Mobile Stud Unit
Mobile Stud Unit
MSU, Waikato 'O' week, 2000
Background information Origin Hamilton, New Zealand Genres Punk Years active 1993–2008 Labels Pus Associated acts Semi Detached Unit Members Rohan "Marxi" Marx
Chris "Sven Tainui" Paki
Aaron "Leroy Brown" Watkinson
Past members Griff "Grifta" Robb
Dean "Deano Ballswinger" Ballinger
Mobile Stud Unit (MSU) were a long-lived satirical punk band formed in Hamilton, New Zealand in 1993 by a group of students at the University of Waikato. They were renowned for their unpredictable on-stage antics and the offensive lyrical content of their songs.
While the band has had at least 10 members, outrageous frontman Rohan "Marxi" Marx has been the one constant.
Mobile Stud Unit were originators of self-described 'pus-rock' - a sound heavily influenced by early New Zealand punk bands such as those that featured on the AK79 compilation of late seventies Auckland punk bands, mixed with outwardly offensive "fart jokey" lyrics. Song titles include "Stroke Victim", "Grut Sniffer" and "Wheel of Clitoris".
The early years
The Mobile Stud Unit was formed, by chance, when they entered a busking competition in 1993. The winners of the competition would go on to open for renown New Zealand band The Mutton Birds. Winning band the Romantic Andes were unable to perform the support gig, so it went to second-place-getters Mobile Stud Unit. This posed a problem for MSU - having only one song, they were then required to write enough material to last a whole set. According to folklore the band nearly jeopardised their first official gig when they decided to get drunk and start tackling Mutton Birds frontman Don McGlashan.
Stu's Pie Cart
Stu's Pie Cart, off MSU's 1997 CD Blood Spew is a lament on the closing of Stu's Rivercity Diner, a popular pie cart in Hamilton East's Grey Street. The song was featured on Radio New Zealand National's Sounds Historical programme and mentioned in the 2008 book The Great New Zealand Pie Cart.
MSU held their 10th anniversary in 2004 (11 years after they were formed). The line-up for the night included current and previous members who performed all MSU songs in chronological order to a full house at Diggers Bar, Hamilton. Hamilton ska band Bwa Da Riddum reunited to play support for MSU.
15th Anniversary and Break-up
MSU celebrated their 15th anniversary by calling it quits. The band played their final gig at Altitude Bar, Hamilton. Support was provided by Th' Shrugs and TV's Wayne Anderson. MSU played two sets of their greatest hits. The most recent line-up was joined by former members Jocko, Jamie Stone, Dave O'Shea, Deano Ballswinger and SS Stormtrooper. The band also released their final album, Road Kill, a best-of compilation.
While MSU have broken up before, Marxi stated on the band's Facebook page that this time the band has broken up for good.
The track "Gunna Bash" from their 2002 album Flaps is also featured on the soundtrack of the feature film The Locals and can be heard in the car chase scene.
MSU have released four albums. Most notably, their 2002 album Flaps was engineered by The Datsuns's guitarist Christian Livingstone.
Date of Release Title Label Charted Country Catalog Number 1994 My Pyjamas Smell Acidicky (cassette tape) Face - New Zealand - 1997 Blood Spew Pus - New Zealand PUS001 2002 Flaps Pus - New Zealand PUS002 2003 My Pyjamas Smell Acidicky (CD Reissue) Pus - New Zealand PUS003 2008 Road Kill: The Best and Worst of the Mobile Stud Unit 1993 - 2008 Pus - New Zealand PUS004
Date of Release Title Label Charted Country Catalog Number 2001 Zero Point One (song Drugs at the Party) Airwigg Records - New Zealand aircd003 2003 Remedial Class (song Salesman) Stuntcock Records - New Zealand 2003 The Locals soundtrack (song Gunna Bash) Festival Mushroom Records - New Zealand -
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