Hurrah! in session at The BBC tonight. One of the purveyors of Jangle-Pop in the 1980s, Hurrah! had a modicum of success both in the UK and in the States. One of the first bands to sign to the UK Indie label Kitchenware, they were also picked up by Arista in the U.S., where they released two of their five albums. Started around 1981 as The Green Eyed Children before renaming themselves Hurrah!, this session takes place around the time of their debut single, The Sun Shines Here.
Although they didn’t do particularly well in the U.S., they did do an extensive tour of clubs and small venues in 1987 and were regularly featured on College Radio. Their success was primarily in the UK, where Who’d Have Thought, their 3rd single, would hit Number 7 on the UK charts.
But with success being elusive (as it often is) and with Arista dropping the band from the label in 1989. When drummer Steve Price decided to move to the U.S. and resettle there in 1990, the band decided it was time to call it quits. They headed off in different directions and with different bands and Hurrah! have fallen into the shadows of musical history.
Which is a shame, because they were quite good. But then, being quite good is never enough and being at the right place at the right time is key element. There was talk of an unreleased album, recorded before the band split in 1991. It finally surfaced when a retrospective was assembled in 2010, and The Return Of The Cool was issued by Cherry Red Records later that year.
With so many bands and artists coming and going; fading and being resurrected during the history of Rock, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of just how many undiscovered or neglected or underrated bands there have been.
Hurrah! may not have been one of the household names or one of the great tragedies, but they are worth a listen and worth considering for repeated plays.