Eddie and the Hot Rods were a pub rock band from London founded in 1975. They are often considered as one of the many punk rock bands that sprang from that city in the mid-Seventies, but in fact saw themselves as more influenced by groups like The Who and The Kinks, and other pub-rock acts such as Dr Feelgood or Graham Parker & the Rumour. Their brand of energetic r'n'b was over-trumped massively by the punk explosion, and they withered away.
In 1983, childhood friends and schoolmates Jeroen Haamers (guitar) and Johnny Zuidhof (drums) formed the Dutch rockabilly band Batmobile
Recruiting Jeroen's brother Eric, the band began playing local venues, covering the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Burnette and Gene Vincent. After a few years, the group decided to start writing their own material. Their songs were heavely inspired by the rockabilly past but infused with a restless and manic energy. This sound, combined with their purportedly wild live shows, attracted people from the psychobilly scene towards the band.
Carl Mann was born in rural Tennessee. He was a multi-talented musician who sang, played guitar and piano. He was signed to Jaxon Records in 1957 where he released a few singles. His one hit "Pretend" however, was released on Sun Records and reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959.
Shakin' Stevens also known as 'Shaky' (born Michael Barratt, 4 March 1948, in Ely, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales) is a Welsh rock and roll singer, who has the distinction of being the top selling male UK singles artist of the 1980s. He began his career fronting Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsets, managed by Paul Barrett. The Sunsets were a 1950s influenced rock'n'roll outfit from Penarth, South Glamorgan.
There are three bands known as The Flares: 1)A 70's Jazz outfit known for eccentric dressing and a song from the original 'Hairspray'
2) A small time Cornish band active from 2005-2007 who played a number of small gigs and gained local notoriety for their fashion sense.
3) An american doo-wop group since 1952 to 1964. Also known as The Debonaires, The Flairs & The Peppers.
As The Flares, their biggest hit was the 1961 release "Foot Stompin' Part 1", which hit #20 on the Black Singles chart and #25 on the Billboard Hot 100
Five kids from the end of Brooklyn yet to experience the coffee shops and bijou boutiques carried along in New York's waves of gentrification, they play a raggedy, breakneck punk steeped in the music of early-80s hardcore icons Minor Threat and Bad Brains. www.myspace.com/cerebralballzy
Will Hoge has made a career of writing and singing powerful songs about life’s cruel and dark turns. Not long ago, he fell victim to one such turn. As Hoge rode his scooter home from the studio, he was struck by an oncoming van that had veered into his lane. There were no skid marks. Launched off his bike, Hoge ended up bloodied, broken-boned, temporarily blinded, and near death. “ was like stopping a record as it spins,” says Hoge, who had been halfway through recording material for his new record before getting derailed. “It was like taking the needle and pushing it off the turntable.”
Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931
Based in Sheffield and rising from the ashes of Warning and Leicester band “End It All“, Jackson Caged formed in early 2006 and immediately began writing songs that were to define the new band's sound, many based around riffs that Drummer Mike had brought on board. December 2006 saw the release of Jackson Caged's first demo EP “Rock and Roll Don’t Come From New York.” It was met with some really positive reviews and much acclaim. Sheffieldmusic.
Hijack Oscar are a Indie/Blues/Soul band from York. They are currently made up of: Mr T.I.G Fox - Harmonica and Lead Vocals
Emma Keaveney - Lead Vocals
Carl Hetherington - Keys
Mark Meilack - Bass
Dave Hartley - Drums
Mark Wynn - Lead guitar,Slide Guitar They have many influences, including: Otis Taylor, Son House, Sonny Boy Williamson, Sonny Terry, Henry Thomas, R L Burnside, Canned Heat, Boss Caine, Bruce Springsteen (early), Jaco Pastorius, Charles Mingus, Theleonious Monk...