Mars Needs Guitars!

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Mars Needs Guitars!
Mars Needs Guitars.jpg
Studio album by Hoodoo Gurus
Released Australia May 1985
United Kingdom 1985
United States 7 July 1987
Australia 22 February 2005
Genre Rock
Length 33:35
Label Australia Big Time
United Kingdom Chrysalis
United States Elektra
Australia EMI
Producer Charles Fisher, Hoodoo Gurus
Hoodoo Gurus chronology
Stoneage Romeos
(1984)Stoneage Romeos1984
Mars Needs Guitars!
Blow Your Cool!
(1987)Blow Your Cool!1987
Singles from Mars Needs Guitars!
  1. "Bittersweet"
    Released: June 1985
  2. "Like Wow – Wipeout"
    Released: October 1985
  3. "Death Defying"
    Released: February 1986
  4. "Poison Pen"
    Released: September 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B−[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link

Mars Needs Guitars! is Australian rock group Hoodoo Gurus' second album, released in 1985.[2] The title is a reference to the 1967 science fiction film, Mars Needs Women. Singles from the album were "Bittersweet" (1985) (reached #10 on Melbourne record charts),[3] "Like Wow – Wipeout" (1985, #28[3]), "Death Defying" (1986) and "Poison Pen" (1986). Mars Needs Guitars! reached No. 140 on the American Billboard 200 albums chart in 1986.

The title track, "Mars Needs Guitars" (also the B-side of "Bittersweet" single), was written by all five Gurus[4] and lead vocals were by Brad Shepherd. All other tracks were written[4] and featured lead vocals by Dave Faulkner.[5] Hayride to Hell (1995) is a short film written and directed by former Gurus member Kimble Rendall.[6]

"When we commenced the sessions for Mars Needs Guitars! we had a brand new drummer, Mark Kingsmill who altered our lives forever with his distinctive explosive style." - Dave Faulkner.[7]

The song "Bittersweet" was used in the video game MVP Baseball 2004.

The album was re-released by EMI on the 22 February 2005 with five bonus tracks, a fold out poster and liner tracks by Wally Kempton (Even/The Meanies). Three of the bonus tracks (13 to 15) were recorded live at Selina's, Sydney, in 1986.[5] In October 2010, it was listed in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums, with their previous album, Stoneage Romeos at No. 28.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dave Faulkner, except where noted[4].

No. Title Length
1. "Bittersweet" 3:44
2. "Poison Pen" 4:09
3. "In the Wild" 3:07
4. "Death Defying" 3:21
5. "Like Wow – Wipeout" 3:09
6. "Hayride to Hell" 3:15
7. "Show Some Emotion" 2:56
8. "Other Side of Paradise" 3:31
9. "Mars Needs Guitars" (James Baker, Clyde Bramley, Faulkner, Mark Kingsmill, Brad Shepherd) 2:52
10. "She" 3:28


Credited to:[2][5]

Hoodoo Gurus[edit]


  • John Bee — engineer
  • Richard Allan — illustrations
  • Charles Fisher — producer (except track 11)
  • Don Bartley — mastering (remastering)
  • Hoodoo Gurus — producer (track 11)


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Mars Needs Guitars!". Robert Christgau. 
  2. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus; Georgieff, Didier; Hartung, Stephan. "Hoodoo Gurus". Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Guest, Thomas J. (1991). Thirty Years of Hits. Collingwood, Melbourne: M. J. Maloney. ISBN 0-646-04633-0. 
  4. ^ a b c "Australasian Performing Right Association". APRA. Archived from the original on 5 May 2008. Retrieved 30 November 2007. 
  5. ^ a b c "Discogs entry on Mars Needs Guitars!". Retrieved 30 November 2007. 
  6. ^ "Internet Movie Database entry on Kimble Rendall". IMDb. Retrieved 10 January 2008. 
  7. ^ Faulkner, Dave (June 2000). "Pop and punishment". juliat. Archived from the original on 8 August 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2008. 
  8. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9.