Song of the day: Electric Hippies – "Greedy People"

Here are the Electric Hippies with their only single, “Greedy People” (1994):


I was going to call them a one-hit wonder, but “Greedy People” only managed to peak at number 29 in the Australian charts – and stayed there for just one week. Well, at least it was a Top 30 hit.

The band came about as a result of two members of Noiseworks (guitarist/keyboardist Justin Stanley and bass player Steve Balbi) being dissatisfied with that band’s creative stagnation (or, as Wikipedia puts it, “lack of progress”). So they formed Electric Hippies to get their ideas out. They released one album then disappeared.

If you’re thinking to yourself that “Greedy People” sounds a bit Jellyfish-ish, or has an Imperial Drag vibe to it, you wouldn’t be far off the mark. Get a load of the video for another Electric Hippies song, “I Believe In You”:

Speaking of Jellyfish…

You probably won’t believe this, but in one of those “It’s a small world…” coincidences that get people thinking cosmic thoughts, both Justin Stanley and ex-Jellyfisher Roger Manning are currently in Beck‘s touring band. And they both expanded their names, too – nowadays, Justin Stanley is known as Justin M Stanley, and Roger Manning is known as Roger Joseph Manning Jr.

It’s cosmic, man.

Electric Hippies on MySpace

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