They’re as Australian as beers around the BBQ and no doubt they’ve soundtracked a few. On April 22, rock legends Hoodoo Gurus showed why they’ve carved themselves a special place in the nation’s music history. Curating and headlining the Dig It Up Invitational, a music series of events celebrating 30 years since they released their first single ‘Leilani’ – the Sydney four-piece proved they’re as relevant as they are rocking, even if some things never change.
“I’m wearing the original Hoodoo Gurus purple fringe jacket – it’s a bit smelly,” frontman Dave Faulkner told the packed Enmore Theatre crowd, flashing a grin. After a day of memorable performances from some of their favourite bands – including The Sonics, Redd Kross, The Lovetones, Died Pretty, The 220.127.116.11’s and Royal Headache – the Gurus pulled out a ripping set to a raucous hometown crowd. Fittingly, they drew largely on the debut album that started it all, ‘Stoneage Romeos’, thrilling fans with gems including ‘My Girl’ and ‘Tojo’ before rolling out all-time anthems like ‘Bittersweet’ and ‘Like Wow – Wipeout’.
The crowd lapped it up and on-stage it was clear the feeling was mutual. “Congratulations to all you people for being such a fun loving crowd,” beamed Dave. “The right people came tonight!”