Rockabilly , Psychobilly and everything in between.

D.D. Kid Combo

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DD Kid Combo
DD Kid Combo

D.D. Kid Combo

Martin’s Garage ‎– STR-MGV-005 [2017]
Bad Luck Baby / Goodbye Baby

Coming from Martin’s Garage the label that gave us the excellent Star Time Playboys, here comes the D.D. kid Combo.
How do you like your blues? If you like it wild, mean, dirty and raw, if you like Hound Dog Taylor or modern artists like Pat Capocci, jump on this brilliant single (by the way, two songs are way too short).
With a full frontal attack of DD Kid’s guitar aptly supported by a excellent slide, an acoustic guitar and drums, these guys take no prisonners.
There’s quite a few excellent rockin’ blues combo on the scene right now, and judging by this single, DD Kid Combo are at the very top; I’m eagerly waiting for more stuff from this band.

Fred “Virgil” Turgis

Brioles

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Brioles - Love, Rhythm & Hate
Brioles – Love, Rhythm & Hate

Brioles – Love, Rhythm & Hate

El Toro Records [2009]
Show Me – Voodoo Bop – Pegado a Ti – Too Drunk For Your Love – Demasiado – She’s Bad – Try My Love – I’m Gonna Ride – Love That Gal – Nana Para Una Pesadilla – Madhouse – It’s Only Make Believe – La Casa – How To Cry – Bop Pills

Formed in 1986, the Brioles can now be seen as veterans of the Spanish rockin’ scene.Their latest output show that they haven’t lost their power. Often described as psychobilly – which they were at their debut – they’ve evolved into a 21st century version of 50’s rock’n’roll with powerful guitar and slap bass and mean vocal. All the songs but two (Conway Twitty’s It’s Only Make Believe and Macy Skipper’s Bop Pills) are originals written by singer/guitarist Jorge Nunes and some are sung in Spanish. It’s very well done and most of all original.

Fred “Virgil” Turgis

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Fishnet Stockings

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Fishnet Stockings - Give it to Me!
Fishnet Stockings – Give it to Me!

Fishnet Stockings – Give It To Me!

Hot Legs Production [1991]
Give It To Me – Oh Boy! – Ring Of Fire – I Sure Miss You – Pretty Baby – Red Hot – 20 Flight Rock – Your Baby Blue Eyes – Please Don’t Leave Me – Shake Your Moneymaker – Well I Knocked and I Knocked (Bim Bam) – Tell Me… – Cruisin’ – Gone Gone Gone – I Saw Her Standing There
This Swiss trio (Pat Züst: double bass and vocals, Martin “Sägi” Sägesser: guitar and Chris Lanz: drums) plays a brand of neo-rockabilly hugely influenced by the Stray Cats which is not such a surprise when you have a band called Fishnet Stockings and an album titled Give It to Me.
To go further into the Setzer relation, the album is recorded and engineered by Doc Stevens who also worked with the Roustabouts a band that once counted Gary Setzer in its ranks.
Otherwise the comparison ends here.Fishnet Stockings is maybe a pleasant band that you’d probably enjoy in a bar after a drink or two (or rather five) but it’s completely dispensable on record. Their singer is just average, there’s nothing spectacular to find in the musicianship and nothing original whether in their repertoire (umpteenth version of Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Johnny Burnette, Buddy Holly and the usual Beatles cover… classics) or in their arrangements. They even borrow the Stray Cats live intro of Something Wrong with My Radio to put it at the beginning of Red Hot as well as almost note for note Setzer solos.
The hidden tracks, a drunken version of She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Moutain, doesn’t save anything, far from that.

ANother band that released their album too soon and didn’t wait to get enough self penned songs and a bit of maturity before entering the recording studio.

Fred “Virgil” Turgis


Fishnet Stockings - Fishnet Stockings! EpFishnet Stockings – Fishnet Stockings! Ep

Fish Records – FISH E9001  [1990]
Oh Boy! – Cruisin’  – Pretty Baby – Your Baby Blue Eyes

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Honey Hush

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honey hushHoney Hush – Rockhouse mini lp Collection

Rockhouse Records – MLP 8418
Nowhere Train – Rock-Itis – Getaway Girl – You’re the One that Done It – She’s so Fine – Pink and Black

Honey Hush came from the Netherland and formed in the early 80’s. After one single included here they released this mini lp.
This is neo-rockabilly at its best.
The singer is excellent, the band is very good (powerful slap bass and light guitar that takes you straight into the 80’s) and they have solid originals (as well as too perfectly choosen covers – Thomas Wayne’s You’re The One That Done It and a live version of Sonny Fisher’s Pink and Black-thrown in for good measure.)
Furthermore, if the tone is mostly neo-rockabilly oriented, they’re not afraid to bring a bit of psychobilly with Nowhere Train or play strictly rockabilly on She’s so Fine. They even add a bit of jazz (with brushed snare) on Rock-Itis. As a result it gives a very varied mini album.
Moreover the six-song format let no place for average tunes.
After these recordings, Honey Hush changed its name and became Archie.

Honey Hush
Honey Hush

Paul Roman and the Prowlers

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In the second half of 1988 after Rob Peltier and Dave Hoy (respectively bass player and drummer of the Quakes) returned to Buffalo, USA. Paul Roman stayed in London and formed Paul Roman and the Prowlers with Nick Peck (of the Rattlers) on double bass and Gavin Smith on drums.
The played a few gigs in London and in a Psychobilly festival in Belgium but soon after Roman was deported back to the USA where he reformed the Quakes.
To my knowledge they made no recordings or released anything.

Paul Roman and The Prowlers,November 1988. Nick Peck-bass,Gavin Smith-drums.
Paul Roman and The Prowlers, November 1988.
Nick Peck-bass,Gavin Smith-drums.
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