Random Rockabilly Factoids!

Lets have some fun! No reviews, interviews, or articles (that won’t give me hate mail!). I’m about to lay down random facts about rockabilly artists and rockabilly related goodness that you might not know about. Or absolutely know about cause all of this is available to know publicly. I’m just putting it into one spot!

Tim Polecat from The Polecats helps make movies!

I ran into this recently and was very shocked to see that Tim Polecat been involved in some interesting projects. One thing I haven’t totally gotten over, is that some artists aren’t just in bands. It turns out he is a skilled artist. And set designer. He has worked on music videos for artists, including Prince. And the 1991 Kevin Bacon film Pyrates. To read up on other stuff he has worked on you can check out his imdb HERE.


Cash O’Riley was on TLC’s…..Sex Sent Me To The E.R.

Michigan Rockabilly musician Cash O’Riley had an epic evening with his lady. And we get to hear about it. I’ve never heard of this show until this happened on the TLC show called Sex Sent Me To The E.R. Spoiler Alert…..HE HAD A MINOR STROKE….DURING SEX!! He is alright and still does music so I don’t feel bad about posting about a guy having a stroke. GO HERE TO WATCH A CLIP!


Stray Cats appeared in a weird kids tv movie.

In 1989 I was watching some kids programs and THIS movie popped up (I should make it clear that I was a kid). Its a weird weird WEIRD movie. Mother Goose Rock N Rhyme was a film about Mother G’s son looking for his mother. Rock stars such as ZZ Top pop up. Along with Little Richard as Nate King Cole. And the Stray Cats! This was an early introduction for me though I didn’t become a full fledged fan for another decade. So I watch this. They have Georgie Porgie. He has a bar. And there is the Stray Cats! Here they play…Cats. Full on make up and cat tails glued on to their buttocks. I feel I should emphisize has weird this movie is. You can watch the whole thing HERE and acid may be required.

Rick Grimes loves rockabilly!

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In the most recent season there was an episode called “New World”. Some where in the beginning Rick Grimes and Daryl Dixon get in a truck to head on a mission. Daryl begs Rick not to play any music. But its Rick Grimes, he is a Michone humping rockin cat! He starts playing Ronnie Dawson’s “Action Packed”. In that moment every rockabilly guy and girl eyes popped out of their head!


Let me explain the pic of Gene Simmons!

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Don’t click away! Just bare with me here! Now this isn’t so much a FACT. As its something that has been spread around. But some of us may know that Gene Simmons is not his real name. It is Chaim Witz. Where did he get the stage name? Well rumor has it that he picked the name from former Sun Records artist…..Gene Simmons! I should play this around Kiss fans and confuse them.


Mr “Don’t Mess With My Ducktail” could have driven you home

Some of my favorite stories about the rockabilly revival of the 70s and 80s were the ones involving people finding the old obscure rockin singers. These guys were oblivious that a record they did 30 years earlier was big on the other side of the planet in the UK and Europe. Most of these guys didn’t have any hits at all during the 50s. Either their songs were a complete flop at the time or weren’t even released until the 80s when european fans wanted more stuff to release. Most of the time they picked up regular every jobs. One job that tends to get picked up that some guys went on to become bus drivers. Who in the hell was a bus driver? Turns out in New Orleans, Louisiana Joe Clay was that example. To think, people are rocking out to something you made three decades ago and you’re driving kids to school. Totally clueless until one day when you’re approached by an guy from England. I grew up just above Louisiana and that sounds like the making of a great movie script.


SpongeBob RockinPants!

If you’re like me(unless you’re a little older than me), you grew up on watching SpongeBob SquarePants….even as an adult I’ll watch it! I would have never have guessed that I would end up running into the creator and voice Tom Kenny at a J.D. McPherson show.

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That is me sandwiched between Tom Kenny (said voice of SpongeBob) and Deke Dickerson. I was truely star struck and over weight. I assumed he may have just recently gotten into this type of music.

Nope he shows up occasionally at rockabilly shows. Like this one featuring Wild Recording artist Gizzelle. Its cool he has discovered the rockin world.

I was wrong! 1993! Seems our buddy has been rockin and rollin for some time now in the LA area before striking it big on kids television.

It doesn’t end there! 1989, here is a fully recorded concert with his band Tom Kenny and the Pushballs.

He still likes to perform. Here is the man singing a J.D. McPherson song. Its so nice to have someone I was a fan of for years playing on our team!

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Come back next time where I’ll try to pomp a Hobbit’s foot hair.

