Like Wow – Wipeout

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"Like Wow – Wipeout"
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Single by Hoodoo Gurus
from the album Mars Needs Guitars!
A-side "Like Wow – Wipeout!"
B-side "Bring the Hoodoo Down"
Released October, 1985 (Australia)
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Rock
Length 3:09
Label Big Time (Australia)
Songwriter(s) Dave Faulkner
Producer(s) Charles Fisher
Hoodoo Gurus singles chronology
"Like Wow – Wipeout"
"Death Defying"
"Like Wow – Wipeout!"
"Death Defying"

"Like Wow – Wipeout" is a song written by Dave Faulkner[1] and recorded by Australian rock group Hoodoo Gurus for their album Mars Needs Guitars!. As a single, it was released on Big Time Records in October 1985 and reached #28 on the Melbourne record chart.[2]

The B side of the single, "Bring the Hoodoo Down", was also written by Faulkner.[1] It had already been released as a B side on the United Kingdom 12" single for "Bittersweet".

"... was only recorded as a b-side but producer Charles Fisher thought it "had something" and should be included on the album. No-one was more surprised than us when it became the second single and our biggest hit at the time. We just liked it because it was noisy." - Dave Faulkner.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Like Wow – Wipeout!" (Dave Faulkner) — 3:09
  2. "Bring the Hoodoo Down" (Dave Faulkner) — 3:01


Credited[4] to:

  • James Baker — drums
  • Clyde Bramley — bass, backing vocals
  • Dave Faulkner — lead vocals (track A), guitar
  • Mark Kingsmill — drums, cymbals
  • Brad Shepherd — guitar, lead vocals (track B), harmonica
  • Producer — Charles Fisher
  • Engineer — John Bee
  • Mastering — Don Bartley


  1. ^ a b "Australasian Performing Right Association". APRA. Archived from the original on 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  2. ^ Guest, Thomas J. (1991). Thirty Years of Hits. Collingwood, Melbourne: M. J. Maloney. ISBN 0-646-04633-0. 
  3. ^ Faulkner, Dave (June 2000). "Pop and punishment". juliat. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  4. ^ "Discogs entry on Mars Needs Guitars!". Retrieved 2007-12-18.