Mad Max Fury Road’s “Doof Wagon” has introduced the world to Australia’s slang term for techno music, but a man making a documentary on Australia’s doof culture says the fantasy vehicle misrepresents the word.
The film features the speaker-laden Doof Wagon carrying men beating war drums and a heavy metal guitarist suspended mid-air.
A new documentary claims the word “doof” was coined in 1993 when a woman complained about the noise of techno music coming from the house next door.
The politically motivated techno punk scene adopted the word, describing their illegal all-night parties as “doofs”.
Some in that scene also adopted a Mad Max-inspired aesthetic, though their vision of the future was less dystopian than that depicted in the films.
Helga said ‘what is this doof, doof, doof? This is not music’.