- Herbs (band)
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Name = Herbs
Background = group_or_band
Years_active = 1979-1995
Toni Fonoti Spencer Fusimalohi Charlie TumahaiThe "Herbs" were a New Zealand reggaevocal group from 1979until 1995.
The Herbs produced a stream of reggae hits with some of the country's top talent. In the 1980s, and the first half of the 90s, the Herbs had ten Top 20 singles hits. The Herbs also worked alongside
UB40, Taj Mahal, Tina Turner, Neil Youngand Stevie Wonder.
Though upbeat, the Herbs' music is clear in its messages. Their
1982 New Zealandhit " French Letter", which spent 11 weeks on the charts, came to express New Zealand's anti-nuclear stance. Fourteen years later, it was re-recorded to garner support for the prevention of nuclear testing at Mururoa. Similarly, " No Nukes (The Second Letter)", "Nuclear Waste" and " Light Of The Pacific" expressed much the same sentiment.
The Herbs' third album "Long Ago", which featured the 1984 single of the same name, was produced by well-known New Zealand bass player Billy Kristian. In 1985, Charlie Tumahai joined the group, having been a session musician for various international acts. [http://www.milesago.com/obits/tumahai-obit.htm] ]
1986and 1987, " Slice of Heaven" with Dave Dobbynreached number one on both the New Zealand and Australian charts. In 1989, Tim Finnjoined them for "Parihaka" and in 1992, Annie Crummerfronted the hit single " See What Love Can Do".
Sometime in the late 1980s, the band was assisted by Eagles member
Joe Walsh, who did some production work and also played slide guitar on the band's cover of "Walk Away Renee", originally recorded by The Left Banke.
The Herbs are considered pioneers of the
Pacific reggaesoundFact|date=February 2007, having paved the way for contemporary New Zealand reggaegroups such as Fat Freddy's Drop, Katchafireand Trinity Roots.
The group disbanded upon the death of Charlie Tumahai in 1995.
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