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Skizo – Skitzo Mania

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Nervous NERD 028 [1987]
Skitzo Mania – Doctor Death – Shipwreck Island – Witching Hour – Lonesome Train – Possessed – I´m Going Skitzo – Caledonia – Poltergeist – Your Cheatin´ Heart – Under Pressure – House of The Rising Sun

Sometimes trash, noisy at places, often raw and always fast. They play every song as if the devil were after them, or the nurses were chasing them to bring them back to the asylum. Skitzo counts among the bands that, in the psychobilly idiom, favor the “psycho” element over the “billy.”
That said, their brand of Psychobilly is quite effective. The guitar sound remains true to the origins of the genre, and the sparse drumkit keeps things simple. Thinking about it, and I know that the Rockabilly purists will hate me for saying so, Skitzo could be described as a modern and psychotic version of the Johnny Burnette Rock’n’Roll trio.
Most of the songs are originals, some being very good like Witching Hour or Under Pressure. They added four covers of classic Rockabilly and Honky-Tonk tunes that don’t add anything to the album, some being almost unrecognizable like Caldonia. Even worse, they weaken the final result and sound a bit amateurish.
Anyway, if you concentrate on the original material, you have a solid slice of schizoid Psychobilly.
Nervous records later released it on cd with seven additional bonus tracks.
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Rabbit Action - L. to R. Mick Wigfall, Paul Moxam, Phil Connor, John O'Malley
Rabbit Action – L. to R. Mick Wigfall, Paul Moxam, Phil Connor, John O’Malley

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This rockabilly band formed in late 1989 and played their first gig in August 1990.  It was formed by Phil Connor (Skitzo) on vocals, John O’Malley from the Nitros  on guitar, Mick Wigfall on double bass and Paul Moxam on drums.
They recorded a 4 track demo in December of that year that remains unissued. In February 1991 the band changed its name for Flipside and Phil left to reform Skitzo. They carried on for a couple of months but stopped playing in June 1991. O’Malley went back to the Nitros and Wigfall and Moxam joined the Cobras.

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