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, 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.Within some time, record labels began showing interest in Batmobile. In 1985, the group produced their first record, and continued with a successive string of albums that plunged further into the psychobilly sound. The band, however, thought that most of the bands in this genre lacked ‘creativity and musicality’. This is why Batmobile decided to play only their own sound and style, which they begin to call B-music. Like a B-movie, B-music represents bad musicians, cheap humor, horror, naked women and fun times. On the group’s tenth album, they decided to abandon the upright bass, opting for an electric bass in order to become the Motörhead of psychobilly.
The Nitwitz were formed in 1978 and disbanded after a couple of singles and splits on the Dutch label Vogelspin. Their members formed B.G.K., released a 7" and a couple of albums on Vogelspin. Then the band reformed in 1996 with original singer Eric Peters and Tony Slug (Loveslug) on guitar. They still exist with a new bass player and second guitarist and tour regularly in Europe.
Turbonegro: The Movie compiles nearly one hundred minutes of Turbonegro video footage culled from various sources: 4 promo clips for among others "Denim Demon" and "Get It On", several band features that were broadcasted by German Viva TV during 1997/98, live recordings from the Darkness Forever tour and the farewell show in Oslo, plus lots of obscure on-the-road snippets from Turbo's private archives that were all recorded in Norway, Germany, Spain and USA between 1995 and 1998 at various locations.
Salem, Massachusetts' Doomriders are a side project for workaholic Converge and Old Man Gloom member Nate Newton (guitar and vocals), in collaboration with friends Chris Pupecki (guitar), Jebb Riley (bass and vocals), and Chris Bevalaqua (drums). And, where most of their regular pursuits (bands like There Were Wires, Blacktail, Hallraker, and Some Kind of Hate) involve painstakingly assembled songs, Doomriders' 2005 debut, Black Thunder, features loose, spontaneous, though no less intense heavy rock.
Doomriders: 1. The Long Walk 2. Deathbox 3. Hell Roaring 4. Mercy 5. Black Thunder Boris: 6. Black Out 7. Pink 8. Woman on the Screen 9. Nothing Special 10. Ibitsu Doomriders: 11. Worthless 12. Sirens 13. The Chase 14. Fuck This Shit 15. Ride or Die Boris: 16. Just Abandoned Myself 17. Farewell
Brought together by a love of rock & roll and a newly purchased drum set, Supercharger rocked the early '90s with trashy guitar riffs and a full-throttle misfit punk attack. Based on the cretin hop of the Ramones and the Angry Samoans with a good knowledge of rock & roll's two-minute pop nugget history, Supercharger deconstructed songs till only the essentials of beat and hooks remained. Filling in the gaps with power and volume the music comes across like a cold slap in the face. Teenage mayhem and a general antisocial sentiment cast the band as delinquent savants like those that created the music originally in the 1950s. Calling San Francisco central headquarters, Greg Lowery (bass/vocals), Darin Raeffelli (guitar/vocals), and Karen Singletary (drums/vocals) formed in 1991 and before playing out or mastering singing and playing at the same time, they recorded their debut platter Supercharger and released it on their own label Radio X. As Lowery says of the record, "we basically were learning as we were writing the songs." A limited vinyl pressing of 500 created a collectors item, rumor has it fans/collectors in Japan pay upwards of 500 bucks a pop. Supercharger was later reissued on Bellingham, WA, Garage Punk label Estrus Records in 1997 with two bonus tracks to trump the bootleggers. After a handful of singles the band was back recording their second and final long player Goes Way Out, this time given a wide release on Estrus in 1993. Standing as their masterwork, Goes Way Out was also their swan song as it was their last release and basically came out as the band was folding. The band imploded after a 1993 tour of Europe with the fabulous Mummies where both bands took their budget rock manifesto to places like Holland and Belgium. After the death of the band, the individual members continued to D.I.Y. themselves into punk rock history. Singletary and Raeffelli formed the short-lived Brentwoods and than Raeffelli went on to do a Kim Fowley trip with teenage all-girl band the Donnas. Lowery played in the Rip Offs (with Jon Von who had recently departed the Mr. T Experience), the Infections, and currently the Zodiac Killers. He also started and runs the punk rock label Rip Off Records, which continues to champion the visual, musical, and attitudinal style employed by Supercharger.
1. She's so Cool 2. I Broke My Mind 3. All About Judy 4. Sooprize Package for Mr.Mineo 5. The Day My Body Vaporized 6. Lost Cause 7. Phobia 8. Are You a Boy/Girl? 9. San Bruno 10. The Ghost of Steve McQueen 11. You Put the Hex on Me 12. Hey, I'm Gone 13. Whiptofized 14. Hit the Road 15. Gum Flappin' Baby 16. Zodiac
1. Super X 2. No Sleep 3. Way Out 4. It's Alright 5. Buzz Off 6. You Irritate Me 7. I Took a Ride (When You Said I'm Gone) 8. Bailin' Out 9. Knockout 10. One Way Street 11. Sick to Death 12. Get Out of My House 13. Sissy Jerk 14. Cindy Lou
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