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Australia's Hoodoo Gurus gradually made greater inroads in America as more musically astute folks knew to catch MTV's 120 Minutes for the bands that were outside the mainstream but doing mainstream-worthy work. The Hoodoo Gurus' new record label was convinced a different record producer would be the answer to commercial riches, and Mark Opitz—who'd worked with AC/DC (Powerage), INXS (Shabooh Shoobah), and Divinyls (Desperate, What a Life)—was brought in to make the Gurus sound like an arena-ready rock 'n' roll band. "Where Nowhere Is" ends with a larger-than-life splash, and the drums pounding through "In the Middle of the Land" have a sound that's very '80s-compliant. But in the end, it's Dave Faulkner's pop sense that determines the outcome. Here, he again wrote a great batch of tunes, with "Out That Door," "Good Times," and "I Was the One" nailing both parts of power pop. The label, however, wanted even more and mercifully dropped The Hoodoo Gurus after this one release.

Customer Reviews

Gurus in my car.

I bought this albumn twice in the late 80's. On cassette. Don't laugh. I wore out the first one. Then in the late 90's when my computer could handle it, I converted that old cassette to mp3. It sounded horrible but I was glad I could have it backed up before cassette players disapeared all together. I had this playing in my car for over 5 years. I'm just glad there are places like iTunes where I can get them whenever I want them. Love da Gurus.

Excellent, straight-ahead rock!

As the iTunes reviewer said, this album sounds restrained and more mainstream than earlier Hoodoo Gurus' efforts, but still feels genuine to the bands sound. More importantly it flat out rocks with zero dead spots, which is a rare achievement. It switches nicely between darker and brighter moods and faster and slower tempos, but it maintains a high energy level throughout. The writing is catchy and hooky in the best sense of the terms, and the musical performances are solid at worst and smiling-grooving-head-bobbing-inducing at best. And more frequently the later.

Excellent! An 80s classic!

Saw them on this tour when they came to the States. They were awesome!! This is such a great album and they are such a solid band full of heart, talent, and emotion. They really bring it live.


Formed: 1981 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australi

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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