Nigel Regan first got his kit off onstage when Head Like A Hole played The Powerstation on Friday 13 December 1991.

Driving to Auckland in Gerald Dwyer's van, I was sitting in the back thinking, "Mark's got his look down - dreaded leather monster - and Booga and Andrew have theirs down as well".

I was still dressing like a bogan and, for a guy playing guitar in a rock band, I was totally 'uncool'. To this day I will never know why the thought popped into my head, but I blurted out, "I'm gonna play naked tonight!"

At this point it was probably 85% bravado and 15% bullshit.

As soon as I said it, I saw Gerald's eyes lock onto mine in the rear vision mirror. He started stuttering and stumbling over his words as he said, "if you did that, it would be... wow!"

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We get to Auckland and he corners me in the motel room and starts convincing me that I definitely should "play naked". So I said to Gerald, "I'll do it but we have to be allowed smoke, lights - the works".

I was sitting there shitting myself, thinking "what the hell have I got myself into?" That's when I came up with the idea of painting myself so that I wouldn't look like a pasty bogan up onstage.

After procuring some tubes of highly toxic paint, Amanda Clarke ¬ who was videographer for the tour - went about painting my entire body including my weenie, which she painted bright blue.

So then I'm thinking, "How the fuck am I going to get into the venue without people seeing?" At that point, a trench coat was procured which I draped around myself.

I hastily made my way backstage. Lance from S.P.U.D. and Solid Gold Hell sneered at me and said, "What are you doing? Trying to pull some chicks?" to which I replied, "If I was I could think of better ways to do it".

And the rest is history.

POSTSCRIPT:

When we played the Big Day Out main stage, I did the naked thing again. The bass player from Future Stupid was with a bunch of his mates, and as soon as we walked on stage he said, "I bet that guitar doesn't move an inch". So I played the loudest E chord ever and lifted the guitar straight above my head. I mean, if you're going to do it, don't do half-measures, right?

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