You Am I followed
the brilliant Hi Fi Way with
the equally impressive Hourly, Daily.
The album was recorded at Q Studios, Sydney during December
1995 by Wayne Connolly and Paul McKercher and mixed by David
Bianco (Teenage Fanclub).
It was the first time the band had recorded an album in
Tim talks about how the album came about:
"Russell and I were in New York, sharing a room together,
and we went out and got stinkin' at the Jones Bar and ran
around New York with our shirts off because we were drunk,
declaring that we would herald the return of beat music
- music that had a hop to it, a skip to it, that made you
want to shimmy. The next morning while vomiting, we declared
that we would make a beat record."
Recording in Australia gave the band time
to relax. It also let them go home at the end of a day's
work. Despite the easier schedule, the band deliberately
kept rehearsals to a minimum, keeping their ideas fresh
and their performances spontaneous.
Sydney jazz maestro Jackie
Orszaczky gathered a string quartet and a small horn
section, scoring the melody the band hummed at him. Producer
Paul McKercher added the cello.
It's part of what Tim calls "a fruit injection".
"We're not going to labour over songs
till we kill them," says Rogers. "Two of the songs
(Good Mornin' and "If
We Can't Get It Together) were
actually written four days before we started,"
"The material really started forming in those long
months towards the end of a tour. That's probably why the
album is so referencial to Australia, not for any patriotic
reasons but because after so long on the road touring and
playing, the whole process becomes perpetual motion and
daily home life becomes surreal.
"Most of it is about things that
most people perceive as mundane but to someone just out
of the van appears very psychedelic and affectionate. That's
what the title Hourly, Daily
tries to capture. That's the way the album was going. Songs
from different points of the day, diary entries from different
people. It moves through every hour of every day... that's
about as vague as I can get."
debuted at number one on the national ARIA charts - the
second consecutive You Am I album to do so and went on to
win 6 awards in 1996 ARIA's including: Best Australian Group,
Album, Independent Release, Video (for Soldiers),
Producer and Engineer of the year.
Hourly, Daily Lyrics