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SNEEZE evolved via the suggestion of Mickey Levis at Troy Horse back in 1991 that Nic and Tom should record a seven inch album. The idea being planted SNEEZE sprouted into 41 songs, written mostly over the counter at the old Half A Cow Shop. You can just picture the humble beginnings; Tom and Nic sitting around playing guitar while working the shop. In a busy and creative time with Tom forming Smudge and Nic doing the Plunderers and 'subbing' in The Hummingbirds, the SNEEZE recordings began when they asked the 'overseas touring band' The Lemonheads, who they'd only just met a few days before, to come in (before sound check at The Landsdowne) and record a couple of songs.
SNEEZE evolved via the suggestion of Mickey Levis at Troy Horse back in 1991 that Nic and Tom should record a seven inch album. The idea being planted SNEEZE sprouted into 41 songs, written mostly over the counter at the old Half A Cow Shop.

You can just picture the humble beginnings; Tom and Nic sitting around playing guitar while working the shop. In a busy and creative time with Tom forming Smudge and Nic doing the Plunderers and 'subbing' in The Hummingbirds, the SNEEZE recordings began when they asked the 'overseas touring band' The Lemonheads, who they'd only just met a few days before, to come in (before sound check at The Landsdowne) and record a couple of songs.
With co-producer Mickey, SNEEZE chipped away at recording bringing in special guests along the way. Simon Day from Ratcat sings and plays on PEDAL, Alannah "Hummingbird" Russack performs SHAKY GROUND, the Lemonheads play two songs AUTUMNAL EYES and TROUBLE IN SCHOOL, which happen to be the last ever recordings featuring the original line-up. Simon and Robyn Hummingbird sing a lullaby BABY ASLEEP. Smudge, the Plunderers and Swirl all get a turn as well.

The end result is an album full of classic pop songs all under two minutes. No bits and pieces of throwaway music great for those compilation tapes - what to do with that last minute?? but fully realised pop songs shrunk down to the bare classic essentials. Looking back, it seems that SNEEZE captured the post-Ratcat/pre-Nirvana early '90s of Sydney - a pretty mean task in only 47 minutes (there's a mis-print on the spine which says 49 minutes).

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