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THEIR pop­u­lar­ity peaked in the mid to late 1980s, but the Hoodoo Gu­rus are cer­tainly not liv­ing in the past.

Best known for their clas­sic hits What’s My Scene, Bit­ter­sweet, Miss Freelove ’69 and Like Wow - Wipeout, gui­tarist Brad Shep­herd – who has been in the band for 30 years – says the Gu­rus have never felt a part of a scene or cul­ture.

‘‘We ex­ist in our own uni­verse. That has com­fort­ably re­mained con­stant,’’ he says.

‘‘It feels good. We op­er­ate in an al­ter­na­tive uni­verse.’’

While many of their con­tem­po­raries have ‘‘fallen by the way­side’’, Shep­herd says the Gu­rus’ mo­men­tum has re­mained strong.

‘‘We were never in fash­ion so we never could be out of fash­ion,’’ he says.

‘‘I don’t need to nur­ture an en­thu­si­asm for mu­sic. It’s some­thing inside of me. It’s clean en­ergy. It’s self­sus­tain­able. It keeps on go­ing.’’

Aussie rock leg­ends the Gu­rus head­line three days of free mu­sic on the beach this week­end for Launch It, part of the month­long Surfers Par­adise Festival.

‘‘I am al­ways ex­cited to play in Queens­land,’’ Shep­herd says.

‘‘I like the idea of an out­doors event. It’s al­ways re­ally good fun to be on stage as the Hoodoo Gu­rus. I get a kick out of playing full-tilt rock ’n’ roll.

‘‘Ul­ti­mately I do it for my­self. It’s not to­tally driven by be­ing a per­former or en­ter­tainer. We do it for our own amuse­ment.

‘‘I am just thrilled other peo­ple en­joy it.’’

With a ‘‘head full of mem­o­ries’’, former Queens­lan­der Shep­herd says he re­mem­bers playing on the Gold Coast when the Gu­rus first emerged on the scene.

‘‘I re­mem­ber it be­ing a mag­i­cal pe­riod,’’ he says.

‘‘We used to play there all the time at places like The Patch and Bom­bay Rock. I have fond mem­o­ries of the Coast.’’

Shep­herd says he feels for­tu­nate to have ex­pe­ri­enced the Coast in the ’60s and ’70s.

‘‘It felt ex­otic and Amer­i­can. Ev­ery­thing was tech­ni­colour – so vi­brant,’’ he says.

‘‘The Goldie is a dif­fer­ent kind of cheesy now. It’s not Coon any more – it’s like a King Is­land dou­ble cheese.’’

The Hoodoo Gu­rus, Wolf & Cub, Nine Sons of Dan and The Ver­nons play Launch It, on Surfers Par­adise beach on Satur­day from 2.30-8.10pm. En­try is free.

month-long Surfers Par­adise Festival fea­tures four week­ends of food, film, mu­sic, arts and cul­ture un­til July 15. The free festival launches with mu­sic on the beach this week­end with Sneaky Sound Sys­tem to­mor­row, Hoodoo Gu­rus on Satur­day and Ash Grunwald on Sun­day. The festival pro­gram in­cludes a laneway-style street party with con­tem­po­rary art, fash­ion and mu­sic on July 7 and an evening ded­i­cated to short films, com­plete with bean bags, at Neal Shan­non Park. The In Venue event, from to­mor­row un­til July 7, in­cludes beer tast­ings, spe­cial food menus, fash­ion pa­rades, live mu­sic and cook­ing classes across a se­lec­tion of busi­nesses. Ma­gi­cians, mu­si­cians, jug­glers and acro­bats will also per­form as part of the Aus­tralian Street En­ter­tain­ment Cham­pi­onships dur­ing the festival. The month of ac­tiv­i­ties cul­mi­nates in a fire­works dis­play over the Nerang River dur­ing A La Carte in the Park, a food, wine and jazz night on July 14.

Hoodoo Gu­rus.

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