Blow Your Cool
Australia's Hoodoo Gurus gradually made greater inroads in America as more musically astute folks knew to catch MTV's 120 Minutes for the bands that were outside the mainstream but doing mainstream-worthy work. The Hoodoo Gurus' new record label was convinced a different record producer would be the answer to commercial riches, and Mark Opitz—who'd worked with AC/DC (Powerage), INXS (Shabooh Shoobah), and Divinyls (Desperate, What a Life)—was brought in to make the Gurus sound like an arena-ready rock 'n' roll band. "Where Nowhere Is" ends with a larger-than-life splash, and the drums pounding through "In the Middle of the Land" have a sound that's very '80s-compliant. But in the end, it's Dave Faulkner's pop sense that determines the outcome. Here, he again wrote a great batch of tunes, with "Out That Door," "Good Times," and "I Was the One" nailing both parts of power pop. The label, however, wanted even more and mercifully dropped The Hoodoo Gurus after this one release.