Blow Your Cool!

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
For the Hoodoo Gurus' third album, the group's American record label was hoping the band could come up with something a bit easier to market than the witty, '60s-obsessed pop
ock of Stoneage Romeos and Mars Needs Guitars, so they paired the group up with producer Mark Opitz, who had previously twisted the knobs for AC/DC, INXS, and the Divinyls. Opitz gave the band a smoother, slicker surface and a cracking, radio-friendly drum sound; he also weeded out the band's wackier material nothing like "Dig It Up" or "Hayride to Hell" this time out in favor of mega-hooky pop "Out That Door" and "Good Times," the latter featuring the Bangles on ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
For the Hoodoo Gurus' third album, the group's American record label was hoping the band could come up with something a bit easier to market than the witty, '60s-obsessed pop
ock of Stoneage Romeos and Mars Needs Guitars, so they paired the group up with producer Mark Opitz, who had previously twisted the knobs for AC/DC, INXS, and the Divinyls. Opitz gave the band a smoother, slicker surface and a cracking, radio-friendly drum sound; he also weeded out the band's wackier material nothing like "Dig It Up" or "Hayride to Hell" this time out in favor of mega-hooky pop "Out That Door" and "Good Times," the latter featuring the Bangles on backing vocals and straight-ahead rock & roll "Where Nowhere Is" and "Party Machine". As a result, Blow Your Cool! is the least idiosyncratic album in the Hoodoo Gurus' catalog and doesn't reflect the sneaky wit or goofy charm that won them many of their early fans. But it also makes them sound like the great rock & roll band they always were and leaves little doubt that these guys didn't need to be funny to get over; Dave Faulkner even seems to enjoy having the opportunity to play it straight on the politically slanted "In the Middle of the Land," and the band rarely rocked as hard as they did on the tunes here where they throw the engine into fifth gear. Blow Your Cool! is in some respects a compromised Hoodoo Gurus album, but it's strong enough to prove that these guys could make a worthwhile album even while playing by someone else's rules.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Ada
  • UPC: 075596072823
  • Catalog Number: 60728
  • Sales rank: 92,488

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Out That Door (4:13)
  2. 2 What's My Scene (3:45)
  3. 3 Good Times (2:56)
  4. 4 I Was The One (3:04)
  5. 5 Hell For Leather (3:26)
  6. 6 Where Nowhere Is (3:55)
  7. 7 In The Middle Of The Land (4:27)
  8. 8 Come On (2:35)
  9. 9 Heart Of Darkness (2:58)
  10. 10 My Caravan (4:07)
  11. 11 On My Street (3:14)
  12. 12 Party Machine (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hoodoo Gurus Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Susanna Hoffs Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Wynn Vocals
Clyde Bramley Bass
Malcolm Eastick Guitar
Stevo Glendinning Vocals, Background Vocals
Mark Kingsmill Drums
Mike Kloster Vocals, Background Vocals
Mark Opitz Vocals
Debbi Peterson Vocals, Background Vocals
Vicki Peterson Vocals, Background Vocals
Geoff Rhoe Vocals
Brad Shepherd Guitar, Harmonica
Michael Steele Vocals, Background Vocals
Paul Thirkell Vocals
James Valentine Saxophone
Mark Walton Vocals
Allan Wright Vocals
Technical Credits
Richard Allan Art Direction, Cover Design
Barry Diament Mastering
Mark Opitz Producer
Allan Wright Engineer, Contributor
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