my little airport

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my little airport
My little airport concert.jpg
Background information
Origin Hong Kong
Genres indie-pop
Years active 2001–present
Labels Harbour Records, Elefant Records
Associated acts la Commune de Hong Kong
Website mylittleairport.com
Members Ah P, Nicole
Notable instruments
Ah P's Casio keyboard

my little airport is a Hong Kong-based indie pop band. Their English lyrics are marked by spelling, grammar, and rhythm inflected by Hong Kong English. The band's lyrics and music are written by Ah P (Lam Pang) and sung by Nicole (Nicole Au Kin-ying). The duo occasionally invite friends (Ah Suet, who speaks French, for instance) and relatives (Nicole's younger sister) to participate in their albums and shows. They established Harbour Records with four other indie bands from Hong Kong, and on it released their 2004 debut album the ok thing to do on sunday afternoon is to toddle in the zoo. In 2006 they joined Elefant Records, hoping to gain distribution beyond Hong Kong's small indie fanbase.

Career[edit]

The band had its start while the two were journalist students at Hong Kong Shue Yan College (now Hong Kong Shue Yan University), writing songs in both English and Cantonese.[1] They intended to put into use lessons learnt in class, and as a result this is why many of their songs have been said to follow the Five Ws: "Who?", "What?", "Where?", "When?", "Why?" as journalistic works typically do. The duo is also notable for their quirky song titles, often addressed to friends, such as "leo, are you still jumping out of windows in expensive clothes?", "victor, fly me to stafford", or addressed to celebrities, such as "gigi leung is dead", "faye wong, about your eyebrows".

In 2009, the group started writing politically themed songs such as "divvying up stephen lam's $300000 salary" and "donald tsang, please die". The latter song was written after Tsang suggested that the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 were insignificant compared to China's current economic power[2] (such social/political themes had already been extensively explored by Ah P with Forever Tarkovsky Club, a side project he had set up with Pixeltoy's Ho Shan between 2007 and 2009).

A fourth album entitled poetics – something between montparnasse and mongkok was released on November 23rd, 2009, which contains many of those politically charged songs. A fifth album entitled Hong Kong is one big shopping mall was released on August, 26th 2011, which received numerous awards (including the title of 3rd best album in Cantonese 2011, by Sina Weibo). In October 2012, the band released their sixth album, lonely friday, on the Harbour Records label.

On 30 November 2011, Hong Kong arts and culture magazine Muse named my little airport Hong Kong's ‘Next Big Thing’ cultural heroes of 2011.[citation needed] The song "you don't want to be my girlfriend, phoebe" was covered by the Scottish indie band, BMX Bandits.[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio records[edit]

Title Release Date Label
the ok thing to do on sunday afternoon is to toddle in the zoo 2004 Harbour Records/HRCD002
becoz i was too nervous at that time 2005 Harbour Records/HRCD007
zoo is sad, people are cruel 2007 Elefant Records/ER-1124
we can't stop smoking in the vicious and blue summer 2007 Harbour Records/HRCD010
poetics – something between montparnasse and mongkok 2009 Harbour Records/HRCD012
hong kong is one big shopping mall 2011 Harbour Records/HRCD014
lonely friday 2012
the right age for marriage 2014

Singles[edit]

2004 – Radio Singles

  • come out and play
  • tim, do you really wanna make a film?
  • in the name of amk

2005 – Radio Singles

  • 草地音樂合輯
  • 在動物園散步才是正經事
  • victor, fly me to stafford
  • i don't know how to download good av like iris does

2005 – CD Singles

  • when i listen to the field mice
  • gigi leung is dead

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