Formed in Auckland in 1977, the Enemy, alongside the Clean, were New Zealand’s most influential punk ambassadors. Led by Chris Knox (b. 2 September 1952, Invercargill, New Zealand; vocals), the band’s other members included guitarist Alec Bathgate (b. 1956, Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand, and later a Knox collaborator in both Toy Love and the Tall Dwarfs), Mick Dawson (bass) and Mike Dooley (drums). When Dawson left in 1978 he was replaced first by Phil Judd and then Paul Kean. They never recorded, but Knox’s live presence was formidable and a major influence on later developments in Antipodean new wave. Many of the Enemy’s songs were subsequently revisited by Toy Love, the band into which Enemy evolved in 1979.
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