As The 1B Darlings, they’d tapped glam rock, pub R&B and New York street rock. Renamed The Scavengers, Mike Lesbian (Mike Simons), Johnny Volume (Ken Cooke), Mal Licious (Marlon Hart), and Des Truction (Simon Monroe) amped it up another notch and set the New Zealand template for punk rock with fellow first wave punks, Suburban Reptiles.
The song Mysterex was written about former lead singer Mike Lesbian.
Johnny Volume, Ronnie Recent lived in a flat in Remuera where The Scavengers practised on the front lawn. Noise complaints killed this idea after a couple of rehearsals.
Ronnie Recent returned to the UK in the early 1980s, where, as Brendan Perry, he found global fame with Dead Can Dance.
The Scavengers reformed for shows in Auckland in 2004 and 2008. Their music was compiled and released in 2003 by New Zealand music archivist John Baker.
Johnny Volume - guitar
Ronnie Recent - bass, vocals
Des Truction - drums
Mal Licious - bass
Mike Lezbian - vocals