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Hunters and Collectors

Hunters and Collectors formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1981, fronted by singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Seymour and taking their name from a song by German group Can.

Originally Hunters and Collectors were influenced by the Krautrock genre and the productions of Conny Plank, featuring strong percussive influences, noisy guitar, and driving bass lines.

After becoming the talk of the Melbourne underground, Hunters and Collectors signed to Mushroom Records and utilised Plank to produce two of their early albums, The Fireman’s Curse and The Jaws of Life, but neither charted.


Their Top 10 albums started with Human Frailty in 1986. Other Top 10 studio albums were Ghost Nation (1989), Cut (1992) and Demon Flower (1994).  The band toured widely, eventually going to the USA and Europe.

The band finally called it a day in 1998.


Mark Seymour
Vocals, guitar
Martin Lubran
Geoff Crosby
John Archer
Doug Falconer
Greg Perano
Jack Howard
Trumpet, keyboards
Jeremy Smith
French horn, guitars, keyboards
Michael Waters
Trombone, keyboards
Barry Palmer