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Ben Ely and Quan Yeomans

Regurgitator is an Australian rock band from Brisbane consisting of lead singer Quan Yeomans, bassist Ben Ely and drummer Peter Kostic. A blend of rock and electronica, they captured a devout following and have been credited for invigorating the Australian indie pop scene in 1996 with their debut album titled Tu Plang. Regurgitator have undergone several changes in musical direction over the years, which have not always been popular with some fans.

The band are popular for their 3D animated videos which are created by Quan and his longtime partner, Janet English (bassist and vocalist of Spiderbait) Quan and Janet originally worked together under the name of "The Shits" but were forced to change the name to "Happyland" on the release of their first album.


Brief history

Regurgitator were originally a 3 piece indie rock band with Quan Yeomans (guitar and vocals), Ben Ely (bass and vocals) and Martin Lee (drums). The three had met on a bus in inner Brisbane. At this time, all three were already in several bands, some containing future members of The Resin Dogs and George. Regurgitator, at this time were not considered to be the main focus of any members, and were recognised only when Ely provided Paul Curtis of Consume Management a demo for one of his other bands, Pangaea. The flipside to the Pangaea demo contained tracks put down with Yeomans and Lee as Regurgitator. The release of their first self-titled EP led to a stirring of the Brisbane music scene that was well and truly interested by the time of the release of their second EP, "New", which spawned the radio hits "Track 1" and "Blubber Boy". After smash hit success from their rock and hip hop infused debut Tu-plang, the band moved on with a more electronic and pop based sound on their second effort Unit. Surprisingly, the first single "Everyday Formula", the only song to contain the usual formula of distorted guitars and fast drumming, made a lack luster performance compared with the following pop and keyboard style of the following singles, which were instant hits. During the tour for Unit, Shane Rudken was added to the band on keyboards., Regurgitator's third album, was the last time drummer Martin Lee appeared with the band after some creative difficulties. He was replaced by "Front End Loader" drummer, Peter Kostic. and its follow up Eduardo and Rodriguez Wage War on T-Wrecks performed very poorly on the charts and also with fans, as it appeared the albums were being recorded specifically for the commercial industry, radio and television. A harsh opposite to the original alternative and explicit Regurgitator from the mid-1990's.

Regurgitator recently participated in the Band in a Bubble project, 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 in to 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, Australian producer Magoo, engineer Hugh and Channel V host Jabba were all also locked into the bubble with the band.

Currently they are out of the "bubble" and have completed their album Mish Mash. The first single was "The Drop" and the second was "My Friend Robot". Neither of the album or the singles reached the top 40 in the Australian music charts.




  • Regurgitator (aka Hamburger) (1994)
  • New (1995)
  • Crush The Losers (2000)

VHS and DVDs

  • Regurgitated (1996)
  • Regurgitator: Live at the Brisbane Town Hall (1998)
  • Jingles (Infomercials) (2002)
  • Nein Nein Nein Slumber of the Beast (2003)

Music videos

  • "I Like it Like That"
  • "Couldn't Do It"
  • "Track 1"
  • "Blubber Boy"
  • "Kong Foo Sing"
  • "Miffy's Simplicity"
  • "Everyday Formula"
  • "! (The Song Formerly Known As)"
  • "Black Bugs"
  • "Polyester Girl"
  • "Happiness"
  • "Freshmint!"
  • "I Wanna Be A Nudist"
  • "Fat Cop"
  • "Super Straight"
  • "Hullabaloo"
  • "C'mon"
  • "Transformers Theme"
  • "Bong In My Eye"
  • "The Drop"
  • "My Friend Robot"

Other "mini videos" exist for other album tracks as seen on "Regurgitated" and "Jingles (Infomercials)"

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