Regurgitator’s debut album Tu-Plang was released 25 years ago this month, in 1996. It’s a defining release of the Aussie alt-rock scene that was booming at the time, more specifically the Brisbane alt scene which was punching above its weight with the likes of Powderfinger and Custard also on the list of local talent.
While Tu-Plang may have been Regurgitator’s first full-length album, the Aussie alt-rockers had already built a steady fan base with the high-rotation radio airplay their first two Eps – 1994’s Regurgitator and 1995’s New – garnered. The title of the album means jukebox in Thai, inspired by the band’s decision to record the album in Bangkok, Thailand.
Bassist Ben Ely explained in an interview: "We didn't want to do it in just any old place, so we had a tour in Europe and Japan booked and our drummer Martin said, 'let's stop in Thailand on the way and check out some studios,' so we did and we found this place."
According to the album’s Producer, Lachlan “Magoo” Goold, the studio was owned by a local legend who was described to them as the “Thai Bruce Springsteen” and came complete with its “own western bar” that attracted Harley riders to the outskirts of the city. Such a cultural melting pot seems a tailer made location to record the collection of genre-bending tunes that draw on everything from rock, rap and thrash to surf rock and funk, all the while creating new boundaries with their own unique amalgam of technology and pop.
Regurgitator | “Kong Foo Sing”
Tu-Plang earned Regurgitator two awards at the 1996 Aria Awards – Best Alternative Album and Breakthrough Album. Celebrate the breakthrough album’s 25th anniversary with another spin on streaming below.
Regurgitator are celebrating the quarter century of Tu Plang with a very special 25th Anniversary Edition vinyl picture disc available to pre-order now – pre-order, here!
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