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The Rockin’ Database gathers infos about rockabilly, psychobilly (and related genres) from the mid 70’s till today. If you have infos, contact me (virgil[at]jumpingfrom6to6.com) and please spread the word!

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Country: Ireland
Genre: Rockabilly

Sean Foy: vocals/lead guitar
Frank Rynne: rhythm guitar
Pat Harte: double bass.
Leo Regan: drums

Discography
Hep Bop/Boy Meets Girls – 7” – Souterrain Records – 1984
Don’t Bring Me Down / What I Say – 7” – Solid Records – 1987

Those Handsome Devils formed in 1983, first playing inder the name of Crazy Times. At first they were just Foy and Harte busking in the streets of Dublin. Then they were joined by drummer Leo O’Regan who left after a few gigs to be replaced by Johnny Bonnie. At the same time a rhythm guitar player, Frank Rynne, was added. By the time the band recorded its first single Bonnie had left to be replaced by Leo Regan. The single was recorded at the famous Windmill Lane studios with producer P.J. Curtis. It was very well received and was made “single of the week”. Some other songs were recorded but never released at the time like the classic Johnny Cynic, an original later covered by Sharkbait (their version can be heard on the Live At the Klub Foot album) and Scared Stiff.
In 1986 the band switched to electric bass and opted for a more garage sound and released their second single but disbanded soon after.
They reformed in 2007 for a one off gig in Dublin.


Country: Holland
Genre: Neo-rockabilly / Psychobilly

Wim Van Der Heiden - guitar, lead vocals
Marcel Verbaas - upright bass
Robert Van Driesten - drums

Discography:
Powerdog - Count OrlockR.O.C.K.13-C.O.C.K.13 [1992]

In 1988 Marcel Verbaas and Wim Van Der Heiden met on the streets after not having seen each other for about 3 years. They both knew each other from Jailhouse, a famous clubhouse in Rotterdam where lots of dedicated rock-and-roll and rockabilly fans used to meet each other during the weekends. They decided to put up a band and rehearsed for almost a year with different kinds of line-up, playing only covers. But from the moment Robert van Driesten joined the band in 1989, Marcel started to do the lead vocals and writing the band’s own material. They took the name of Powerdog.
The typical Powerdog-sound has it’s origin in the neo-billy sound of the early eighties, combined with Marcel’s experience as a rhythm-guitarist on heavy-metal music. Hence the use of the so called heavy chords but with the clean cut sound of a tube amplifier.
Two major highlights of Powerdog were the cd/lp release in 1992 by Count Orlok Music and once being the support act of Stray Cats in Paradiso Amsterdam, during their Murphy Tour.
Powerdog split up in 1994.

Infos taken from the band’s website

Country: UK
Genre: Rockabilly, Swing, Jive

John O’Malley: Vocals/Lead Guitarist
Spencer Lingwood: drums and vocals
Zac Zdravkovic: doublebass and vocals

Discography:
Cocktail Swing - Vinyl Japan

The Poker Dotsgot together in Spring 2002 when John O’Malley (Nitro’s, Rabbit Action), Zac Zdravkovic and Spencer Lingwod were playing for Good Rockin’ Tonight. They were influenced by The Platters,The Crew Cuts,The Chestnuts and The Keytones to name but a few. Other influences stretch as far back as Django Reinhardt and Nat King Cole. Having piled themselves into Zacs studio,they were let loose to rejuvinate some of their favourite tunes adding the Poker Dot flavour and having a ball while doing it. The result was cool, crisp and slick with sweet harmonies to give it that retro sound for this first cd.
All three members are currently working with different outfits, John O’Malley has remained playing lead guitar for Good Rockin..Tonight, Zac Zdravkovic went on to form top jive band The Jive Romeros, this time on lead guitar and Spencer Lingwood is now hitting the skins for the Rock’n’Roll stage show Rockin’ On Heaven’s Door.

Genre: Neo-rockabilly
Country: UK

Johnny Dumper: vocals/rhythm guitar
Paul Maitland: double bass
Dave Walker: lead guitar
Paul Moxam: drums

Louisiana Hayride formed in the mid 80’s. They played self penned tunes as well as covers including “Stormy Weather”, “Bad Moon Rising” and “Wild Wild Lover”.

Country: UK
Genre: Tockabilly, Rock’n’Roll

  A rockin’ band from Bristol featuring Kevin Haynes who later formed Torment with Simon Brand. Their bassist - Sean Holder briefly played with Torment too.

Country: Holland
Genre: Psychobilly/Rockabillly

Aris de Vries: Vocals, Guitar
Frank Bayer: Solo Guitar, Ukelele
Kay Kesting: Double Bass, T-bass
Richard Weydert: Washboard / Drums
Paul van de Groen.. - Drums (after Richard left

Crackle Rattle Bash.. started around 1986 when Kay and Aris performed in a squater’s building in Arnhem. Kay played his T-bass and Aris played guitar and sang. Afterwards they regularly played the streets of Amsterdam and one day Richard passed by and joined them on washboard. Much later they were asked to perform on the Cool Cat Go Ape album. Frank Bayer joined the band and in July 1987 they recorded their first on only album on the Count Orlok label. The washboard was switched for drums and the T-bass was dropped for the Double Bass. After many gigs in Holland, a short tour with Batmobile in Germany, and a change of drummer, Crackle Rattle Bash split around 1990.

