Herbs

Pacific reggae legends Herbs were one of Aotearoa's most distinctive bands of the 1980s. The band scored ten Top 20 singles, including hits with fellow Kiwi legends Dave Dobbyn ('Slice of Heaven') and Tim Finn ('Parihaka'). Though infectiously upbeat, Herbs' music was often politically conscious: 1982 hit 'French Letter' became the sound of New Zealand's anti-nuclear stance. Along the way Herbs featured vocalists Dilworth Karaka, Willie Hona, and the late Charlie Tumahai — plus (briefly) Eagle Joe Walsh. In 2008, the band reconvened for 30th anniversary compilation Lights Of The Pacific: The Very Best Of Herbs.