domingo, 16 de outubro de 2016

The Boppin' Kids


In 1984 the Boppin´Kids, still in their teens, started as a visibly underage rockabilly trio. Playing wild rock´n´roll sessions after school in their hot hot hot italian hometown.
Following a few school gigs and some hiccups with the legal system, in ´86 the band signed up with Rock 86/Polygram Rec and their first album "Go wild" immediately entered the national charts with the much celebrated "Tainted Love". Radio, press and national TV recognized their talent and contributed to spread the Boppin Kids mania around. The Kidz of course attracted the more hardcore rock´n´roll crowd, but strangely enough, they were also saluted as a teen idol band by their more mainstream younger followers. Fans started to come from everywhere to see their show and never got disappointed.

The shows were always wild, raw and outrageous and the band´s live act was labelled as an authentic "earthquake"!!! The BK used to appear on stage bare-chested playing and furious tunes, brilliant guitar sounds and a ´master blaster` slap-bass, screamin´ and jumpin´ all over the stage. The Boppin Kids loved violation and stretching to the utmost the sounds of many glorious artists, from Johnny Cash, Curtis Gordon, the Sonics, Hasil Hadkins to Motorhead, Tommy Steel and the Meteors, mixing together rock´n´roll, rockabilly, gothic, psychobilly, punk, surf influences and 60´s garage into a galactic 100% Italian cocktail! In the 80s European climate of rockabilly revival the Boppin´Kids found themselves pushed to fame, with over 200 gigs a year across the country and were turned overnight into a huge and fast success phenomenon? Too fast? Too furious??

With the 1987 EP Still rockin and the 1989 album "Just for fun", their records were played all over Europe, and even in Japan!
The Stray Cats made their first and only Italian show in 1989 at the Rolling Stone in Milano and The Boppin Kids were special guests with the Guana Batz. The Boppin Kids also supported many other international acts, such as Mano Negra, the Pogues, the Cramps, Tav Falco, Violent Femmes, the Meteors, touring until 1990. In 1991 after 7 years of recording, heavy touring across the world and equally heavy dinking, the 3 "rude boys" finally split up in 1991. Following the BK adventure, Boppin Orazio Grillo, band founder, re-invented himself as Brando, starting a solo career as musican and music producer.

In February 2008, having been away from the rockin´ scene for more than 20 years, the Boppin Kids decided it was the right time to come back, with a new double bass player and a brand new album " Last Train to Hell" coming soon!
The Boppin´Kids played the Psychobilly Festival at Pineda del Mar, to announce theire official return to the world! Following shows Antwerpen Old School Rockabilly Psychosis, Potsdam, Senigallia once again with the Stray Cats for thei farewell tour and several shows all over the country.
A brand new album is working progress for the last one year, coming out hopefull 2012 seems to be the LAST and the Best One!

sábado, 15 de outubro de 2016

Fireball XL5

Fireball XL 5 originated from Norwich in early 1982. The band was formed by Mark Kelf (v) and his schoolmate Kevin Parfitt (d). They added Jonny Bridgwood (b) and Mark " Thorny" Thorne (g) and the band was named after the early 1960s Gerry Anderson animated TV series. An early lineup reshuffle brought in Neil " Mustard " Samuel on rhythm guitar and Kevin was replaced by Ian Cooper on drums.

The quintet started to gig around and recorded a ten track demo, that was send-among others- to Northwood Records. The band eventually had two 7´´ vinyl releases and a complete work album with the record company, everything produced by Rockabilly guru Boz Boorer. In December 1984 Thorne and Jon Bridgwood- who went on to join the Sting-Rays- left the band mostly due to musical differences. Mark Kelf tried to renew the band with Gavin Peak (b) and a guy called Robin on guitar, but the original magic was gone. About a year later Fireball XL 5 called it a day.

Fireball XL 5 emerged in the very early 80´s with their unique mixture of raw Rockabilly and Hillbilly, blended with a decent dose of punk energy and an enthusiastic style of play, which they called themselves " epileptic hillbilly "back then. Their reputation as crowd pleasers made them a well received support act for premier bands such as The Meteors or Guana Batz. Mark Kelf has continued his musical career up to these days in Mark Kelf & The Valley Boys.


Singles: Rockin´ Shoes(1983)--The Man With No Name(1984)

Albums: Go For It(1986)


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