You can now watch the Springbok Nude Girls doccie on Showmax

2017-04-04 15:04

Cape Town – Were you lucky enough to be in the Jo’burg or Cape Town crowds for the Pixies tour to South Africa? Fans and critics all agree that the Nudies rocked hard enough at those shows to prove they’ve still got it, even after 22 years on the scene. 

With their legendary history, the band was a fitting support act for international music icons the Pixies, whose psychedelic hard rock inspired Nirvana, Radiohead and more.

All fans and groupies of SA rock, whether or not you saw the Springbok Nude Girls live: don’t miss a beat. Make sure to tune in to the official Springbok Nude Girls documentary on Showmax.

From Bubblegum on My Boots to Blue Eyes

Premiering in June last year, the documentary focuses on the band’s formative years in apartheid-era Stellenbosch, and their rapid journey to becoming the poster-children for free-thinking, alternative young people who resisted the regime. They exploded on the scene with their first live show in 1994, and quickly became embedded in the South African psyche as rock legends. The liberation of ’94 propelled them to the heights (and, sometimes, the depths) of fame.

Frontman Arno Carstens’ old-school rock ‘n roll appeal drove crowds wild, and the band’s reputation as hardcore party animals lent them street cred in spades. But, as you’ll see on the documentary, it wasn’t all plain sailing.

Peace Breaker and ever after

In 2001, the band split up, with the members going their separate ways. Arno Carstens won a SAMA for his solo album The Hello Goodbye Boys in 2006, and guitarist Theo Crous formed the Afrikaans band KOBUS! while producing music for Prime Circle, aking, Fokofpolisiekar, Karen Zoid and others.

But in 2007, the Nudies reunited, with drummer Francois Kruger, trumpeter Adriaan Brand and bassist Arno Blumer joining Carstens and Crous to record Peace Breaker, the Nudies’ first new album in four years.

Find out more about the super-group’s ups and downs, the high notes and the low, and the forever footprint they’ve left on South African rock by watching the Springbok Nude Girls documentary on Showmax.

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