Signed to Kitchenware Records in 1982, Newcastle’s Hurrah!, along with the Paisley Underground movement of California, were a prime influence on the hugely successful Creation Records.
“Hurrah! were like a perfect punk rock fantasy Byrds… what we all wished we were. Great songs, great shows, supreme überpunk attitude… we just loved them.” – Alan McGee, 2011
With an appearance somewhere between early pre-mop top Beatles and part Byrds circa 1965, Hurrah!’s early singles helped pave the way for many 1980’s jangly guitar indie popsters.
Originally released in 1993 on Creation Records, The Sound Of Philadelphia features those first few influential singles and demos leading up to Hurrah!’s mid-1980’s breakthrough and will be re-issued in July 2011.
Comtemporary bands such as Crystal Stilts, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The See See and The Tambourines are all gaining acclaim for a sound that owes so much to Hurrah!
[Sorry for the quality of this promo video for Hurrah!’s debut single, The Sun Shines Here. Can anyone post a better version on YouTube?]