WIld Ones (the)

Wild OnesWild Ones (the) – Feelin’ Good

Migraine Bop 32 [2018]
Feelin’ Good – I’m Coming Home

One of Europe’s best rockin’ band returns thirty years after its latest release. I really liked the Wild Ones back in the days and to be honest I didn’t know what to expect with this new release. Would it be as good as their old recording, Wouldn’t it tarnish the legacy of the band? What if Dee had lost his voice? My fear quicky vanished as soon as I played the record. The Wild Ones still have it and with the help of Tony LaMonica their newly recruited guitar player they rock like hell.
These two sides are full of rockin’ blues with mean guitar and equally mean blues harp (and yes, Wild One Dee still has his voice). Now, let’s just hope this is a warming up before a full LP.
Limited edition.


Wild Ones - Sounds like Gene Vincent
Wild Ones – Sounds like Gene Vincent

Wild Ones (the) – Sounds like Gene Vincent

Rockouse – MLP 8804   [1988]
Wildcat Boogie – Two Eyes – Ain’t She Sweet – It Won’t Work – My Baby She’s Gone – In My Dreams – Cruisin’

With such a title and musicians dressed like the Blue Caps circa 1956 you won’t be surprised to find more than a strong Gene Vincent influence on this mini-lp.
In My Dreams, Cruisin and Ain’t She Sweet are lifted from the Sreaming Kid repertoire and a fourth cover, Two Eyes, is a Tommy Steele song. They are played with the right energy and intensity in the vocals and the guitarist is good enough to play some Cliff Gallup inspired parts and despite being very close to the originals, they are not just note for note versions.
The remaining three songs are penned by the band’s singer Didier Borra.
Both It Won’t Work and Wildcat Boogie previously appeared on a single and sound as good as anything the early Blue Cat Trio released. Though there’s no indications of recording date or place, one can assume that all the songs come from the same sessions, or at least the same period, that is to say 1983.
The remaining song, My Baby She’s Gone, is by far the best of the album, opening with a strong slapping bass for two and a half minutes of Rockabilly. It would later be reworked under a new title and with a new sound for the band’s debut album « Crossroads ».


The Wild Ones – Crossroads

Accord – 130082 [1987]
The Best Way To Jive – I’m Back  Got My Mojo Working  Cat Squirrel  The Southern Cats Are.. Go!  Lust For Life  I’ll Go Down To Hell With You  Cold Grey Town  Evil Creature On The Go  Cat Woman

wild onesIn the first half of the eighties, The Wild Ones released singles heavily influenced by Gene Vincent before evolving and expanding their sound, developing a personal style. The Best Way To Jive, which opens the album, represents this open-mindedness, mixing blues harmonica, organ, jazzy guitar and superb rhythm, including delicate brushed snare. More powerful is their cover of Doctor Ross’ Cat Squirrel.

A female singer joins Didier Borra to sing the country-tinged The Southern Cats Are Go. If she’s sometimes a little bit out of tune, she compensates with energy and enthusiasm, and the song remains catchy and pleasant. The group had previously recorded Cold Grey Town under the title Baby She’s Gone. Here, the tune is transfigured, the Rockabilly style of the original giving way to blues-rock with strong Thorogood accents (although with a powerful double bass.) The same can be said of I’m Back, which drowns the listener under a deluge of slide guitar and rushes like a train through the night. Borra gives everything, close to suffocation, supported by a group on fire (this phenomenal double bass again and again).

The Wild Ones do not hesitate to appropriate Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life (which was begging for that) and transform it into punkabilly blues with the best effect. The first chords of Down to Hell suggest a calmer song and a little rest for our unfortunate legs. Then, the group suddenly launches into superb rock ’n ’ roll, which allows us to appreciate the excellent production work and the subtle balance, even on a fast track, between the instruments and the care taken to separate each one by giving it a specific texture. Covering Got My Mojo Working is just a formality when you have such talent.

Evil Creature cheerfully mixes blues, Johnny Kidd-style rock (Casting My Spell) and even a hint of early Psychobilly. The album closes with the melodic Catwoman.

A great album from start to finish.


Wild Ones (the) – Wildcat Boogie

Blackjack – NR 4035 [1983]
Wildcat Boogie – It Wont Work

With this second single, the Wild Ones are more confident, and the musicianship is better. The influence of Gene Vincent and bands like the Blue Cats can be heard all over those two original songs from the Cliff Gallup inspired guitar solo to the production.
Note: the bass player on this single and the following mini-album “Sounds Like Gene Vincent” is Dirk Schoufs who later formed Vaya Con Dios with whom he found success. Sadly he died in 1991.


Wild Ones (the) – I’m A Wild One Baby!!!

Little Big One ‎– L.B.O. 116 [1981]
I’m A Wild One baby!!! – Crying All Alone
Released in 1981, this is the debut single from this famous Belgium band. As one can guess, it’s a bit young and needs some cohesion in places, but the result is quite pleasant.
“I’m a Wild One Baby!!!” lives to its title with call and response from the band, screams, and whistles, the whole thing played at a frantic pace.
The flip side is a mid-tempo with some Cavan vibe and an exciting guitar solo.

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The Wild Ones [Sounds Like Gene Vincent line-up]
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