Spats are better known as the band they soon became: The Crocodiles. Formed in mid 1977, originally as Les Hots, Spats performed everything from jazz to doo-wop, as well as sellout shows at the Gluepot with Limbs Dance Company. In 1979 legendary American producer Kim Fowley (The Runaways) was won over by the band during a visit to New Zealand — especially energetic track 'New Wave Goodbye'. He encouraged singer Fane Flaws and company to change their name, and concentrate on more original material. And so they did.