.
UK: Carrere CAR 223 (7").

Counting The Beat / It Ain't What You Dance It's The Way You Dance It. 1997.
"#3 in a series of 25 limited edition classic Mushroom singles".
AUS: Mushroom MUSH01714.2 (CD single)

Practical Jokers: Practical Joker / One Track Mind / Lovesick / True Or False / More / Counting The Beat / It Ain't What You Dance It's The Way You Dance It / Ayatollah / Five O'Clock Shadow / Funny Feeling / Distortion / Hit The Beach. 1981.
Produced by David Tickle, recorded at Music Farm Studios, NSW.
NZ: Ripper RIP004 (LP and cassette)
AUS: Mushroom L37635 (LP), C37635 (cassette), D19228 (CD, released 1990).

Counting The Beat: Counting The Beat / It Ain't What You Dance, It's The Way You Dance It / One Track Mind / True Or False / The Flak / More / Hit The Beach / One Good Reason / Love Sick / Five O'Clock Shadow. 1982.
Has different versions of songs: Counting The Beat is mixed differently and Phil starts singing quite a bit earlier, and the whole first chorus of Lovesick is cut.
USA: Backstreet BSR-5328 (LP, cassette).

Counting The Beat. 1998.
Re-issue of Practical Jokers with 2 extra tracks: The Flak / One Good Reason.
AUS: Mushroom MUSH33085.2 (CD).

Starstruck (soundtrack): Starstruck Overture / Starstruck / Gimme Love / Temper Temper / It's Not Enough / Tough / Humming a Tune / I Want to Live In a House / Body and Soul / My Belief In You / Turnaround / Monkey in Me / Starstruck Finale. 1982.
AUS: Mushroom L37783 (LP with 3D cutout popup cover), C37783 (cassette)
NZ and USA: A&M SP-4938 (LP, released 1983), C-4938 (cassette)

The Mushroom Evolution Concert: (live 1982, double CD, includes performance of Counting The Beat). 1998.
AUS: Mushroom MUSH331272 (CD).

AK79: Certain Sound / Baby. 1979.
NZ: Ripper RPR1 (LP), Flying Nun FN279 / Propeller REV 503 (cassette and CD re-released 1993)

Goat's Milk Soap: Never Never. 1980.
NZ: Propeller.

Hits And Myths: One Good Reason. 1981.

Hauraki Homegrown '81: One Good Reason. 1981.

Final Mix: One Good Reason. 1982.
NZ: Mandrill MAN 5 (LP).

Barking Up The Right Tree: Counting The Beat. 1983.
NZ: Jayrem BURT 1 (LP).

It's Bigger Than Both Of Us: One Good Reason. 1988.
NZ: Propeller L60037.8, 2REV 210 (LP, cassette, CD).

25 Years Of Kiwi Rock: Counting The Beat. 1989.

User Friendly Soundtrack: Counting The Beat. 1990.

Kiwi Rock Vol. 2: It Ain't What You Dance. 1994.

Bliss - 20 Essential NZ Classics: Counting The Beat / One Good Reason. 1995.
NZ (CD).

Kiwi Gold Disc 4 1980-1985: Counting The Beat. 1996.
NZ: NZ On Air (CD, promo only).

The Mushroom Story Volume 2 - The Eighties: Counting The Beat. 1998.
AUS: Mushroom (CD).

Other Enz: Split Enz & Beyond: Certain Sound / All Over Town / Counting The Beat. 1999.
AUS: Raven RVCD-100 (double CD).

The Models

(1981) Cut Lunch - Mushroom

(1981) Local And/Or General - A&M UK, Mushroom Australia

Collection CD (2004) (Import) Australia
20 Models tracks including 'Local and/or General', 'Creature From The Black Lagoon', 'Out Of Mind Out Of Sight'

Various Artists Another Lost Decade: The 80'S Hard To Find Hits CD (2005)

Various Artists I Wanna Punk Rock: The Step Forward Singles Collection CD (2007)

Various Artists I Wanna Punk Rock: The Step Forward Singles Vinyl LP (2007)

Various Artists Eighties Complete V.1 CDs (2002) (Import) Australia
This compilation of popular songs recorded by 1980s rock artists includes performances from Blondie, The Pretenders, The Vapors and many others. Aussie box-set featuring 90 tracks from various artists including, Blondie, Cyndi Lauper, The Swingers, Crowded House, The Models, The Motels, Kenny Loggins, Bobby McFerrin etc.

Various Artists Cool World CDs (2007) (Import) Australia
41 essential Australian rock singles 1976-86 plus a 20 page booklet featuring reproductions of each sleeve anda photo of each band: Models "Local&/or General",Lime Spiders 'Weirdo Libido', HoodooGurus 'I Want You Back', Triffids 'Wide Open Road', Boom Crash Opera 'Great Wall', Eurogliders 'We Will etc.

Various Artists Mushroom Evolution Concert (Re



Buster began writing songs with Neil Finn when they were both teenagers in their first band After Hours.
He then formed NZ's first punk band The Suburban Reptiles who are credited with starting the NZ independent music scene. The Suburban Reptiles first release a double A side single (the first ever in NZ) Megaton / Desert Patrol written by Buster released on the Vertigo label by Phonogram now sells for over $600.
Original footage of the bands first art school gig is being restored by the Department of the Arts in NZ and is considered to be invaluable part of the cultural and musical history of NZ.
Buster then formed The Swingers with Split Enz founder Phil Judd and bones Hillman who later played bass for Midnight Oil.
Their song "Counting The Beat' produced by David Tickle( Blondie, Prince, Sheryl Crow The Police, Split Enz) was the fastest rising Oz single since Daddy Cool's "Eagle Rock" reaching number one on the Oz and NZ charts in 4 weeks.
Buster then joined Oz band The Models, played drums and wrote songs for their Mini Album, "Cut Lunch" and their critically and highly influential album "Local &/or General' for A&M at the Farmyard Studios in Buckinghamshire UK with producer Stephen W Taylor (Suzanne Vega, Peter Gabriel, Underworld, Howard Jones, Stevie Nicks, Rush, Bob Geldof, Rupert Hine, Sting, Lou Reed, Tina Turner).
The Models also used producer Steve Brown at Rak Studios in London with producer Steve Brown (Sir Elton John, ABC, George Michael, Alison Moyet, Haysi Fantasi, Queen, The Cult, The Manic Street Preachers, and The Pogues)
With a substantial punk credibility and pop pedigree behind him, Buster now performs solo shows with the same energy and originality that he brought to all his previous bands. Buster has 238 songs registered with APRA. In September 2009 produced five new songs with David Sandercock from New Mind Studios recording and playing keyboards, and guitarist/bass player Mark Schnelling