The Hummingbirds

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There are at least 3 groups with the name The Hummingbirds.... all of whom seem to be marvellous!! 1. Although criminally unknown outside of their native Australia, Sydney band The Hummingbirds' dreamy boy-girl harmonies and refreshing jangle-pop sound positioned them among the brightest bands of their era. The group formed in 1986 from the remnants of the short-lived Bug Eyed Monsters, and originally comprised singer/guitarist Simon Holmes, bassist John Boyce and drummer Mark Temple; vocalist/guitarist Alannah Russack signed on a short time later, and after signing to the indie label Phantom, the group debuted in mid-1987 with the single "Alimony." Boyce soon departed, and with the subsequent addition of singer/bassist Robyn St. Clare, the classic Hummingbirds lineup was in place. After three more 1988 singles -- "Everything You Said," "Swim to Shore" and "Hindsight" -- the band signed to the rooART label, and with noted producer Mitch Easter entered the studio to record their 1989 debut LP, the superb loveBUZZ. When the album became a hit down under, it was licensed for U.S. release by the Polygram label; however, despite excellent reviews, the LP stiffed, and the Hummingbirds' career suffered seemingly irreparable damage. Despite strained relations with rooART, they forged on, with drummer Shane Melder taking over for Temple; after another LP, 1992's Va Va Voom (released solely in Australia), the Hummingbirds moved on to the tiny indie IV Recordings. After two final 1993 EPs, Gone and Tail, the group disbanded in December of that year; Holmes later formed the band Fragile. 2. Nu-skiffle combo, featuring 5 lads and a box from Liverpool, UK are making waves the size of which are likely to worry those living in the French coastal region. With the much heralded 2011 release of their debut EP, Talking of Tomorrow, the scene has been set for them to cheer up the ears of the music-loving public the world over. Featuring Jay Davies, on voice, guitar and unreasonably tight trousers, Mic Kountis on guitar, harmonica, vocals, Matty Brougham on guitar, Richard Smith on the box / vocals and Ryan Lewis on Bass they make music thats good for you*..... so come and take your medicine!! *And, according to the UK Guardian newspaper, England footballer Wayne Rooney as well: 3. The Hummingbirds is a punk/blues-trio from the city of Helmond in the Netherlands. The bandmembers are Erik van Tilburg (drums), Geert Leenders (guitar) and Marc Roosen (guitar). The band plays ramshackle punkblues full of energy. The Hummingbirds made one promo-cd called 'Promotrash' and recorded a live-album in 'de Effenaar' in the city of Eindhoven. This album is only available on vinyl. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.