Tuneage Tutelage - New Music Monday...Human Nature

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, September 14, 2009

HEY TWO more days of NEW MUSIC - September 14 & 15...Have you been playing along? getting your friends to come visit???

Someone will win a CD each day (to be announced when I return) - what is better than coming to hear some new music, liking it, and then getting the CD sent to you...BAM!

Here is the contest - To the blogger that refers the most people here over the next week, you will have first choice of about 20 CDs I have plus you can opt to have me burn a CD from my personal collection- including all the bootleg concert music.

They have to come, leave a comment that makes sense and relates to the post (even if it is I like them or I hate them), leave your name in the comment so you get credit, and they must vote in the poll. I can tell who does what - believe me I can...

Come on - Pimp the New Music this week...what can it cost ya? A few friends????

Today we are bringing you some incredible talents. The name of the band is Human Nature and they are from Australia, but will be taking the US by storm over the next year.

The group was originally formed as a doo-wop band in 1989 while the current members were at school together in Sydney. So far, the band has had 17 Top 40 hits and five Top 10 hits in Australia since 1996 when their first album Telling Everybody was released. Human Nature's 3 follow-up albums all went multi-platinum in Australia. The band has also enjoyed some chart success internationally.

Brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney joined with Toby Allen and Phil Burton in 1989 while at Hurlstone Agricultural High School representing their school in a combined regional schools concert at the Bankstown Town Hall. The quartet were known as The 4 Trax, a name that they retained until they began their recording career. The band performed "Earth Angel" a 1950s hit for The Penguins.

Human Nature released its first album Telling Everybody on December 2, 1996 and it went on to earn triple-platinum status. The group also helped build their reputation by working as support acts for Michael Jackson and CĂ©line Dion on their respective Australian tours.

Counting Down released in 1998 continued the band's momentum, and debuted at number one on the ARIA charts and generated five gold singles in Australia.

In 1999 Human Nature appeared in a tour of the musical version of the television series Happy Days.

The band released a self-titled album in 2000 with lead single "He Don't Love You" reaching Top 20 in the UK and being the 2nd best selling Australasian single in Australia for that year.

Human Nature's fourth studio album Walk the Tightrope was released on April 26, 2004. The first single "When You Say You Love Me" was written by Darren Hayes, formerly of Savage Garden, and it reached the Top 10 in Australia in 2004.

With the realization that they were perhaps outgrowing their original teen market, for their fifth studio album Human Nature decided to pay tribute to the music that influenced them from the very beginning, and released an album of Motown covers- Reach Out: The Motown Record- on November 6, 2005. It peaked at number one on the Australian charts and has reached 5 times platinum.

The quartet's sixth studio album Dancing In The Street: The Songs Of Motown II was released on October 13, 2006 and debuted at number one, with 14 Motown cover songs, after the initial 'Motown' album sold over 350,000 copies and won the highest selling album ARIA award.

The 24th of November, 2007 saw Human Nature hit No.2 on the ARIA Albums Chart with Get Ready, the 3rd Motown-themed album, which this time featured appearances by several original Motown singing legends such as Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, Mary Wilson of The Supremes and The Temptations. All three albums have now sold close to a million copies in Australia. Human Nature's total album sales in Australia number almost two million.

At this time the group is performing in Las Vegas, presented by Smokey Robinson at the Imperial Palace and Casino and will be performing there into 2010.

We sent some questions to the group and received their answers:
Can you tell my readers what drove you to be musicians? Was it a specific moment when you realized you had to become an artist or was the 'need' born within you?
We have all been around music in one way or another since we were very young. I started playing piano at 4, Toby was about the same, and Andrew and Mike's mother is a piano teacher, so they were bitten by the bug almost before they could crawl I guess! The funny thing with music is that the "need" to play and create it is almost nature rather than nurture I think. As far as making it a career though, that's probably more of a conscious decision. For me personally, I remember watching Live Aid in 1985 and being awestruck by Queen (and in particular Freddie Mercury). He held the crowd in the palm of his hand and I remember thinking that was something I'd love to be able to do.

