The Scavengers were one of the first New Zealand Punk bands in the late Seventies, most well known locally for their songs 'Mysterex' and 'True Love'. The band moved to Melbourne in 1979, renamed themselves Marching Girls in 1980 and quickly became part of the inner-city Punk/New Wave band scene.

The band issued a single through Au Go Go records in 1980 which featured a re-recorded version of The Scavengers’ ‘True Love' on one side and 'First in Line' on the other.  They also appeared on the Punk anthology 'AK79' 1980 (which was expanded and reissued by Flying Nun records in the early 90s).

The Marching Girls relocated to Sydney in the early 80s, but only managed an EP release before it was all over. In 1983 New Zealand label RTC released a 4-track 12" titled 'Marching Girls', in 1985 the band released a 7" single titled 'Plain Jane' through EMI and another 7" single in 1987 titled 'Safe as Houses' through Polygram.

Brendan Perry later formed Dead Can Dance with Lisa Gerrard and Simon Monroe (aka Des Hefner) played briefly for The Birthday Party during the band's final tour of Australia and New Zealand. Monroe went on to play in a series of Melbourne-based acts including The Slaughtermen and The Fabulous Marquises amongst others. 

Marching Girls line-up included: Ronnie Recent - Bass/Vocals (real name Brendan Perry), Johnny Volume - Guitar (real name Johnny Cooke and  Des Truction (aka Des Hefner) - Drums (real name Simon Monroe). Later members were Debra Shulze on Vocals/Keyboards/Percussion.


   Marching Girls 1979/80 - Courtesy Wikipedia 


  Marching Girls single sleeve 1980


The Scavengers - (Marching Girls) Routine.mp3


Marching Girls poster 1980 


Marching Girls set list 1980

      Marching Girls poster 1980