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Hoi Polloi

Alternative Rock
Auckland, New Zealand

Alternative gospel band Hoi Polloi was formed in New Zealand by vocalist Jenny Gullen, her husband, bassist Andrew Horst, guitarist David Ball, and drummer Jozsef Fityus. Moving to the U.S., Hoi Polloi performed their first gig at the 1990 Cornerstone Festival and signed to the gospel label Reunion Records soon after. A restrictive contract, however, forced the band into two albums that overly polished their rugged, rootsy sound, Hoi Polloi (1992) and Spin Me (1993).

Ball and Fityus returned to the homeland in 1994, forcing the recruitment of New Zealand native Scott Pearson on drums and American guitarist Troy Daugherty. In mid-1995, Hoi Polloi released Happy Ever After; its single “Tiptoe” spent eight weeks at the top of the Christian rock charts, and the album crossed over to college and commercial-alternative radio.

Discography

1990 Satisfy
1992 Hoi Polloi Reunion Records
1993 Spin Me Reunion Records
1995 Happy Ever After Via Records
1996 Only Flying

Satisfy

1990 Independent

Jenny Gullen - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar
David Ball - Lead guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboards
Andrew Horst - Bass, backing vocals, acoustic guitar
Jozsef Fityus - Drums

Jasmine Kemp - Background vocals on “Satisfy”
Dave Henderson - Background vocals on “Satisfy”
Youth Renewal Singers - Background vocals on “Rest Tonight”
Guy Wishart - Acoustic guitar on “Satisfy”
Jeff Tribe - Trumpet
Peter Slainey - Saxophone
Dave Parry - Keyboards on “Love Shine Down”

  1. Rest Tonite
  2. Rain
  3. Love Shine Down
  4. Satisfy
  5. The Other Name
  6. Come to Me

Hoi Polloi

1992 Reunion Records (REND-24409)

Jenny Gullen - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar
David Ball - Lead guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboards
Andrew Horst - Bass, backing vocals, acoustic guitar
Jozsef Fityus - Drums

  1. Rest Tonite (3:18)
  2. Satisfy (4:35)
  3. The Other Name (4:33)
  4. Come to Me (4:41)
  5. Surrender to Love (3:41)
  6. Justify Me (3:36)
  7. Rain (4:06)
  8. Old Familiar (4:13)
  9. Love Without Mercy (4:19)

Spin Me

1993 Reunion Records (701 0082 723)

Jenny Gullen - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar
David Ball - Lead guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboards
Andrew Horst - Bass, backing vocals, acoustic guitar
Jozsef Fityus - Drums

The St. Margaret's Boys Choir - Backing Vocals on “Show Me”
John Catchings - Cello on “Back to Zero” and “Show Me”
Shawn McWilliams - Drums
John Mark Painter - Keyboards, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, programming, backing vocals
Kristen Wilkinson - Viola on “Show Me”
David Davidson - Violin on “Show Me”
Ben Degatio - Gregorian chant on “Turn Turn Turn”

Produced by John Mark Painter

  1. Dance (3:57)
  2. Love Shine Down (4:32)
  3. Back to Zero (3:22)
  4. Angel (3:28)
  5. Show Me (3:25)
  6. Lie in the Temple (4:25)
  7. Love for the Living (4:20)
  8. Turn Turn Turn (3:50)
  9. Spin Me (3:38)
  10. Take Me Home (4:32)

Happy Ever After

1995 Via Records (D6007)

Jenny Gullen - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Troy Daugherty - Lead guitar
Andrew Horst - Bass, backing vocals
Scott Pearson - Drums

  1. Tiptoe (2:33)
  2. Thaw (3:23)
  3. Smile (5:22)
  4. So Far Away (3:11)
  5. Pity Baby (4:26)
  6. Lucy (4:03)
  7. Big Fat Happy Day (2:55)
  8. Sun, Moon And Stars (5:02)
  9. Falling Down (5:23)
  10. Boat (3:34)
  11. Love Has Come (4:11)

Only Flying

1996 Independent

Jenny Gullen - Lead vocals
Troy Daugherty - Guitar
Andrew Horst - Bass
Matt McGuyer - Drums

  1. Simply Super
  2. Only Flying
  3. If I Was Juliet