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HOODOO GURUS, JACK MACK TO APPEAR ON ZEPHYR STAGE

Two diverse bands highlight the schedule in the coming days at the Zephyr Club, 301 S. West Temple, as the Hoodoo Gurus and Jack Mack and the Heart Attack hit the stage.

- THE HOODOO GURUS, Australia's 100-percent grunge-free band, is on tour to promote "Crank" (Zoo Entertainment), the band's sixth release.

The unpretentious new album catches the energy of the Gurus in concert more than any previous Guru recording. There's humor in "Hypocrite Blues" and great harmony by vocalists Dave Faulkner and Brad Shepherd in "Gospel Train" and the slowed-down "Judgement Day."For the most part, the Gurus sing super-fast, super-energized rock, comparable in some ways to early INXS or the Smiths. "I See You" and "The Right Time" are strong, waste-no-space rock songs. The album also spans the gentler "Fading Slow" and "You Open My Eyes," on which former Bangle Vicki Peterson makes a guest appearance. Red Kross singer Steve McDonald also guests on "Crank."

The Hoodoo Gurus are ready, they declare, "to reclaim their rightful place at the top of the alternative pop heap."

"Crank" was released this month, and Salt Lake City is the first dot on the map of their West Coast tour. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. They perform at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Zephyr.

- JACK MACK AND THE HEART ATTACK call themselves "rock 'n soul." That's because they chop and mix jazz-funk, pop rock and R&B. Saxophones, guitars, a trumpet and keyboards support the eight-man band's three vocalists, who do choreographed dance-strutting onstage and want their audiences to "groove 'til you sweat."

Now they're on their own, on tour and in town. Jack Mack and the Heart Attack will perform at the Zephyr Club on Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24.

Mack and the Heart Attack earned renown by re-creating old R&B American classics. Then they started to write and record their own tunes. Now their second release, "Jack It Up," is out.

"In this age of computers, synthesizers and drum machines . . . this is an album full of real music, played with real feelings, by real musicians," says producer Glenn Frey, the former Eagle.

They've been compared to the Temptations, Huey Lewis & the News, and Blood, Sweat and Tears. The band has played at 30,000-person concerts in Europe, performed on film and television soundtrack for "Miami Vice," "Back to the Future," "18 Again," "Police Academy" and "Spring Break," and appeared on television's "The Late Show with Joan Rivers," MTV's "New Years' Eve Party," "Laverne & Shirley," "The Beach Boys' `Endless Summer' " and more.

They've also done commercials, Ice Capades commissions - and countless parties. And by parties they don't mean small gatherings - their clients include Disneyland, NBC, IBM, Texaco, Johnny Carson, Hanna-Barbera and the Dallas Cowboys. They've worked with an amazing number of popular singers, including the Temptations, B.B. King, Bette Midler, Linda Ronstadt, Amy Grant, Cameo, the Drifters and Michael Bolton.

The band's repertoire includes "It Don't Bother Me," a song written for them by Robbie Neville as a parody on the music business, marketing and image making. "Livin' It Up" and "It's a Beautiful Thing" are jumping dance songs in the James Brown style.