The Enemy (New Zealand band)

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Name = The Enemy

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Past_members =Chris Knox
Alec Bathgate
Mick Dawson
Mike Dooley

The Enemy were a band from Dunedin, New Zealand, that are often seen as the starting point of the Dunedin Sound rock movement.

Though the band did not release any official recordings, they are seen as hugely influential on the development of music in New Zealand. Though the band only existed from 1977 to 1979, they created the style which led to the development of many later bands in both Dunedin and New Zealand in general.

Fronted by Chris Knox and featuring Mick Dawson, Mike Dooley, and Alec Bathgate, the band were strongly influenced by the punk rock music scene overseas and acts such as Patti Smith and Iggy Pop.

Upon the demise of The Enemy, several members of the band went on to form Toy Love, and later Bathgate and Knox were to form the Tall Dwarfs. Early supporters of the band included Hamish and David Kilgour, who were to found The Clean (legend has it that Hamish Kilgour named "The Enemy" for their music style, and in response or retaliation, Knox commented that the Kilgours' own sound was "squeaky clean", hence that band's name).


Eggleton, D. (2003). "Ready to Fly". Nelson, NZ: Craig Potton. ISBN 1-877333-06-9

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