Let's Go Rock-A-Billy, Bonneville
House of Wax, Hot Wax CD-002

Listening to music like this makes my hair curl up, my Teddy Boy blood run hot and my boppin' legs go wild. This is the kind of music that was played in England in the 70s, simple straight forward Teddy Boy rock 'n' roll. As the likes of Flying Saucers, Crazy Cavan & The Rhythm Rockers, Crepes 'n' Drapes, Black Cat and many more. Nothing fancy, no expensive equipment or state of the art studios, just plain old rockabilly, straight from the heart. These guys played rock 'n' roll because they loved it! And they did it the only way they knew how: the Teddy Boy way!

These sixteen tracks must have been recorded somewhere in the late 70s and/or early 80s, the recording dates are not mentioned on the CD cover, and most likely nobody knows exactly when anymore. Surely it was before 1982, because that was when lead guitarist Mike Pettett was replaced by the infamous ex Crepes 'n' Drapes and Chevrolet rhythm guitarist Ian Smith. The recordings Ian made with Bonneville can be heard on the Nervous CD "Trouble". Songs like "Ghostriders in the Sky", "Lonesome Train" and "One Hand Loose" were also recorded by Bonneville with Ian Smith on guitar, but these tracks remain unissued so far (they were on a demo tape I have in my collection from 1982 or '83).

Well, as you may know I've been a Black Cat fan for over 20 years now (hence my nickname) and you can understand I got a soft spot for House of Wax Records for re-releasing all those Black Cat goodies a while back. And they did a great job again this time. Even better news: I hear House of Wax is negotiating to re-release some more great Britisch rock 'n' roll by Chevrolet, darn I must have seen these guys live on stage dozens of times. Way to go HOT W-A-X!

To cut this story short, if you got just an itty bit of Teddy Boy blood in you, go get this platter. Wanna read some more about the history and earlier releases of Bonnevile, Jump Here

Crazy Rock / I Got A Baby / Save It / She's The One To Blame / One Night / Ghost Riders In The Sky / Rock Rock Rock 'n' Roll / Lonesome Train / Teenage Boogie / Gonna Rock 'n' Roll / Seven Nights To Rock / One Hand Loose / What You Gonna Do? / Rockin' Daddy / Rockin' Rollin' Mama / Breaker 1-9

Bonneville Line-Up:
Dido Vance - Lead Vocals
Mike Pettett - Lead Guitar
Tuck Trull - Rhythm Guitar
Brian Fry - Bass
Dave Watts - Drums

House of Wax
Affentorplatz 24
60594 Frankfurt
Tel. +49 (0)69 6199 4509


Reviewed by The BlackCat, 2002