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The Hidden Cameras

Post by stolenwine » Wed Oct 03, 2007 00:21

this thread is for us to post about how much we love the hidden cameras and about news and stuff like that. and pictures of joel. i totally adore this band. i wish they played in london more often.

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Post by Outcognito » Sat Oct 06, 2007 01:12

stolenwine wrote:this thread is for us to post about how much we love the hidden cameras and about news and stuff like that. and pictures of joel. i totally adore this band. i wish they played in london more often.

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Oh happy memories.......a midweek trek to London Scala (?) to see the full works....orchestra, strippers/dancers......train back to Birmingham full of what now may be termed emo-kids.....can't think who they'd been to see.........a bleary eyed drive back to Stoke.....were you at the gig? (We didn't call them popshows in those days ;))
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Post by humblebee » Sat Oct 06, 2007 12:25

These are pretty special. I can't really think of any other current band who have put out a string of consistently good albums like the Hidden Cameras.

They are also bloody wonderful live... first time I saw them was one of the best gigs I've ever seen. It was at the Charlotte in Leicester, must've been 2003. Feckin awesome.

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Post by crystalball » Sat Oct 06, 2007 15:41

I moved this thread from the 'other music' to the indiepop forum. You don't mind, do you? *flutters eyelashes*

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Post by crystalball » Mon Oct 08, 2007 17:03

I was having an email conversation with someone today about 'Ban Marriage'. I am not usually one for analysing song lyrics but I think that one is interesting. What does it all mean then?

Lyrics here.

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Post by Outcognito » Mon Oct 08, 2007 19:29

humblebee wrote:These are pretty special. I can't really think of any other current band who have put out a string of consistently good albums like the Hidden Cameras.

They are also bloody wonderful live... first time I saw them was one of the best gigs I've ever seen. It was at the Charlotte in Leicester, must've been 2003. Feckin awesome.
Ban Marriage restored my dwindling faith in music.....the hours spent kitchen dancing, quite disbelieving a record so fab could reach my ears! The Charlotte - wasn't that a gig when they trooped onto the stage in a line through the audience banging percussion and singing?
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Post by Contravene » Mon Oct 08, 2007 19:32

Ban Marriage is their only song I listen to, I fear nothing else will be as good and don't wish my fears to be confirmed

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Post by Huw » Mon Oct 08, 2007 19:36

God knows what its about! I've just read the lyrics and there's definatelt a bit of an anti-marriage, pro love thing. But the line "That there is splendour in the harshness of bum" gets me everytime. Oh Joel, you madhead.

Anyway - someones brought me back a magazine from Germany called Elf Freund, which isn't about Lord Of the Rings, but is about football. In the middle was a picture of the Hidden Cameras! Bonkers! So I got a German friend to read it to be and apparently they played before Bayern Munich's pre-season friendly versus Barcelona, on the pitch and everything! They even had dancing gimps in Lederhosen!

Life, just sometimes, is perfect!
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Post by humblebee » Mon Oct 08, 2007 20:11

Outcognito wrote:The Charlotte - wasn't that a gig when they trooped onto the stage in a line through the audience banging percussion and singing?
Yes! Were you at that as well?

I remember reading an interview with Joel or an article about the band which said 'Ban Marriage' was an alternative take on for legal equality for gay partnerships. Rather than legalise same-sex weddings, the idea is just to abolish marriage altogether.

'Ban Marriage' was the first Hidden Cameras song I heard. I was at Offbeat and I was like, fuck, this is incredible, who is it? Richard told me who it was so when I got home I downloaded the Ecce Homo mini-lp to listen to, and I did very little other than listen to it for the next three months of my life.

Some of the tracks on that are just fantastically radiant and irresistible: 'A Miracle' and 'The International M.M.A.' and 'He is The Boss of Me' are utterly swoonsome. And round about that time I seemed to keep finding articles and reviews comparing them with the Polyphonic Spree, which I thought was total, total bollocks.

'Ban Marriage' probably is the most perfect thing they've done but 'I Believe in The Good of Life' must run it close (the older version, before they sped it up too much for the later album). And some of the more recent stuff like 'She's Gone' are as good as anything. Contravene, they really are not one of those indiepop bands who do one good song and a load of ropey albums, so you totally should listen to more. And see them live if you get half a chance!

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Post by crystalball » Mon Oct 08, 2007 21:58

You've all only gone and made me weep with joy (once again) at having come across this band. I first heard 'Ban Marriage' at a now-defunct indiepop night and danced on my own (without knowing the song) on an empty dancefloor. After that I was too embarrassed to ask the dj what the song was but it was so clearly engraved in my brain that I went back home and searched for the lyrics on the internet. I bought the album the following day and then, because I'm ridiculously lucky sometimes, I found out they were playing that very month in London and went to see them, only to realise that they were the greatest band in the universe.

They hardly have any bad or average songs. I see humblebee's 'A Miracle' (probably my second-favourite Hidden Cameras song) and I raise him 'Heavy Flow of Evil'. I see his 'She's Gone' and I raise him 'Boys of Melody'. And 'Builds the Bone' and 'Golden Streams' (the perfect wedding song, apparently), 'Breathe On It', 'High Upon the Church Grounds', 'For Fun'. I can't stop.

