The Hangovers (band)

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The Hangovers
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1997 (1997)–1998 (1998)
Labels Rough Trade, Smoke, Kill Rock Stars
Past members Gina Birch
Simon Fisher Turner
Ida Akesson
Phil Legg
John Frenett
Joe Dilworth

The Hangovers were a band formed by The Raincoats member, Gina Birch, along with former members of Voodoo Queens, Stereolab and Laika.


As well as Birch the band also featured actor/composer Simon Fisher Turner (guitar, keyboards), Ida Akesson (keyboards, sampling), Phil Legg (keyboards), Laika member John Frenett (bass), Mary Deigan (bass), and former Th' Faith Healers and Stereolab member Joe Dilworth (drums).[1][2]

The band's debut single, "Soho", was one of the first releases on the re-established Rough Trade Records in 1997.[3]

Their debut album, Slow Dirty Tears, was released on Smoke Records and in the United States early in 1998 on the Kill Rock Stars label.[1] It received a four star rating from Allmusic.[4] A departure from Birch's previous work with The Raincoats, Charles Taylor of the Providence Phoenix described the album as containing "samples, keyboard twiddling, weird noises throughout, and a dark, echoey feel", and Peter Margasak of the Chicago Reader noted Birch's "relentlessly bleak" lyrics.[2][5] Tom Lanham of CMJ New Music Monthly described the album as "some of the most mold-breaking alterna-pop around".[6] Andy Gill of The Independent called the album "utterly beguiling", commenting on Birch's "cartoonish inflection that paradoxically carries more humanity than most singers' desperate attempts at evoking 'soul'".[7]

The band played in the US with Sleater Kinney and in Canada with Christian D.[5]




  • "Soho" (1997), Rough Trade
  • "Duck Nonsense" (1998), Smoke
  • Mailorder Freak 7" Singles Club May 1998: "Sitting On Top Of The World"/"We Had A Really Smashing Time" (1998), Kill Rock Stars


  1. ^ a b Huey, Steve "The Hangovers Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved 11 November 2013
  2. ^ a b Taylor, Charles (1998) "Natural one: Gina Birch's songs of self", Providence Phoenix, 2–9 July 1998. retrieved 11 November 2013
  3. ^ Wolk, Douglas (1997) "Singles", CMJ New Music Monthly, July 1997, p. 49. Retrieved 11 November 2013
  4. ^ Unterberger, Richie "Slow Dirty Tears Review", Allmusic. Retrieved 11 November 2013
  5. ^ a b Margasak, Peter (1998) "Hangovers", Chicago Reader, 22 October 1998. Retrieved 11 November 2013
  6. ^ Lanham, Tom (1998) "Hangovers Slow Dirty Tears", CMJ New Music Monthly, June 1998, p. 12. Retrieved 11 November 2013
  7. ^ Gill, Andy (1998) "The Hangovers Slow Dirty Tears", The Independent, 3 April 1998. Retrieved 11 November 2013