Reason #466 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Mars Needs Guitars

And the award for best band name of the 1980’s goes to: The Hoodoo Gurus!! What a supremely silly band these guys were, but what a fantastic album they released in 1985. You won’t find a catchier song than Like Wow Wipeout, and Bittersweet is one of the great forgotten classic tracks of any decade, along the lines of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions at their peak (Rattlesnakes). Poison Pen, Death Defying, Hayride To Hell and the title track are all fantastic songs. Yeah, the band were goofballs at their core but could also be sincere when they wanted to. They released one other great album (’87’s Blow Your Cool), but like most bands couldn’t keep the quality going much long after that. They’re still trying, though, the latest release being 2010’s ‘comeback’ Purity Of Essence.