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Hoodoo Gurus

Like most bands, Australia's Hoodoo Gurus were largely the product of their influences; unlike most bands, however, the Hoodoos channeled their inspiration from the vast entirety of the American pop cultural landscape, drawing on such disparate sources as B-movies, bad sitcoms, and junk food -- in tandem with the usual suspects like garage rock, power pop, and surf -- to create a distinctly kitschy and catchy sound. Formed in Sydney in 1981, Le Hoodoo Gurus (as they were originally dubbed) were led by singer/songwriter Dave Faulkner, who along with drummer James Baker previously served as a member of the short-lived Perth punk unit the Victims (best known for the autobiographical single "Television Addict"). Ex-Scientist Rod Radalj and Kimble Rendall rounded out the group's initial lineup, and their unique sound (three guitars, no bass) -- along with Faulkner's infectious songs -- quickly earned them a record deal. After issuing the 1982 debut single "Leilani," both Radalj and Rendall quit, and were replaced by former Super-K guitarist Brad Shepherd and bassist Clyde Bramley.

In 1983, the Hoodoo Gurus (having dropped the French article) recorded their excellent debut record, Stoneage Romeos; dedicated to luminaries like F-Troop's Larry Storch and Green Acres' pig Arnold Ziffel, the album offered such trash-pop treats as the single "I Want You Back," "In the Echo Chamber," and "I Was a Kamikaze Pilot." Mark Kingsmill replaced Baker in 1985, leaving Faulkner the band's sole founding member. He responded by writing an even stronger batch of tunes for 1985's college radio smash Mars Needs Guitars!, an album highlighted by the superb single "Bittersweet" and marked by a widening scope that touched base with demented hillbilly humor ("Hayride to Hell") and crazed surf ("Like Wow -- Wipeout").

With 1987's Blow Your Cool, the Hoodoos appeared poised for the big time; their tourmates, the Bangles, even contributed to the singles "What's My Scene" and "Good Times." However, the album failed to register beyond alternative radio, and Bramley exited, replaced by onetime Divinyl Rick Grossman. Released in 1989, Magnum c*m Louder didn't fare much better -- although the singles "Come Anytime," "Another World," and "Baby Can Dance" all garnered significant airplay -- while 1991's Kinky featured "Miss Freelove '69," a smirking look at flower-power romance that was the latest in a long line of near hits. After a three-year hiatus, the Hoodoo Gurus returned with the harder-edged Crank, produced by Ed Stasium; Blue Cave followed in 1996.

In 1998, the Gurus announced they were splitting up, and the career-spanning compilation Ampology was issued in 2000. Two years later, Dave Faulkner, Brad Shepherd, and Mark Kingsmill were working together again as members of the garage-influenced the Persian Rugs, and in 2004, after Faulkner had reworked "What's My Scene" from Blow Your Cool as a theme song for an Australian football team, the band reunited (with Rick Grossman returning on bass), staging a successful tour down under and releasing a new album, Mach Schau. In 2009 the Hoodoo Gurus inked a deal with Sony Music Australia, resulting in their ninth full-length album, 2010's Purity of Essence. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Gold Watch: 20 Golden Greats (Remastered)

3. Tojo

4. My Girl

6. Bittersweet

7. Like, Wow - Wipeout!

8. Death-Defying

9. What's My Scene?

10. Good Times

11. Come Anytime

12. Axegrinder

13. Miss Freelove '69

14. 1000 Miles Away

15. Castles In The Air

16. The Right Time

17. Waking Up Tired

18. When You Get To California

19. I Hope You're Happy

20. Crackin' Up

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Track List: Purity Of Essence

