Coup d'Etat

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The short-lived New Zealand pop group Coup d'Etat was led by vocalist/guitarist Harry Lyon, a onetime member of Hello Sailor. Bassist Neil Hannan, ex-Red Mole keyboardist Jan Preston, and drummer Steve…
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The short-lived New Zealand pop group Coup d'Etat was led by vocalist/guitarist Harry Lyon, a onetime member of Hello Sailor. Bassist Neil Hannan, ex-Red Mole keyboardist Jan Preston, and drummer Steve Osborne rounded out the group, originally dubbed Wolfgang upon their formation in early 1980. Osborne soon exited, replaced by drummer Paul Dunningham; in a short time the band's debut single, "No Music on My Radio," was released. Coup d'Etat's sophomore effort, "Doctor I Like You Medicine," was their lone hit, peaking in the Top Ten; a self-titled LP followed. After just one more single, "Permanent Hire," the band dissolved, briefly re-forming in 1982 before calling it quits for good.