Review Revue: Hula - Fever Car

There’s not a lot of info out there about Hula. I know that they’re from Sheffield, England, and that they were active in the mid-’80s (both of which facts you could probably glean from listening to their music). They also released two albums called Murmur and Shadowland, of course having no idea how much confusion this would cause some poor REM and K.D. Lang fans digging through used CD bins in the late ’80s and ’90s. (At least I assume/hope said confusion abounded - they certainly seem to have confused the powers that be at allmusic.com)

One bio I read says that they opened up for Depeche Mode, which makes some sense - and I’m sure at the time felt like a huge career boost. But listening to John Avery’s sharp, syncopated bass playing, I hope there was a show somewhere in England in 1983 where they were able to share the stage with Gang of Four.


“Interesting mood music from England. Sorry but I can’t think of any labels for this group.”

“Import”

“After listening closely to Side 1, I would describe this as typical English DOR.” [I don't know what this acronym means. Any ideas?]

“Not as exciting as preceding vinyl release, still upbeat and bouncy.”

“‘In the Shutout’ - Cool, upbeat dance music.”

“I like it. Bouncy.”

“This is a 45, right? Am I going crazy?” [Yet another album that seems to work at 45 or 33 rpm.]

“A #1 product from the recording industry.”

“Ooh! Ooh!”

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One Comment

  1. Damon Creed
    Posted August 5, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    “DOR” = Dance Oriented Rock. Hula is right in your wheelhouse if you’re fond of Cabaret Voltaire, Clock DVA. Albums Murmur & 1000 Hours are right up there.

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