Saturday, 28 February 2015

Wayne Hancock


Ripped from YouTube via ImpactFM into MP3 format using audacity software.


No P/W

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Get On The Right Track...

With Volker Houghton

 Great music needs information such as the singer, label, release date and record label to go along with it. I am surprised how many D.J.’s just assume that the listener knows what they are listening to! I have been into the rock ‘n’ roll scene for over thirty years, but I am not so smug that I think I know it all. The truth is I don’t, and I like to ask for more information, but there seems to be an expectation that you either know, or if not you keep your ignorance to yourself, so when I do ask and the looks of disdain I sometimes get are amazing…
 With ‘Get on the Right Track’ (GOTRT), hosted by Volker Houghton, I have no worries about being left in the dark about the records he plays. His enthusiasm shines through when he waxes lyrical about why he likes the music. He has stories too, about where and when he first heard the songs, where he was, and what he was doing at the time.
 The show airs via SG1 Radio Stevenage ( on Sunday nights from 7pm-9pm, and you can also download past shows via the podcast link ( You can also hear GOTRT on Rockabilly Radio!

 The shows kick off with the excellent ‘Three to Get Ready’. Basically, it is the last three songs you listen to before you head out of the door for a night of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Anyone can send in their choices, even the great Joe Clay and Art Adams have been involved! Now that’s a great recommendation from a pair of living legends. Volker also plays and reviews new releases from current rockin’ bands, as well as offering the latest information on ‘Bear Family’ boxsets. Volker knows his stuff, and if he does not he will tell you that the song is new to him, and give you the information he has found out about the tune to boot. GOTRT is a mixed bag of great vintage rock ‘n’ roll music including rare tracks and alternative takes but he does not forget the classics either. I think the show is a fresh breath of air on a scene that has, let’s not forget, been going on for over sixty years. For me, the icing on the cake with a scene focused essentially on the past is the fact that I am still discovering new music…

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Ian Samwell

Ian Samwell & Cliff Richard with an unknown cat in a rather cool shirt, Butlins holiday camp 1958.

'Schoolboy Crush' was going to be Cliff Richard and the Drifters first release on Columbia records in 1958. Thankfully Ian Samwell came on board and saved the day by writing 'Move It' and 'Schoolboy Crush' was demoted to the B-side. I only wish they did it to 'Livin' Doll' but unfortunately by that time in Cliff's career Ian was no longer part of the set-up. 

Ian Samwell 1937-2003 more info here 








Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Supersonic Girl

The look, the sound and the originality.

Now available through iTunes & Amazon stores 

After seeing their on-line videos, and eventually catching them live at the Rockabilly Rave 2014, we finally get a C.D. release from this excellent band. Tallinn, Estonia seems an unlikely place to find such a fine sounding (and looking) rock 'n' roll/rockabilly band. 
'Supersonic Girl' was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Lightning Recorders Studio in Berlin by Axel Praefcke and Ike Stoye. Both being Rhythm Bomb recording artists, and more than capable musicians, they were the chosen outfit to record Maryann and the Tri-Tones original demo recordings (see the link at bottom of this post for sound files).

From the first track, 'Honey Babe', the band sets out its stall as to what to expect from the rest of the C.D., and in Maryann and the Tri-Tones case it is full-on rockabilly. There are eight rockers, one stroller 'If I Could I Would' (my favourite, and my ring-tone!), and one haunting ballad 'Queen of the Desert', all penned by Maryann Lants and lead guitarist Artur Skr├Ápnik ('Honey Babe' was co-written with Yuri Zhukov)
 I could wax lyrical about this C.D. until the cows come home, but I think I'll leave the in-depth reviews to wiser souls such as Andrew Smith - check out his review here. I also suggest you watch the promo video that was produced by the band. They are in the process of getting the C.D. available for a digital download, and are negotiating deals with on-line record and C.D. stores, so keep em' peeled. You can obtain a copy sooner by contacting the band via their Facebook Page.

The settled line up of Tri-Tones
Maryann (Vocal, Rhythm Guitar)
Artur Skr├Ápnik (Lead Guitar)
Peeter Karo (Drums)
Mari Laube (Upright Bass)