Buster Stiggs of the Swingers and Suburban Reptiles dies aged 63

News 09/01/2018

Buster Stiggs, the drummer for New Zealand’s The Swingers and Australia’s Models, has died after a battle with multiple myeloma at age 63.

Mark Hough, aka Buster Stiggs began his career with New Zealand band After Hours with a 17-year old Neil Finn.

At the time he was still known as Mark. He became Buster Stiggs in 1977 in his next band Suburban Reptiles.

Suburban Reptiles featured members Phil Judd (Split Enz) and Wayne ‘Bones’ Hillman (Midnight Oil).

Their first recordings were produced by Tim Finn. In 1979 as Suburban Reptiles ended Stiggs, Judd and Hillman formed The Swingers and recorded the no 1 hit ‘Counting The Beat’.

Buster joined Models after being fired from The Swingers.

“In 1981 we fired Buster from the band, not due to any musical issue but because Phil and I were living in a flat in Melbourne burning our furniture to keep warm, and Buster was living in a house with carpet and Sunday roasts, once again the gang mentality prevailed. We continued on for another couple of years without him but the magic had vanished and we became known as one hit wonders,” Hillman said.

Stiggs was with Models for their first EP and debut album.

Buster Stiggs died on Sunday.