Hunters Collect Five ‘Rammies’

Brief article on Hunters winning Rammies – awards given by RAM magazine based on reader votes.

Author: RAM.

Date: 11 March 1987.

Original URL: N/A.


Article Text

No, it’s not really Hunters and the RAM staff – but RAMMIES are just as credible as gold records! Actually, this pic was taken in New Zealand last year, a gold record presentation party thrown by the band’s NZ record company … can anyone really tell the difference? You had to be there…

Hunters & Collectors dominated the local section of the 7th RAM Readers’ Poll after their most commercially (and critically) successful year yet. The band picked up five titles, including Group Of The Year, Best Local Single (Say Goodbye) and Album (Human Frailty), whilst band members John Archer (bass) and horn players Jack Howard and Jeremy Smith took out their respective instrumental categories. Hunters also figured in the International Single and Album sections, but the big surprise of the poll was Boom Crash Opera scoring the fifth best International Single (for Great Wall) ahead of such established acts as Peter Gabriel, Run-DMC and REM.

Other significant local performers included the Church, Paul Kelly, Crowded House, the Triffids, Big Pig and Ups & Downs; Midnight Oil predictably took out the Best Live Act title (though they were well down the list in most other categories compared to past years), with Hunters running a close second. And for the second year in succession, the Smiths swept several of the international sections – including Best Group (for full results, see p. 8-9).