Hourly, Daily

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Hourly, Daily
Studio album by You Am I
Released July 1996
Genre Alternative rock
You Am I chronology
Hi Fi Way
(1995)
Hourly, Daily
(1996)
#4 Record
(1998)
International cover
International release cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone Australia 4/5 stars[2]
Juice 5/5 stars[3]

Hourly, Daily is an album by the Australian rock band, You Am I, released in July 1996. The album is Tim Rogers' portrait of Australian life, spread across 15 tracks. Themes include childhood, suburbia and relationships. The album also seems to run the course of a day, "Good Mornin'" beginning with an alarm clock, ending with the question of "Who Takes Who Home" on a night out, and after a period of silence, the hidden track entitled "Forget It Sister" begins with 'good morning baby..'

The album debuted at No. 1 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart. In October 2010, Hourly, Daily, was listed in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums with their previous album, Hi Fi Way (1995) at No. 8.[4]

Reviewed in Rolling Stone Australia at the time of release, it was noted that You Am I were moving away from their earlier "screaching guitar" rock towards gentler and more melodic music. The additional accompaniment of trumpets, french-horns and string sections was remarked upon. Tim Rogers writing was said to be, "almost totally concerned with other people, crafting intricate character sketches in The Beatles/Ray Davies tradition."[2]

Juice magazine complimented the musical "width" and "stongly hued richness" on the album, though wondering if old fans would respond to the less direct music. Lyrically, Rogers was said to have, "a thematic cohesion and eye for detail that brings to mind Neil Young or Paul Westerberg at their finest."[3]

Tim Rogers later said of the album, "I was probably listening to too many Kinks records, it must be said. I'm glad people like it, I don't listen to it."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tim Rogers.

Australian version[edit]

  1. "Hourly, Daily"
  2. "Good Mornin'"
  3. "Mr. Milk"
  4. "Soldiers"
  5. "Tuesday"
  6. "If We Can't Get It Together"
  7. "Flag Fall $1.80"
  8. "Wally Raffles"
  9. "Heavy Comfort"
  10. "Dead Letter Chorus"
  11. "Baby Clothes"
  12. "Someone Else's Home"
  13. "Please Don't Ask Me to Smile"
  14. "Moon Shines on Trubble"
  15. "Who Takes Who Home?"
  16. "Forget It Sister" (hidden track)

International version[edit]

  1. "Hourly, Daily"
  2. "Good Mornin'"
  3. "Mr. Milk"
  4. "Soldiers
  5. "Trike"
  6. "Tuesday"
  7. "Opportunities"
  8. "If We Can't Get It Together"
  9. "Flag Fall $1.80"
  10. "Wally Raffles"
  11. "Heavy Comfort"
  12. "Dead Letter Chorus"
  13. "Baby Clothes"
  14. "Please Don't Ask Me to Smile"
  15. "Who Takes Who Home?"
  16. "Forget It Sister" (hidden track)

The international release (June 1997) replaced the songs "Someone Else's Home" and "Moon Shines on Trubble" with "Opportunities" and "Trike", supposedly to increase its overseas appeal by including songs that did not explicitly refer to Sydney or Australia. The international version also replaced the sleeve photo of the ubiquitous Australian overhead telegraph pole with a simpler photo of the band playing live. Unlike the original issue, the new cover also had the virtue of fitting in with You Am I's recurring theme of retro-styled album covers.

Beat Party! (Live At Wiseold's)[edit]

Some copies of the album came with a live bonus disc of songs recorded in May 1996 with Greg Hitchcock on second guitar and organ.

  1. "Minor Byrd"
  2. "Punkerella"
  3. "She's So Fine" (The Easybeats cover)
  4. "Making Time (Lyrice Ad Nauseum [sic] Mix)" (Creation cover)
  5. "How Much Is Enough"
  6. "Applecross Wing Commander"
  7. "Search And Destroy" (The Stooges cover)

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1996 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
2013 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 49

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Humphreys, Andrew (July 1996). "Giant Steps". Rolling Stone Australia (Sydney, NSW: Tilmond Pty Ltd) (524): page 81. 
  3. ^ a b Mathieson, Craig (July 1996). "in the city". Juice (Sydney, NSW: Terraplane Press Pty Ltd) (41): page 80. 
  4. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9. 
  5. ^ Dan Condon. "No Struggle, No Progress". Time Off (Fortitude Valley, QLD: Street Press Australia Pty Ltd) (24 November 2010): pg 17. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Load by Metallica
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
7–13 July 1996
Succeeded by
Recurring Dream by Crowded House