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Melbourne, Australia (1981 – 1998)

Hunters & Collectors were an Australian Rock band, formed in 1981 in Melbourne, who were originally influenced by German experimentalists like Can and later leaning more towards popular rock. Taking their name from a Can song, the band was formed by Mark Seymour (guitar, vocals), John Archer (bass), Doug Falconer (drums), Geoff Crosby (keyboards), Greg Perano (percussion), Ray Tosti-Gueira (guitar), and Robert Miles (sound engineer and art director, considered a full member).

After recording their first album, which featured the single Talking to a Stranger, the band traveled to Germany to record with famed producer Conny Plank. In 1984, the band reorganized, adding a three-piece horn section and losing the second guitarist. By 1986, the band’s style was moving away from the sweat-drenched rhythmic jams of their early days to a more song-centered aproach centered on Seymour (whose younger brother Nick was a member of Crowded House). Throw Your Arms Around Me was a successful single in many countries.

The band was never able to match the worldwide attention they reached in 1986, though they continued to record with considerable success in Australia, and maintained a loyal fanbase elsewhere.
They broke up in 1998, but returned to play one concert on 14 March 2009 for “Sound Relief” at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which was a multi-venue rock music concert in support of relief for the Victorian Bushfire Crisis.


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  • Wadadli4Sun

    :-) TripleM 25 September, 2013 by Dave-O H&C National Tour It’s the news Hunters fans around the country have been waiting forThe mighty Hunters & Collectors today announced their first tour since 1998 performing ten A Day On The Green concerts nationally, followed by two special indoor concerts at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre and Melbourne’s Palais Theatre. Mark Seymour is very excited about rejoining former band mates Jack Howard, Michael Waters, Jeremy Smith, Doug Falconer, Barry Palmer and John Archer in this long-awaited reformation tour. “The reputation of the band – its iconic status, so to speak – was built up over constant touring, just this relentless approach to getting out there and playing for years and years and years," said Seymour. "It was very much about being in a pub and having thousands of people jammed into a room, with this big, incredible sound. There was unity, there was pride and a total lack of bulls**t."

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • porcelain_tree

    Come to think of it, why isn't "Is There Anybody in There?" in the top tracks? It's by far the catchiest, most dynamic song of H&C.

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • porcelain_tree

    Great band. When Human Frailty came out, I thought they were the best band. "Dog" and "99th Home Position" were songs that transformed me.

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • littlechuckiec

    They were a great band. Sure do miss them.

    21 Dec 2012 Reply
  • OneSalient

    New Group - I Buy Music Directly From The Artist

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • zan666

    I really enjoyed this band back in the late 80's and early 90's. I finally copied my CD library to my pc and am already enjoying them all over again :)

    22 Jun 2012 Reply
  • 2cabs2toucan

    THE SLAB! [2]

    27 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Dar1en

    imaginary girl :3

    5 Nov 2010 Reply
  • oh_providence

    @eham if you can't get a torrent for it, people aren't going to listen to it.

    24 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Ninty

    I bought it awhile ago too, reebty. Absolute bargain.

    6 Oct 2010 Reply
  • eham

    Only 300k+ plays? And no "Back on the Breadline" in the Top 15? Do you people not understand music? ;)

    28 Sep 2010 Reply
  • reebty

    I just done bought myself the Horn of Plenty box for $50. $50!

    4 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Pryde

    Please vote for your favorite artists to get them promoted in The Australian and N.Z. Rock Artists League!!

    12 Apr 2010 Reply
  • reebty

    I would have thought they'd have more listeners and listens.

    12 Apr 2010 Reply
  • TheCheez_au

    True believers is one of the most criminally underrated Aussie songs ever. They are so much more than a 'bogan' band.

    7 Feb 2010 Reply
  • CharlieEckles


    14 Dec 2009 Reply
  • TheFeldster

    Ahh, H&C. Great band, Juggernaut is such an underrated release. May be seeing Mark Seymour live =)

    9 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Lord_Krichian


    20 Oct 2009 Reply
  • darksungrim777

    Hunters & Collectors were my first "real" live experience. Moshing amongst slippery sweaty men with no tops:) BRILLIANT live band.

    17 Oct 2009 Reply
  • samgil

    Songs don't get much better than Holy Grail. Best song to listen to on Grand Final day. Shivers down the spine always. GO SAINTS :P

    25 Sep 2009 Reply
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