Regurgitator are an Australian pop/ electro/ alternative band formed in late 1993 by Vox Singing Academy student Quan Yeomans on lead vocals, guitar and keyboards; Ben Ely on bass guitar, keyboards and vocals; and Martin Lee on drums. Their debut studio album, Tu-Plang was released in May 1996; it was followed by Unit in November 1997 which was certified triple platinum. Unit won five categories at the ARIA Music Awards of 1998: Album of the Year, Best Alternative Album, Producer of the Year (for Magoo), Engineer of the Year (Magoo) and Best Cover Art (for The Shits). Their third album, …Art was released in August 1999.
Polyester Girl (official video)
Regurgitator had two singles reach the top 20 with “Polyester Girl” (May 1998) peaking at No. 14 in Australia and No. 16 in New Zealand; while “”Happiness (Rotting My Brain)” (July 1999) also appeared at No. 16 in New Zealand.Regurgitator’s fourth studio album, Eduardo and Rodriguez Wage War on T-Wrecks was released in July 2001 and was their final studio album for Warner before mutually agreeing to terminate their recording agreement.
Regurgitator created and participated in the Band in a Bubble project in 2004, a new reality TV-inspired media stunt sponsored and broadcast by Australian music channel, Channel V. The band entered a small glass recording studio, built in Federation Square in the centre of Melbourne, to record their new album. Pedestrians could look into most rooms of the “bubble” and could watch the band work, or tune into a 24-hour digital cable television channel and watch their work on that. Nobody could enter or leave the bubble, a la Big Brother. In addition to the three band members, their longtime Australian producer Magoo, engineer Hugh Webb and Channel V host Jabba were all also locked into the bubble with the band. This project resulted in 2004’s Mish Mash!.
The first single from Mish Mash! was “The Drop” and the second was “My Friend Robot”. In May 2005 they released the “My Ego” single, which contains three remixes created by Quan Yeomans in his new home in Hong Kong. They then released the #?*! (or Pillowhead) EP which contained B-sides from Mish Mash!. Their album tour included a performance at the world’s biggest short film festival, Tropfest, surrounded by 30,000 people.
Subsequent albums Love and Paranoia recorded in Rio de Janeiro on Corcovado after licensing the Band in a Bubble project to a US version staged in New York City; SuperHappyFunTimesFriends recorded over three weeks in their home studio; and Dirty Pop Fantasy recorded in a Hong Kong apartment before announcing an extended hiatus in December 2013. They commenced playing shows again in mid-2015.
The group’s spin-off project Regurgitator’s Pogogo Show released their debut album of children’s music in 2019.
You look out for bigger and better things to happening for Regurgitate in 2019.