Just signed this beauty off ready for the pressing plant. A re-issue of the “Infamy” album by “The Sharks”. This great album has just been made even better by the addition of extra tracks and remixes. Anybody who knows anything about psychobilly knows this band were there at the birth of psychobilly (if not before) and, I think it’s fair to say, cast the die for what is considered the British psychobilly style both in terms of sound and fashion. Songs like “Take a razor to your head” on Nervous Records epitomised everything generally associated with the genre probably more so than the bass guitar, punky sound of bands like The Meteors, The Cramps and King Kurt who are often cited as the origins of the style from around the same time.
It’s feels like ages since I done any CD packaging but we’re back in business with this album from The Holloway Echoes which has just been signed off ready for the pressing plant for Western Star featuring Pat Winn and Alan Wilson looking sharp!
I have just been repackaging this classic EP from “The Sharks” for a re-release on the Trophy record label on 45RPM vinyl. I remember getting the “Phantom Rockers” LP from Andy’s Records back in the day and it was the first time I’d come across the style that I have called psychobilly ever since. Yes, there was The Meteors and Cramps but the whole headshaving, ripped jeans super fast bass slapping thing was just an awesome modification to the whole rock ‘n’ roll thing I already loved. Another fine release to be involved with
New artwork finalised today for the psychobilly legends “Frantic Flintstones” forthcoming release of recordings from the vaults. A ten track, 10″ vinyl LP being produced by Trophy Records on blue vinyl!
In my younger teens I bought a compilation set of rock ‘n’ roll cassette tapes called “This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll” which covered rock ‘n’ roll from every aspect, the American pioneers, the British explosion, instrumentals, the seventies revival and right up to the new wave bands at the time like restless and The Deltas. On this set were two tracks by “Joe Brown” namely “That’s What Love Will Do” and “A Picture of You” which I loved. Here I am 33 years later creating artwork for a tribute EP to Joe Brown by front man of The Sharks and international rockabilly guitar hero “Howlin’ Wilson”. This release is planned for red 7″ vinyl and will be out in a few weeks time. How cool is that 🙂