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I was one of the DJ's at the Swamp and used to work for the Boilerhouse Boys later

I sold Paul an Indian(not a red one) I never liked him as he was quite simply to annoying.I was also there with his manager when he got busted with 2 million quids worth of cocaine which I knew nothing about(I was banging his daughter)
All those rockin clubs were brilliant in the 70s and 80s. My old mate Rohan used to do a good night in Tottenham court road called Fortisimo.I still carried on going to Northern soul clubs but Wigan and The Highland room had closed so only the capital soul club and the 100 club.
I still do a bit of clubbing but I now look like someone's dad checking up on his kids or CID
Re gripper, I remember giving him a good hiding after he glassed some bloke and he nearly bled to death. I think that's what he went inside for. I can't remember his nice side. He was always up for a fight and as the old rockabilly song goes "I'm a lover not a fighter"
I started a thread called what y'all listening to could someone put up either The cat rod willis or the stoltz brothers rock n roll riot
They are two of my all time favourites
Re the weekender i used to go to Caister but the best one i ever went to was Perrin Sands in Cornwall. It was me, Mousie, Dave and Andy from Red hot and blue and all the usual suspects.It was a teds weekender but I had a spot on the decks and played Sunset Blues, That certain female and by the time i'd stuck on shake your moneymaker by Elmore James I'd been punched twice. I'd only been there about two hours and had a broken jaw. I don't remember what i was taking but that was on friday night and i was still partying on the monday. I couldn't even think about doing that now
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HI DJ Neil

Not sure if you are still after the tracks The cat rod willis or the stoltz brothers rock n roll riot but if you are i've typed to links below where you can download them straight into your itunes (if you use itunes) or you can right click and save to your computer. I was actually drawn to this blog for research purposes. My name is Gino I was the main DJ at the Swamp in Croydon once Robert (the guy who ran the night) started to take a back seat. Anyway I saw your request and thought I'd give you the tip. Although it was three years ago when you posted this. all the best G

cat rod willis mp3
stoltz brothers rock n roll riot mp3
 

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Thanks for that.
I used to go to the swamp on a thursday night and it was a good night. I don't ever want to hear love cats ever again in my life as it was played to death.
I saw Storks last year for the first time in about 25 years.
Did you used to go to the Boilerhouse when it was in Cherry Orchard road.
Your name came up recently when I was talking to Caroline (i've forgotten her surname.) Her claim to fame was being in the wham video "last christmas" if that jogs your memory
A mate of mine is writing a book called survivors about key players in the London club scene in the 80s so you may be in it.
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I've got permission from the missus to go to a weekender in the UK
I fancied the Dingwalls alldayer on the 18th August to warm up but got one of you lot over for a couple of weeks so that's out the window. Which is a good weekender later this year.
Anyone used to go to Dingwalls saturday lunchtime then onto wherever(Russell arms) to kill time until the Warehouse in Kentish town opened and who Djyd it. I thought it was Mousie but i'm not sure it was. I can't even remember if this was back in the 80s or 90s
 

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was it really Chris Bey

I was at a marche gourmand in Lectoure over here in France last saturday and I bumped into two blokes who used to go to Club Foot at the Clarenden
small world
 

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I remember Tom Ingram who now puts on the La Vegas rockabilly weekenders DJing at The Warehouse before Chris Bey did. Then I think Jerry Chatterbox did it for a while. I used to go to Dingwalls in the afternoon, then the elephants head pub where Mousey used to spin the wax and then the Electric Ballroom. Happy Days. Used to park my pink 57 Caddy coupe outside with a few other yanks and get loads of attention!
 

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I got into rockabilly around '89, a lot later than a lot of you guys, but I went to the Downham Tavern on Sunday nights where Tom Ingram still DJed at the time. I also went to the Boston Arms up in Archway on a Sunday where Mousey used to DJ. Also the Warehouse, Camden workers, Russell Arms, The Clay Pigeon on occasion, also a club that Ragin' Lee used to run down in Kings Cross that was brilliant. The Notre Dame hall in Leicester square was a good venue. Don't recall as much fighting as in the early days! I still see a few of the old faces. Got a few ex girlfriends' pics in that Rockabilly book!
Still see Mark Martin now and then (Digger) he's been restoring a 55 chevy for ages now! Lives above a shop in Islington. I see Rohan at the pub I go to where he works.I'm really glad to have seen so many of my heroes from the time. Carl Perkins at the T and C in Kentish town. Charlie Feathers in Fulham someplace. Mac Curtis, Sid King, took pictures of johnny Caroll in my 57 Caddy at Hemsby in 89 I think. Glenn glen I saw in Germany. Sonny Burgess, Ronnie Hawkins, also The Planet Rockers, King Kurt, The riverside trio and dozens of latter day bands.
I know so many of the names in this thread, turned down a night of passion with a little blonde bird when I found out she was Joe Ely's ex! Had a rep for having cut a man's hand off! I used to hang out with Phil White who owns a 54 caddy and used to own a couple of 50's clothes shops over in Reading. His brother is Alain White and he plays guitar with Morrissey and Boz Boorer etc. I knew Al well, think he lives in LA now. I also knew Chang and big John Munday, Cosmic keith, Gavin Smith, Smeg and Maggot from The Kurts, etc. Knew the Bourne brothers, Bigbeat Kris who still DJs at The Ace cafe now and then. Chris Bey and Chalkie, choppy Paul, I could go on forever.
I do miss those days and wonder whether today's teenagers will have the same vivid memories we have? I remember one of the big Louisiana rockabilly names telling me about when he and his pals used to catch alligators in the bayous during their school hols! Once he said a friend of his had jumped in to catch one and it was a bit bigger than he thought and he scrambled out having 'only' lost half of his pinkie finger!!! F"ck me! Health and safety would have a heart attack these days!!!
 

