Magnum Cum Louder

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Magnum Cum Louder
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Studio album by Hoodoo Gurus
Released 28 June 1989
7 February 2005
Genre Rock
Length 40:12
Producer Hoodoo Gurus
Hoodoo Gurus chronology
Blow Your Cool!
(1987)Blow Your Cool!1987
Magnum Cum Louder
Alternative cover
2005 re-release
2005 re-release
Singles from Magnum Cum Louder
  1. "Come Anytime"
    Released: June 1989
  2. "Axegrinder"
    Released: August 1989
  3. "Another World"
    Released: October 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]

Magnum Cum Louder is Australian rock group Hoodoo Gurus' fourth album,[3] the first with their new label, RCA Records having been dropped by Elektra Records following disappointing sales in the United States. The album was produced by the group,[3] and was released in Australia on 28 June 1989.


The album reached No. 101 on the American Billboard 200 album charts in 1989, with the single "Come Anytime" reaching No. 27 on the ARIA Singles Charts[4] and No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in 1989. Other singles from the album were "Axegrinder" (August 1989) and "Another World" (October 1989).[5] The album's title is a pun on the Latin honours phrase magna cum laude or 'with great honours' which is awarded to outstanding University graduates.

Faulkner later said, "We produced the record ourselves for our own morale, if nothing else. We had been through a very rough period with six months of inactivity from a lawsuit to get free of our old contract. Rather than even telling the record company what we were recording we let them hear it after it was all finished, and luckily they liked it! We would have been in deep trouble otherwise."[6]

The album was re-released by EMI on 7 February 2005[7] with three bonus tracks, "Spaghetti Western", "Lover for a Friend", and "Cajun Country", a fold out poster and liner notes by Steve MacDonald (Redd Kross).

The lead track "Come Anytime" was the theme song of Australian television series Thank God You're Here in 2006 and the American series in 2007.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dave Faulkner, except where noted[8].

No. Title Length
1. "Come Anytime" 3:20
2. "Another World" 3:16
3. "Axegrinder" (Faulkner, Brad Shepherd, Richard Grossman, Mark Kingsmill) 3:27
4. "Shadow Me" 3:41
5. "Glamourpuss" 2:26
6. "Hallucination" 5:05
7. "All the Way" 3:11
8. "Baby Can Dance (Parts 2-4)" (Shepherd, Faulkner) 3:17
9. "I Don't Know Anything" 4:07
10. "Where's That Hit?" 3:56
11. "Death in the Afternoon" 4:08


Credited to:[3]

  • Dave Faulkner — Lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Richard Grossman — Bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Mark Kingsmill — Drums, backing vocals (grunts)
  • Brad Shepherd — Guitar, harmonica, backing vocals
  • Stephanie Faulkner — Backing vocals (track 11)
  • Engineer — Alan Thorne
  • Mixer — David Thoener
  • Producer — Hoodoo Gurus


  1. ^ Magnum Cum Louder at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Album: Hoodoo Gurus: Magnum Cum Louder". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  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. ^ Australian Singles Charts
  5. ^ "Discogs entry on Hoodoo Gurus". Retrieved 1 December 2007. 
  6. ^ Tracee Hutchison (1992). Your Name's On The Door. Sydney, New South Wales: ABC Enterprises. p. 182. ISBN 0-7333-0115-0. 
  7. ^ EMI Records
  8. ^ "Australasian Performing Right Association". APRA. Archived from the original on 5 December 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2007.