NHT089: ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN – Ocean Rain

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Welcome to this weeks NEVER HEARD THAT.

Music lovers would know that many successful bands have similar back stories.

It all starts with real sacrifice, where everything is given to the music and nothing else matters.

For those lucky few that gain success, it must feel extremely deserving but at the same time very heady and difficult to manage. Many bands do not make it through that transition.

I wonder if that was the case with ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN who within a few short years of starting were able to employ a full orchestra to accompany them on their recordings.

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Cheers, Andrew Muecke

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NHT088: RADIOHEAD – Climbing Up The Walls

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It would have been a very bold person to proclaim that RADIOHEAD were to become the band they are today after hearing their 1993 single Creep.

That is nothing against the song, it was very successful but also certainly of its time, stemming from a blend of grunge and slacker rock.

Its almost as if they exorcised that out of their collective blood right up front.

From that point onwards they appear to have been on a journey of musical discovery, never afraid to try something different.

Although they may not have hit the same spot on the musical charts as they did with Creep, they have become a band referred to in reverential terms by fans and fellow musicians alike.

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NHT087: THE SUGARCUBES – Water

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Icelands THE SUGARCUBES, like the country itself, were certainly unique and intriguing.

Fronted by the mysterious Bjork, they took the alternative music world by storm with their debut single Birthday and accompanying album.

They were only with us for a short while, releasing just three albums but they did themselves and their country proud.

Altogether different to what we traditionally term as world music, THE SUGARCUBES did make the music world stand up and notice that incredible music could come from anywhere.

A superb achievement and many a band owe them a debt of gratitude.

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NHT086: FAR OUT CORPORATION – Don’t Blame The Beam

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I can imagine that there is a certain amount of rivalry that occurs between bands from the same era, particularly between those that also come from the same location.

Maybe we the audience are beneficiaries of that competition as it pushes those bands further into creativity as they try to outdo each other.

And then there are those occasions that ultimately sees members from these bands come together.

Like the FAR OUT CORPORATION, essentially an Australian alternative music supergroup from the late 90s. They were only with us for a short time, but it was a happy time for the music listener.

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NHT085: THE FIXX – One Look Up

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In the early 80s UK band THE FIXX had a surprise hit in the US with their song One Thing Leads To Another which was the lead single from their second album.

Then all of a sudden, songs from their debut album started to chart well.

And from there, their next singles and albums charted well too.

This began with support from College radio, then broke through to the mainstream.

Quite impressive stuff from a band that very much had their own unique style. They are still able to tour around the world to a gracious audience even now.

Have a listen and see what you think.

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NHT084: CURVE – Left Of Mother

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Back in the 90s there was some really interesting blended music being produced that hadn’t been done before.

One style I found appealing was the joining of electronic music with rock. There are a few clever proponents of this style and certainly UK duo CURVE were one of those.

Led by vocalist TONI HALLIDAY and her powerhouse presence, CURVE definitely left a strong and lasting impression with their particular take on this new genre.

Have a listen and see what you think.

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NHT083: INXS – The Unloved One

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Australian band INXS will be well known to music followers. They achieved some very big things in the 80s and 90s throughout the world.

Only very few artists gain instant fame and fortune so there is often a little bit of a back catalogue that is built before that mega stardom kicks in.

And so it was with INXS.

These songs often get overlooked except by the real fan.

Todays feature track is the B Side to one of their very first singles. There is a certain power to it and that must have been felt by MICHAEL HUTCHENCE and the band as they left it as an instrumental.

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NHT082: WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS – Gold Digger

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If you are the sort of person who likes to go to music festivals, I wonder if you are like me?

I get just as excited about the possibility of seeing something unexpectedly special as I do of seeing some proven headliner.

And so it was when sitting down at WOMAD to see WILDBIRDS AND PEACEDRUMS play.

Drums, kettle drums and voice. That sounded interesting.

It sure was.

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NHT081: NOT DROWNING WAVING – Fishing Trawler

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Sometimes I think it is important to question the meaning of success. In music that is perhaps seen by many as being measured in number one singles and albums.

That is probably fair enough but I think there is another barometer altogether which is equally important. Peer respect.

Although Australian band NOT DROWNING, WAVING did experience success in the traditional sense, they gained widespread respect from their peers in Australia and throughout the world. They combined full band ambient music with vocals. One of the very few to have done that, and they left many in awe.

Have a listen and see what you think.

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NHT080: AMBIENT ORCHESTRA – Frog’s Eye

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Welcome to this weeks NEVER HEARD THAT.

One of the many things that I love about music is when you stumble upon something that turns out to be very special.

Acting on an inkling, I went to see a live performance of the AMBIENT ORCHESTRA (admittedly that inkling came from reading that they were to present a classical musical take on artists like ROBERT FRIPP and BRIAN ENO. Intriguing).

They also played this track, one written by the band leader, EVAN ZIPORYN that I happened to be able to find on the internet. This is not bombastic classical music, this is spacious and minimalist.

See if it appeals.

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