Just as well, since I personally have always dug the Hoodoo Gurus such that I much prefer giving them their own Thread rather than allow them to get lost in a broader themed Thread.
My own familiarity with them (me in the U.S.) was due mostly to my own efforts of seeking out their albums, with only a little bit of help from college radio introducing me to them playing “Come Anytime” from the album Magna Cum Louder. The next album, Kinky, had the single Miss Freelove '69- which I actually think I saw on MTV once or twice.
Really great superfun songs!
I only got to see them live once, House of Blues in New Orleans about 12 or so years ago. Killer show, but I had a hard time finding anyone to go with me because I was the only one of my group of friends who knew who they were.
It’s nice to know that the **Hoodoo Gurus **are not forgottten. I started listening to them when Mars Needs Guitars! came out. They are one of my all-time favorite college bands, along with The Young Fresh Fellows.
It just doesn’t get much better than the tunes: I Was a Kamikaze Pilot, Leilani, Like Wow-Wipeout, and Miss Freelove '69
Blow Your Cool is good, too. Beyond that, nothing worth writing home about in their later work, IMO.
But those first 2 albums (Stoneage Romeos, Mars Needs Guitars) are especially awesome. Saw them way the hell back in the 80s at some tiny club, and they were a great, fun live band. Saw them again on the Kinky tour at another tiny club, and they were equally great.
The awesomeness is pretty consistent through their first five albums- of the first five, you’re only missing Blow Your Cool!. I’ll echo woodstockbirdybird’s recommendation while adding a little more gusto: if you like the four albums that you already know, you oughta consider Blow Your Cool! a “must have”.
Some of there best songs are on this record. In a contribution that I had my rebellious early-teen “If it’s Popular it must SUCK” mind spinning with confusion, there are background vocals provided by none other than 80s Chart Toppers, The Bangles. Stressing out my early-teen rebel mind even more was that fact that I liked this collaboration! All involved seemed to have enjoyed the experience and Bangles lead guitarist Vicki Peterson continued to guest on Gurus records over the years to come.
Albums #6 and #7, Crank (1994) and Blue Cave (1996), both have good songs but they aren’t nearly as good as the earlier records.
Album #8, Mach Schau (2004), was so under the radar (the American release anyway), that despite being a longtime fan I wasn’t even aware of it until a few months ago. The two songs from that album that I’ve found on YouTube are pretty good, but I haven’t found anything else.
You just reminded me that I’ve seen them live. They opened for the Bangles during an American tour in the mid-eighties–I’d say 1986, IIRC. The show was at the Warfield in San Francisco. I nearly got my ass kicked by a 6 foot-8 inch dude in a mohawk who thought it would be funny to mess with some little suburban preppy.
In retrospect, I remember what I was wearing, and I richly deserved the ass-kicking. But hey, it was the mid-eighties.
I also remember that show for another reason: Prince showed up in the middle of the Bangles set in a lemon-yellow suit to sing “Manic Monday”. I think he was smitten with the lead singer, who ended up marrying the guy who directed the “Austen Powers” movies.