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Monday, February 12, 2007

The Stingrays : Don't Breakdown E.P.

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Although they often get labeled under Psychobilly, The Stingrays were far more than a Psychobilly band. With lyrics that were a little bit more incisive than the standard fare of vampires, werewolves and a lovin' that rockin' beat. The first album opened with the track "Joe Struummer's Wallet" an attack on what was seen at the time as a Clash sellout. Obviously influenced by 50's rockabilly, 60's Psyche & 70's Punk they were a sorely underrated band. Live they were a joy & I got to see them several times when the supported The Cramps in 1986. Do yourselves a favour, an 'ave a listen. Click stuff see things.

The Stingrays - Don't Breakdown
The Stingrays - Cover Version
The Stingrays - Image
The Stingrays - Pretence

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Blogger John Liedown said...

Downloaded more than any other songs on this blog ever & still not one poxy comment. ????

12:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably my favourite band at the time along with the Meteors. They sounded like no other, mixing the best, as you already wrote in your comment, of the 50's, 60's and Punk.
Can't say I listen to them much nowadays... In that genre I rather listen to the Vibes, the Cannibals, Bad Karma Beckons.
That's for your poxy comment...

11:45 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

how come (almost!) everyone forgot about the stingrays ..? wish i had their whole discogrphy, but this is a nice find - thanks for making this available

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Stingrays were one wild band, and much better musicians than the casual listener might think. I saw them live only once - at The Crypt in Deptford, south east London, when I lived there, and they were almost unbelievable! Bal and the others played a seriously demented, fun rock 'n' roll gig that would have made Ray Campi, Crazy Cavan and Screamin Jay Hawkins and The Sonics (all mashed up together of course), very proud! Whatever they're doing now, I just wanna wish them well and let them know that they are not forgotten in this little corner of rural Ireland. Thanks so much for the post; anyone got any live Stingrays that they could share? Respect, Mike.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous sean said...

Now then what a ferkin band The Stingrays were and still are one of my faveourite bands of all time , hand the pleasure of seeing them on a few occasions around the country crashed on the guitarists floor of his flat when we went down to The Klub Foot from up north , played the double bass at a sound check in Nottingham and if anyones :-) interested got almost everything they`ve done. Nearest thing to musical gods for me peeps ..cheers for mentioning them on this top blog :-).

1:02 AM  

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