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Look What The Cramps Dredged Up… Limited Edition 2LP set

“An instant soundtrack to a humdinger of a werewolf frat party.” Shindig! While they would later distance themselves from the “Psychobilly” tag which had once adorned their nascent gig posters, likening it to a carnival huckster’s ploy to drum up trade, … Continue reading

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Quiffs At The Flicks

“98 tracks over a trio of discs is a serious horde…  Still, this quantity does exude quality…really rather good.” Vintage Rock Covering the period 1957-1962, Quiffs At The Flicks presents a nostalgic overview of the British rocksploitation movie with tracks … Continue reading

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Teen Dreams

As featured on Lauren Laverne’s Pick Of The Week on BBC Radio 6! “Great cover, colour label shots, US label (only) release details, chunky bookletful of notes by compiler Lucky Parker and confreres. He [he??] knows his onions, again I learnt … Continue reading

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Dead Good

Released in time for Halloween, Dead Good crooks a withered finger to beckon you into a graveyard-cheatin’, midnight-creepin’ collection of crypt-kickin’ classics. Walking a fine line between saccharin sincerity and knowing black humour, death discs were one of Rock’n’Roll’s more … Continue reading

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Rockin’ Bones

Well, when I die don’t bury me at all Just a-hang my bones upon the wall Beneath these bones let these words be seen: “The running gears of a boppin’ machine.” WHEN Elvis Presley lit the blue touch paper, the … Continue reading

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Dancin’ Party

’Cos summer time is party time and everything’s alright… While it may be the best-remembered of the 60s dance crazes, the Twist really was just the toe-tapping tip of the Terpsichore’s iceberg.  Its popularity defied borders, classes and age groups … Continue reading

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Thick And Thin

In a week when the world’s focus has been variously divided between the horror of the Boston marathon bombings, Lady Thatcher’s funeral and an explosion at a fertiliser plant in West, TX (Syria, Afghanistan and North Korea seemingly shelved for … Continue reading

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The Many Moods Of Mad Men

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Lament for the key of L

A week after the oven decided it was shuffling off this mortal coil or – to be more accurate – its heating element, an unfortunate late night proof-reading cocoa-meets-keyboard incident has left me angsting over the possibility of yet another … Continue reading

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Cadillac Cuties & Hot Rod Heroes

Time to buckle up and put the pedal to the metal with a fuel-injected fifty from the golden age of the automobile. Almost from the beginning, the automobile played an integral part in Rock’n’Roll music both figuratively and literally, with … Continue reading

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