Hunters & Collectors' live performance of "Run Run Run" (lost live footage of performance; 1981)

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Hunters & Collectors is a popular rock band from Melbourne, Australia, active from 1981 to 1998 and 2013 to the present day. Fronted by Mark Seymour, the band had critical and commercial success in Australia and New Zealand with popular tracks including Holy Grail, Talking to A Stranger and Throw Your Arms Around Me (which placed second on Triple J's inaugural Hottest 100 of All Time in 1989).

In the band's early years, they possessed a musical style influenced by Can and the production work of Conny Plank. This is best exemplified on the band's debut self-titled album, which combines elements of post-punk and funk.


Little live footage of the band during this early period exists. The most readily available footage of this early incarnation of the band online consists of clips of the tracks Junket Head (which was released on the band's debut album) and Rendering Room (which was never released in the band's catalogue). The quality of the footage is quite poor, most likely filmed on someone's home video camera. This footage was uploaded to YouTube by a user known as "nzozLive," who claims that the footage was taken around 1981, but no venue is mentioned.

At the start of the video for Junket Head, a still image shows a supposed running order using what looks to be Scrabble pieces. The still states "JUNKET HEAD," "RUN RUN RUN" and "RENDERING ROOM." This implies that a live recording of Run Run Run (likely the track from the band's debut album, and not the Velvet Underground song of the same name) was also shot.

This is rectified further by a comment made by nzozLive on the Rendering Room video stating his intention to upload the Run Run Run performance. Later comments on this video imply that the performance was never uploaded.


nzozLive has not uploaded any new videos on YouTube since 2013, so it appears unlikely that the footage will ever surface.


Junket Head
Rendering Room