Friday, November 16, 2007


The Sheffield based band Hula was founded in November 1980. Three members (Mark Albrow, Alan Fish and Ron Wright) lived with Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire) and Paul Widger (They must be Russians, Clock DVA, the Box) in a villa called Hula Kula. After trying the bass players Alan Watt, the notorious Chris Brain (Tense, NOS) and Mark Brydon (Chakk, Moloko), and after the replacement of Alan Fish (a.k.a. Fisch) by Nort (both drummed for the Cabs), Hula released Fever Car, which became an indie hit. Then they recorded the impressive album Murmur. Ingredients like cut ups, steady rhythms, and paranoia vocals were blended together into a unique white funky sound.
Hula recruited John Avery as a bass player. A bass player was necessary for the exciting live shows with lots of video material (Peter Care). Hula continued to bring out danceable 12 inches and more experimental albums. With this line-up Hula was more or less successful. International tours were made. Radio sessions for VPRO and John Peel were recorded and broadcasted. (

Saturday, 12 October 1985, "Small Hall", 21:00 - 22:00

Line up
Ron Wright - guitar, vocals; Mark Albrow - keyboards, tapes; Simon Crump - saxophone; John Avery - bass, keyboards, percussion; Nort - drums, percussion

Set list
01 Get the habit

02 Torn silk (6:02)
03 Marnixstraat
04 Big heat
05 Ninth degree
06 Bad blood
07 Freeze out
08 Ghost rattle
09 Stocky
10 Walk on stalks of shattered glass
11 Cut ups
12 Interlude

13 Tear up

Catch the stream for track 02 here:

Other info

Article from festival booklet

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