Your album is a collection of some of the great Motown hits. But prior to coming to America and recording at the Motwon studios, you earned 23 platinum album awards in your homeland of Australia . Tell my readers, what genre of music you recorded down under and, if it was different than Motown what genre of music was it?

We were a pop vocal group- with a bit of RnB influence in our songs too. Right back when we started though, we were listening to groups like the Four Tops and the Temptations, so Motown was always a big part of what we did. Eventually recording an album of Motown songs was almost inevitable.

(By the way, Vinny- FYI- we didn't actually RECORD at the Motown studios- we visited them. One cool thing was Martha Reeves came down and acted as our "tour guide"!).

Is there a follow-up album planned and will it be songs you write?
At this stage we are just concentrating on making our debut US album a success, and also making our current show in Vegas a hit. It's early days for us here in the States and we don't want to get ahead of ourselves. That said though, we would obviously love to record a follow-up, and since we started recording as an originals group, it would be nice to write and record some originals again. As soon as we start planning it, we'll keep you posted!

You worked with the genius Smokey Robinson on your album and now he is presenting you in Las Vegas at the Imperial Palace . You also got to record with The Temptations , Martha Reeves and Mary Wilson, do you wake up in the morning and have to pinch yourselves?
Absolutely! We've been very lucky to work with some of our idols over the years. The most amazing part is getting to know them and realise that they see themselves in a very similar light to us- professional musicians working hard at something they love. There are no huge egos (even though they've done enough in their lives to earn them!).

Do you support any charities and in what way?
We don't support any specific charities- being musicians in the public eye we are often asked to contribute our time or resources to various charities. Although it's not possible to say yes to every request, we really try hard to do as much as we can for as many charities as possible. It's a nice feeling to know that through sharing the gifts we've been given, we can help improve the lives of others who aren't so lucky.

OK guys, besides Motown, what music is on your iPods?
I'm a big fan of good quality music- the genre isn't important to me as long as the music is good. My iPod has everything from Rachmaninov and Debussy through John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk and into Metallica! MY all time favourites are Queen and Billy Joel though, so lots of their stuff for sure.

Do you have any touring plans to bring you out to the masses who do not get to Las Vegas ?
We are currently performing 6 nights a week in Vegas, so there isn't a lot of opportunity to get out and see other parts of the country. With a little luck the album will be popular enough to make it possible for us to go on tour, because we would dearly love to travel around the States and perform- it would be a real dream come true.

Is there anything you would like to say about yourself, your music, your causes?
Our goal when we record an album or put on a show is always the same- if a person can listen to us or see us and feel better and happier at the end than they were at the start, we've done our job! We're very proud of what we do (particularly the live shows), so we would love for people to check us out- we guarantee you'll have fun...

From their CD Reach Out, I present you with two...The fantastic Smokey tune, "OOO Baby Baby" and performing the Supremes hit "Stop! In The Name Of Love"...

Please leave a comment and vote in the poll!

9 Of Your Sparks

  1. BeckEye Says:
  2. Eh.

    I'm not really a fan of covers. I find that only a few ever improve on the originals.

  3. ...talented? yes. Show-stopping? no.

  4. Jay Says:
  5. Well, they're pretty good. Not anything new or earth-shattering or anything though.

  6. Starrlight Says:
  7. Nice set of covers. I liked them.

  8. Tug Says:
  9. Hey Vinny, I've been here & listening, just not commenting much... not loving these, but it's not really what I'd normally listen to.

    Glad to have you back; hope you and Nancy had the time of your lives!

  10. Travis Says:
  11. I enjoyed the harmonies on the Smokey cover, but didn't like the Supremes cover that much.

  12. Fred Says:
  13. Holy crap...have I missed a lot! All the pictures on FB were terrific, Vinny. All the best to you and Nancy.

  14. DrillerAA09 Says:
  15. They're fun to listen to, but I don't think I'd download anything.
    But, then again, I might....maybe.

  16. Mimi Lenox Says:
  17. Nice vocals....


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