My Little Airport
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My Little Airport
|Genres||twee pop, Hong Kong English pop, indie-pop|
|Labels||Harbour Records, Elefant Records|
|Associated acts||la Commune de Hong Kong|
|Members||Ah P, Nicole|
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.
The band had its start while the two were journalism students at Hong Kong Shue Yan College (now Hong Kong Shue Yan University), writing songs in both English and Cantonese. 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 (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 23 November 2009, which contains many of those politically charged songs. A fifth album entitled Hong Kong is one big shopping mall was released on 26 August 2011, which received numerous awards (including the title of third 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. The song "you don't want to be my girlfriend, phoebe" was covered by the Scottish indie band, BMX Bandits.
|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||Harbour Records|
|the right age for marriage||2014||Harbour Records|
|Fo Tan Lai Ki||2016||Harbour Records/HRCD024|
|You Said We’d Be Back||2018||Harbour Records/HRCD025|
2004 – Radio Singles
- come out and play
- tim, do you really wanna make a film?
- in the name of amk
2005 – Radio Singles
- 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
- Lost in Transition: Hong Kong Culture in the Age of China
- "WoW: We Observe the World". Web.archive.org. 13 December 2004.
- "Hong Kong: Donald Tsang, please die!". Globalvoices.org. 18 May 2009.
- "The BMX Love EP". Elefant Records. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- "YESASIA: Lonely Friday CD - my little airport, Harbour Records - Cantonese Music - Free Shipping". Yesasia.com. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
- my little airport's Official Site
- my little airport's Official Page at Elefant Records
- Harbour Records' Official Site
- review of my little airport at Timeout.com
- Bitetone Presents Our 2011 35 Best Chinese Records at Bitetone.com
- Bitetone Presents 2012 Best 20 records from China, HK and Taiwan. at Bitetone.com