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The Hoodoo Gurus formed in Sydney on January 1, 1981 to play their first “show” in an inner city lounge room. Core members are Dave Faulkner and Brad Shepherd joined along the way by Mark Kingsmill (’83) and Rick Grossman (’89)
The band’s debut Stoneage Romeos, full of garage punk songs and pop references, was named Australian Debut Album of the Year and was released in America where it stayed at number 1 in the Alternative / College charts for 7 weeks, becoming one of the most played albums for the year on the college network.
Mars Needs Guitars, the band’s second album, topped the charts and went gold within three weeks and platinum shortly afterwards. Blow Your Cool, released in 1986, was a massive pop hit propelled by the band’s highest charting single ‘What’s My Scene”. Album 4, Magnum Cum Louder, reaches Number One on the American College and Alternative charts. Followed by albums Kinky, Crank, Blue Cave, Mach Schau and Purity of Essence the band continued to tour regularly through Europe, North America, Australia and Brazil.
In 2011 and 2012 the band curated and headlined the extremely successful Dig It Up national tour comprised of some 26 bands and solo artists each year who all shared the same the love of the culture and music that inspired the Hoodoo Gurus.
Through Sony Music the Gurus released their successful “Gold Watch” best of compilation in 2011.
The Hoodoo Gurus were inducted into Australian Music Hall of Fame in July, 2007.