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I'm guessing we would recognise each other.
It was pretty rough in the late 70s early 80s.
I mentioned earlier I went to school with Mousie and Tom and they're still the same
I bought my Mercury off Digger back in 86/87. In fact I swapped it for my 58 chevy.
Joe Ely was a class 1 nutcase as was his brother Steve. He pulled a chainsaw on me outside the swan and sugarloaf which I could have done without.
He severed Steve Smith's hand which was covering his head(he was trying to cut his head off )in a particularly nasty fight at the white swan in crystal palace in about 1980 when we were queuing up to get in.He chopped one hand clean off and severed the other one I testified against him with many others. He got 11 years which was reduced to seven.I would guess he's dead now
Having said that, they were great days and without question the 50s girlies are the sexiest of them all which made up for the fighting. I've no idea why it was so violent. I think it boiled down to being from different areas and all being in the same place on a saturday night with lots of speed and alcohol.
I'm glad I calmed down after meeting my wife and getting older helps.
I wear flip flops now instead of biker boots as do The Vultures and as the old song goes "You can't judge a book by looking at the cover" Fucking wankers saying you shouldn't go to the hayride without biker boots.
 

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I remember a guy named Dean on the scene with a white 58 Chevy, an Impala or a Biscayne in the late 80s. I think Mark Martin has owned around 50 yanks and recall him having some great rides down the years. Do you remember Jake Vegas who used to put on Las Vegas grind-type clubs ? He permanently had a *** in his mouth and a carrier bag full of God knows what! I remember that he did time for selling illegal porn in a sex shop in Soho and did a couple of stretches for his sins. Also Fagin worked there, I think he's dead now too. Loads of these guys died young. Fat Les is gone (Mousey's mate).
My mate still goes to hemsby regularly and quite a few of the old faces still go. Sonny West, Ryan (the Jerry Lee wannabe) Dave Beajent, Rob Glazebrook etc. This is a very narrow thread for those who weren't on the scene!!!
 

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I'm guessing we would recognise each other.
It was pretty rough in the late 70s early 80s.
I mentioned earlier I went to school with Mousie and Tom and they're still the same
I bought my Mercury off Digger back in 86/87. In fact I swapped it for my 58 chevy.
Joe Ely was a class 1 nutcase as was his brother Steve. He pulled a chainsaw on me outside the swan and sugarloaf which I could have done without.
He severed Steve Smith's hand which was covering his head(he was trying to cut his head off )in a particularly nasty fight at the white swan in crystal palace in about 1980 when we were queuing up to get in.He chopped one hand clean off and severed the other one I testified against him with many others. He got 11 years which was reduced to seven.I would guess he's dead now
Having said that, they were great days and without question the 50s girlies are the sexiest of them all which made up for the fighting. I've no idea why it was so violent. I think it boiled down to being from different areas and all being in the same place on a saturday night with lots of speed and alcohol.
I'm glad I calmed down after meeting my wife and getting older helps.
I wear flip flops now instead of biker boots as do The Vultures and as the old song goes "You can't judge a book by looking at the cover" Fucking wankers saying you shouldn't go to the hayride without biker boots.
That's the first time I've heard a first-hand account of that attack... I always assumed it was myth. I met Joe at the Russell Arms in the late eighties and moved quickly out of his line of fire, knowing his reputation! (And totally agree with your flip flops comment... I made the same remark in the hayride thread.)

What a great thread... so many names and faces that had been dormant in my memory for years and years. Have never seen that Cheeks footage... brilliant to see Mouse, Jamie (who introduced 'The Sonics' to the rockin' scene), Ashley, the twins, Chang and the rest in their prime. I'd forgotten the way Mouse used to bop when he jived!

I'm on the '80s Underground' vid at about 1:07, with Skully from Bridgewater.

They were great days... I lived in north London so started clubbing in the early eighties at the Royalty/Pink Elephant and pubs like the Cherry Tree where if you were rockin' (as opposed to a Ted) you wouldn't dare bop in case you were punched. The Fox, Dingwalls, Downham Tavern, Silks, Cheeks, Phoenix... there are stories to go with all of those places. We used to meet at Embankment to get the bus up to the Birmingham all-dayers (my Consul wouldn't have made it)!

I started the band with Alain Whyte that went on to become Morrissey's backing band; we were called 'Born Bad' and were produced/managed by Boz Boorer. Moz came to see us play at the Dublin Castle (never thought anything would come of it, and even if it did I didn't want to play 'trendy' music!) but at the same time Mouse asked me to play guitar in his new band 'Switchblade' so I left Alain and the other guys as I thought I'd make more money with Mouse... ha ha!!

