When the Hip Young Things started out in Bielefeld, West-Germany in 1988, their manifesto was that all members weren't allowed to play any instrument that they'd played before. Ex-psychobilly upright-bassist Edgar Winterhoff changed to electric bassguitar at their first rehearsal, Schneider (a.k.a. Dirk Dresselhaus) swapped from drums to guitar & vocal, bassist Gumbo Botanik (a.k.a. Thorsten Abel) did the same, chanteuse Brit Bordeaux (a.k.a. Britta Hamann) never sang before and everyone just vaguely connected to the rock-scene might have heard about those weired phenomena around drummers... The first H.Y.T. lineup split up in 1990 and they continued without chanteuse and with a new drummer named Oli Paroli (a.k.a. Olaf Arndt), who later renamed himself to O-Love, cause he thought that his previous nickname was a bit too ludicrous. After supporting The Walkabouts on their european tour in 1991, Glitterhouse Records became interested in the H.Y.T. and finally signed them to let them record their first album Deflowered. During the following years they played many live-shows (w/ Pond, Rein Sanction, The Ramones, Tuesday Weld, Beck, Subway Surfers, The Cramps, The Blues Explosion and many others...) and recorded 2 more albums (Shrug, 1994 & Ventilator, 1996) + 1 acoustic e.p. (Root'n Varies, 1993). Due to musical and personal differences they split up in 1997 and Schneider started to spend more time on his electronic solo-project Schneider TM whilst Gumbo, Edgar & O-Love continued playing together in their new band Slip for a while.
Ventilator is the 3rd and last full length album of H.Y.T. and was released in autumn 1996 by Glitterhouse Records. Before the original lineup of the band split up in 1997 they played a long european tour in winter 1996, supported by their friends from Tuesday Weld. What marks this album is an expansion of musical style(s) and the use of electronic sound devices like drummachines etc. which in a way was the beginning for some band members' future projects like Casino (E. Winterhoff) or Schneider TM (D. Dresselhaus).
released January 21, 2013
Originally released by Glitterhouse Records in September 1996.
Schneider (Dirk Dresselhaus): vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, piano, TR-606 drumatix, percussion, keyboards, electric chord organ, songwriting
Oli Paroli (Olaf Arndt): drums, percussion, R5, mental organizing
Gumbo Botanik (Thorsten Abel): vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, slide piano, percussion, keyboards, delay, songwriting
Edgar Winterhoff: vocals, acoustic & electric bass, tape, percussion, songwriting
Additional vocals on Lego Lap by Michaela Latzel & Vanessa Kowarsch
Recorded & mixed in June/July 1996 at Firehouse, Bardüttingdorf,
engineered & produced by Christoph Pfeifer & Dirk Dresselhaus, except 12 recorded December 1993 by Christoph Pfeifer & Sascha Unversucht in Detmold at Alte Pauline and 13 & 14 recorded live in March1996 by Tom Kelm at Alte Mälzerei, Regensburg.
Published by Glitterhouse M.V.
1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14 : music & words by Dirk Dresselhaus
4 : music & words by Edgar Winterhoff
8, 13 : music & words by Thorsten Abel
5, 11 : music by D. Dresselhaus / E. Winterhoff
Artwork by Dirk Rudolph
Photography by Christoph Schulte, D. Rudolph
Band photography by Paul Slattery
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