Low Profile's main claim to fame is their quirky 1984 single 'Elephunk in my Soup'. The band was formed as a studio partnership by Phil Bowering and Steve Garden in 1982 (taking their name from the idea of being "low profile urban guerrillas"). Their debut album, 'Quiet Stress', followed in 1983; and there was a second long player, 'Elephunkin'', in 1987. Attempts to get overseas interest, following the success of 'Elephunk', were fruitless - and Bowering moved to London in 1990. He has since returned to New Zealand and is based in New Plymouth.
The playful ‘Elephunk in my Soup’ was the result of experimentation by Phil Bowering and Steve Garden during spare studio time. The video was directed by artist William Keddell (now based in Florida) while Chris Barrett was responsible for the cinematography and the Len Lye-influenced animations (some scratched directly onto 16mm film in Lye’s style). Made in the days before a local music video industry had really established itself, it was a finalist in the NZ Music Awards. Phil Bowering is on the couch and, of course, he’s got his wash-hose.