Hunters & Collectors Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Genres Rock, pub rock, art-funk Years active 1981–1998, 2009, 2013–present Labels White/Mushroom, Festival, I.R.S., Liberation, Sony, Virgin, A&M, Epic Associated acts The Schnorts, The Jetsonnes, Deadstar Members John Archer Doug Falconer Mark Seymour Jack Howard Jeremy Smith Michael Waters Barry Palmer Robert Miles Past members Geoff Crosby Greg Perano Ray Tosti-Gueira Nigel Crocker Andy Lynn Chris Malherbe Martin Lubran Hunters & Collectors are an Australian rock music band formed in 1981. Fronted by founding mainstay, singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Seymour, they developed a blend of pub rock and art-funk. Other mainstays are John Archer on bass guitar, Doug Falconer on drums and percussion. Soon after forming they were joined by Jack Howard on trumpet and keyboards, Jeremy Smith on French horn, guitars and keyboards, and Michael Waters on trombone and keyboards. Also acknowledged as a founder was engineer and art designer Robert Miles. Joining in 1988, Barry Palmer, on lead guitar, remained until they disbanded in 1998. The group reformed in 2013 with the 1998 line-up. Originally Hunters & Collectors were influenced by Krautrock and productions of Conny Plank, featuring strong percussive influences, noisy guitar, and driving bass lines. Their sound was in the vein of the Talking Heads album, Remain in Light (1980). Hunters & Collectors utilised Plank to produce two of their early albums, The Fireman's Curse (1983) and The Jaws of Life (1984), but neither charted into the Top 50 of the Australian Kent Music ReportAlbums Chart. Their first Top 10 album, Human Frailty (1986), also featured their logo, a H & C symbol, where the "&" consists of twin snakes entwined around a hunting knife, a variation of a caduceus. Later Top 10 studio albums were Ghost Nation (1989), Cut (1992), and Demon Flower (1994). Their hit singles were "Talking to a Stranger" (1982), "Throw Your Arms Around Me" (1984), "Say Goodbye" (1986), "When the River Runs Dry" (1989), "True Tears of Joy" (1992), and "Holy Grail" (1993). They became one of the best live acts in Australia and according to musicologist, Ian McFarlane, their "great achievement was to lay bare human emotions in the intensely ritualistic milieu of the pub-rock gig". -------------------------------------------- The Hunters early albums are very alternative albums but certainly worth listening to. The band smoothed out and got their sound honed on the Human Frailty album, which to my ears is a lyrical and musical masterpiece. It has it's own heart and soul and its own take and perspective on some very normal things. Human Frailty is one of my (many) favourite albums of all time. The band continued for many years and produced a lot of excellent and memorable songs and albums. The are a form of crossover band. They aren't really a straight up rock band. They aren't a straight up pop band. They aren't a straight up punk band. They aren't easy to define, but they have elements of all sorts of music that manages to blend into the bands very own sound exceptionally well. So ... I guess I am starting another album thread that will only interest a few people, but I hope if anyone is reading this that you will poke your head in and listen to a few different things and give the band a try. Like most of the bands I tend to like, the Hunters tend to have a broad spectrum of songs .. So as i stated in the Cold Chisel thread (and these guys are nothing like Chisel) Don't listen to one song and decide you do or don't like the band ..... If you want to sample taste the band jump on youtube and try the songs listed in the above run down. If you like the sound of the band, because to me that is one of the things that was special about them, you may well find a lot of songs and perhaps albums that you will get a lot of pleasure from. Please stay with the album and songs we're on. Certainly if an album or song has gone by that you missed, please let us know what you think, how it reached you or any of the other cool things that make these threads more interesting.