Stoneage Romeos

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Stoneage Romeos
Studio album by Hoodoo Gurus
Released Australia March 1984
United States 1984
United States 1 October 2002
Australia 24 October 2005
Recorded Trafalgar Studio
Genre Rock
Length 37:23
Label Australia Big Time
United States A&M
United States Arcadia Records
Australia EMI
Producer Alan Thorne
Hoodoo Gurus chronology
Stoneage Romeos
(1984)
Mars Needs Guitars!
(1985)
Singles from Stoneage Romeos
  1. "Leilani"
    Released: October 1982
  2. "Tojo"
    Released: June 1983
  3. "My Girl"
    Released: October 1983
  4. "I Want You Back"
    Released: March 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 starslink
Robert Christgau B+[1]

Stoneage Romeos is Australian rock group Hoodoo Gurus' first album (released 1984)[2] and saw them receive record sales to complement their already strong reputation for live performances. The album name is from a Three Stooges short film. With radio and television support for their third single "My Girl" (1983) (complete with a film clip about a greyhound of the same name), the band's following grew. The album's other singles were - "Leilani" (1982), "Tojo" (1983), and "I Want You Back" (1984). Later in July 1985 they took the honours in the 'Best Debut Album' category at the 1984 Countdown Awards.[3]

The Australian LP sported a cartoonish nod to the 1966 caveman flick One Million Years B.C., all menacing dinosaurs and Day-Glo colors (designed by Yanni Stumbles);[4] whilst in America, consumers got a stylized sleeve featuring arty renditions of the giant reptiles.

'Bad coffeetable art, very anonymous and boring. On the U.S. tour fans are bringing up the Australian copies for us to sign—they were all getting them on import! Yet at the end of the tour, A&M says to us, ‘Oh well, we don’t really think the cover will affect sales at all.’ Like, when they’re right, they’re right, and when they’re wrong, they’re still right.' - Dave Faulkner [5]

The album was re-released by Arcadia Records on 1 October 2002, with two additional tracks, "Hoodoo You Love" and "Be My Guru". EMI also re-released the album on 24 October 2005 with three bonus tracks, "Leilani Pt. 2", "Be My Guru" and "Hoodoo You Love", a fold-out poster and liner notes by Lindsay 'The Doctor' Mc Dougall (Frenzal Rhomb). In October 2010, the album was listed in the top 30 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dave Faulkner unless otherwise indicated.[7]

Original Australian release[edit]

US Cover of Stoneage Romeos

Side A[edit]

  1. "(Let's All) Turn On" (Baker, Darcy Condon, Faulkner, Radalj)[7] - 3:04
  2. "I Want You Back" - 3:12
  3. "Arthur" (Faulkner, Radalj)[7] - 3:10
  4. "Death Ship" (Faulkner, Radalj, Alan Sharples)[7] - 2:37
  5. "Dig It Up" - 3:36
  6. "My Girl" - 2:40

Side B[edit]

  1. "Zanzibar" - 3:25
  2. "Leilani" (Faulkner, James Baker, Roddy Radalj, Kimble Rendall)[7] - 5:36
  3. "Tojo" - 3:23
  4. "In the Echo Chamber" - 3:44
  5. "I Was a Kamikaze Pilot" - 3:12

US release[edit]

Side A[edit]

  1. "I Want You Back" - 3:12
  2. "Tojo" - 3:23
  3. "Leilani" (Faulkner, James Baker, Roddy Radalj, Kimble Rendall)[7] - 5:36
  4. "Arthur" (Faulkner, Radalj)[7] - 3:10
  5. "Dig It Up" - 3:36

Side B[edit]

  1. "(Let's All) Turn On" (Baker, Darcy Condon, Faulkner, Radalj)[7] - 3:04
  2. "Death Ship" (Faulkner, Radalj, Alan Sharples)[7] - 2:37
  3. "In The Echo Chamber" - 3:44
  4. "Zanzibar" - 3:25
  5. "I Was A Kamikaze Pilot" - 3:12
  6. "My Girl" - 2:40

2002 re-release[edit]

Songwriters same as above unless indicated.

  1. "(Let's All) Turn On" (Baker, Darcy Condon, Faulkner, Radalj)[7] - 3:04
  2. "I Want You Back" - 3:12
  3. "Arthur" (Faulkner, Radalj)[7] - 3:10
  4. "Death Ship" (Faulkner, Radalj, Alan Sharples)[7] - 2:37
  5. "Dig It Up" - 3:36
  6. "My Girl" - 2:40
  7. "Zanzibar" - 3:25
  8. "Leilani" (Faulkner, James Baker, Roddy Radalj, Kimble Rendall)[7] - 5:36
  9. "Tojo" - 3:23
  10. "In the Echo Chamber" - 3:44
  11. "I Was a Kamikaze Pilot" - 3:12
  12. "Hoodoo You Love" aka "Who Do You Love"(Ellas McDaniel)[7] - 2:09
  13. "Be My Guru" (Baker, Faulkner)[7] - 2:40

2005 re-release[edit]

Songwriters same as above unless indicated.

