And now Hefner, Britain’s Largest Small Band!

And now Hefner, Britain’s Largest Small Band, as Darren Hayman discibed them!

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Back in 1998 things were happening. I was working, having my own place with a beautiful woman, studying at the same time photography, shooting all the time, reading, walking, exploring the world, watching movies and listening to Hefner for the first time! After buying their first record most probably because Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian played in it, but also because of the wonderful lo-fi cover and the peculiar song titles, I never looked back. These guys were amazing! Lyrics that were caustic with humor and reality, music that had the rawness any 22 year old is looking for and then stays hooked for the rest of his life and artwork! Oh, the artwork of the singles and the LPs were a treasure on their own! And you had to buy them all to get the extra artwork and extra songs. Nothing was half good. Everything was perfect. What can I say. Hefner’s mastermind, Darren Hayman was responsible for most of them, songs, lyrics and artwork!
I was lucky enough to see them once live in Athens, in 2000 just after the release of their 4th album We love the city. (I consider Boxing Hefner an album, too) A concert to remember, the band playing at hands reach from the crowd, and they played intense and it was fantastic. Darren  joked, responded to fans (they throw him a pack of Benson & Hedges, after playing the Hymn for the cigarettes), danced (I think it was I took her love for granted), read a postcard,  drank something (probably because he was thirsty and not to justify the Hymn for alcohol). The only regret was that they didn’t play one of the songs from the, then, latest album,  Greedy Ugly people. But I forgave them!

After their split Darren Hayman went on (in fact he is still at it) producing great music, art, videos etc. Anthony Harding as ANT has issued several wonderful lo-fi CDS. And as I read, but unfortunately haven’t heard, Jack Hayter is creating his own music or helps other people create theirs, with his multi instrumental talents!

Hefner was really a great band and listening to any of their records, is really the best thing you can do to your ears, mind and heart.

6 thoughts on “And now Hefner, Britain’s Largest Small Band!

  1. Great series. They liked what they have done.
    Like the smoking photo. (I don’t smoke….) You know Interpol? Saw them on a small stage smoking during the concert.
    😉

    • I love it when people don’t go with the “political correct”. I mean, I have taken photos of musicians that denied to be photographed with a cigarette, because they feared that they would lose their fans… Anyway it was 2000, so months before the new laws for smoking at public places was introduced.
      Yes, I know Interpol, I have all their records, up until the crisis begun. They are not politically correct, either, are they? 😉

      • I think they’re politically incorrect in a harmless way, but I haven’t followed exactly.
        At the end of year thanks for your interest and your great work!
        Merry Christmas to you and your Family.
        🙂

        • A big discussion, but what I mean apart from smoking on stage, is that they have gone electronic. Which is fine by me, but all other bands that did a similar leap, have failed (Franz Ferdinand, Archie Bronson outfit, etc.) Merry Christmas to you and your family as well!

  2. wow vasillis,….that was a lot of photos of ….men……I dunno….maybe next time u could throw in a random shot of some chick in the crowd…. 😉 lol just my Christmas humor.

    Is Belle & Sebastian still popular in Greece?

    • There’s a law about personal data and that includes beautiful women in the crowd! So I just don’t push my luck! 😉 I don’t know if they are popular, fact is that the younger generation prefers to download, and since the money and time for such things is extremely limited it is hard to count sales. But given that many bands skip Athens while visiting our area (Bulgaria Turkey etc.) probably means that it isn’t worth traveling 600 km to the south for a concert.

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