The Hummingbirds were a vital part of Australian music history. Simon Holmes will not be forgotten | Andrew Stafford

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The Sydney band, whose guitarist died last week, left a glorious, harmony-laden legacy that paved the way for the alternative music explosion of the 90s

The tragic news that Simon Holmes, founding singer and guitarist of Sydney band the Hummingbirds, passed away a week ago broke on Wednesday night via a statement on the band’s Facebook page and a beautiful tribute by his friend, writer and fellow musician Tim Byron.

Byron recalled one of Holmes’ favourite sayings: “Hurry up and wait”, a line Byron said he took from Brian Eno but which was also a key lyric in the chorus of Blondie’s hit Sunday Girl.

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