Ep 04: The Hummingbirds – Show Notes

Show notes, music, links, references and more for Ep 04 – The Hummingbirds.

The title of this episode is I Am Defiant, a lyric from The Hummingbirds song Defiant.

The band

The classic line up – (l-r) Simon Holmes, Robyn St Claire, Alannah Russack, Mark Temple

They were the leaders of the indie rock scene at the turn of the 90s. They had some breakthrough indie rock success, offering something fresh and optimistic for a new young audience.

Get some records

The classic album to get is their debut album LoveBuzz (1989). It’s on all the digital services.

The follow-up Va Va Voom (1991) is also excellent. And that’s it, two albums. The early singles are mostly collected on Contradiction (2000).

That’s unfortunately it. Early singles like Swim To Shore and lots of b-sides are not available. The later EPs were collected on a mini album in 2017 after Simon’s death.

The golden age of The Hummingbirds were very much in the vinyl era. Here’s my collection along with Miso.

Film clips

Here’s all the official film clips.

TV shows and cover versions

The Hummingbirds perform Blush on Countdown, 1989.

The Hummingbirds perform You Just Gotta Know My Mind on Hey Hey, 1994.

A bunch of hot young bands – Alvvays, Hatchie and Snail Mail, perform Alimony.

Bob Evans aka Kevin from Jebediah doing an acoustic cover of Blush.

Simon Holmes

Here’s a Guardian article reporting on Simon’s death and the importance of The Hummingbirds, written by Andrew Stafford.

Music from the episode (all by the Hummingbirds

  • Get On Down from LoveBuzz
  • Alimony from LoveBuzz
  • Hindsight single
  • Blush from LoveBuzz
  • Word Gets Around from LoveBuzz
  • Tuesday from LoveBuzz
  • If A Vow from Va Va Voom
  • Two Weeks With A Good Man In Niagara Falls from Va Va Voom
  • You Just Gotta Know My Mind from the You Just Gotta Know My Mind EP
  • She Knows from LoveBuzz
  • Rainy Daydream from the b-side of Hindsight
  • And an extra bit of Blush at the end.


Their wonderful 1989 album LoveBuzz

The best of Contradiction