Who remembers Sheffield band Hula? Were they visionary?

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Well, at least the stuff before they decided to "funk" out.

donut bitch (donut), Wednesday, 18 June 2003 00:32 (seventeen years ago) link

I have three of their albums. I was a Hula freak for a while back there. Then, biarrely, I totally forgot about them. They always had a bit of funky stuff going on in their music though, didn't they?

colin s barrow (colin s barrow), Wednesday, 18 June 2003 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

i remember doomy/moody dub-type timbral manipulation and echo, delay, pre-sample "tapes" effects, disembodied, a "serious issues" act

they sounded a bit like the cabs at their breaking out with new synths phase -- and like the cabs, it meant the music sounded like other music from other bands (this was the first time, circa "The Crackdown", that the cabs had sounded like any other band on earth -- a pity, i liked it when they sounded like nothing else at all, as if they were from mars)

but Hula didn't really sound like a dub band in attitude (no happy cruisy doobie music) or rhthmic/"samples" character, but the sounds they were using were the sounds deep echo dub system bands would use i guess

they ran a "we're spooky/spooked" vibe
is Sheffield bleak ? or is the industrial music just coincidence ?

(i have one of their lps still, will dig it up and present opinions in due course)

george gosset (gegoss), Wednesday, 18 June 2003 02:02 (seventeen years ago) link

That sounds like a good description to me. It was back in the days when band members were still credited with 'tape manipulation'. They go along with Section 25, Test Department, 23 Skidoo and that lot. A bit of Throbbing Gristle too meaybe, and definitely a lot of early Cabs. Sheffield is the UK's answer to Detroit. To be extremely glib.

colin s barrow (colin s barrow), Wednesday, 18 June 2003 02:21 (seventeen years ago) link

walking on something splinters i used to like, i think.

gaz (gaz), Wednesday, 18 June 2003 02:32 (seventeen years ago) link

like cabaret voltaire - i always thought hula were a bit hit and miss. whenthey were good they were very good, and when they were crap they were really crap. actually, a bit like most bands. d'oh.

they did have that dreaded funk thing going for them. they were better live than on record, possibly due to the wrong producers getting them in the studio.

frenchbloke (frenchbloke), Wednesday, 18 June 2003 06:05 (seventeen years ago) link

i have a mixed album of live and studio on vinyl ('1000 Hours' ??) that i haven't heard in years. unfort i bought my hula stuff on cassette and subsequently they are f*kd. shame cos there were some ace stuff hidden in the madness.
and yes i loved all that sheffield thing ... Chakk and shriekback were all doing the same groovy thing at the time ..
though the chakk lp did not meet expectations following their superb overlong 12" singles .. nice to see shriekback getting some kudos at last though .. even mojo giving them a column in new issue ..
and having heard newly recorded stuff i can say that thye are still as fine now as they were at the time of jam science/oil and gold... anyway back to hula .. yup i loved em for about 6 months ..
onwards .. m.e

mark e (mark e), Wednesday, 18 June 2003 07:46 (seventeen years ago) link

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