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Underground Lovers are an Australian indie rock/electronic band and one of the most lauded music acts in the country's alternative scene throughout the 1990s. The nucleus of the band since its inception has been Vincent M. Giarrusso and Glenn Bennie.
Vincent and Glenn met in high school in suburban Melbourne during the 1970s. Sharing an appreciation for likes of Joy Division, New Order, The Cure and Melbourne's underground electronic/experimental scene, they began collaborating musically whilst studying drama at university. The first fruit of their partnership was a one-off 7" released in 1988 under the moniker Blast.
Underground Lovers officially assembled in late 1989, playing their first gig in May 1990 at Melbourne's Corner Hotel, supporting The Macguffins. In addition to Bennie and Giarrusso, the original lineup featured Philippa Nihill (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Stephen Downes (bass) and Richard Andrew (drums); Maurice Argiro replaced Downes on bass following the first show. Underground Lovers self funded and recorded their self- titled debut with producer Simon Grounds and put it out through Shock Records in March 1991.
In 1992 the band won Best New Artist at the ARIA Awards for their self-titled debut, and supported The Cure and My Bloody Valentine on their Australian tours of that year. This was followed by an experimental second album, Leaves Me Blind, and the band's signing in Australia to Polydor.