What's My Scene?

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"What's My Scene?"
Single by Hoodoo Gurus
from the album Blow Your Cool!
A-side "What's My Scene?"
B-side "Heart of Darkness"
Released March 1987
Recorded January 1987
Genre Rock
Length 3:49
Label Big Time, Elektra, Mushroom
Writer(s) Dave Faulkner
Producer(s) Mark Opitz
Hoodoo Gurus singles chronology
"Poison Pen"
"What's My Scene?"
"Good Times"

"What's My Scene" is an Australian top 3 single (1987)[1] performed by iconic[2][3] rock group Hoodoo Gurus and was written by their singer-songwriter Dave Faulkner.[4] It was included on Gurus' third album Blow Your Cool! released by Elektra Records. The B-side, "Heart of Darkness" was also written by Faulkner.[4] The single was re-released in 1998 by Mushroom Records.

"Whenever I'm asked to name a favourite of my songs I usually choose this one, not because I think it's 'the best' but because it best captures everything I try to do when writing any song. I wouldn't change a note or a syllable of this one and I'm especially proud that it has two different choruses when one is usually enough." - Dave Faulkner[5]

Cover versions[edit]

"What's My Scene?" has been performed by fellow Australian artists including: Supersonic, Anthony Jaggers, Elsewhere Fine and Jayne Henry: Underpaid;[4] The Reels released it in 1989 as the B-side to their single "Are You Old Enough?".[6] It was also performed by Russian group Red Army Choir![4]

In popular culture[edit]

"That's My Team"[edit]

A variation titled "That's My Team" was used by the National Rugby League (NRL) as their theme for the 2003 to 2007 seasons. In 2003 the NRL had approached former Cronulla Sharks player and then current Parramatta Eels assistant coach Alan Wilson to provide the theme for their advertising campaign. Wilson hit upon the idea of using Hoodoo Gurus' 1987 hit "What's My Scene?" with reworked lyrics (by Faulkner)[4] as "That's My Team" (2003).

"and another thing, I'm discovering lately, I'm a bit crazy, for my rugby league team"

Wilson and Faulkner made the necessary arrangements which included re-uniting Gurus to re-record the track. Faulkner is a long-time supporter of Cronulla and the original promo clip for "What's My Scene?" included shots of band members in Wests and Cronulla jumpers. The Hoodoo Gurus performed "That's My Team" on the 2006 and 2007 Grand Final editions of the The Footy Show. Ironically, a sports commentary can be heard in the quieter parts of the original song.

A CD of "That's My Team" was released for public sale in September 2003, with all money raised donated to the Kim Walters Choices Programme and the Joanne Mackay Foundation, breast cancer charities established by husbands Kevin Walters and Brad Mackay, respectively.[7]

"That's My Team" was parodied in episode 14 of Australian satire show The Chaser's War on Everything as "Where's My E?" (E as a slang term for ecstasy) to reflect a perceived increase in recreational drug use among players in Australian football codes. The accompanying video included various drug references interspersed with nightclub and games scenes.




  1. ^ "Best of 1987". Oz Net Music Chart. Archived from the original on 2008-04-17. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  2. ^ "ARIA Awards 2007: About Hall of Fame". ARIA Awards. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  3. ^ Pope, Mark (2007-05-07). "ARIA presents the 2007 ARIA Hall of Fame" (PDF). Archived from (PDF) the original Check |url= value (help) (PDF) on October 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Australasian Performing Right Association". APRA. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  5. ^ Faulkner, Dave (June 2000). "Pop and punishment". juliat. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  6. ^ "Discogs entry on The Reels". discogs.com. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  7. ^ "That's My Team Media Release". juliat. 2003-09-03. Archived from the original on 2007-08-09. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  8. ^ Mason, Stewart. What's My Scene - Song Review. Allmusic.com.

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