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HUNTERS AND COLLECTORS

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Description: Band, Australia

Known For: Their hit singles were “Throw Your Arms Around Me”, “Talking to a Stranger”

Music Styles: Rock

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Web Site: Official website

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Hunters and Collectors

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 Report Albums 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”.

Hunters & Collectors’ founding mainstays are John Archer (bass guitar), Doug Falconer (drums) and Mark Seymour (guitar and lead vocals). They met as residential students of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne in the late 1970s. Seymour is the older brother of Nick Seymour, later the bass guitarist for Crowded House. In 1978 with Robert Miles (sound engineer) Archer, Falconer and Seymour formed a casual band, The Schnorts (named for a Belgian tennis racket).

Fronted by singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Seymour, they developed a blend of pub rock and art-funk.

Other mainstays were John Archer on bass guitar
Doug Falconer on drums and percussion
Jack Howard on trumpet and keyboards
Jeremy Smith on French horn, guitars and keyboards
Michael Waters on trombone and keyboards.Robert Miles. Joining in 1988, Barry Palmer, on lead guitar

They remained until they disbanded in 1998. Their hit singles were “Throw Your Arms Around Me”, “Talking to a Stranger”, “Holy Grail”, “Truean Australian rock music band formed in Melbourne in 1981, fronted by singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Seymour, they developed a blend of pub rock and art-funk.

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Other mainstays were:

John Archer on bass guitar
Doug Falconer on drums and percussion
Jack Howard on trumpet and keyboards
Jeremy Smith on French horn, guitars and keyboards
Michael Waters on trombone and keyboards

Also acknowledged as a mainstay member was engineer and art designer Robert Miles.

Joining in 1988 included:

Barry Palmer, on lead guitar,who remained until they disbanded in 1998.

Their hit singles include.

“Throw Your Arms Around Me”
“Talking to a Stranger”
“Holy Grail”
“True Tears of Joy”
“Say Goodbye”

They became one of the best live acts in Australia.

Mushroom Records specifically formed a new ‘alternative’ label, White Label Records, when they signed Hunters & Collectors.

Their first release was World of Stone, a three-track EP in January 1982.

A self-titled debut LP, Hunters & Collectors, followed in July and was produced by Sydney-based engineer-producer Tony Cohen.

Late in 1983, Hunters & Collectors had briefly disbanded, but soon reformed.

Breakthrough Australian commercial success came in 1986, with the April release of the album Human Frailty.

Subsequent to the group’s disbandment in 1998, Mark Seymour and Jack Howard have both pursued solo musical careers. Barry Palmer is now a producer/songwriter and was the subject of the 2005 reality TV series The Hit Game. In the mid-nineties he was a member of the band Deadstar.

In 2009 Hunters & Collectors – “Throw Your Arms Around Me” was voted number # 23 in Triple Js Hottest 100 of all time.

Studio albums INCLUDE.

Hunters and Collectors (1982)
The Fireman’s Curse (1983)
Jaws of Life (1984)
Human Frailty (1986)
What’s a Few Men? (1987)
Fate (1991)
Ghost Nation (1989)
Cut (1992)
Demon Flower (1994)
Juggernaut (1998)

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