  1. "(Let's All) Turn On" (Baker, Darcy Condon, Faulkner, Radalj)[7] - 3:04
  2. "I Want You Back" - 3:12
  3. "Arthur" (Faulkner, Radalj)[7] - 3:10
  4. "Death Ship" (Faulkner, Radalj, Alan Sharples)[7] - 2:37
  5. "Dig It Up" - 3:36
  6. "My Girl" - 2:40
  7. "Zanzibar" - 3:25
  8. "Leilani" (Faulkner, James Baker, Roddy Radalj, Kimble Rendall)[7] - 5:36
  9. "Tojo" - 3:23
  10. "In The Echo Chamber" - 3:44
  11. "I Was A Kamikaze Pilot" - 3:12
  12. "Leilani, Pt. 2" - 3:58
  13. "Be My Guru" (Baker, Faulkner)[7] - 2:40
  14. "Hoodoo You Love" (live)(Baker, Faulkner)[7] - 2:07 (recorded by Triple J at the Trade Union Club in Sydney in 1983)

Personnel[edit]

Credited to:[2][4][8][9]

  • Michael Farmer — additional percussion
  • Producer, Engineer — Alan Thorne
  • Mastering — Bob, Carbone, Frank DeLuna
  • Artwork (cover concept and design) — Yanni Stumbles
  • Photography (pics) — Tom Takacs
  • Other (the boss) — Stuart Thorne

Stoneage Cameos[edit]

In 2005, a tribute album was released by Shock Records named Stoneage Cameos, which included covers by major Australian rock artists.[10] The concept was put together by Jason 'Evo' Evans and Wally 'Meanie' Kempton (Even/The Meanies). The project was more to heritage list the Gurus and to stamp this great album into history: performances of Hoodoo Gurus' songs by current Australian artists on this tribute album were cited at their 2007 ARIA Hall of Fame induction.[11][12]

All the songs were recorded at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne between March and June 2005, with the exception of "Tojo" and "I Was A Kamikaze Pilot", which were recorded at Big Jesus Burger Studios in Sydney in June 2005 and ""Be My Guru", which was recorded by Persian Rugs (containing three Gurus: Faulkner, Brad Shepherd and Mark Kingsmill; with bassist Kendall James) at the Milk Bar Studios in Sydney in November 2004. The album was produced by Andy Baldwin.

The CD was launched at the Meadows Greyhound Race Track in Broadmeadows, Victoria.[13] The feature race of the night (race 6) was called 'The Stoneage Cameo Plate'.

Cover of Stoneage Cameos

The track list is as follows:[10]

  1. "(Let's All) Turn On" (The Wrights) - 3:16
  2. "I Want You Back" (The Spazzys) - 3:17
  3. "Arthur" (Even) - 3:18
  4. "Death Ship" (Dan Kelly) - 4:40
  5. "Dig It Up" (Dallas Crane) - 3:06
  6. "My Girl" (Spiderbait) - 2:28
  7. "Zanzibar" (The Blackeyed Susans) - 4:02
  8. "Leilani" (The Living End) - 4:21
  9. "Tojo" (You Am I) - 3:44
  10. "In The Echo Chamber" (Rocket Science) - 3:32
  11. "I Was A Kamikaze Pilot" (Grinspoon) - 3:16
  12. "Leilani Part 2" (The Sailors) - 3:23
  13. "Be My Guru" (Persian Rugs) - 2:52
  14. "Hoodoo You Love" (The Drones) - 2:47
  15. "My Girl Part 2" (Spiderbait) - 3:07

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Stoneage Romeos". Robert Christgau. 
  2. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus; Georgieff, Didier; Hartung, Stephan. "Hoodoo Gurus". Passagen.se. Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Countdown Magazine". ABC-TV. July 1985. Archived from the original on 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  4. ^ a b "Discogs entry Stoneage Romeos (Australian CD)". discogs.com. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  5. ^ Harp Magazine (February 2007)
  6. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Australasian Performing Right Association". APRA. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
  8. ^ "Discogs entry Stoneage Romeos (Australian vinyl LP)". discogs.com. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  9. ^ "Discogs entry Stoneage Romeos (US vinyl LP)". discogs.com. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  10. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus. "Stoneage Cameos". Australian Rock Database. (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "ARIA Awards 2007: About Hall of Fame". ARIA Awards. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  12. ^ Pope, Mark (7 May 2007). (PDF) "ARIA presents the 2007 ARIA Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2008-01-22. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Sticky Carpet". The Age. 19 August 2005.