The Hippos (Australian band)

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The Hippos
OriginSydney, New South Wales, Australia
GenresBlues and Roots
Years active1986–1990s
LabelsStoat Records, WEA, Exile Records
Past membersLeszek Karski
John Power
Ace Follington
Ian Jones
Bridie King
David McBride
Nigel Harris
Tim Reeves
Matt Morrison
Rory McKibbon
Phil Groves

The Hippos were an Australian blues band formed in Sydney in 1985.[1] The band released three albums in their time together and were nominated for three ARIA Music Awards at the ARIA Music Awards of 1989 for their song "Dark Age"

Band members[edit]

The original band members included:

  • Leszek (Lez) Karski - guitar, lead vocals. (Left to join the Bondi Cigars.)
  • John Power - bass, lead vocals.
  • Ace Follington - drums. (Left to join the Bondi Cigars.)
  • Ian Jones - saxophone, percussion, backing vocals.
  • Bridie King - keyboards, percussion, backing vocals.

Other musicians included:

  • David McBride - trombone. (Hippocracy)
  • Nigel Harris - trumpet. (Hippocracy)
  • Tim Reeves - drums.
  • Matt Morrison - drums.
  • Rory McKibbon - guitar.
  • Phil Groves - keyboards.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
  • Released: June 1988
  • Label: WEA (255526-1, 255526-2)
  • Format: CD, LP
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: WEA (256713-1, 256713-2)
  • Format: CD, LP
Creatures from the Back Saloon
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Exile Records/ Festival Music (D31060)
  • Format: CD

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Mammal on the Move
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Stoat Records (STOAT EP1)
  • Format: LP


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Breaking Up Somebody's Home" 1988 Hippocracy
"Dark Age" 45
"Time and Motion" 1989 Hippocalypse
"Eat at Home" 1990


ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. The Hippos were nominated for three awards.[4]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1989 "Dark Age" ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist – Single Nominated
Les Karski & Guy Gray for "Dark Age" ARIA Award for Producer of the Year Nominated
Guy Gray for "Dark Age" ARIA Award for Engineer of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ "The Hippos". australianbluesmusic. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 139. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  4. ^ "ARIA Awards Search Results - The Hippos". ARIA Awards. ARIA Awards. Retrieved 1 August 2020.