Thursday, 8 January 2009

Speedball Baby

Led by singer Ron Ward, New York, USA's Speedball Baby offer a throwback to the loosely hinged gutter rock 'n' roll of the Stooges and the MC5. A more contemporaneous comparison might be the Birthday Party, as evidenced by the twisted rockabilly of tracks such as "Toss My Salad" on their 1996 debut album, Cinema!. The seeds of the band's future were sown when Matt Verta-Ray (bass) left his previous employers, Madder Rose. It was his concept to start a less sedate unit meshing the blues with primal rockabilly, but he had to wait until meeting Ward (also from Boston, and formerly the drummer in Blood Oranges) at a mutual friend's wedding. The band's line-up was completed with the addition of bass player Ali Smith and drummer Dave Roy. They concentrated on cultivating a reputation for their frenzied New York shows, while two independently released EPs (Speedball Baby and Get Straight for the Last Supper) won over critics in the alternative music press. Martin Owens replaced Roy prior to the recording of the band's debut for MCA Records, which was delayed amid ill-informed rumours that one song, "The Al Green Shuffle", had racist overtones. It was eventually excluded from the final track-listing, much to the disgust of the band. At the end of 1996, Speedball Baby sought to confirm their growing domestic reputation with a support tour to the like-minded Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. The quartet returned to their independent roots for the mini-album I'm Gonna Stomp Mr. Harry Lee, released on the Sympathy For The Record Industry label. New drummer Andy Action appeared on the band's debut for the In The Red label, Uptight!, while a change of direction was afoot for the late 60s blues rock styled The Black-Out in 2002. The album featured new bass player, Jenny Decker.

Cinema! (1996)

1. A Stranger's Skin
2. Rubber Connection
3. Black Cat Moan
4. Suicide Girl

5. Black Eyed Girl

6. Dog on Fire

7. Skull Poppin' Skin Tastin' Love Wastin' Son Of A Bitch

8. Shakin' It Loose

9. Cinema!
10. Toss My Salad
11. Mr.Heat

12. Dancin' With a Fever

13. Drug Owl

224kbps mp3

Uptight! (2000)

1. I'm Addictive
2. Dangerous Top

3. The Al Green Shuffle

4. December?

5. Mekong Sue
6. Hot Boxin' Baby

7. Tappin' My Neighbah!

8. Numb
9. Pocket Fulla Fish

10. The Crybabies (Otis)

11. 8ft. Cigaret
12. Wobbly Organ

160kbps mp3

The Black-Out (2002)

1. Three Quarter Man
2. Hacky-Joe Digger

3. Do the Blackout

4. Wanna Scratch It?

5. Pimp Hand Strong

6. Bee in Flight

7. Asphalt Blues

8. The Diddler

9. Blackjack

10. Baretta's My Handle

11. Cash Cow

12. The Termite Speaks

13. Nine Eleven

14. The Jack Martin Story

15. Cash Cow (reprise)

192kbps mp3

EPs & singles

Speedball Baby EP (1995)
1. Speedball Baby
2. Black Eyed Girl
3. Percocet
4. Fucked Up Town
5. Corn River

Get Straight for the Last Supper (1995)

1. Phoenix Hotel, pt.1
2. Five Dollar Priest
3. Blitzkrieg Bop
4. Ballad of the Thin Pillbilly
5. Milking Stool Blues
6. T.B. Sheets
7. The Edge
8. Phoenix Hotel, pt.2

Speedball Petite (1996)
1. Mex Blo-Out
2. Crazy Date
3. Toss My Salad
4. Short Term Loan
5. Mex Blo-Out

I'm Gonna Stomp Mr.Harry Lee (1998)

1. Pin Up Cowboy
2. Hate You Baby
3. Pocket Fulla Fish (spoken)
4. Lakeside Story
5. Blackish Man
6. Don't Turn Blue (Tonight)
7. Speedball Petite

Mekong Sue (2000)
1. Mekong Sue
2. The Diddler
3. Cognac Blues

Annie Anytime (2003)

1. Annie Anytime
2. Hey Shine!

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Kersukut said...

Phenomenal is your blog.
Thanks for the ep's Speedball Baby.
Diiiii diii dii dleeeer didididididleeer.
Saludos desde México.

Vali said...

Great blog. Thank you!!!

People John said...

Great blog. Thank you!

Happy Octopus said...

Thumbs up Baby! Thanks loads! xoxo - from Ғ℮ىнå®i

Stathis said...


the music you offer for our pleasure is great.
But unfortunately the links are dead.
Can you, please, repost Speedball Baby's albums & singles or send me the links to my e-mail
Thank you very much
Efstathiou Stathis

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