Unlike many of the bands I've covered in this blog over the years, I've actually heard of Hunters & Collectors! I'm not sure where or how I first was made aware of this long-running Australian band, but I presume it was in my formative years, listening to college radio in the Boston area. As I dip my toes into their self-titled debut, a highly enjoyable early-'80s post-punk blend of Talking Heads and Gang of Four, I can absolutely imagine them getting tons of love from WZBC, WMBR, and the like. As they did from the DJs at KCMU. Well, mostly...
"Very percussion oriented, with unusual instrumentation. Sort of primal vocals, in spots - live, very dramatic and visual."
"Well, that was my original intention. Better... late, than never, I guess."
"Very solid and bouncy rhythm persussion - try 'Mouthtrap.'"
"I like, I like"
"MG, who cares?"
"Get it outta here."
"'Tow Truck,' doubleplusgood."
"This is GREAT stuff."
"Victor's right! This is stuff."
"'... Stranger' SKIPS!!!"
"But not uncontrollably; it keeps going."
"Thank god, for someone."
In anticipation of tomorrow's 3 Feet High and Rising deep dive, it seemed only appropriate to share our DJs' thoughts from back when this delightful hunk of vinyl slid in the door almost three decades ago. I would say more, but I think the KCMU crew pretty much covers it all (and more) below.
I feel like it's been a while since we featured some album-cover reviews with a solid dose of healthy disagreement and debate. And it may be a while yet, because honestly, while there was plenty of disagreement at KCMU circa 1990 around the Manchester band Inspiral Carpets' LP Life, it wasn't par...