Articles Tagged: Hoodoo Gurus

Certain Songs #623: Hoodoo Gurus – “Party Machine”

Hoodoo Gurus-Blow_Your_Cool Album: Blow Your Cool!
Year: 1987

Here’s a rule: if you’re going to have the temerity to name a song “Party Machine,” then it damn well better sound like one hell of a party.

Luckily, that’s a rule that the Hoodoo Gurus knew quite well, and so “Party Machine” ends Blow Your Cool! with an utterly raucous blast of full-on good timey energy.

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Certain Songs #622: Hoodoo Gurus – “Out That Door”

Hoodoo Gurus-Blow_Your_Cool Album: Blow Your Cool!
Year: 1987

1987 was probably my favorite year of music in the 1980s, and one of the reasons for that was the third straight winner by the Hoodoo Gurus, Blow Your Cool!, which at the time I felt was their most consistent album, even if it admittedly didn’t quite hit the highs of their previous two records.

That said, I’m also now horrified by the terrible terrible 1980’s production, which makes Mark Kingsmill’s snare drum sound like it was miked at the bottom of a metal trash can that was then set on fire.

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Certain Songs #621: Hoodoo Gurus – “Like Wow-Wipeout”

hoodoo gurus like wow Album: Mars Needs Guitars!
Year: 1985

Mars Needs Guitars! was a weird beast. I loved the first side, but couldn’t stand the second side, which got away from their core strengths. Over the long decades, I’ve changed my mind somewhat, and enjoy a couple of songs from it now, but they still don’t compare to that first side.

And how could they?

Because the first side of Mars Needs Guitars! — starting off with “Bittersweet, barreling through “Poison Pen,” “In The Wild” and “Death Defying” before climaxing with “Like Wow-Wipeout” — was as fantastic of a side of a record as anybody put out in 1985.

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Certain Songs #620: Hoodoo Gurus – “Bittersweet”

Hoodoo Gurus Bittersweet Album: Mars Needs Guitars!
Year: 1985

Yes. “Bittersweet.” One of the greatest songs of the 1980s, full stop. Why in the holy hell isn’t it recognized around the world as such?

Right. Why do I keep asking that question when I lived through the answer?

But, gentle readers, it’s sometimes rough taking this journey through the past and digging into a song like “Bittersweet” and knowing that every single person ever hasn’t heard it and can’t celebrate it with me. I mean, talk about bittersweet.

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Certain Songs #619: Hoodoo Gurus – “My Girl”

hoodoo gurus my girl Album: Stoneage Romeos
Year: 1984

“My Girl” was the last song on the U.S. version of Stoneage Romeos, and — for me, at least — was a stellar ending to an album that completely resonated with my circle of friends.

How much did it resonate? It came in #4 on KFSRs year-end DJ poll, behind R.E.M., The Toy Dolls & XTC, and beating out The Smiths & U2.

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