 

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Rockin Album Reviews #2

I know how this usually works. A blog does a review of just the latest releases. Well I live by my own rules baby! I’m a rebel! I march to the beat of my own drum. I grab the bull by the horns. I shave the chicken. I moonwalk forwards. I….. run out of generic terms. Here I picked 5 releases that I’ve recently came across that I already feel should be bronzed and placed in a museum. So future generations can listen and instantly become impregnated. Enjoy!


The Tremors : Demon Boogie Fever (Brain Drain 2009)

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I got wind of these guys after a member of the band grabbed my attention (word is getting around that Rockabilly Nerd is a big deal). So I gave their music a shot. Thinking “oh god please don’t suck…I don’t wanna hurt anyones feelings!”. Low and behold, what I heard. Was some kick ass Hillbilly influenced rockabilly! Good chunk of the album are covers but they pull them off to make them their own. Lead vocalist Jimmy Tremor got a voice that would make Lux Interior proud. Great guitars that almost never go distorted. I kept listening and I almost kept thinking that they were about to go psychobilly on us. But its straight up hillbilly rockin music. These guys are definitely from North Carolina. Their sound embraces the BILLY in ROCKABILLY. Being a southerner by birth myself I just ate this up. I heavily recommend these guys if you’re a fan of old school psychobilly, Hillbilly Hellcats, Hayseed Dixie, or anything with a country twang that doesn’t take themselves too seriously (like Hank 3). You can purchase their music HERE!



The Tremors: Hillbilly Feud (Brain Drain 2014)

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Yep I got two albums by a band on here! Basically if you loved the last album then you’ll love this! What I didn’t go into on the last album was the bass slapping! Probably one of the reasons I almost…ALMOST thought of them as a psycho band is purely cause of the quick and fast bass slapping! Slim Perkins slaps the hell out of it. I might just call the cops for that much abuse. Someone here on the west coast needs to book these guys for a rockabilly festival (I’m looking at you So Cal Hoedown and Horton Hayride….VIVA?!).


The Desperados: Wont Be Broken (WILD RECORDS 2015)

Grabbed this at VIVA 19. Been wanting it for the last year. Popped this in my cd player and after maybe the 3rd listen. This quickly became one of my favorite WILD releases! Hell I thought they couldn’t top “On The Rampage” but this sure as hell bitch slapped their debut. Ridiculously intense energy. Wild and Loud! I realize now that I should not have been shocked that there were mosh pits going on when they hit the stage in Santa Ana a couple of years ago (I had to get the hell out of there!). Everything is tight. Popeye once again kicks ass on bass. David Covarrubias drumming made me scream. Slim is a legit front man, like if 50s Johnny Cash had a kid with Jim Morrison and gave birth on a Ouija board. I feel the real MVP here is Mr David Espinoza (the reason I’m freaked out that I listen to people younger than me). Track after track of epic guitars. Each different from the last. These guys deserve to be huge! If you haven’t seen these guys live hurry up and go see them immediately. You can get this WILD release HERE!


Various Artists: Essential Rockabilly The Sun Story (One Day Records 2011)

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If you are a fan of Sun Records, like every human being should be. You most likely own a Sun Compilation of some sort. Well this is the mother of them all (excluding box sets)! Released in a set of albums involving various record labels from the 50s called Essential Rockabilly from One Day Records. They came out with one for Sun. Where it all began. This comp is unique. In that it’s not just 4 or 5 artists ( I bought a 3 disc box set years ago and has more artists and better variety in just 2!!). If you just got the other compilations that have been released through out the years you probably never heard anything by Sonny Burgess, Gene Simmons, or Edwin Bruce. Hell they found room for female artists Barbra Pittman, and the Miller Sisters. When the title says “Essential Rockabilly” its telling the truth. As of now I declare this ESSENTIAL to your music collections. You can get yourself a copy HERE!


Restless: Originals (Bluelight 2015)

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This April I got to see Restless for the first time ever at VIVA (technically the second but I was dragged out of the music festival by my friend…jerk). I was so thrilled and it was an amazing set. It was an amazing set. But I had a complaint. They didn’t play any new songs! And I absolutely love their newer material. But besides that I feel I that I could die happy, knowing that I got to see them. Now to this album. These Neo Rockabilly giants continue their streak of good albums. Starting with “Seconds Out”. Its super impressive to see a band that has been around this long record and tour so much non stop and still release great albums. Mark Harman’s guitars as good as ever. Still knows how turn a phrase. He can make the word “Hullabaloo” sound cool! Bass and drums equally electrifying! Restless still has the magic they had when “Why Don’t You Just Rock” was released 30 some odd years ago. Any fan of their early material or any 80s rockabilly needs to pick this up immediately. Best Tracks” Rat A Tat Tat, Runaway Train, Don’t Say it Unless You Mean It. You can purchase this album HERE!

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