Posted on September 2, 2014 by Trace

H I L L T O P  H O O D S 
 — The Nosebleed Section —
 A U S T R A L I A  D A
 J U K E B O X 

  Any true blue Aussie will tell you, our favourite way to honour our Homeland on Australia Day is with your mates around a BBQ, some icy cold beverages, and the radio blaring Triple J’s Hottest 100.
We’re  revisiting
Hottest 100 of All Time, 

such an epic playlist
featuring this favourite Aussie Tune of ours.

Australian hip hop group Hilltop Hoods formed in 1994 in Adelaide, South Australia. The Nosebleed Section was a radio single, from their 2003 album ‘The Calling’.


2003 Hottest 100 placed it at Number 9.
2009 Hottest 100 Of All Time ranked the song at Number 17.
2013 it was voted Number 4 in the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years, making it the highest placed Australian song and the highest placed hip-hop song in both countdowns. As well as the highest placed song from the 21st century in the former, despite never being released as a physical single.

The chorus and backing beat of “The Nosebleed Section” are sampled from the song “The People in the Front Row” sung by Melanie Safka, known professionally as MELANIE, from her 1972 album ‘Garden in the City’. Pieces of Melanie’s song are continually inserted throughout the song.  

Melanie reportedly said “Boys will be boys,” she says of the Adelaide band using her work. “I was a little put out that there was no mention of me, but they changed it to include Melanie Safka.”
 She was however pleased with the use of her song in their recording.


“You know, I looked around for faces I’d know,
I fell in love with the people in the front row, oh ho…
…Put me here, and I’m all yours,
It’s not for the money and it’s not for the applause, no.”

The song also includes lyrics from the POWDERFINGER song “These Days” sung by the band rather than sampled: “This life turned out nothing like I had planned”

[Do yourself a favour and listen to the haunting voice of Melanie in her original rendition of “People in the Front Row” here ]


Known to most people as Melanie, the American folk singer shot to fame in the early 1970s with a string of hits that included ‘Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)’, ‘Look What They’ve Done to My Song Ma’ and ‘Brand New Key’ (the Rollerblade Song).

Dubbed the female Bob Dylan when she emerged on to the music scene in the late 60s. Safka is identified as a poster woman for the Woodstock generation. Like Dylan, she began her career playing the folk clubs of Greenwich Village and was quickly signed to Dylan’s record label Columbia,  and released her first album ‘Born To Be’  in 1968.

The above photo published on the Hilltop Hoods Facebook page on June 8 2014 said:
“So today I saw Melanie live. In 1972 she released a song called ‘People in the Front Row’ and in 2003 I sampled it for a song called ‘The Nosebleed Section’.  She’s a beautiful performer and person, that was a nice Sunday.”


Excerpt below from The Music

It’s the most recognised moniker in Australian hip hop, but as it turns out the boys aren’t in love with being ‘Hoods’.
“It’s the elephant in the room – and has been for a while” sighs Suffa, aka Matt Lambert. “We don’t really like the name ‘Hilltop Hoods’ and we do cringe a bit from time to time just thinking about it.”

Pressure (Daniel Smith) explains the origins of the much-maligned moniker.
“We started the group when we were kids really and we wanted a name. We lived in the Hills of Adelaide,  which people referred to as the ‘Hilltop’.
Then someone suggested that we add the term ‘Hoods’ and you know, it fit because it wasn’t like we were at home staying out of trouble. And there you have it – we were the Hilltop Hoods.
“But now it doesn’t really fit anymore. Let’s face it; it is a name that kids would come up with.”

So is there any chance that the group would consider going through a re-branding exercise?

“I think it’s far too late for that to happen,” laughs Lambert. “We’re resigned to the fact that people know us as the Hilltop Hoods. We’ve been the Hilltop Hoods for so long now that it would just cause complete confusion if we changed our name.
Besides, I must admit when I hear that chant of ‘Hilltop’ before we come on stage, I am proud of what we’ve achieved as the Hilltop Hoods, so even though it isn’t really the name we’d choose at this stage in our lives, it has served us well until now and I’m sure it will continue to in the future.
I mean people know we’re not out there trying to say we’re gangsters or criminals or anything else you associate with the word ‘Hoods’. And if there are people out there that are going to be turned off by a name without listening to us, then it’s not like they were particularly interested in what we do anyway.”


In 2007, Suffa (Emcee/producer Suffa aka Matthew David Lambert) collaborated with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to promote a campaign targeting the animal welfare practices of farms which supply chicken meat to the American fast food chain, Kentucky Fried Chicken. In a press release for the campaign, Suffa was clear about his position and perspective on the subject:

The chickens who end up in KFC buckets are crammed into windowless sheds with tens of thousands of other chickens and made to live in their own feces. They have the ends of their beaks sliced off without painkillers when they’re still babies and are bred to grow so big, so fast, that their legs often snap under the weight of their bloated bodies. The sickest thing of all is that a lot of times chickens are still fully conscious when their throats are cut or when they’re dunked into tanks of scalding hot water to remove their feathers. If KFC execs treated cats or dogs the way their suppliers treat chickens, they could be charged with crimes.

In 2005 the annual ‘Hilltop Hoods Initiative‘ was established in association with Arts SA, made possible by a donation from the Hilltop Hoods.
Valued at $10,000 the Hilltop Hoods initiative helped young and emerging South Australian hip hop artists to manufacture and distribute a CD.
The initiative also included two mentorship sessions with Hilltop Hoods’ former manager, PJ Murton. It acknowledges the important role South Australian government assistance played in the development of the careers of the Hilltop Hoods.
In 2009 the initiative became a National grant.

In a Hilltop Hoods newsletter, released on 4 December 2012, the group communicated the following announcement:

In 2013 The Hilltop Hoods and APRA are teaming up again to give a career changing $10K to the most impressive emerging Hip Hop/Soul act in Australia. Aimed at helping fund the manufacturing and marketing of an album release, the grant is open to any act who hasn’t yet released anything professionally.

Story : with thanks ‘The Music’ and excerpts of wiki

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