Country: UK
Genre: Rockabilly

Stuart Warburton: vocals, rhythm guitar, tenor saxophone, harmonica
Paul Murphy: lead guitar/steel guitar
Phil Morris: double bass
Gary Leach: drums

This British rockabilly quartet formed in the early 80’s. They had two tracks (House Of The Rising Sun and You’re Not Going Out Dressed Like That) scheduled for release by Hot Rock Records but were dropped at last minute though some test pressings exist.
They changed their name for the Rhythmaires when Big Dave Machin joined the band in late 1982 then split before reforming in late 1983/early 84 with a more jump/jive sound.
Paul Murphy later joined the Crawdads.
The album The Rhythmaires - Tenth Anniversary Album (Raucous RAUCD006) features 10 demo tracks by White Lightnin’.

Country: Holland
Genre: Neo-rockabilly

Rémi Groot: Guitar/ vocals
Jacco Buchholz: double bass/ vocals.
Beer Lutgens: drums (untill ‘88)
Ritchie Adams: drums (after ‘88). Rémi Groot: Guitar/ vocals.

Remi Groot met Jacoco Buchholz in 1985 during a concert of The Keytones. They got along well and decided to form a Rock’n’roll band. Buccholz knew a drummer, “Beerke”, and they started to rehearse on a hot summer day in. After sometime and a small repetoire they played some gigs at Remi’s school, later on in bars and festivals. In July 1986 they recorded in a small studio in Venlo their first demo “Gene’s gone” and “I feel the blues”. A year later after doing a lot of gigs together with The Keytones, The Chevy Cats, Restless etc. they recorded “Rockabilly Party” and “Let’s make some love” for Disky-records under supervision of Boz Boorer of The Polecats. It was on a compilation album with 6 other Rockabilly bands from the Netherlands. The release and presentation was at the Paradiso, Amsterdam. After Beerke left the band in 1988, Remy had to do his militairy duty, but kept on rockin’on with The Crazy Tones. Ritchie Adams then joined the band on drums. In 1989 they recorded for Tombstone records their first (and unique) album “She’s got what it takes”, a little masterpiece of neo-rockabilly. This album resulted in a lot of gigs arround Holland, Germany and Belgium. They also won the contest “the small-price of Utrecht” in 1990. The price: a track on a CD on the culty Kelt-records company. It was “If you wanna be the 1-4-me”. The Crazy Tones splitted-up in 1992 after a Good-bye-party at The Paradox, Boxtel, the Netherlands.

Country : Australia
Genre : Neo-rockabilly

Pony Gleeson: vocals, guitar
Tyron Shaw : double bass
Dan Nosovich: guitar
Geoff Townsley: guitar

When Phil Adams left the Psyclones in 1994, the decision was then made to change direction slightly. Their psychobilly obsession morphed into traditional and neo-rockabilly, swamp rock and dirty rhythm & blues, and that’s how The Slingshots were born.
After 5 or 6 lead guitarist changes over a period of six years or so the band recruited Dan Nosovich, who made his debut in the Slingshots. Dan became their final, and possibly their most suited, guitarist until the band’s final shows at the end of 1999 when Tyron eventually moved to Melbourne early 2000. During this time The Slingshots had included three interstate tours, released a debut EP/CD-Rom that included a film clip (one of the few bands to do such a release). Other milestones included performing on the 1999 Warped Tour and supporting Southern Culture on The Skids in 1998 during the Nitrobilly tour.
The Slingshots performed a reunion show in 2002 at Wintersun with Doug Wilshire filling in on lead guitar.

Country: UK
Genre: Psychobilly

Clive Perchard: vocals, double bass
Dave Rounce: guitar
Stevie Death: drums

Stage Frite began their relatively short career as a rockabilly band in 1988 but soon opted for a more agressive sound and Psychobilly.
They supported bands like the Griswalds, Skitzo and the Frantic Flintstones and developped a friendship with Chuck Harvey who at that time was scouting band for Link. The result was two tracks recorded for the compilation album “Kats Keep Rockin’”. This gave them a wider exposition and audience and it wasn’t long before Link proposed them to record a full album.
Thus, in August 1988, they found themselves in studio with Mark Hunt (who at that time recorded most of the Frantic Flintstones albums) to cut their debut album “Island Of Lost Souls”. “Island…” is not a masterpiece but it’s a good album. They have good originals like the title track, Black Magic or the Ripper.But the final result  is somehow wasted by the covers that are not very convincing (to say the least). Produced and engineered by Marc Hunt, it’s not a surprise to hear some ressemblance with late 80’s albums of the gang of Chuck Harvey.
It sold relatively well and as a result they played bigger gigs and appeared on the bill of a few all-dayers. But when the band was working on a possible second album they split in the Spring of 1991, each member having different ideas about the style they should play.
They remained active musically, Rounce later joined the Roswell Invaders, Stevie drummed for punk outfits and Perchard played bass for the East Coast Bluegrass band and the Ugly Dog Skiffle Combo.

Adapted from the liner notes of the CD reissue of Island Of Lost Souls (Anagram-CDM Psycho 48) written by Alan Wilson.