Synopsis by Nathan Southern
Long proud to wear the "postmodern" tag, the Aussie college rock-alternative rock band The Hoodoo Gurus formed in 1981, and culled elements from virtually every sphere of American pop culture. Although not outright satirists along the lines of The Tubes or 10cc, their music (with catchy songs penned by Dave Faulkner and a heavier-than-usual reliance on lead guitar lines and the omission of bass) did sport great wit and clever invention. The sound bore closest comparison to R.E.M. and The Smithereens. Faulkner, James Baker, Rod Radalj and Kimble Rendall founded the band in 1981, with the latter two replaced by Brad Sheppard and Clyde Bramley within a year. After two EPs - 1983's Stoneage Romeos and 1985's Mars Needs Guitars - the group culled its broadest following with 1987's Blow Your Cool. They disbanded in the late nineties, but reteamed in 2004. The home video release Hoodoo Gurus: Hoodoo Gurus - Tunnel Vision offers an assemblage of thirty Hoodoo music videos, including "Bittersweet," "Middle of the Land," "Poison Pen," "Generation Gap," and "Miss Freelove '69," as well as sixteen vintage live performances, such as "Death Ship," "Tojo," "Leilani," "In the Wild," and "The Right Time." It also includes a documentary, "Be My Guru," that compiles interviews with band members, fans, and groupies, along with additional vintage concert clips.