Hunters and Collectors – Is There Anybody In There?

Is There Anybody In There? (cover)

Is There Anybody In There? (cover)

 

The Single

Released In: [Australia / NZ].

Release Date: 1986.

Australian Chart Position: [Did Not Enter].

Single Availability: Extremely rare.

Value: A$6-A$28.

Australian single only. 7″ has Dog as b-side (not really impressive) but 12″ has an extended version of Is There Anybody In There? as well as Honey In The Jar (instrumental).

 

Versions

Version Length Source Availability
Studio [1]  3:25 Human Frailty album. Extremely common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Studio [1] 3:24 Natural Selection / Greatest Hits album and video. Extremely common. Available new in CD, CD/DVD, DVD and digital form.
Studio [1] 3:25 Non-Australian versions of the Collected Works album. Moderately common. Not available new.
Studio [1] 3:25 Australian Is There Anybody In There? single. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Studio [2] Extended Mix 5:16 Australian 12″ Is There Anybody In There? single. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Studio [2] Extended Mix 5:16 Australian 12″ Is There Anybody In There? single. The Vault digital download at True Believers, 10 April 2016.
Studio [2] Extended Mix 5:16 US promo 12″ Throw Your Arms Around Me single. Extremely rare. Not available new.
Live Acoustic 3:45 1996 05 26 Continental Cafe, Melbourne, Australia DAT The Vault digital download at True Believers, 29 September 2013.
Live [1] 3:54 20th Anniversary edition version of the Human Frailty album. Moderately common. Available new in CD/DVD form.
Live [2] 4:03 1986 05 22 Enmore Theatre, Sydney VHS PCM. The Vault digital download at True Believers, 9 November 2014.

Recommended Version.

 

Commentary

Comments from the “Natural Selection” liner notes (by Mark Seymour):

Television is evil. Like alcohol and penicillin, it can be beneficial if taken in moderation, but is always lethal in large doses. Few can avoid its addictive pleasures. It is the purveyor of lies and deceit in every family home, and the poor victims of its toxic messages are hypnotised by the elegance of its pictures. They are waiting in line right now, in the McDonalds dive through just of Glenhuntly road, Elsternwick.

 

Lyrics

Well, I was lookin’ out the window
There’s nothing there to see
I needed inspiration-
So I turned on the TV
Is there anybody in there?

Well, Reagan finally cracked
and the Yankees went to war
We peeled away the bandages
And looked into the sore
Is there anybody in there?
Is there anybody in there?
Is there anybody in there?

Yeh, well…

Well everyone was watching
As we counted out the dead
All these people bleeding
In someone else’s head
Is there anybody in there?
Is there anybody in there?
Is there anybody in there?

Don’t leave it uncovered
Better cover it over
Don’t leave it uncovered
Better cover it over
Don’t leave it uncovered
Cover it over

I got the box between my hands –
I shook it all around
I got Judgment Day on long form
But there wasn’t any sound
Is there anybody in there?

So I bolted out the backgate –
I can’t watch TV no more
What with all these dyin’ children
Screamin’ at my door.
Is there anybody in there?
Is there anybody in there?
Is there anybody in there?

Yeh, is there anybody in there?

Did you ever ask yourself?
Did you ever wonder why?
Why you quake and tremble
When you look up at the sky?

Don’t leave it uncovered
Better cover it over
Don’t leave it uncovered
Better cover it over
Don’t leave it uncovered
Cover it over
Yeeeeeeeeeh