Hoodoo Gurus celebrate 40 years of Stoneage Romeos

It’s been 40 years since Hoodoo Gurus released their debut album, Stoneage Romeos, and to celebrate, the band are releasing a limited, vinyl collector’s set.

Originally released in March 1984, Stoneage Romeos featured the hits Leilani, Tojo, My Girl and I Want You Back, and reached #29 on the Australian Album Chart. The album went on to win Best Debut Album at the 1984 Countdown Awards and has consistently appeared on almost every Top 50 Australian album list.

The 40th Anniversary edition will include the original album reissued as a picture disc as well as some  collectible additions including a bonus LP 1984: Live at the Chevron featuring the band’s 1984 performance at the Chevron Hotel in Sydney which marked a pivotal moment in their early career. Originally recorded and broadcast by the ABC, this iconic concert is being released for the first time. Collectors, take note: this concert recording will not be made available on any streaming platforms so this will be your only chance to own this rare artefact.

A Hayride to Hell 7” single featuring artwork by Reg Mombassa. A track originally slated for inclusion on Stoneage Romeos, but held back because of its country feel, the accompanying Part 2 was recorded during a London radio session for John Peel’s show in 1987. This single will also only be available exclusively as a part of this limited edition reissue.

Hoodoo Gurus frontman Dave Faulkner said, “When we were in the studio making ‘Stoneage Romeos’ we felt like kids in a candy shop, throwing all manner of instruments and “ear-ticklers” into the mix as we attempted to squeeze all our musical influences on to one album. It got a bit unhinged at times but producer/engineer Alan Thorne kept a cool head and a steady hand. Together, we captured something special and it still sounds great to me.”

The 40th Anniversary vinyl Stoneage Romeos set is released on Big Time Recordings thought Universal Music Australia on Friday, 17 May 2024 and is available for pre-order from here.