I Want You Back (Hoodoo Gurus song)

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"I Want You Back"
Single by The Hoodoo Gurus
from the album Stoneage Romeos
A-side "I Want You Back"
B-side "Who Do You Love?"
Released March, 1984 (Australia)
1984 (United Kingdom)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded Trafalgar Studios
Genre Rock
Length 2:45
Label Big Time (Australia)
Demon Records (UK)
Writer(s) Dave Faulkner
Producer(s) Alan Thorne
The Hoodoo Gurus singles chronology
"My Girl"
"I Want You Back"

"I Want You Back" was the fourth single released by iconic[1][2] Australian rock group Hoodoo Gurus from their debut album Stoneage Romeos. It was released on Big Time Records (distributed by EMI) in March 1984 (at same time as the album). "I Want You Back" was written by Dave Faulkner. The B-Side "Who Do You Love?" (a.k.a. "Hoodoo You Love?") was recorded live at 2JJJ. The single was released in the United Kingdom in 1984 by Demon Records, but with an alternative B-Side, "Be My Guru".[3]


Australian rock group Hoodoo Gurus released both the single, "I Want You Back", and its associated album, Stoneage Romeos, in March 1984. They appeared on Big Time Records and were distributed by EMI. The track was written by the group's lead singer and guitarist, Dave Faulkner.[4] During 1982 Kimble Rendall, their founding guitarist, left and was followed out of the band by fellow founder, Roddy Radalj.[5] Radalj publicly expressed his dissatisfaction with Rendall's leaving and Faulkner's greater influence on the group.[5] "I Want You Back" was Hoodoo Gurus first hit in America, reaching number three on the college radio charts.[6]

In an interview with Fred Mills of Harp magazine in January 2007, Faulkner revealed that the song was written not about a former lover but about the split with Radalj:

"Basically, when Rod Radalj left the Gurus he was very dismissive of us, trying to move on and kind of burn everything behind him: ‘Oh, it’s not worth staying in that band. They’re terrible!’ So I basically turned that emotion around: ‘Here’s this guy who ditched us and he’s acting like the spurned lover!’ It was me saying, ‘You’ll regret it.’"...
"Well, yeah, I just turned all that stuff into a relationship song.” Faulkner says. “I don’t know why people don’t realize that it’s an anger song. You’re right, they think it’s a longing song. But it’s not a song about ‘I wish you’d come back,’ but — ‘You’ll wish you were back!’"[5]

In 1985 Simon F. (a.k.a. Simon Fellowes of UK Band Intaferon) released a cover version of the song:[7]

" "I Want You Back" was one of the few songs of mine to ever be covered by another artist, a fellow mysteriously named Simon F, produced by Billy Idol's then-guitarist Steve Stevens (do you miss the 80's?). Some writers refer to their creations as their 'children', well this felt more akin to having your child grow up to be a serial killer. Their (per)version was not a hit, but then neither was ours." Dave Faulkner.[8]

"I Want You Back" was also performed by The Spazzys on the 2005 tribute album, Stoneage Cameos (see Stoneage Romeos), with "Hoodoo You Love?" performed by The Drones.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Want You Back" (Dave Faulkner) — 2:45
  2. "Who Do You Love?" (Ellas McDaniel a.k.a. Bo Diddley)[4] — 2:05


Credited to:[9]

  • James Baker — drums
  • Clyde Bramley — bass, vocals
  • Dave Faulkner — vocals, guitar
  • Brad Shepherd — guitar, vocals
  • Producer, Engineer — Alan Thorne
  • Mixed — Alan Thorne (track 2)
  • Recorded — Peter Watts (track 2)



  1. ^ "ARIA Awards 2007: About Hall of Fame". ARIA Awards. Archived from the original on 2 February 2008. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  2. ^ Pope, Mark (2007-05-07). "ARIA presents the 2007 ARIA Hall of Fame" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  3. ^ "Rate Your Music - "I Want You Back (GBR)"". Retrieved 2007-12-21. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Australasian Performing Right Association". APRA. Archived from the original on 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  5. ^ a b c Mills, Fred (January 2007). "Hoodoo Gurus: By My Guru". Harp. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  6. ^ All Music Guide
  7. ^ "Discogs entry on Simon F.". Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  8. ^ Faulkner, Dave (June 2000). "Pop and punishment". juliat. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  9. ^ "Discogs entry on "I Want You Back"". Retrieved 2008-01-09. 

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