Since the albums Go Bush and Big Name No Blanket established Warumpi
in the pantheon of Aboriginal supergroups during the mid eighties,
their fans, friends and families have humbugged them to record a new
Now Too Much Humbug is a reality.
The album was recorded at CAAMA and launched in Alice Springs in 1996.
Produced by Mark Ovendon of Yothu Yindi, Midnight Oil and You Am I
fame, this was the first album to be completely recorded and mixed
in CAAMAs new studio.
This album shows Warumpi with a brand new sound for the nineties but
it is still distinctly Warumpi.
George Djilangya, Sammy Butcher and Neil Murray are here from the
original line-up, and are joined by others who have been in and out
of the Warumpi family over the years.
Warumpi grew out of the bush at Papunya, in the desert west of Alice
Springs. Over twenty years ago a bunch of young lads with guitars
and old cars travelled about the Territory kicking up a duststorm
of frenzied partying wherever they went.
Warumpi still draw a crowd of enthusiastic supporters although today
their fame is much more widespread having toured the world and the
continent many times over.
Their music combines the song writing talents of Neil Murray with
the energetic craziness of Georges frontman persona.
Many of their songs have reached anthem like status and are accompanied
by the whole audience at any show, whether an inner city pub in Melbourne
or an outdoor festival in Broome.
Too Much Humbug includes a remake of the long-famous Blackfella, Whitefella
and the new single Stompem Ground. It also has plenty of the rock
and roll style that kept fans on their feet and a few country ballads
weve come to know so well.
Too Much Humbug is the culmination of years of singing and playing
the country over, and was worth the wait.