Hoodoo Gurus

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Hoodoo Gurus (referred to as the Gurus by fans) are an Australian rock band, formed in Sydney in 1981, by the mainstay Dave Faulkner (songwriter, lead singer and guitarist) and later joined by Richard Grossman (bass), Mark Kingsmill (drums), and Brad Shepherd (guitar, vocals, harmonica). Their popularity peaked in the mid to late 1980s with albums Mars Needs Guitars!, Blow Your Cool! and Magnum Cum Louder.

Hoodoo Gurus had a string of acclaimed pop-rock singles including "Leilani" (1982), "Tojo" (1983), "My Girl" (1983), "I Want You Back" (1984), "Bittersweet", "Like Wow - Wipeout!", and "What's My Scene?". After touring the United States from 1984 onwards they gained popularity on the U.S. college rock circuit with singles "Come Anytime" (1989) reaching No. 1 and "Miss Freelove '69" (1991) reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. Gurus’ biggest Australian hit single was their 1987 Top 3 hit song "What's My Scene?" or, as modified for the National Rugby League 2000s theme, "That's My Team".

Hoodoo Gurus' iconic status on the Australian rock scene was acknowledged when they were inducted into the 2007 ARIA Hall of Fame. Their induction announcement stated that the Gurus were one of the most "inventive, lyrically smart and exciting" bands from Australia. From 1960s power pop, and wild garage punk to hard driving rock and funky psychedelic kitsch their music stood out from Sydney's Detroit-inspired bands.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1984 Stoneage Romeos 5
1985 Mars Needs Guitars! 5 4
1987 Blow Your Cool! 2 4
1989 Magnum Cum Louder 2
1991 Kinky 2
1994 Crank 1
1996 Blue Cave 1
2004 Mach Schau 1
2010 Purity of Essence 3
In Blue Cave (Deluxe Edition) 1
Stoneage Romeos 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1988 Armchair Gurus Compilation 1
1988 Electric Chair Compilation 1
1992 Electric Soup: The Singles Collection Compilation 3
1992 Gorilla Biscuit: B-Sides & Rarities Compilation 1
2003 Ampology Compilation 1
2012 Gold Watch: 20 Golden Greats Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1998 Bite the Bullet Live 1
Bubble and Squeak (Outtakes and Oddities) Live 1


Year Title Rating Releases
1993 The Right Time 1
1997 Hoodoo Voodoo 1

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