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Category: Flashback



Cult band BIG STAR were a group who never really found success during their four-year lifetime. They’re one of those bands who were picked up and deeply adored by many a lot further down the track, inspiring the start of many musical careers; such as R.E.MPrimal ScreamThe Replacements and Teenage Fanclub. Read the rest of this entry »



With the HARVEST FESTIVAL lineup freshly announced, we now know that Californian band EELS will be dropping by our Australian doorstep, alongside the hugely exciting MASSIVE ATTACKTHE DRONESNEUTRAL MILK HOTEL and a whole lot more! In celebration of such exciting news, we thought it was time to take a look at the first official Eels record. Read the rest of this entry »

FLASHBACK: Moog Instruments

Bob Moog

Synthesizer pioneer and inventor BOB MOOG was probably the coolest nerd on the planet. Thanks to Mr. Moog, the deliverance of the synthesizer and its funny, quirky sounds, which is now heavily used in our music world, was created. Read the rest of this entry »

FLASHBACK: The Breeders ‘Last Splash’


Regardless of the members fleeting in and out, THE BREEDERS will always best be remembered as the four who appeared on the 1993 record Last Splash. Hitting its 20th year anniversary, we’re very excited to announce that this particular album’s lineup will be touring the seminal record around Australia this October! Read the rest of this entry »



Have you ever actually wondered where we pulled our name Purple Sneakers from? Because it definitely wasn’t put in order through the inspiration of a violet pair of Chuck Taylors.. We’re paying homage to Australian legends YOU AM I as they released a song titled ‘Purple Sneakers’ on their 1995 sophomore record Hi Fi Way. Read the rest of this entry »

FLASHBACK: Belle And Sebastian ‘If You’re Feeling Sinister’ Pitchfork Classic Documentary


In 1996, Glasgow group BELLE AND SEBASTIAN conceived their sophomore full-length record titled If You’re Feeling Sinister. A record that was not initially superbly spoken of, it has become a highly original and timeless piece of art due to its momentous consistency. Read the rest of this entry »

FLASHBACK: Violent Femmes

Violent Femmes

Some time ago, there were three dudes who had a band. They’d play the streets in their hometown, Milwaukee, in order to create a fanbase. When they did so, they were eventually picked up by The Pretenders, and found themselves opening for the said group. Years, albums and disbandment later, they are now noted as the Grandfathers of folk-punk. Read the rest of this entry »


The short-lived dreamy pop shoegazers SLOWDIVE lived quite a short life. They experienced some great times yet watched their career as a band devolve from there. Read the rest of this entry »

FLASHBACK: Descendents

“Welcome to Der Weinerschnitzel, may i take your order please?” “Yeah, I want: TWO LARGE COKES, TWO LARGE FRIES, CHILLI-CHEESE DOG, LARGE DOCTOR PEPPER, SUPER DELUXE, WITH CHEESE AND TOMATO!”
”You want bill sperm with that?“

Seems too short to be a song yet too long to fill in 13 seconds, right? This is less than a taste of the excellent discography that American pop-punks DESCENDENTS have provided us with over the past few decades! Read the rest of this entry »

FLASHBACK: Portishead

Take a “tea-boy” and a bar singer. Throw in an unemployment agency and a pair of musical-open-minds. These are the prime ingredients of how Bristol band, PORTISHEAD came to be of existence!

The name came about as it is the what the suburb is called in Bristol, England where the band’s co-founding member Geoff Barrow grew up. Not being much of a fan of the suburb of Portishead, Barrow upped and left when he was promised a job at Bristol’s recording studio, Coach House (it was here where he served tea to the executives).

After watching bands come in and out of the Coach House’s doors, Barrow itched to create music that was expressive and non-conforming.

After meeting [the now lead singer] Beth Gibbons, the two realised they had the same musical intentions – that being producing music that drove itself away from the norm. After writing music together, the pair met with jazz-guitarist Adrian Utley at Coach House and recorded together. As a result, ‘Sour Times’ was conceived. Oh and MTV actually played music, who knew?

By 1993, Portishead were a formed band, sound engineer Dave McDonald was included and a three-track demo was created. Universal Music Group’s Go! Beat Records signed Portishead after listening to the demo. This came about as they invited Barrow to play it for them.

A year later, the band released Numb – the mini album released through Go! Beat. It was this same year that the band wrote, arranged a soundtrack and starred in their short film To Kill A Deadman. If you’re familiar with the band’s cover art of their debut record, pay close attention around the three minute mark.

Portishead seemed to be shooting a lot of goals at this early point of their career. They then released their debut record Dummy. This particular release was deemed album of the year by The Face, Melody Maker, Mix Mag and The Daily Telegraph.

As years progressed, the band made greater achievements. Three years after the release of their debut, their self-titled, sophomore album had hit the shelves. The band and fans watched as Portishead skyrocketed in the music charts; particularly in the UK where it sat at number two, behind the Verve‘s Urban Hymns.

The year of 1998 saw the band take to the Jazz World Stage at the Glastonbury Festival. They also released their live album PNYC.

The new millennium had Utley of the group collaborating with film director Nicolas Roeg to soundtrack ‘The Sound Of Claudia Schiffer’ – a silent film for an upcoming BBC series.

The band also created their website Bristol Sounds to promote Bristol’s music scene. It was on this website that by 2001, the band announced that they’d be recording their third album here in Australia!

Another year went by and Portishead had a DVD released containing promo videos for some of the band’s tracks, as well as their short films To Kill A Deadman and Roadtrip.

After Utley’s other project, it was obvious that this point of the band’s life saw the members out and about in the entertainment industry doing their own thing. This was strengthened as Beth Gibbons released her solo album in the year 2002 and toured with it. However, there was never any intention of leaving the Bristol band.

Finally, after years of not really working together publicly, Portishead announced their third album’s release, conveniently titled Third. Seven years after the first announcement of the LP’s recording process, Portishead finally released the record in 2008.

Playing shows here and there, you may have caught the outfit at last year’s Harvest Festival.

An iconic band to the underground scene, we can thank Portishead for being the pioneers of what we now know as trip-hop.

Published on Purple Sneakers.