1. Crackin' Up

2. A Few Home Truths

3. Are You Sleeping?

4. Burnt Orange

5. I Hope You're Happy

6. Ashamed Of Me

7. What's In It For Me

8. Over Nothing

9. You've Got Another Thing Coming

10. Only In America

11. Somebody Take Me Home

12. Let Me In

13. Evening Shade

14. Why So Sad

15. 1968

16. The Stars Look Down

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Track List: Mach Schau

1. Chop

2. Sour Grapes

3. Nothing's Changing My Life

4. #17

5. Domino

6. When You Get To California

7. This One's For The Ladies

8. Girls On Top

9. Dead Sea

10. Isolation

11. The Mighty Have Fallen

12. The Good Son

13. Penelope's Lullaby

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Track List: In Blue Cave

1. Big Deal

2. Down On Me

3. Mine

4. Waking Up Tired

5. Please Yourself

6. If Only...

7. Mind The Spider

8. Why?

9. All I Know

10. Get High!

11. Always Something

12. Son-Of-A-Gun

13. Night Must Fall

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Track List: Crank

1. The Right Time

2. Crossed Wires

3. Quo Vadis

4. Nobody

5. Form A Circle

6. Fading Slow

7. Gospel Train

8. Less Than A Feeling

9. You Open My Eyes

10. Hypocrite Blues

11. I See You

12. Judgement Day

13. The Mountain

14. Road Hog

15. Wait For The Sun

16. End Of The Line

17. Television Addict

18. Something I Forgot To Say

19. Deform A Circle

20. Wimp

21. I Heard Her Call My Name

22. Turn Up Your Radio ('95)

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Track List: Kinky

1. Head In The Sand

2. A Place In The Sun

3. Castles In The Air

4. Something's Coming

5. Miss Freelove '69

6. 1000 Miles Away

7. Desiree

8. I Don't Mind

9. Brainscan

10. Too Much Fun

11. Dressed In Black

12. Stomp The Tumbarumba

13. I Think You Know

14. The Doctor Is In

15. Little Drummer Boy (Up The Khyber)

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Track List: Magnum C*m Louder

1. Come Anytime

2. Another World

3. Axegrinder

4. Shadow Me

5. Glamour Puss

6. Hallucination

7. All the Way

8. Baby Can Dance (Pts. II-IV)

9. I Don't Know Anything

10. Where's That Hit?

11. Death In the Afternoon

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Track List: Blow Your Cool

1. Out That Door

2. What's My Scene

3. Good Times

4. I Was The One

5. Hell For Leather

6. Where Nowhere Is

7. In The Middle Of The Land

8. Come On

9. Heart Of Darkness

10. My Caravan

11. On My Street

12. Party Machine

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Track List: Mars Needs Guitars!

1. Bittersweet

2. Poison Pen

3. In The Wild

4. Death Defying

5. Like Wow-Wipeout

6. Hayride To Hell

7. Show Some Emotion

8. The Other Side Of Paradise

9. Mars Needs Guitars!

10. She

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Track List: Stoneage Romeos

1. (Let's All) Turn On

2. I Want You Back

3. Arthur

4. Death Ship

5. Dig It Up

6. My Girl

7. Zanzibar

8. Leilani

9. Tojo

10. In The Echo Chamber

11. I Was A Kamikaze Piolet

12. Leilani (Part 2)

13. Be My Guru

14. Hoodoo You Love (Live)

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The hoodoos still are as good as they were in the 80s. Daves voice is even better and the lads show the young punks how to do it.
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Nothing like midnight oil
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Have liked this band since 83- wish I had seen them in concert- bet it was fun.
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Dave and Brad brought a 12-pack (to lovingly share) to my post-show on-location radio interview in Charleston SC in 1989. Awesome dudes! nuff said...
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Saw them at the tiny pub in... Surry Hills? up behind the Sydney Railway station... 4 people on a stage the size of a fridge box, about twice as many in audience...i t was a joyous moosh of brilliant noisy hook filled pop. For some reason they seemed to get the most fantastic girls in their audience... well, them and The Reels.. the first gig when they had a bass player was sad, like the end of something. what was the name of the chubby guitarist, the leather jacket, 40 degrees summer nights...?
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refrots
i love this band so freaking much
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ijunk2008
Greatness.
See them live...!
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schmoopfeur
Leilani
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schmoopfeur
Leilani
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I wish I knew about these guys a long time ago.
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auto-censor? OK. fine. V
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and the C-word in the title of their fourth album is Latin for with, as in Magna C*m Laude. Great band, nice blokes.
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tate_dwn
just discovered these guys they are sick
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could've sworn MARS NEEDS GUITARS! included a song called SHE
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i was a kamikaze piolet really rocks
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Saw them in SLC in about 1983. Loads of fun. Great sounds. Very Memorable.
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doug.south
... in 2004, after Faulkner had reworked What's My Scene from Blow Your Cool as a theme song for an Australian football team...

That's not quite correct. He re-worked the song to That's My Team as a theme song for the *entire league* (NRL), not just one team.
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Awesome band. I started listening to them back in the mid-80s...th e y have such a unique sound. I saw them live back in '96...they put on a good show
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One of the catchiest bands ever.
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Beyond Blazing Boards was surf movie and they used a bunch of HooDoo music in. It was perfect! Great memories!
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glensurf
Always have been and always will be a Hoodoo Gurus fan
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probably been 25 years since I last listened to 'em
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great name for a band. like i want you back. killer pop
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lol middle management. "lets get the hoodoon gurus on the redeye to {large midwestern university} stat, there's some white kids need a band to get drunk around"
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92tcm3
Dependable middle management power pop.
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My favorite college band
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sounds like midnight oil

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