Passings: Keven Stanton of New Zealand New Wave Band Mi-Sex (1955 - 2017)

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Kevin Stanton, the former Mi-Sex guitarist, has died at the age 61.

Stanton was a co-founder of Mi-Sex formed in New Zealand in 1978 with Steve Gilpin and Kevin Stanton. Singer Gilpin died in a car crash near Byron Bay in 1992.

Mi-Sex relocated to Sydney in 1978 and quickly grabbed an fanbase, becoming one of the cities most popular live bands. That grabbed the attention of producer and fellow Kiwi Peter Dawkins. Dawkins produced the debut album for Mi-Sex Graffiti Crimes, a Top 20 hit in Australia.

An additional track, Computer Games, was added to later editions of the album and gave Mi-Sex a number one record in Australia in 1980. The single also went to 5 in New Zealand, 2 in Canada and 61 in the U.S.

Mi-Sex had a string of hits including People and Space Race (1980), Falling In And Out (1981), Castaway and Down The Line (1982) and Blue Day (1983).

Stanton left the band in 1982 due to ill-health but returned after four months. Their final album before the break-up was Where Do They Go with the hit Blue Day.

In 2011 the band reunited for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal but Stanton was too unwell to participate.

More details will be forthcoming.

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