Chapter Music is very excited to reveal a trove of previously unreleased recordings by early 80s Aussie disco-punk heroes Use No Hooks. The band feature Arne Hanna from Michael Hutchence’s late 80s INXS side-project Max Q, as well as members of infamous Melbourne synth-punk band Primitive Calculators.
Use No Hooks are best known for their 1983 Aussie punk-funk classic Do The Job, never released at the time and first heard on Chapter’s Can’t Stop It! #2 compilation in 2007. The track was later bootlegged on a 12″ by Psychemagik and has since become a leftfield club staple.
The band existed in various incarnations from 1979-84. They initially took part in Melbourne’s renowned Little Band scene, before morphing unexpectedly into a nine piece disco-funk big band in 1983. This final incarnation took nods from Chic, Talking Heads and the Sugarhill Gang, twisting them into an Australian punk-funk, proto-rap format uniquely their own.
The band recorded five songs in 1983, including the legendary Do the Job, but the unmixed tape remained in a cupboard for more than 35 years. These songs have finally been rescued from the ageing reel and paired with choice live and rehearsal tracks, for a long overdue survey of Melbourne post-punk’s most underexposed, but most vital groups.
Lead vocalist Stuart Grant (Primitive Calculators) intones dry, colloquial lyrics in playful dialogue with singers Denise Hilton (Primitive Calculators), Marisa Stirpe (The Take) and Wendy Morrissey, over frighteningly tight white funk grooves.
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