H.P. Zinker

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The New York City rock trio H.P. Zinker were purveyors of muscular, guitar-driven neo-psychedelia that often bordered on prog rock and, at times, bore comparison to Dinosaur Jr.. Singer/guitarist Hans Platzgumer and bassist/singer Frank Puempel were raised in Innsbruck, Austria, and had toured the continent with a bunch of bands before relocating to New York City in 1989 and becoming H.P. Zinker. The group's first release, ...And There Was Light, was recorded with a drum machine. It featured a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Dancing Days," and also happened to be the first-ever release on Matador Records. The effort threw down the gauntlet on the group's eclecticism, featuring touches of metal, jazz, folk, and noise. Nevertheless, 1990s Beyond It All represented a huge creative leap forward for the group as they settled into a power-trio format with the addition of American Dave Wasik on drums. On this LP, the group reveled in gargantuan riffs that nodded to '70s hard rock and often jettisoned off into instrumental excursions. The Sunshine EP in 1991 featured a remake of the first EP's "Sunshine," as well as a version of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" and the Lemonheads' Evan Dando doing a vocal turn on "To One in Paradise," among other sundries. By the time of Perseverance in 1992, co-founder Peumpel had left H.P. Zinker. Platzgumer and Wasik soldiered on and ex-Skunk guitarist Stephan Apicella (aka Stevie Apathetic) eventually came on-board to fill the third slot. Bassist Uvey Batruel joined up for 1995's Mountains of Madness (the title track's lyrics are by early 20th century horror writer H.P. Lovecraft), which represented the last proper album before the group's dissolution later that year. Staying Loose (A Compilation) assembles tracks from the group's first three albums and several EPs -- and is the best starting point for newcomers.
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06, Nr. 06 From Boston To Schwertberg — H.P. Zinker H.P. Zinker From Boston To Schwertberg (Album) Nur Sch. Rec!, Nur Sch. Rec! 06, Nr. 06 Austria 1990 Sell This Version
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NECKLP 3 Beyond It All — H.P. Zinker H.P. Zinker Beyond It All (Album) Roughneck Recording Company NECKLP 3 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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NECKLP 6 Hovering — H.P. Zinker H.P. Zinker Hovering (Album) Roughneck Recording Company NECKLP 6 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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Thrill 001 Perseverance — H.P. Zinker H.P. Zinker Perseverance (Album) Thrill Jockey Thrill 001 US 1992 Sell This Version
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EMY 153-2 Mountains Of Madness — H.P. Zinker H.P.Zinker* Mountains Of Madness (Album) Enemy Records EMY 153-2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

Olé 01 ...And There Was Light — H.P. Zinker H.P. Zinker ...And There Was Light (EP) Matador Olé 01 US 1990 Sell This Version
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HYPE 4T I Don't Know What's Going On — H.P. Zinker H.P. Zinker I Don't Know What's Going On (Single) Roughneck Recording Company HYPE 4T UK 1990 Sell This Version
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OLE 002-7 The Know-It-All / Sip Of Death — H.P. Zinker H.P. Zinker The Know-It-All / Sip Of Death(7", Single) Matador OLE 002-7 US 1990 Sell This Version
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FIREUS 10-2 The Sunshine E.P. — H.P. Zinker H.P. Zinker The Sunshine E.P. (EP, MiniAlbum) Roughneck Recording Company FIREUS 10-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
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HYPE 11 Our Precious Love — H.P. Zinker H.P. Zinker Our Precious Love(7") Roughneck Recording Company HYPE 11 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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Hype 16 CD Mysterious Girl E.P. — H.P. Zinker H.P. Zinker Mysterious Girl E.P. (EP) Roughneck Recording Company, Roughneck Recording Company Hype 16 CD UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version
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HYPE 21T Reason — H.P. Zinker H.P. Zinker Reason (EP) Roughneck Recording Company HYPE 21T UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version
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noise61-1 Warzone City 20K / The House Always Wins (Live) — H.P. Zinker H.P. Zinker, Chris Magerl H.P. Zinker, Chris Magerl - Warzone City 20K / The House Always Wins (Live)(7", Single) Noise Appeal Records noise61-1 Austria 2018 Sell This Version
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Compilations

NRG-81105-2 Staying Loose H.P. Zinker Staying Loose "A Compilation" (Comp) Energy Records (2) NRG-81105-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
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noise35 Singles Box 1989 - 1994 — H.P. Zinker HP Zinker* Singles Box 1989 - 1994(6x7" + M/Stick, MOV, MP3, MPEG-4 Video, 192 + Box,) Noise Appeal Records noise35 Austria 2013 Sell This Version