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Sydney, Australia (1981 – 1998, 2004 – present)

Hoodoo Gurus (sometimes just shortened to ‘Gurus’) are an Australian rock band combining elements of seventies , , Beatle-esque harmonies, and grungy . Guitarists Dave Faulkner, Rod Radalj, and Kimble Rendall were joined by drummer James Baker when the band formed in Sydney in 1981. Baker and Radalj had been members of Perth band The Scientists in 1977-79, while Baker had drummed with Faulkner and in another Perth band, The Victims, in 1978-79.

The original lineup was notable for having three guitars and no bass player, creating a distinctive, layered sound. Kimble Rendall left in 1982 before the release of their first single, Leilani, and went on to become a noted music video director. He was effectively replaced by bassist Clyde Bramley. Radalj was not happy with Rendall’s departure or Faulkner’s increasing influence, and left the band himself, to be replaced by one-time Fun Things guitarist Brad Shepherd. This line-up released the band’s break-through first album, Stoneage Romeos, in 1984.

In 1998, the band officially split but reformed for occasional concerts in subsequent years. A full-fledged reunion came in 2004, when they released Mach Schau and began touring again. The band received another boost when Come Anytime (from 1989’s Magnum Cum Louder) was used as the theme song to the Australian TV show Thank God You’re Here.

Stoneage Romeos (1984), Mars Needs Guitars! (1985), Blow Your Cool! (1987), Magnum Cum Louder (1989), Kinky (1991), Crank (1994), Blue Cave (1996), Mach Schau (2004), Purity Of Essence (2010)


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  • owlies

    omg new favorite band...just heard them, instant love!

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • RiskGrave

    I was lucky enough to be right up front for both Dig It Up shows in Brissie in 2012 and 2013. Saw some amazing music from The 5, 6, 7, 8's, The Sonics, The Flamin' Groovies, Blue Oyster Cult and of course the mighty Gurus played killer sets featuring complete run throughs of Stone Age Romeos and Mars Needs Guitars. It's a damn shame the promoters decided the shows weren't profitable enough to annualize. In my very humble opinion, the Hoodoo Gurus are the best damn band to come outta Oz, and quite frankly, put 'em up against the rest of the world if you wish. Dave Faulkner is the ultimate song writer to me. His songs are loaded with more hooks than a crowded pirate ship and he is passionately in love with 60's girl groups and garage bands in equal measure and he ain't shy about letting his sense of humor creep into the songs, so that makes for some of the most fun music I've ever had the pleasure of hearing. In short, I'm a Guru fan 'til I kick the bucket.

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • AlexKampranos

    Another Word and Night Must Fall!!! such amazings songs

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • A1000Mistakes

    Dig It Up!

    5 Feb 2013 Reply
  • NathVengenz

    Come Anytime, Zanzibar <3

    3 Nov 2012 Reply
  • BeNgEE4

    It's always Hoodoo Guru's music/mood all the time everyday always happy to hear their tunes!

    12 Oct 2012 Reply
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    22 May 2012 Reply
  • FernandoVGP

    Shadow Me

    14 Jan 2012 Reply
  • sideshowana

    A Place In The Sun!

    8 Jan 2012 Reply
  • misantropodelia

    uhu! lol

    24 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Rhoany

    What's My Scene \o/ \o/

    18 Jun 2011 Reply
  • noonwow

    I want you back !

    4 May 2011 Reply
  • BinhoSublime


    11 Jan 2011 Reply
  • danilofloydiano

    cancelado =(

    13 Dec 2010 Reply
  • 2cabs2toucan

    The Spanish "The Gurus" comment seems unnecessary and more like promotion. I would have removed it but for the reciprocation on the linked page. Any opinion on this?

    28 Oct 2010 Reply
  • BeNgEE4

    saw these guys at BDO '04 only just come to really appreciate how unique and cool this aussie rock is!

    27 Oct 2010 Reply
  • cadu100

    Hoodoo Gurus is coming to Brazil!!!!!!! Jan, 2011!!!

    2 Sep 2010 Reply
  • james_DHP

    Tickets for HOODOO GURU'S in London available from here -

    22 Jul 2010 Reply
  • batgrl

    So psyched to have gotten the Purity cd without having to pay a huge import fee or wait for months, haunting a record store. Love the 'net.

    13 May 2010 Reply
  • Hairbanger

    reaparecendo na propaganda da EcoSport... foi o que me fez ouvir novamente.

    6 May 2010 Reply
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