Blow Your Cool!

Blow Your Cool!

by Hoodoo Gurus
     
 

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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 See more details below

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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:
0075596072823
catalogNumber:
60728
Rank:
91643

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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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