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...Spelling Mistakes...

Spelling Mistakes
l-r Warwick Fowler, Nick Hansen, Julian Hansen, Nigel Russell

Warwick Fowler a.k.a. Warwick Hitler (Guitar) Keith Bacon (bass) Nick Hansen (vocals) Julian Hansen (drums)

Spelling Mistakes were an Auckland punk band that formed in 1979 when Warwick Fowler formerly of The Atrocities and The Aliens (including Keith Bacon) enlisted the Hansen brothers formerly of Get Smart. Keith Bacon quit to form The Secret Agents and was replaced by Nigel Russell.

Their first release was "Reena's Piss Flaps" on a Ripper Records 7" shared with Whizz Kids' "Occupational Hazard". The song was a reference to actress Rena Owen who was an active boot girl on the Auckland scene at the time. It was banned by the NZBC. In April 1980 Spelling Mistakes entered "Rock Quest 80" winning first place and the chance to record a single on Propeller Records. The resulting track "Feel So Good" debuted at #29 in the pop charts. Spelling Mistakes disbanded in late 1980 though there were several reunions.

Two songs appear on the Flying Nun/Propeller Records re-release of Ripper Records classic punk compilation AK79.


Aug 1980 (7") Whizz Kids: Occupational Hazard/Spelling Mistakes: Reena's Piss Flaps - Ripper Records RIP 004

1980 (7") Feel So Good/I Hate the Spelling Mistakes/Hate Me, Hate Me Propeller Records REV 1 #29

1993 AK79 (Various Artists) Flying Nun Records - FNCD279/Propeller Records - D31083

Two songs: Feel So God/Hate Me, Hate Me 20 Apr 2014 (LP) Feels So Good - Real Groovy Records RGRLP005

More Video Links

The Spelling Mistakes - DVD Promo clip
Feel So Good - AK79 Reunion 2008
The Spelling Mistakes (live) - Record Store Day 19 April 2014

Audio Links

General Links

Audio Culture - Spelling Mistakes
The Opinionated Diner - Simon Grigg remembers the Spelling Mistakes