The mighty Hoodoo Gurus exist in their own time and space. Like all your favourite bands, they matter because their songs have soundtracked your party, BBQ, celebration and, occasionally, commiseration.
Take the test. Grab your iPod, fire up the stereo or just close your eyes and think about All those. songs.
Maybe your faves are Tojo, My Girl and I Want You Back from the Stoneage Romeos era, Or Mars Needs Guitars' Bittersweet, Death Defying or Like Wow -- Wipeout! have rocked your world. Throw in 1000 Miles Away, Waking Up Tired and The Right Time and more than 100 other songs they have written, recorded and played that have meant something to someone some time.
And try getting Come Anytime out of your head for 24 hours after a Thank God You're Here promo.
Now add Crackin' Up to that venerable list. A song so quintessentially Gurus that you just know the album it precedes MUST be good.
It is only their ninth studio record, this opus called Purity Of Essence. The title is borrowed from the band's favourite movie, Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove Or How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love The Bomb. The film is a passion and an endless source of private jokes and jigsaw puzzle pieces that make up the intricate collage that is Hoodoo Gurus.
"It's one of our favourite movies. When Rick auditioned for the band way back when, we played together a bit in the rehearsal room. Well, that was fine, we knew he could play, but more importantly we wanted to know "What's your favourite movie?' That was a very important thing to us. It's one thing to play music together but you have to share some of the same sensibilities," frontman Dave Faulkner explains. "Rick also liking Dr. Strangelove ticked all the right boxes."
Faulkner and his bandmates, guitarist Brad Shepherd, bassist Rick Grossman and drummer Mark Kingsmill, have been going strong, again, since reuniting in late-2003 after almost six years apart.
Purity Of Essence Tour
Performing at the Function Centre
Sunday 29th August 2010 Doors Open: 7.30pm
Standing Concert. Ages 18+
Tickets On Sale Now: $35 Including $3 Transaction Fee
the Function Centre, Caloundra
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