Mark formed Hunters and Collectors in 1980, with a bunch of Uni friends. It was a rollicking eight-piece funk ensemble with industrial percussion, ' bizarre' atonal synthesizer, thundering bass guitar and a brass section that was so demonically loud that it became known as the ' Horns of Contempt '.
In its early form Hunters and Collectors was less like a band, and more like a monstrous 'jam session' loosely tied to melody and words, which Mark provided, when he was audible. At times there were as many as fifty souls on stage as audience members joined the parade. Instruments were frequently stolen. However, all was not chaos.
The band became famous for its rhythmic power and very quickly became touted as the ' next big thing' which is an Australian euphemism for a poppy that grows too fast, which Hunters and Collectors truly was.