Hoodoo Gurus, Sunnyboys and Violent Femmes are teaming up for the very first time this summer in a three-way, no-holds barred attack on the aural senses. The national tour includes a stop at Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley on Saturday March 5.
“What a line up. Whoever thought of this is a genius. To quote Nick Lowe “pure pop for now people”. Sweaty nights with the Hoodoo Gurus at the Trade Union Club. Perfect pop sing-a-longs with Violent Femmes. Oh yeah and Sunnyboys – ALL RIGHT! Very excited to be touring with such a great line-up of really great bands. I’ll be dancing in the wings. Surely the highlight of summer 2016.” said Peter Oxley from the Sunnyboys.
This all-star bill also features an equally as impressive undercard with fellow indie-giants Died Pretty dusting off the dancing shoes for the first time in more than seven years, while the bastard offspring of the whole motley bunch, Ratcat, round out the bill.
The genesis of all three bands, Hoodoo Gurus, Violent Femmes and Sunnyboys formed around the post-punk era of 1980/81, and all three would go on to play an important role in a worldwide musical change that saw indie-rock smash through the ceiling to achieve massive commercial success. Their respective debut albums Sunnyboys (1981), Violent Femmes (1983) and the Hoodoo Gurus Stoneage Romeos (1984) remain timeless; each one regularly appearing in various All Time Top 100 lists and between them containing a jukebox worth of classics: ‘Happy Man, ‘Blister In The Sun’, ‘Leilani’, ‘Alone With You’, ‘Gone Daddy Gone’, ‘I Want You Back’ and more. Songs that define a time but are not defined by that time.
Died Pretty, also, were born of that post-punk era and although they served a longer apprenticeship they achieved their masters status with 1991’s Doughboy Hollow and tracks like ‘DC’, ‘Godbless’ and ‘Sweetheart’. And Ratcat, providing the ultimate end point to the indie-rock / mainstream merger via their respective number 1 hits, 1990’s ‘Tingles’ EP and 1991’s ‘Blind Love’.
WHAT: A DAY ON THE GREEN
WHEN: March 5, 2016
WHERE: Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley
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