Formed in the winemaking town of Stellenbosch, South Africa, the Nude Girls burst onto the indie music scene in the late-90’s championing an eclectic approach to rock music that instantly struck a chord with the University crowd around their hometown. People were soon packing themselves into taverna-like bars to catch the Nudies’ over-the-top performances. Within months, national radio had caught onto the band’s self-released single ‘Bubblegum On My Boots’ – it’s since become a national classic.
The inevitable major label deal was quick in the coming. With Sony as their new parent label, the band recorded some of South Africa’s best-loved singles. No other African rock group can claim to be the soundtrack to so many people’s lives.
On the performance front, the Nude Girls reputation as SA’s dominant live act was driven home with stadium shows alongside Lenny Kravitz, Smashing Pumpkins, INXS, Portishead, Beastie Boys, Goo Goo Dolls and The Cult. Their popularity extended to the shores of Britain many times.
Taking an extended hiatus in 2001, the individual members went on to explore other paths. Some temporarily moving away from music, whilst others, like Arno Carstens and Theo Crous, moved onto flourishing solo careers in their own rights. Carstens, as the country’s premier singer-songwriter and Crous as South Africa’s most in-demand rock producer. In fact, some of the group’s most popular tracks were self-produced, the only outside ‘knob-fiddler’ allowed near the mixing-desk was the legendary Kevin ‘Caveman’ Shirley, who had previously worked with Silverchair, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Soul Asylum, The Black Crowes and The Darkness.
“The Nude Girls are of the same calibre as bands like Silverchair, the Stone Temple Pilots, or even a Pearl Jam” Kevin ‘Caveman’ Shirley, Producer
Reformed in 2006, due to popular demand, and with all five original members in tact – the Nude Girls are once again recording and touring as their personal schedules allow. Spearheading this drive was the group’s first studio album in five years – Peace Breaker – released March 2007 along with numerous local and international tour dates. In 2008 the band released Springbok Nude Girls Live at The Astoria on DVD and went on to headline some of the most reknowned local festivals.
In February 2011 the band supported U2 on the South African leg of their 360Tour performing on literally “the biggest stage in the world” infront of 150 000 in Johannesburg and Cape Town.