Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Happy Hate Me Nots - Out (1988, Rough Trade)

The Happy Hate Me Nots rumbled out of Sydney, Australia in the mid-80s, releasing a slew of singles, and Out, the LP I'm featuring here. Not quite agrro enough to be considered bona-fide punk rockers, but too fiery to set up shop in the power-pop neighborhood, HHMN were more in league with home country brethren Hoodoo Gurus and Exploding White Mice. On Out, the quartet doles out glorious slabs of sturdy, power-chord rock, occasionally throwing in some brass or keyboards. This album is only half the story. In 2007 a 40-cut double CD anthology, The Good That's Been Done, was released, and will probably be to your liking if you dig this. I would also recommend reading the two part interview featured on the NKVD Records website (here and here).

01. Things Wearing Thin
02. New Hope
03. Don't Move to Far
04. Modern Times
05. Best of Intentions
06. Think About Tomorrow
07. Soul Rejection
08. Pride is Burning
09. Move For Love
10. Alright at Home
11. Praise For Fortune
12. Lively Up Yourself

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2 comments:

Frank Miller said...

THANKS FOR POSTING THIS. I HAVE A BUNCH OF THEIR 7"S, AND THINK THAT THEIR A VERY UNDERATED BAND. I NEVER PICKED THE ALBUM UP. SO THANKS AGAIN AND I REALY LIKE YOUR BLOG!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

Brushback said...

Yeah, I got a couple of Happy Hate Me Nots 7"-ers, and I've always thought they were pretty good. Same thoughts here: not quite punk, not quite pop.