the Hummingbirds: c/d

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bargain!

lemon lime & butters (electricsound), Tuesday, 1 June 2010 05:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

I got loveBUZZ for a couple dollars used on Amazon a while back. The instrumental sections on "Everything You Said" are awesome.

skip, Tuesday, 1 June 2010 05:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

i've only heard evan dando's cover, it was nice.

btw what was this?

Señor Communications Adviser (sic), Tuesday, 1 June 2010 05:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

i thot he meant 'into yr arms'

beach sluts (electricsound), Tuesday, 1 June 2010 05:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

ah, makes sense

(not a Hummingbirds song, readers)

Señor Communications Adviser (sic), Tuesday, 1 June 2010 06:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

sly persuader was OTM up there: I remember getting Lovebuzz in a supermarket in Brisbane in 1991 and Va Va Voom in Geelong JB Hifi in 1993, ie. both a couple of years after release, and both for peanuts. I still retain these childhood memories but remember little else about these vacations.

I really liked them, or at least the IDEA of them - faintly off-key boy-girl vocals and a sound that one of them claimed grew out of attempt to sound like JAMC's "Never Understand". I remember "Blush" being something of a crossover hit and it felt, genuinely, like the proverbial breath of fresh air on the TV and radio, in a way that presaged Ratcat's and then Nirvana's surprise success a little bit later. Their A-sides were great. Both of those albums, at something like 14 tracks each, probably could have lost a couple of the weaker tracks and arguably some of Mitch Easter's bells and whistles though.

I must listen again to that late Gone EP too - some pretty "wall of sound" moments, as someone already said...

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 1 June 2010 07:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

i listened to 'gone' and 'tail' recently after not having heard them for years, sounded great. to this day i still don't know if that (awesome) 4th song on tail is called 'sick on' or 'sick on self pity'

electricsound, Tuesday, 1 June 2010 07:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

woah this brings back memories. Blush was bloody grebt.

... what ever happened to that andi character?

property-disrespecting Moroccan handjob (Trayce), Tuesday, 1 June 2010 11:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

i had lovebuzz on cassette in high school and then lost it -- would love to hear it again. used to love "word gets around" so so so much.

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Tuesday, 1 June 2010 13:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Snagged the best-of for a buck the other month so it's fun hearing the early songs like "Alimony" and "Everything You Said" here.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 16 February 2012 18:13 (five years ago) Permalink

Blush was a pretty much perfect powerpop single. Must dig out the 12".

Viva Brother Beyond (ithappens), Thursday, 16 February 2012 18:17 (five years ago) Permalink

everything they put out was great

are you ready for a little spittle? (electricsound), Thursday, 16 February 2012 21:31 (five years ago) Permalink

i still miss that album

Laura Lucy Lynn (La Lechera), Thursday, 16 February 2012 21:40 (five years ago) Permalink

this video is pretty ott goofy though, let's be honest
i guess that's kinda cute
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGCMgm5R7T8&feature=related

Laura Lucy Lynn (La Lechera), Thursday, 16 February 2012 21:44 (five years ago) Permalink

^^record company fiddling

are you ready for a little spittle? (electricsound), Thursday, 16 February 2012 21:56 (five years ago) Permalink

One can only hope. Would have loved to see the pitch meeting for that one.

Laura Lucy Lynn (La Lechera), Thursday, 16 February 2012 22:00 (five years ago) Permalink

for foreign readers: Simon and Alannah are currently both in The Aerial Maps, and the Hummingbirds played two reunion shows last year (one festival with five original-era members not including Robyn, and one headline about nine months later with a ring-in bassist [and bonus ring-in gtrst on one song])

Θ ̨Θƪ (sic), Thursday, 16 February 2012 23:11 (five years ago) Permalink

lovebuzz is one of my favorite dollar-bin albums ever.

skip, Friday, 17 February 2012 20:13 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

to this day i still don't know if that (awesome) 4th song on tail is called 'sick on' or 'sick on self pity'

that would be a fecal matter (electricsound), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 13:25 (four years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

I'm rather shocked to learn that Simon Holmes died, and that I didn't realise sooner. :(

https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2017/jul/21/the-hummingbirds-were-a-vital-part-of-australian-music-history-simon-holmes-will-not-be-forgotten

Maximum big surprise! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Saturday, 4 November 2017 03:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Big tribute show coming up next month: http://www.factorytheatre.com.au/events/2017/12/03/ratcat-custard-ups-downs-more-hindsight-a-night-for-simon

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 4 November 2017 07:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the remembrance by Tim Byron that the Graun review quotes might as well be linked directly: https://inmemoryofsimon.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/my-time-with-simon-holmes/

Simon was a warm & sweet guy offstage, and always focused when on. I hadn't seen him since a secret Simon & Allanah / encoring as Hummingbirds gig early last year. Just ten minutes walk from my house, I found out about it half an hour before, when the regular music trivia at another local pub was called off for the week because too many regulars were going to the show. But we didn't talk that night - I was too busy catching up with ppl I might not have seen for years, including the fill-in bassist (at whose encouragement they'd relearnt the songs), folks that had played with him in Fragile and others, and Tim above.

It's better, I think, to have that as a last memory. Instead of saying 'hey' if he was coming out of work as I was passing, or congratulating him on the show, to have been brought together with people from across the city by the chance to see him & Allanah sing.

shackling the masses with plastic-wrapped snack picks (sic), Saturday, 4 November 2017 09:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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