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Nigel Lewis

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Nigel Lewis – What I Feel Now the Nigel Lewis Solo Album

Nigel Lewis What I Feel now

Media Burn MB10 [1986]
True – The Search – It’s Time – There Must Be Something – You’re My Best Friend – Love Song – Orchids And Roses – Heart Of Darkness – What I Feel Now – Ffuzzbox – Bomber

Nigel Lewis (the Meteors, the Escalators, the Tall Boys) recorded this album in 1986. He recorded it alone, using a multi-track recorder.
‘What I Feel Now’ is one weird and experimental album, to say the least. The result is a mix of garage, psychedelia, and even a bit of new wave (some tracks reminding a bit of a garage version of Joy Division.) Lewis seems in a daze (and the listener sure is after the whole album), and his voice is buried under layers of distorted and fuzz guitar with minimal drums provided by a drum machine.

The Radioactive Kid

The Tall Boys

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The Tall Boys - Live at the Klub Foot
The Tall Boys – Live at the Klub Foot

The Tall Boys – Live at the Klub Foot

Trophy Records TR001
Introduction – Dragster – Last House On The Left – Brand New Gun – Funtime – Take A Walk – Final Kick – Ride This Torpedo – Action Woman – Through A Glass – Rock ‘n’ Roll Party

Recently Alan Wilson (of Western Star and the Sharks fame) found a box full of tapes recorded at the Klub Foot, the mecca of Psychobilly and Neo-rockabilly in the mid-80’s. These tapes needed to be restored and cleaned, a very costly process and two of these shows (Batmobile and Sting Rays) were released on Anagram/Cherry Red Records. Sadly the sales weren’t enough for the label and they called it quit. Knowing he had history in his hands, Wilson created a sub-label to his own Western Star to keep on releasing this stuff.The first release of the serie is the Tall Boys. For the younger ones they were formed by Nigel Lewis and Mark Robertson both from the original line-up of the Meteors and also the Escalators.
In less than 30 minutes, loaded with energy, they rip through a set of originals and covers mixing garage, punk, rockabilly with a bit of new wave, all rolled into one. I’ve always been a fan of their studio recordings (try the Big Beat/Ace album if you don’t know it) but they take their full dimension on stage.

Raw Deal (Paul Fenech, Nigel Lewis, Pat Panioty and Terry Earl)

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Raw Deal - Pat Panioty, Paul Fenech, Nigel Lewis and Terry Earl.
Raw Deal – Pat Panioty, Paul Fenech, Nigel Lewis and Terry Earl.

Though Raw Deal lasted less than a year a performed something like 15 or 20 gigs together they remain a very important band in the burgeoning rockabilly scene of the late 70’s.
Raw Deal (named after the Junior Thompson’s song whose band was named… the Meteors) formed after Rock Therapy disbanded in mid 1979. Rock Therapy was Paul Fenech (guitar, vocals), Nigel Lewis (bass, guitar), Steve Burrough (guitar), Pete Taylor (guitar) and Rob Glazebrook (drums). Burrough and Taylor were the first to leave and soon Glazebrook announced he no longer wanted to play drums but guitar instead.
Through Nick Garrard Lewis and Fenech met Terry Earl who had left Flying Saucers. Earl brought Pat Panioty (who played in the Phantom and previously Rebound) and the Raw Deal was born.
All those who saw them were very impressed but sadly they never had a record out.
By all accounts they were very raw,  savage and wild, with Fenech and Lewis pushing the boundaries of traditionnal rockabilly which eventually led Terry Earl to leave in the first half of 1980 soon followed by Panioty.
Pat Panioty went on to form the Deltas, Earl joined the Dynamite band then the Rapiers and the Avengers and Fenech and Lewis recruited Mark Robertson and the Meteors were born. The rest, as they say, is history.

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