Sydney rockers Hoodoo Gurus are set to release a surprise documentary on YouTube tonight (December 31), to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary.
The 37-minute, untitled film will be available to watch on their channel from 10pm AEDT, but only for 36 hours from the time of its release. They will also be airing their October performance from Triple M studios at 9pm AEDT prior to the documentary’s premiere, which included their live debut of ‘Get Out Of Dodge’.
Created by Hoodoo Gurus bandleader Dave Faulkner, the mini-documentary revolves around the band’s early days, when they formed after meeting at a New Year’s Eve party in 1980. It includes interviews with co-founding members Kimble Rendall, who was the original bassist, and Roddy Radalj, former guitarist. Previous drummer James Baker also appears in the film.
Faulkner unveiled the project in a post to the band’s Facebook page yesterday (December 30), writing, “this Thursday night will mark the 40th anniversary of the formation of le Hoodoo Gurus”.
“To mark the occasion I have put together a 37-minute documentary talking about that night we first got the idea of playing together and some other stories from the early days of the band.”
“I say ‘documentary’ but I’m using the term very loosely: it’s really just a couple of Zoom conversations I had with Kimble and Rod, firstly, and then James a week later (James was unable to join us all for the first one). I intercut those two Zoom chats together and tried to piece together the story of the band during those heady days of 1981 and ’82.”
“It’s a bit long-winded in places but, hell, it’s free and it’s the unvarnished truth – or as best as we can remember it.”
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The Hoodoo Gurus lineup has changed over the years, and currently comprises Faulkner, guitarist Brad Shepherd, Richard Grossman on bass and drummer Nik Rieth.
The outfit released two singles this year, ‘Get Out Of Dodge’ and ‘Hung Out To Dry’, the latter of which Faulkner described as an “I hate you” song directed at US President Donald Trump.