Hoodoo Gurus, Stoneage Romeos (1984)
I joined this band when I was in school, right. I was 16. They were all 26 or so. And the band had one rehearsal and then the rehearsal space was sold. No biggie. A year later I get a call and one of the guys from that band has started another group and wants me to play. So I agree. It was an education. I had to learn all sorts of songs – many I had not heard before. And it was my introduction to the Hoodoo Gurus. Well, I knew of them – and had heard a few things but here I had to learn songs. Great fun. Great songs. Death Ship, I Was A Kamikaze Pilot – so many grim songs on this album; well songs about death and decay and depravity at least – it was fun to have to learn new songs. And I really dug the hell out of the material. I had the stuff on tape – a dubbed cassette made for me to learn tunes. A couple of years on I would look for the right Gurus album to buy – this was pre-Wikipedia and Google-search, I didn’t know that all those great songs I’d had to play along to (and with) were from the band’s debut album. And to this day it’s really the only record I am interested in by Hoodoo Gurus. Okay, Mars Needs Guitars too – sure. But this is a gem. I think it (kinda) holds up well too.
Sample Track: Dig It Up
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