Saw Mouse at the Hayride this weekend. We're still mates.

(And I am an old duffer, but the music in clubs back in the eighties was way better than the constant sixties instrumentals that pass for jivers nowadays! Don't miss the crazy fighting though... when Northolt met Southend it was war!)
 

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I remember you Guy, you wear glasses to my recollection? Did you play guitar in Alain Whyte's band The Rugcutters? I remember Spencer on the double bass. I see Mouse around now and then, he always struck me as someone who would ignore you sometimes when you said hello, loads of people on the scene who wouldn't talk to you unless your classic yank had the original air in it's tyres! Once I bought my pink 57 coupe deville everyone wanted to be my friend all of a sudden! A bit of a fickle bunch really, although I had plenty of good friends on the scene.
 

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I remember you Guy, you wear glasses to my recollection? Did you play guitar in Alain Whyte's band The Rugcutters? I remember Spencer on the double bass. I see Mouse around now and then, he always struck me as someone who would ignore you sometimes when you said hello, loads of people on the scene who wouldn't talk to you unless your classic yank had the original air in it's tyres! Once I bought my pink 57 coupe deville everyone wanted to be my friend all of a sudden! A bit of a fickle bunch really, although I had plenty of good friends on the scene.
Nope, no glasses... not back then anyway! Maybe you're thinking of Ashley, who played guitar in Mouse's band Red Hot 'n' Blue? The band I formed with Alain was called Born Bad... had a couple of tracks out on CD compilations, but didn't gig much, and not at all outside London. I think a lot of those people would talk to you depending on the drugs/drink they'd consumed...!
 

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I've got permission from the missus to go to a weekender in the UK
I fancied the Dingwalls alldayer on the 18th August to warm up but got one of you lot over for a couple of weeks so that's out the window. Which is a good weekender later this year.
Anyone used to go to Dingwalls saturday lunchtime then onto wherever(Russell arms) to kill time until the Warehouse in Kentish town opened and who Djyd it. I thought it was Mousie but i'm not sure it was. I can't even remember if this was back in the 80s or 90s
Hi Neil,

Not a complete weekender, but end of August (31st) the Scavengers have got their Rockabilly Roustabout. £10 entry 3 bands, 3 DJ's, free camping Saturday night (if you have a word with Jack Earls or Joe Clay Friday and or Sunday night shouldn't be a problem either) best of all it is only about 10/15 miles from Dover.

Have a look at their website for more details, i went last year and had a great time and all being well i am going again this year.

Can you survive no5 | Scavengers cc

Rockabilly Retribution in November at Leicester Rockabilly Retribution AllDayer - Rockabilly Worldwide Bill or Jimmy Guntrip should be able to help you out or Graham Urquhart.

This hasn't got everything listed but is very comprehensive give it a try.

The Complete UK Rock n Roll Gig Guide

Hope this is of some help.

Cheers.

Russ.
 

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cheers mate
I think i'm in the Uk the week after the scavengers do so a bit annoyed.
I don't reckon I could last a dance these days without heart palpitations so perhaps for the best
thanks
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Hi Neil,

No problem, following week you have got the Buntingford car show Saturday 7th September, 3 rockin bands booked again for the top end of the high street and as it is an outdoor event it is a freebie. Like a big street party with plenty of American and Hotrod's stuff.

If you are around the weekend after that then it has to be the Hot Rod Drags. :tup:

Cheers.

Russ.
 

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If ya fancy something a bit harder than Rockabilly then there's the Bedlam Breakout Psychobilly weekenders in Northampton. They're bi-annual in March and September and is held in a nightclub called the Roadmender which is a 5 or so minute walk from the town centre. It's a 3 night, 2 day event an we all stay in local hotels. If anyones interested in coming to the March weekender then you're in for a treat as we have Crazy Cavan and the Rhythm Rockers headlining Sat night and the Guanna Batz headlining on the Sunday. Go to FB and look for Bedlam Breakout and all the gig info is there. Cheers, Rog.
 

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Not sure that psychobilly is harder than rockabilly monsieur Britdragster.
When i'm back in the UK i knock about with a bloke called Spikey Mikey who digs psycohobilly and it drives me nuts.He's going to Bedlam Breakout
I don't go in for all that purist stuff but I genuinely don't get on with it. I've seen king kurt,meteors,cramps and they drove me desperation. Having said that I did enjoy seeing the Highliners.
I'm always up for enjoying a song so stick a few up.
I've always liked Link Wray which crosses over the two so common ground
 

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im still around mate. Travelling the globe with my band The Space Cadets.....dont DJ much since i stopped 4 or so years ago. I still do events at dingwalls in camden, though I dont DJ at them, I just book other djs into the party and get pissed. But Im still around, go to many festivals in UK and the world, lucky to be getting loads of shows still with my band and other projects and enjoying life....my next dungwalls is a Xmas special on sunday december 13th if any of you wanna come to the re-union there in camden...
 
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