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Dave Faulkner (born David Jonathan Faulkner 2 October 1957 in Perth, Western Australiamarker) is an Australian rock musician who also performed as Dave Flick. Faulkner is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist; he has performed with several bands, but is best known as a member of Hoodoo Gurus. He wrote the band's best known single, 1987 hit "What's My Scene?", which reached #3 on the National charts.

As the mainstay member of Hoodoo Gurus, Faulkner gave the acceptance speech when they were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame on 18 July 2007 at the Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne. Faulkner was one of the new entries in the 2007 edition of Who's Who in Australia.

Early career

Dave Faulkner's father, Martin Faulkner was a World War II veteran who served in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and survived the sinking of HMAS Canberra I during the Battle of Savo Islandmarker. Dave Faulkner was educated at Perth's Trinity Collegemarker.

Faulkner, aka Dave Flick, along with James Baker and Dave Cardwell (aka Rudolph V) were founding members of punk band The Victims, in 1977. Baker and Faulkner co-wrote the band's first single, "Television Addict", which is regarded as one of Australia's great punk rock songs, and has featured on several punk compilations.

After The Victims split in 1979, Faulkner played keyboards with another Perth band, The Manikins, who also performed some of his songs.

Hoodoo Gurus

In 1981, Baker and Faulkner founded Le Hoodoo Gurus in Sydney with Roddy Radalj and Kimble Rendall: their first single was "Leilani" (1982). As Hoodoo Gurus, the band enjoyed success in many countries without having a major international hit; they released eight original albums and several compilation, officially split in 1998, but reformed in 2003.

Faulkner also wrote original music for films Broken Highway (1993) and The Sum of Us (1994). His song for Hoodoo Gurus "Come Anytime" (June, 1989) is the theme song to the Australian television show Thank God You're Here (2006). The Gurus reworked their hit, "What's My Scene?" as "That's My Team" also by Faulkner, the 2003 – 2007 promotional theme for the National Rugby League (NRL). Faulkner is a well-known, long-time supporter of NRL team the Cronulla Sharks and appeared in one of their jerseys for the "That's My Team" promotional song video (a lyrics rewrite of "What's My Scene?"). Faulkner had also written "1000 Miles Away" (1991) which was adopted as the 'anthem' for RAN frigate HMAS Canberra II, Hoodoo Gurus played a concert including "1000 Miles Away" on-board (in front of both Canberra I and II veterans including Faulkner's father, George) during their last voyage out of Fremantle to Fleet Base West, prior to its decommissioning in 2005.

In 1998 following Hoodoo Gurus split, Faulkner formed a new band, Antenna, collaborating with long time friend Kim Salmon (The Cheap Nasties, The Manikins, The Scientists, Beasts of Bourbon), also in Antenna were Justin Frew and Stuart McCarthy (both of Southend). Antenna recorded an album (between April and August 1998), and then made its live debut at the Telstra Concert of the Century/Mushroom 25th anniversary in November, 1998. The concert coincided with the release of the band's debut single, "Come on Spring", and album, Installation. Guest performers on the album included Matt Thomas (The Mavis's) on "All Rise", and Christina Amphlett (Divinyls) on "Divine". "Come on Spring" reached #64 on the 1998 Triple J Hottest 100 list. Antenna appeared on the 1999 Big Day Out tour but disbanded soon after.

In September 2001, Faulkner together with fellow Hoodoo Gurus Rick Grossman, Mark Kingsmill and Brad Shepherd performed as The Moops (later called Persian Rugs). At Homebake 2001, (8 December) both Hoodoo Gurus and Persian Rugs performed separate sets. Just after Persian Rugs recorded a five-track EP Mr. Tripper (June, 2002) Grossman left the band, with Shepherd then recommending bassist Kendall James as his replacement (ex Thurston Howlers, Crusaders). With the addition of James, Persian Rugs recorded their debut album Turkish Delight, which was released in August, 2003.

Persian Rugs provided the track "Be My Guru" for the Hoodoo Gurus' tribute album Stoneage Cameos (2005) (see Stoneage Romeos) but by that time Hoodoo Gurus, with Grossman on bass, had already reformed and released Mach Schau (2004).

As the mainstay member of Hoodoo Gurus, Faulkner gave the acceptance speech when they were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame on 18 July 2007 at the Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne. Faulkner was one of the new entries in the 2007 edition of Who's Who in Australia.

On the 6 May 2009 Dave Faulkner was inducted into the Western Australian Music Industry (WAM) Hall of Fame.

Discography



  • Midget and the Farrellys
no recorded output known


  • The Manikins
    • "Love at Second Sight"/"Nuisance"/"All I Care About" (7", 1980)






  • Antenna (1998-1999)
    • Installation - Mushroom (1998)
    • "Come On Spring" / "Paris To Dacca" - Mushroom (1998)


  • Persian Rugs (formerly known as The Moops) (2001-2003)
    • Mr Tripper - SOS/Shock (EP, 2001)
    • Turkish Delight - EMI (2003)


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