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The Mojo Gurus: Who Asked Ya?

Mid-60s R&B boogie.

It’s hard to believe that vocalist Kevin Steele, who is the mastermind behind this band, once fronted 80s trash rockers Roxx Gang. Well, actually it isn’t that hard.

Roxx Gang were always prepared to incorporate different influences, so the fact that the Gurus sound like The Yardbirds, with hints of the Flying Burrito Brothers and Canned Heat is no shock. And it’s all done with a sense of fun and style.

The band hit a straightforward groove on Where You Hidin’ Your Love, and keep up the expressive momentum throughout. It’s all a good, clean retro kicking that’s best compared to very early Georgia Satellites. But there is the occasional twist, as on the South American dance salvo of Bandito and the pure country nose tweak of Wha’ D’ Ya Want From Me.

There’s nothing innovative here, but who cares. It’s all about the jive, and the music will get your feet moving.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.