Tojo (song)

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Single by Hoodoo Gurus
from the album Stoneage Romeos
A-side "Tojo"
B-side "(Lets All) Turn On"
Released June 1983
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded Trafalgar Studios
Genre Rock
Length 3:11
Label Big Time (Australia)
Writer(s) Dave Faulkner
Producer(s) Alan Thorne
Hoodoo Gurus singles chronology
"My Girl"

"Tojo" a.k.a. "Tojo Never Made it to Darwin" was the second single by iconic[1][2] Australian rock group Hoodoo Gurus and was released on Big Time Records and distributed by EMI in June 1983. It was written by their lead singer-guitarist, Dave Faulkner.[3] It was also featured on their first album Stoneage Romeos (1984), which was produced by Alan Thorne.[4] Tojo in the title refers to the World War II Japanese General and Prime Minister Hideki Tōjō.

"Tojo" saw the introduction of new band members Clyde Bramley and Brad Shepherd, with Bramley providing bass, which had previously been noticeably absent from the band.

'"Tojo" was an answer song to an Australian hit of a few years earlier, "Santa Never Made it Into Darwin" which had been released to raise money for the victims of Cyclone Tracy which had almost destroyed Darwin on Christmas Eve, 1975 (sic). During World War II the Japanese army invaded New Guinea but failed to reach Australia thanks to the heroic resistance however Darwin was bombed heavily and often.' - Dave Faulkner.[5]

"Santa Never Made It into Darwin" (January 1975) had been recorded by New Zealanders Bill (Cate) & Boyd (Robinson) which reached No. 2 in Australia during February,[6][7] Cyclone Tracy actually devastated Darwin on Christmas Eve / Christmas Day 1974.[8]

"Tojo" was performed by You Am I on the 2005 tribute album Stoneage Cameos (see Stoneage Romeos); while "(Let's All) Turn On" was performed by The Wrights.[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tojo" (Faulkner) — 3:11
  2. "(Let's All) Turn On" (Faulkner)[3] — 3:00


Credited to:[4][10]

  • James Baker — drums
  • Clyde Bramley — bass, vocals
  • Dave Faulkner — lead vocals, guitar
  • Brad Shepherd — guitar, vocals
  • Producer — Alan Thorne
  • Design (cover) — Yanni Stumbles, Faulkner
  • Photo (rear cover) — Annie Sidlo


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  4. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus; Georgieff, Didier; Hartung, Stephan. "Hoodoo Gurus". Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Faulkner, Dave (June 2000). "Pop and punishment". juliat. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  7. ^ "Bill & Boyd article". Bruce Sergent. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  8. ^ Mckay, Gary (2004). Tracy: The storm that wiped out Darwin on Christmas Day 1974. Crows Nest, Sydney: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-558-8. 
  9. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "Stoneage Cameos". Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Discogs entry on "Tojo"". Retrieved 2007-12-15.