Blue Cave (album)

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In Blue Cave
Blue Cave (Hoodoo Gurus album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Hoodoo Gurus
Released May 1996 (1996-05)
(see Release history)
Genre Rock
Label Mushroom (Australia)
True North (Canada)
Zoo Entertainment (US)
Producer Charles Fisher, Hoodoo Gurus
Hoodoo Gurus chronology
Blue Cave
Electric Chair / Armchair Gurus
Singles from Blue Cave
  1. "Big Deal"
    Released: 1996
  2. "If Only..."
    Released: 1996
  3. "Waking up Tired"
    Released: 1996
  4. "Down on Me"
    Released: 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
US (Zoo Entertainment) Cover of Blue Cave

Blue Cave or In Blue Cave[2] was the Australian rock group Hoodoo Gurus' seventh studio album.[3] The album was nominated for 'Best Pop Release' at the 1996 ARIA Awards.[4] The album was co-produced with Charles Fisher, who had produced the band's second album, Mars Needs Guitars!, in 1985;[3] Paul McKercher was the sound engineer and the Silverchair producer Kevin Shirley mixed the tracks.[5] The entire album also had a limited release (only 300) as a set of seven 7" vinyl singles as In Blue Cave on Mushroom Records;[6] and, as a CD, it was released with More Electric Soup video in a special box.[7]

The Australian release (by Mushroom Records) had a hidden track, "Whoopee Cushion",[5] whereas the US release (by Volcano Records) had an additional uncredited track, "Monterey Sunset". The album covers were also different: the Australian release had a fuzzy overhead shot of the Gurus in a close circle looking up at the camera (see right) whereas the US release depicted the Gurus posed for a sitting with other body parts montaged, e.g. Dave Faulkner has three arms (see below middle).[5] The underlay tray of the US release, lists the 14th track as "Monterey Sunset" and gives a description:

"It's time for a refreshing Monterey Sunset. 45 mls Absolut Vodka (no substitutes please!). 45 mls lemon juice. 15 mls Orange Curaçao. 15 mls sugar syrup. Mix in a blender with lots of crushed ice! Pour over a cherry in a margarita glass for a festive frozen cocktail. Created by Alan."[8]

EMI re-released the album on 6 February 2005[9] with six additional tracks, a fold out poster and liner notes by Charles Fisher, the record producer.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dave Faulkner unless otherwise indicated.[10]

Original release[edit]

  1. "Big Deal" (Faulkner, Brad Shepherd)[10] — 3:39
  2. "Down on Me" — 3:25
  3. "Mine" — 3:30
  4. "Waking Up Tired" (Faulkner, Shepherd)[10] — 2:54
  5. "Please Yourself" — 3:40
  6. "If Only..." — 3:44
  7. "Mind the Spider" — 2:29
  8. "Why?" — 1:47
  9. "All I Know" (Shepherd)[10] — 4:05
  10. "Get High!" — 3:54
  11. "Always Something" — 3:01
  12. "Son-Of-A-Gun" — 4:07
  13. "Night Must Fall" — 4:41

"Whoopee Cushion" is an uncredited track and begins with 1:04 left of "Night Must Fall".[5] On the US release "Night Must Fall" includes 0:37 of silence before "Monterey Sunset" starts.[5]

More Electric Soup video[edit]

"More Electric Soup" was a VHS video that accompanied a limited release of "Blue Cave" in a unique gatefold picture box. It included the eight music videos that had been made by the band since the 1992 video compilation, Electric Soup, excluding "Turn Up Your Radio" with Masters Apprentices. "Spahn Ranch" was the only inclusion not to be released as a single. "Down On Me" was the only Blue Cave single not to appear on the compilation, as it was released the following year.

  1. "Waking Up Tired" (music video directed by John Whitteron)
  2. "If Only" (music video directed by John Whitteron)
  3. "Big Deal" (music video directed by John Whitteron)
  4. "The Right Time" (music video directed by Jonathan Ogilvie)
  5. "You Open My Eyes" (music video directed by Kimble Rendall)
  6. "Less Than A Feeling" (music video directed by John Whitteron)
  7. "Nobody" (music video directed by Jonathan Ogilvie)
  8. "Spahn Ranch" (music video directed by John Whitteron)

2005 re-release[edit]

Cover of Blue Cave
2005 re-release

Songwriters same as above, with additional tracks by Faulkner unless otherwise indicated.[10]

  1. "Big Deal" — 3:39
  2. "Down on Me" — 3:25
  3. "Mine" — 3:30
  4. "Waking Up Tired" — 2:54
  5. "Please Yourself" — 3:40
  6. "If Only..." — 3:44
  7. "Mind the Spider" — 2:29
  8. "Why?" — 1:47
  9. "All I Know" — 4:05
  10. "Get High!" — 3:54
  11. "Always Something" — 3:01
  12. "Son-Of-A-Gun" — 4:07
  13. "Night Must Fall" — 4:41
  14. "Monterey Sunset" (Shepherd)[10] - 4:28
  15. "Concerto for Choppers Parts 1, 2 & 3" (Shepherd)[10] (1) "Chickie Run" (2) "Phreaks Go West" (3) "Spahn Ranch"
  16. "Quicksand"
  17. "Breakfast at Stephanie's"
  18. "It's Too Slow"
  19. "Exorcist"
  20. "The Ramones Medley" (live)



Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Australia May 1996 (1996-05) Mushroom
February 6, 2005 (2005-02-06) EMI
Canada May 1996 (1996-05) True North
United States August 13, 1996 (1996-08-13) Zoo/Volcano


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Faulkner, Dave (June 2000). "Pop and punishment". juliat. Archived from the original on 8 August 2007. Retrieved 5 December 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c Holmgren, Magnus; Georgieff, Didier; Hartung, Stephan. "Hoodoo Gurus". Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "ARIA Awards". ARIA. Retrieved 5 December 2007. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Discogs entry on Blue Cave". Retrieved 17 December 2007. 
  6. ^ "Hoodoo Gurus Official website: Singles". Archived from the original on 23 June 2007. Retrieved 7 December 2007. 
  7. ^ "MusicStack entry on More Electric Soup / Blue Cave". Retrieved 9 February 2008. 
  8. ^ "Discogs entry on Blue Cave view images". Retrieved 7 December 2007. [dead link]
  9. ^ EMI Records
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Australasian Performing Right Association". APRA. Retrieved 2 December 2007.