They were unique, and in the middle of that extravagant mess stood one Philip Judd. Judd left that band for a spell in , and again, for good, in After a time spent kicking around New Zealand producing and playing with various bands, including Aukland punk pioneers Suburban Reptiles and a project with lo-fi kiwi psych champ Chris Knox, Judd formed The Swingers with two fellow Suburban Reptiles refugees, drummer Buster Stiggs replaced later by Ian Gilroy and future Midnight Oil bassist Bones Hillman. Forsaking the artiness Judd had brought to bear on Enz, The Swingers favored a tight, hooky new-wave popcraft, upbeat yet seriously anxiety-ridden, not at all out of place in its time but amazingly durable in retrospect. Their wonderful US debut , though it differs significantly from its Australian counterpart , opens with three amazing songs in a row, effectively crafting the kind of brilliant statement of purpose that can snare a receptive listener for life, making it all the more unfortunate that Counting The Beat got remaindered and deleted so swiftly after its release. It opens with their debut single, the catchy-as-chlamydia title track.
The Swingers were a New Zealand rock band who were together from to and whose biggest single was the song " Counting the Beat ". Formed out of the remnants of the Suburban Reptiles , the founding members were Phil Judd guitar, vocals , Wayne Stevens a. Bones Hillman bass , and Mark Hough a. Buster Stiggs drums. Formed in , the band released the single "One Good Reason" which was a top 20 hit in New Zealand. They also appeared on the Ripper Records sampler AK79 and established a large live following after a residency at Auckland 's Liberty Stage club.