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Hum

Endless feedback, a heavenly drone, and an obsession with science and outer space: these three elements perhaps most define the beautiful style that has become the trademark of the unmatchable Hum. Despite a career marked with slight commercial successes, most obviously their 1996 radio hit "Stars," Hum have never quite been given the full attention and emphasis that they deserve.

Forming in 1989 in the now notorious musical region of metro Illinois, more specifically in Champaign-Urbana, the band released their first album, Fillet Show, on the 12 Inch label created by a friend's band the Poster Children. This album displays a markedly different style from the feeling they would later create, probably due to the lineup change that would soon follow. Poster Children members Jeff Dimpsey and Tim Lash took up bass and guitar responsibilities respectively, and Hum, in their true form, released their last independent album, Electra 2000, on the band's own label Martians Go Home. Electra 2000's somewhat rough production perfectly captured the spacy, other-worldish sound of the band, but their greatest work was yet to come. The band supported the album by touring with such pronounced indie acts as Shellac, the Jesus Lizard, and more well-known ones such as the Smashing Pumpkins and Liz Phair.

After signing to major label RCA in 1994, Hum released their benchmark album You'd Prefer an Astronaut, eventually selling nearly 250,000 primarily due to their breakthrough radio single "Stars." Subsequent touring with Bush and the Toadies further pushed the band into somewhat of a spotlight, but due to the short memory of popular music and the lack of understanding of the public to such quirky and heartfelt music, this would be the pinnacle of Hum's media attention. At this point, Hum had established a strong, somewhat underground and die-hard fan base that realized just how incredible and endless their music was.

Four years passed with mouths watering between the release of their first major-label effort and 1998's Downward Is Heavenward, as the band took some time off to relax and incubate. This, their fourth and sadly last album, was recorded twice, due to the band's perfectionist tactics in the studio and their promise that every member must love every part of every song. The wait was well worth the product, as Downward Is Heavenward is one of the most darkly romantic and timeless albums ever created. Hum's gorgeous, spacy, and limitless sound expand to new lengths; however, those unfamiliar with the band remained so. The album sold poorly, only 38,000 copies in two years, and resulted in RCA's decision to drop them from their roster. Further misfortune struck as their tour van was destroyed in an accident while touring, essentially pounding the last nail in the coffin. ~ Blake Butler
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Downward Is Heavenward

1. Isle Of The Cheetah

2. Comin' Home

3. If You Are To Bloom

4. Ms. Lazarus

5. Afternoon With The Axolotls

6. Green To Me

7. Dreamboat

8. The Inuit Promise

9. Apollo

10. The Scientists

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Track List: You'd Prefer An Astronaut

1. Little Dipper

2. The Pod

3. Stars

4. Suicide Machine

5. The Very Old Man

6. Why I Like The Robins

7. I'd Like Your Hair Long

8. I Hate It Too

9. Songs Of Farewell And Departure

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Track List: Electra 2000 (3rd Release)

1. Iron Clad Lou

2. Pinch & Roll

3. Shovel

4. Pewter

5. Scraper

6. Firehead

7. Sundress

8. Double Dip

9. Winder

10. Diffuse

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Love this album, it's really good to listen to as a whole, all of the songs mesh together so effortlessly , really good band no one seems to remember
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Fantastic, underrated album. Such a rich sound...put on the headphones and take a trip to the stars.
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Saw them at Rockefellas in Columbia SC back in like 96. Amazing set. So glad I was fortunate enough to see them. One of the very few bands to have an original sound. You'd Prefer An Astronaut is still one of my fav albums.
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So many people aren't even aware of Hum. It's a shame.
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blwharton
My wife, back when we were just friends, bought me a vinyl copy of Downward is Heavenward. And now all of Pandora knows one of the many reasons I sealed that deal!
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My favorite band. Finally got to see them live in Seattle last fall: Well worth the wait!!! They still to this day sound about 7 times as good live as in studio. And are funny and modest.
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Awesome Band with Heavy Melodic Tunes!
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F**king live them! They have always had a specisl place in the soundtrack of my life since highschool.
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joe.harvey54 1
Most underrated band of the 90's. I get why mainstream idiots couldn't understand it but if you can appreciate complex music at all HUM is amazing. Nothing else quite like it.
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One of my top 1000 CD's of all time...
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jessdilla23
got them in a random grab bag from the local record store... have been obsessed ever since...
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They were deftones before deftones was deftones...
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Simply the greatest band there is.
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I agree with you, srt1976.st, whole-hearte d l y
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Weezer wishes they were half the musicians that HUM is
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If Hum is a Weezer rip-off, then someone should tell Aretha Franklin that Miley Cyrus is ripping her off. That's such an ignorant comparison.. .
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Weezer rip-off band?? What the F**K?!! HAHAHAHAHAHA ! ! ! Now I've read EVERYTHING!! ! !
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right moomoo, because they formed in 1989 when the members of weezer were still in high school...
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Just another Weezer rip off band.
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furtherconsp i r a c i e s
Hum is so good. A great style and feeling to their music.
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I hear ya, Jeff....4 times a week for me...
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my favorite band of all time. never got the recognition they deserve. pretty sure i've listened to at least one of their songs every day for 18-19 years.
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Hey, I'm one of the 38,000 too. Downward is one of my favorite all time albums. It never gets old.
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Saw them many times. Great guys. Awesome music. So many have tried to get that sound but don't come close to their sound. Check out Menthol\Moth e r another great Champaign band.
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Feedback and drone do not music make. Thumbs down losers
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I saw them once in Wichita, KS. I felt bad because it was a very small venue and only about 20 people showed up, but it was kind of cool because it was a very intimate show. The band was talking to the crowd and the people who were there were all huge fans, like me. They still are after all these years one of my favorite bands. Their music always makes me think of fall and winter time for some reason, and I always have to listen to it then.
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Hum rocks, what an awesome band
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you were so luckey to see H-U-M.i think thay ware th best bamd ever.
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Saw them Summer of '95...pure emotion. Amazing...
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This is such a GREAT f**king song. I love the passion and ferocity in his voice.
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Most underrated great rock band of all time. They werent as popular as the pumkins because they were not managed and promoted like they should have been. Coming out of the same area at the same time with, in my opinion, better music. Yet the pumkins hit it big and hum doesnt. Im a pumkins fan but hum touches my soul.
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awesome
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Hum rhymes with yum.
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Little Dipper is mine. UGH!!! the sound of ELECTRA 2000 is so raw, heavy, and full of f**king emotion!!!
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Great band, The Pod is still one of my favorite tunes!
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These guys are the definition of great 90's music. Self influenced, full of sound, and of course, dat distortion.
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This band will never die in my eyes. Truly amazing in every way. Just one more album, Hum; please, just one more album.
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Favorite. Band. Ever.
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so much music in their noise - love it
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GREAT song. Almost perfect, IMO.
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So beautiful. No words for all the love.
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I remember the song Space, heavy rotation on the stereo at work. That is all I ever heard from them.
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honestman697
sorry to hear this - love the wall of sound mixed with the lyric show
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I always come back around to Hum full circle
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I am definately one of the 38,000?! Always have Hum on rotation.
Also, you are soooo right on that foodanglio.
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bobfdn
woohoo I'm also one of the 38,000 :)
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johndq
Going back, I think this was one of THE BEST tracks of the 90s.
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Downward is Heavenward is one of the best albums ever made. I highly recommend you listen to it while under the influence of mushrooms. The album truly becomes alive.
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stick0007
one listen and you will become a die hard.. truly a epic band.
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own all the albums...
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