Joel's official interpretation of 'Ban Marriage' makes perfect sense and it's fantastic. But I think I'll still gonna dance like a loon to my own twisted meaning.

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Huw wrote:they played before Bayern Munich's pre-season friendly versus Barcelona, on the pitch and everything! They even had dancing gimps in Lederhosen!

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I just googled that and it turns out they played because it was Mehmet Scholl's last ever match - they even played at his farewell party after the game. Woh!

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Post by lynsosaurus » Tue Oct 09, 2007 13:21

I've already posted this link on my blog, on other forums, pretty much everydamnwhere I have been online, but I'm going to post it again here because it's one of my favourite Hidden Cameras things EVER.



I think Ban Marriage was the first song of theirs I heard, and obviously it is fucking awesome, but I think there are even better songs on that album. I think anyone who doesn't like Breathe On It simply could not possibly like music. The Smell of our Own is a more consistent and coherent album to me, and I think Awoo is the least coherent, as an album. I couldn't possibly pick a favourite album though. The Smell of our Own was the first one I heard, and it hasn't become any less awesome no matter how many times I've listened to it. Mississauga Goddam reminds me of stolenwine because I first heard it when I was visiting her. If I had to pick one duff track, I'd have to go with Bboy. It really pisses me off, and it's the only one of their songs that I own that I don't absolutely love. Surely it must be time for another tour? It feels like ages ago that I saw them.

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Post by crystalball » Tue Oct 09, 2007 13:40

That video is amazing, Lyns. Thanks for posting it again. I love Joel's frown when he sings, it's so cute.

I don't know how they can get away with being so awesome and sweet and swoonsome while constantly singing about sex. They're perfect.

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Post by crystalball » Thu Oct 11, 2007 16:21

Joel in DIY SOS, yesterday.

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Post by I Need a Blanket » Thu Oct 11, 2007 17:53

So are the Hidden Cameras still a going concern, then? I read somewhere (I guess on them internets) that Joel had moved to Berlin to concentrate on painting. I dunno. I hope they're still going.

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Post by crystalball » Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:27

Someone sent me this link:

http://www.kexp.org/aspnet_client/Speci ... 8&fID=1080

It's a show they did for KEPX radio station. You can't download it but if you click on one of the two 'concert' links from the list you can listen to it and it's completely awesome.

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Post by anders » Thu Jan 03, 2008 20:04

The Hidden Cameras are so much fun! They'd be one of my favourite bands if they changed their lyrics. I mean, the lyrics aren't bad, I guess, but they're all about, erm, you know, about sex. Which is okay, but not all the time. So I can't really *love* them, but I do love their live shows. It's one of the best live bands in the world, I've seen them twice (Denmark 2005 and Oslo 2006) and both times have been some of the best gigs I've ever been to. They are JOY. I can't wait to see them again.

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Post by SwansonG » Thu Jan 03, 2008 20:47

hé hé I only understand a few english words when I didn't read the lyrics several times, so I still concentrate on their music and I pretend to forget to go on lyrics site.

But singing about golden streams, yeah that can disturb sometimes.

I never saw them live, I really hope that hole in the bands seen in concerts will be fill in one day.

Here is one of their best live prestation in the streets of Paris :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcSvNPRjWqA

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Post by Mr Bear » Sat Jan 05, 2008 15:25

I've just started listening to the Hidden Cameras again for the first time in over a year. Don't know why I haven't listened to them for so long, but I'm listening to The Smell Of Our Own now and it's sounding amazing! Boys of Melody is making me do a massive "AW!".

I love rediscovering great music.

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Re: The Hidden Cameras

Post by RITH » Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:46

I was just listening to that Joel Gibb feat. El Perro Del Mar song (That's us/Wild combination), and it made me decide that it's time for a new Hidden Cameras album. Or at least a concert in Amsterdam. Yes? Thank you.

Any news on him recording?

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Re: The Hidden Cameras

Post by le doulos » Sat Apr 05, 2008 13:32

The Hidden Cameras' gig at the Union Chapel was the first "real" gig we went when we arrived in London almost two years ago and it was like, religious, wonderful, we cried and dance and I even managed to fight my shyness and to talk one minute or two with Joel and the keyboardist, in french (they politely switched when they heard my mash potato english) during one of the three never ending support acts... ;)
It only confirmed that it's truly the best band in the galaxy. At least. And that London was immediately fantastic.
I remember I bought the first album during a virgin megastore sale in our hometown, 3 euros or something, and it has been instant love. Kitchen dance a lot too and bedroom dance as well.
Two of my favourite tracks are probably Smells Like Happiness, and The Union of Wine.
But what I like the most with them is their ability of making real albums, not just singles compilations with some tracks just to fill the space. And their subtle sense of continuity. Each album is different but there is this cement, this atmosphere between craziness, joy and deep deep sadness... When I see the video of a miracle for example. My god it's so sad and pure.
One guy told me once that for him it was the same song all over again... Bad guy!

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