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Hunters & Collectors

Ending up with the intensity and passion of a U2, Hunters & Collectors carved a unique path and place for themselves in Australian rock culture. The group was originally formed in post-punk 1981 in Melbourne as a collective rather than a band, an excursion into funk-rock rhythms and industrial Krautrock. They named themselves after a song by Can.

The group's early performances are remembered as chaotic, with audience members encouraged to join in with rubbish bin lids or fire extinguishers. The extended lineup included a massed horn section known as the Horns of Contempt. Inside all this was singer Mark Seymour, with an ear for a melody and a taste for lyrical poetry. Illustrating the dichotomy at work, "Talking to a Stranger," the band's first single in July 1982, featured a concise edited version of the song on one side and a full-length seven-minute version on the other side. The single's theme of alienation and anguish is one the band would return to, but for the moment, the group's emphasis was the free-form side of its work. The Hunters' reputation spread to Europe, where a stripped-back band spent six months in 1983, recording a second album, The Fireman's Curse in Germany, with producer Conny Plank (Can, Kraftwerk). Pruned back to its essentials, the band recorded another album with Plank, The Jaws of Life, and a single-only song, "Throw Your Arms Around Me," in the ""Talking to a Stranger" mold. Hunters & Collectors were at a crossroads.

After a live album came Human Frailty, where Seymour's deep songs about alienation and sexual politics came to the fore. The bandmembers had discovered how to tap the unique vein they had unearthed in the audience, where in a sweat-dripping venue packed to the rafters with a beer-swilling macho rock audience, that audience would at the top of their voices sing the song chorus "You don't make me feel like a woman anymore." A newly recorded "Throw Your Arms Around Me" became one of the undisputed classic songs of Australian rock, and from now until their end Hunters & Collectors would remain one of Australian rock's favorite live attractions. While successive studio albums did their best to explore new themes and new sounds to varying degrees of success, it was the live performances fans were waiting for, and with each new album it was the older material radio wanted to play. In the end, Hunters & Collectors were strangled by their own legend.

In 1998, the bandmembers announced they were recording their final album, Juggernaut, and supported it with a farewell tour. Mark Seymour released a solo album, King Without a Clue, continuing his relentless search for meaning through song. When soundman John Archer auctioned off the personally designed PA that had been carried by the band for almost 20 years, it signaled not just the end of Hunters & Collectors, but also the end of Australian music's post-punk era. ~ Ed Nimmervoll
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Mutations

1. The Trade Off

2. Pocket

3. Matter Of Time

4. Two Roads

5. Follow Me No More

6. Another One Like You

7. The Unbeliever

8. Debris

9. Yes Man

10. This Morning

11. Too Good Looking Too Lose

12. When The Truth Comes Calling

13. I'm Set Free

14. The Price Of Freedom

15. Know Your Product

16. Honey In The Jar

17. Mind Of An American

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Track List: Natural Selection

1. Talking To A Stranger

2. Carry Me

3. The Slab

4. Say Goodbye

5. Everythings On Fire

6. Is There Anybody In There?

7. Back On The Breadline

8. Do You See What I See?

9. When The River Runs Dry

10. Blindeye

11. True Tears Of Joy

12. Where Do You Go?

13. Back In The Hole

14. Holy Grail

15. Throw Your Arms Around Me (Live)

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Track List: Under One Roof

1. Where Do You Go?

2. Turn A Blind Eye

3. Head Above Water

4. What's A Few Men?

5. Talking To A Stranger

6. 42 Wheels

7. Back In The Hole

8. True Tears Of Joy

9. When The River Runs Dry

10. True Believers

11. Say Goodbye

12. Holy Grail

13. The Slab

14. Throw Your Arms Around Me

15. Inside A Fireball

16. Stuck On You

17. Do You See What I See?

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Track List: Juggernaut

1. True Believers

2. Higher Plane

3. When You Fall

4. Wasted In The Sun

5. Suit Your Style

6. Titanic

7. She's Not Fooling Around

8. Good Man Down

9. Mother Hubbard

10. Human Kind

11. Those Days Are Gone

12. Long Way To The Water

13. Data Track

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Track List: Demon Flower

1. Easy

2. Panic In The Shade

3. Back In The Hole

4. The One And Only You

5. Mr. Bigmouth

6. Courtship Of America

7. Drop In The Ocean

8. Newborn

9. Tender

10. Desert Where Her Heart Is

11. Betrayer

12. Ladykiller

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Track List: Cut

1. Head Above Water

2. Holy Grail

3. Grindstone

4. True Tears Of Joy

5. We The People

6. Hear No Evil

7. Edge Of Nowhere

8. Love That I Long For

9. Where Do You Go?

10. Imaginary Girl

11. Angel Of Mercy

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Track List: Ghost Nation

1. When The River Runs Dry

2. Blind Eye

3. Love All Over Again

4. Crime Of Passion

5. You Stole My Thunder

6. Ghost Nation

7. The Way You Live

8. Gut Feeling

9. Lazy Summer Day

10. Running Water

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Track List: Whats A Few Men?

1. Faraway Man

2. Do You See What I See?

3. Around The Flame

4. So Long Ago

5. Breakneck Road

6. What Are You Waiting For?

7. Under The Sun

9. You Can Have It All

10. What's A Few Men

11. Give Me A Reason

12. Back On The Breadline

13. Wishing Well

14. Real World

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Track List: The Fireman's Curse

1. Prologue

2. Curse

3. Fish Roar

4. Blind Snake Sundae

5. Mr. Right

6. Sway

7. Judas Sheep

8. Eggheart

9. Drinking Bomb

10. Epilogue

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Track List: Human Frailty

1. Say Goodbye

2. Throw Your Arms Around Me

3. Dog

4. Everything's On Fire

5. Relief

6. The Finger

7. 99th Home Position

8. Is There Anybody In There?

9. Stuck On You

10. This Morning

11. Living Daylight

12. Inside A Fireball

13. January Rain

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Track List: Hunters & Collectors

1. Talking To A Stranger

2. Alligator Engine

3. Skin Of Our Teeth

4. Scream Who

5. Junket Head

6. Boo Boo Kiss

7. Tender Kinder Baby

8. Run Run Run

9. World Of Stone

10. Watcher

11. Loinclothing

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selinas at coogee beach, 200+ semi drunk people all shouting the words to every hunters song at the top of their lungs, off key and the band cheering us on, laughing their asses off - it never got old or boring
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eoins.house
Mid '90s free concert in Hagley Park, Christchurch NZ - Sweet as!
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Singing throw your arms around me with ya mates drunk by a camp fire with as many guitars as possible. F**kin legendary
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auntbat1
Saw H&C at a little dive bar in Hamtramck, Michigan, in 1986 (maybe 87?). INCREDIBLE show. Have loved them ever since. January Rain is the coolest song. Ed should cover THAT one!
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Hunters & Collectors on Pandora....I didn't know! First heard of them when Eddie Vedder did a H&C cover song at Lollapalooza back in 1992!
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Fixed bio.....been a Sates fan since the beginning as it were
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and its beenwrong now for 6 weeks...lol
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guilou
Why does the Anthrax bio come up when I read about H&C? That's plain wrong on several levels.
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True Tears of Joy...awesom e song. How I love it
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brendanjwatt e r s
great live band
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dwarfmoose
hunting and collecting as I type!
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Outstandingl y good quality music.
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Love their song Holy Grail!!!!!! It is so good!!!

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