- Tojo (song)
Name = Tojo
Cover size =
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 = Dave Faulkner
Producer = Alan Thorne
Last single = "Leilani"
This single = "Tojo"
Next single = "My Girl"
"Tojo" aka "Tojo Never Made it to Darwin" was the second single by iconiccite web |url=http://www.ariaawards.com.au/about-hall-of-fame.php |title=ARIA Awards 2007: About Hall of Fame |publisher=
ARIA Awards|accessdate=2007-11-20 ] cite web |title="ARIA presents the 2007 ARIA Hall of Fame" |last=Pope |first=Mark |url=http://www.amcos.com.au/news/industry/news/070507_ARIA-HallofFame.pdf (PDF) |date= 2007-05-07|accessdate=2008-01-22 ] Australian rock group Hoodoo Gurusand was released on Big Time Records and distributed by EMIin June, 1983. It was written by Dave Faulkner.cite web |url=http://www.apra.com.au/cms/worksearch/worksearch.srvlt?action=workSearch&switchDet=Y |title=Australasian Performing Right Association |publisher=APRA |accessdate=2007-12-12 ] It was also featured on their first album " Stoneage Romeos" (1984). Tojo in the title refers to the World War II Japanese General and Prime Minister Hideki Tojo.
"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 Tracywhich had almost destroyed Darwin on Christmas Eve, 1975 ("sic"). During World War II the Japanese army invaded New Guineabut failed to reach Australia thanks to the heroic resistance however Darwin was bombed heavily and often.' - Dave Faulkner. [cite web |year=2000 |month=June |last=Faulkner |first=Dave |url=http://www-personal.umich.edu/~juliat/hg/popandpunishment.html |publisher=juliat |title="Pop and punishment" |accessdate=2007-12-12 ]
"Santa Never Made it Into Darwin" (1975) had been recorded by
New Zealanders Bill (Cate) & Boyd (Robinson) and reached #1 in Australia during 1975, [cite web |url=http://www.sergent.com.au/billboyd.html |title=Bill & Boyd article |publisher=Bruce Sergent |accessdate=2007-12-15 ] Cyclone Tracyactually devastated Darwin on Christmas Eve / Christmas Day 1974. [cite book | last = Mckay | first = Gary | year = 2004 | title = Tracy: The storm that wiped out Darwin on Christmas Day 1974 | publisher = Allen & Unwin | location = Crows Nest, Sydney | id = ISBN 1-86508-558-8]
"Tojo" was performed by
You Am Ion the 2005 tribute album "Stoneage Cameos" (see " Stoneage Romeos"); while (Let's All) Turn On was performed by The Wrights.
# "Tojo" (Faulkner) — 3:11
# "(Let's All) Turn On" (Faulkner) — 3:00
Credited to: [cite web |url=http://www.discogs.com/release/600920 |title=Discogs entry on "Tojo" |accessdate=2007-12-15 ]
* 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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