The Earthmen

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The Earthmen was formed by Scott Stevens and Aaron Goldberg in 1991 as a jamming band in Melbourne, Victoria and were influenced by 1960s pop music and late '80s American and UK indie noise-pop. After winning JJJ-fm's national 'J-Sessions' competition they recorded their debut single, "Stacey's Cupboard" late that year with the line-up of Aaron Goldberg on guitar, Stephen Nash on guitar, Glen Peters on drums, Eric Prentice on bass guitar and Scott Stevens on vocals. Nash left in December and was replaced by Nick Batterham (ex-Blindside) as The Earthmen made their first live performances. The single was released in April 1992 on the indie label, Summershine, as well as on the JJJ-fm compilation album the 'J sessions'. Aside from Sydney band Glide, the Earthmen were the only band to make any industry impact from a pool of nearly 15 bands. Their second single, "Flyby" in August was followed by an Extended Play (EP), Flyby and a third single "Cool Chick #59" in October. They released another EP, Teen Sensations, in May 1993 on Summershine. For United States (US) and European markets, Atlantic Records subsidiary Seed released an expanded LP album, Teen Sensations in July with earlier singles added to the Australian EP version.[1]

In April 1994 they released, "Figure 8" and by May, Peters was replaced by Ben Bleechmore and Prentice by Robert Cooper, The Earthmen had their last Summershine release, The Fall and Rise of My Favourite Sixties Girl EP. Following their tour of the US and United Kingdom (UK) in July, Goldberg quit the band, and was replaced by Stephen Moffatt at the behest of the 'Black Pig' Publishing Group. The band signed a contract with Warner's Australian label East West Records by early 1996. In Australia they released, "Scene Stealer" in April and "Hug Me Tighter" in August, then they entered the recording studio with Batterham and Stevens joined by Matt Sigley on bass guitar and keyboards and they used session drummer, Derek Yuen (Underground Lovers). By year's end they had recruited Craig Mitchell on drums and Nick Murray on guitar. "Whoever's Been Using This Bed" was released as a single in January 1997 with Love Walked In following in April.[1] The album was nominated for 'Breakthrough Artist - Album' at the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Music Awards for 1997.[2] It spawned two more singles, "Coloured In" (June) and "Love Walked In" (November). The Earthmen covered Hal David and Burt Bacharach's "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" for a tribute album, To Hal and Bacharach in April 1998. The War Against Rock and Roll EP, appeared in January 1999 with their final gig following on 12 February.[1]

In 2014 the band announced plans to release a retrospective compilation album on the Popboomerang Records label. At the time of the band's demise, they had been writing songs towards their second album for Warners. The band broke up during the first recording session and many of the songs never got past the demo stage. In looking back through all their material for this retrospective, these demos were uncovered and judged to be worth inclusion. The band got together in late 2014 and recorded four new tracks with the album “College Heart” to be released in September 2016.[1]
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The Earthmen Discography Tracks

Albums

The Earthmen - The Fall And Rise Of My Favorite Sixties Girl album art The Earthmen The Fall And Rise Of My Favorite Sixties Girl (MiniAlbum) Summershine Australia 1994 Sell This Version
The Earthmen - Love Walked In album art The Earthmen Love Walked In (Album) Warner Music Australia Japan 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Earthmen - Teen Sensations album art The Earthmen Teen Sensations (EP, Album, Comp) Summershine Australia 1992 Sell This Version
The Earthmen - Flyby album art The Earthmen Flyby (EP, Single) Summershine Australia 1992 Sell This Version
SHINE 20 The Earthmen - Stacey's Cupboard / Roll album art The Earthmen Stacey's Cupboard / Roll(7", Single, Ltd) Summershine SHINE 20 Australia 1992 Sell This Version
SHINE 031 The Earthmen - Cool Chick #59 / Elephant (Demo) album art The Earthmen Cool Chick #59 / Elephant (Demo)(7", Single) Summershine SHINE 031 Australia 1992 Sell This Version
The Earthmen - Cool Chick #59 / Momentum (Pebble Mix) album art The Earthmen Cool Chick #59 / Momentum (Pebble Mix) (Single) Slumberland Records US 1993 Sell This Version
SHINE 44 The Earthmen - Figure 8 / Tell The Women We're Going album art The Earthmen Figure 8 / Tell The Women We're Going(7", Single) Summershine SHINE 44 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
0630153842 The Earthmen - Hug Me Tighter album art The Earthmen Hug Me Tighter(CD, Single) Warner Music Australia 0630153842 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
0630136942 The Earthmen - Scene Stealer album art The Earthmen Scene Stealer(CD, Single) Warner Music Australia 0630136942 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
0630-16240-2 The Earthmen - Whoever's Been Using This Bed album art The Earthmen Whoever's Been Using This Bed(CD, Single) Warner Music Australia 0630-16240-2 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
EARTH001 The Earthmen - The War Against Rock And Roll album art The Earthmen The War Against Rock And Roll(CD, EP) Shock (2) EARTH001 Australia 1998 Sell This Version

Compilations

PB:101 The Earthmen - College Heart album art The Earthmen College Heart(CD, Comp) Popboomerang Records PB:101 Australia 2016 Sell This Version

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