Scruff Profile

aka Peter Ralph
John Dix
23 Oct 2014

For three decades, Scruff – real name Peter Lindsay Ralph – was the NZ music industry's favourite bouncer. Familiar to most major NZ acts, he toured with everyone from The La De Da’s to DD Smash to 8 Foot Sativa.

As a personal minder he mixed with an array of international stars, including David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Tina Turner. Debbie Harry flashed her breasts at him, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics gave him a five-figure bonus, U2, UB40 and The Stranglers offered him off-shore employment. And Dr Feelgood's Lee Brilleaux wanted to remain in New Zealand, just to hang out with him.

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Scruff and John Dix, Levin 1999
Scruff in the 1980s
Scruff with Dave Dobbyn, mid-1980s
Scruff with Tommy Ferguson and Maori Hi-Five founder Ike Mete-Kingi, Stranded In Paradise launch, November 2005
Photo credit: Photo by Keith Newman
Scruff with granddaughter Jodie
Scruff (left) and Yuk Harrison at Sonny Day's tangi, 2007. 
Photo credit: Bryan Staff
Three members of The Sick Crew, all now deceased - from left: Steve Kahuta aka Foot, Laurie Bell and Scruff
Scruff, two weeks before he passed away
Photo credit: Photo by Allan Johnston
Poster for Scruff's 2012 photograhic exhibition 
Scruff talks with Harvindar Singh
Blink and Camp A Low Hum's most recognisable security guard
Photo credit: Photo by Ian Jorgensen