Hoodoo Gurus evocative and relatable lyricism, peerless song writing, with a hint of punk attitude – placed in a distinctively Australian context have provided a careful balance of critical success and enduring mainstream appeal for over 35 years. The enduring importance of Hoodoo Gurus is reflected in sell-out tours throughout the world and the status tracks from the Gurus catalogue enjoy as indisputable staples of radio, being namechecked in many ‘best ever album’ countdowns. The band were inducted into the Australian Music Hall of Fame in 2007. The influence of the Hoodoo Gurus songs is felt beyond Australia’s boundaries and often name checked as vitally influential to a variety of other artists. International artists who have publicly namechecked Hoodoo Gurus include Steve Van Zandt, Manic Street Preachers, Courtney Love and many more. 2020 sees “the Gurus” back in the studio and they have a lot to say about the current state of the world. It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows the band’s ‘70s punk backgrounds, but the Hoodoo Gurus are not averse to a bit of anger in music. These are guys who cut their teeth on the Sex Pistols, after all. And they’ve always had that energy, that sense of rebellion – remember this is a band that helped give loud guitars a new lease of life, back when synthesisers ruled the airwaves back in the early ‘80s – even if they have shied away from direct political activism. With three singles under their belts in 2020 – Answered Prayers, Hung Out To Dry and Get Out Of Dodge – the band are forging towards the release of a new album, national and international shows (fingers crossed) to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary.
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