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The Hoodoo Gurus are a rock band from Sydney, Australia. Originally called Le Hoodoo Gurus when they formed in 1981, they soon dropped the "Le" to become simply Hoodoo Gurus. Hoodoo Gurus had close connections to Kim Salmon's The Scientists, which included both Radajl and Baker. Original member Kimble Rendall (formerly of XL-Capris ) left in 1982 and went on to become a noted music video director; he was replaced by Brad Shepherd .
With a repertoire of strong original compositions by Faulkner, their sound combined elements of Sixties power-pop, bubblegum pop, Beatle-esque harmonies, psychedelia and grungey garage rock, highlighted by the impressive guitar work of Shepherd. Hoodoo Gurus were their best on their string of widely acclaimed pop-rock singles including "My Girl", "Tojo", "Leilani", "Like Wow Wipeout", "Bittersweet" and "What's My Scene?".
Initially a cult inner-city act, their popularity rapidly expanded thanks to regular airplay on Triple J and particularly after their distinctively quirky music video clips began to aired on the nationwide pop show Countdown.
Original drummer James Baker was replaced in 1985 by Mark Kingsmill . (Kingsmill's brother Richard Kingsmill is an on-air presenter for the Triple J network and he replaced Arnold Frolows as the network's program director in 2003).
The sacking of Baker upset some die-hard fans and critics who felt that the group was losing touch with its "indie" roots, and Faulkner is said to have written the song 'Poison Pen' in response to some of the critical articles in the music press written about Baker's departure. Baker subsequently joined The Beasts of Bourbon .
The peak of their popularity was in the mid-to-late 1980s with the albums Mars Needs Guitars, Blow Your Cool, and Magnum Cum Louder, although they continued producing music through the mid to late 1990s. They toured America extensively several times, gained a solid following in the U.S. through regular exposure on US college radio (and later MTV) and even developed a big fan base in Brazil. Original bassist Clyde Bramley left in 1987 and was replaced by Rick Grossman (ex Matt Finish , Divinyls).
Hoodoo Gurus officially split in 1998 but reformed occasionally for concerts. In 2004, they released a new album, Mach Schau and started touring again.
Current and past members of the Hoodoo Gurus:
- David Faulkner (singer/songwriter)
- Mark Kingsmill (drummer)
- Brad Shepherd (guitarist)
- Richard Grossman (bassist)
- Kimble Rendall (guitarist, 1981-1982)
- Rod Radalj (aka Roddy Radar) (guitarist, 1981-1982)
- James Baker (drummer, 1981-1985)
- Clyde Bramley (bassist, 1981-1987)
- 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)
- Electric Soup (1992)
- Gorilla Biscuit (1992)
- Electric Chair (1998)
- Armchair Gurus (1998)
- Bite The Bullet (1998)
- Ampology (2000)
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