What’s that you say, young fella? You don’t know who Hum are? You must have been sperm and eggs during the early 1990s, weren’t you? Just an idea in your mother’s heart…or something. Well, Hum were fucking awesome; they broke up in 2000.
Get this — the band’s seminal offering You’d Prefer an Astronaut was one of the most underrated albums to be released during the 1990s. Hum just sort of got lost amid the Nirvanas and the Dinosaur Jrs of the world, but true music fans knew them. Deftones frontman Chino Moreno once declared this album a “big part of where [Deftones] get a big part of [their] influence from, tone-wise.”
That’s an understatement. Well, there’s a tribute album coming out on Pop Up Records called Songs Of Farewell And Departure: A Tribute To Hum, and it drops September 6.
Who’s on it? The Esoteric tackle “Iron Clad Lou” while Funeral For A Friend do “Green To Me.” There’s also this band called City of Ships who are really awesome and progressiv — they do “I Hate It Too.” There’s a bunch of other bands on there, like Arctic Sleep and (Damn) This Desert Air. Junius is also on the album. The rest of the bands, I don’t really know so…here’s Hum’s best known song, “Stars,” followed by two of my favorite Hum tunes.