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Tojo (song)

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A-side  "Tojo"
Released  June 1983
Recorded  Trafalgar Studios
B-side  "(Lets All) Turn On"
Format  7" vinyl
Genre  Rock

"Tojo" a.k.a. "Tojo Never Made it to Darwin" was the second single by iconic 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. It was also featured on their first album Stoneage Romeos (1984), which was produced by Alan Thorne. 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.

"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, Cyclone Tracy actually devastated Darwin on Christmas Eve / Christmas Day 1974.

"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.

Track listing

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


Credited to:

  • 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
  • References

    Tojo (song) Wikipedia