Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Now the time has come for the robots to attack!

Frenzy formed way back in 1983...in the rockabilly revival made popular by the Stray Cats (here in the states)...and they've managed to stick around throughout the years. The thing I like about their early stuff is they had the guts to add some keyboards to the mix, sometimes with not so good results, but in tracks like Robot Riot, it just, well, added a bit of charm. There's also something about their drumming that reminds me of early Adam and the Ants.

Steve Whitehouse is the only constant in the band, he plays stand-up bass and sings. The other two current members are Steve Eaton (guitar) and Rob Chapman (drums). I haven't heard much of their newer stuff, about the only rockabilly/psychobilly band from that era I still listen to is the Guanabatz, who also formed back in 1983.

At that time, there was a huge scene in England. At least, from my eyes peering across the ocean it seemed huge. Maybe that was because there was no scene here. But anyway, a lot of rockabilly/psychobilly bands formed at that time overseas: Frenzy, the Guanabatz, Batmobile, Frantic Flintstones, Demented are Go!, etc. But that's another topic entirely, one which I am not an expert, by any means.

Frenzy - Robot Riot REMOVED
Frenzy - Misdemeanor REMOVED

Both of these tracks come from their 1990 release, "The Very Best of Frenzy," which has been reprinted and can be purchased here.

You can get more info about Frenzy over at their official site. Nervous Records actually has a lot of their tracks available for download, at $.99 a song. If you like these two tracks, please head over and buy a couple of tracks from them. You can also purchase their albums through Amazon, of course. And I'd also recommend Raucous Records for all of your rockabilly and psychobilly needs.


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