|Label:||Vertigo / Polygram (1980)|
|Genre:||Indie Rock , Rock U|
Good clean vinyl with a smart high gloss cover
Coup D'Etat was a New Zealand band active between 1981-2. Members included Harry Lyon, previously (and subsequently) of Hello Sailor, Jan Preston and Neil Hannan of Red Mole, and drummer Paul Dunningham. Originally, Preston and Hannan were members of the band Wolfgang with drummer Steve Osborne. Harry Lyon joined the band, which was then re-named Coup D'Etat.
Neither their first single No Music On My Radio (sung by Preston), nor later single Permanent Hire (sung by Lyon) equalled the success of Doctor I Like Your Medicine. Their self-titled album, released in 1981, reached 14 in the national charts.
Lyon joined fellow ex-Hello Sailor member Graham Brazier's band The Leigonnaires, which eventually led to a full Hello Sailor reunion. Paul Dunningham joined Mi-Sex. Preston went on to have a lengthy solo career as a boogie-woogie pianist and singer.