Way before Fat Freddys Drop started ruling the capital, Wellington had been firmly embracing reggae and soul. Go back to the early to mid 1980s and you find a collective of Wellington cats who loved playing together in various combinations, in much the same way the current crop of musos in that city endlessly cross-pollinate.
The Pelicans (led by Bill Lake) were one of these acts, released on indie label Eelman Records.Other acts on the label include The Hulamen, The Economic Wizards, The Tombolas, Andrew Clyde Clouston, The Living Daylights and John Niland. The Hulamen's tune Working For A Living is a long lost Kiwi soul/reggae classic - have a listen, I digitised this off my vinyl copy. You can definitely trace a line from this to Fat Freddys and the Black Seeds.
Eelman Records discography.