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Lux & Ivy Dig Insane Rockabilly: Various Artists (Righteous/Cherry Red) Out Now




5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)




There’s this teenage kid I know called Aidan who has been going to live gigs with my mate, his music crazy mother (who is also a singer) since he was a nipper, and he dabbled at drums and other instruments when he was younger.

But he’d much rather watch and listen than be up on stage these days, and of all the genres he has been immersed in at home and attending these gigs across the years, these days he has settled one style of music alone to call his own. Rockabilly. There’s a bit of a clue when you spot his quiffed-up hair.

So when this album popped up for me to review, I knew young Aidan would love it, and so this is one I gifted to him and the feedback from his mum is: “He bloody loves it”. So that’s a real review for you, eh?

Billed as “a deep delve into the insane world of rockabilly; gathering together over 50 gloriously madcap 45s as collected and celebrated by The Cramps’ Lux and Ivy.”

“More than 50 45’s about mad men, playboys, cars, bugs and crawls”.

Two discs offering up 26 cuts on each one, featuring a string of “no hit wonders” a gaggle of tunes about cars, drag racing, drive-by romancing, the cops, the latest dance trends and the wildest of parties

Including tunes by Carl Perkins and Ronnie Self,plus some super rare and hard to find anthems by the likes of Onie Wheeler, Derrell Felts And The Confederates, Willie Ward And The Warblers, Larry And Dixie Davis and Art Adams And The Rhythm Knights

Choc-full of “bad” attitude, juvenile delinquent requiems and a host of crossover variations including nods to doo wop, honky tonk, hoedown and western swing amid the echoey- reverb of detuned guitars and lip curling vocals

Remastered from the original sound sources, and with sleeve notes by music journalist Dave Henderson.

I think it worth showing the full track listing here, for the benefit of the true crate diggers among our readers who may well come across a lost gem or two they have not found yet and would love to own in some form. Enjoy!


By Christopher Weston




Track Listing:

1. BLAST OFF – Alden Holloway
2. HOT ROD LINCOLN – Charlie Ryan and the Livingstone Bros
3. FLIP OUT – Billy Brown
4. PINK PEDAL PUSHERS – Carl Perkins
5. CHICKEN ROCK – Fat Daddy Holmes
6. HIGH VOLTAGE – Bobby Lord
7. LOVE BUG CRAWL – Jimmy Edwards
8. PLAYMATES – Derrell Felts and the Confederates
9. I DON’T DIG IT – Mike McAllister
10. BLACK CADILLAC – Joyce Green
11. LITTLE FORTY FORD – Leon Smith
12. LET’S GET WILD – Rudy ‘Tutti’ Grayzell
13. BOOGER GONNA GETCHA – Onie Wheeler
14. WAMPUS CAT – Howard Chandler
15. I CAN’T FIND THE DOORKNOB – Jimmy & Johnny
17. BIG DEAL – The Skee Brothers
18. WHISTLE BAIT – Lorrie and Larry Collins
19. CAN’T PLAY HOOKEY – Tommy Wood
20. PLAY BOY – Wayland Chandler
21. I’M A MADMAN – Willie Ward & The Warblers
22. HERE KITTY KITTY – Jimmy Murphy
23. WOODPECKER ROCK – Nat Couty and the Braves
24. LONELY – Bobby McDowell
25. FLIP FLOP MAMA – Eddie Bond
26. HOT ROD RACE – Arkie Shibley and his Mountain Dew Boys

1. DID WE HAVE A PARTY – Billy Brown
2. YOU GOTTA PAY – Benny Barnes
3. DANCING DOLL – Art Adams And The Rhythm Knights
4. PINK AND BLACK – Sonny Fisher
5. PETRIFIED – Ronnie Self
6. SWEET ROCKIN’ MAMA – The Hi-Tombs
7. DON’T BUG ME BABY – Milton Allen
8. DANCE ME TO DEATH – The Hi-Liters
10. CURFEW COPS – Sonny Cole
11. WHEELS – Sonny Sheets With Floyd Terry, The Pirates And The Frantics –
12. PINK CADILLAC – Sammy Masters
13. DRAGGIN’ – Curtis Gordon
14. THE SHAKE – George Fleming
15. ONE WAY TICKET – Bobby Crown
16. BUMP! – Jay Cee Hill
17. BIP BOP BOOM – Mickey Hawks and Moon Mullins and his Night Raiders
18. DATE ON THE CORNER – Don Feger
19. GONNA LIVE IT UP – Larry And Dixie Davis
20. CONVERTIBLE CAR – Wally Hughes
21. THAT’S THE WAY I FEEL – Jimmy Pritchett
22. RED HOT MAMA – Wayne Williams
24. YOU DON’T BUG ME – Terry Daly
25. ROOTIE TOOTIE BABY – Lee Mitchell
26. BACK RUB – The James Boys





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