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Track List:

Tobacco Road
My Baby Is A Hot Rod
Get It While You Can
The Face
Mo Mama More
The Girl Invisible
Bad Day Dreamer
Bye Bye By By Bye
Radar Love
You Lose
The Rock 'n' Roll Train
What Can You Say
Don't Worry Baby
Big Wheel
Falling
Ice Cold
100 Miles
Just Can't Take It.
Restless
Rock 'n' Roll Train
Raucous Records (2006)
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Possible Styles: rockabilly, neo rockabilly
Submitted by: rockabilly_girl.
Publication date - 12 June 2007

Review by Stu Gibson.
Undoubtedly the primo neo-rockabilly band this collection showcases the
supreme song-craft and slinky string upholstery that Mark Harman carved
out of Rockabilly, eschewing the rough-cut corn-chewing of the more
authentic-centred bands for streamlined urbanity, keeping the taut
tension and twitching livewire energy in the tensile Telecaster that
he’s carried onto The Space Cadets. On the edge of the cusp of real
mainstream success sometime in the mid-eighties the songs mostly survive
some gloopy, glossy, not so much dated as slightly disastrous, period
production. Where Levi Dexter may be quoted in the sleeve-notes
extolling ‘neo’ as being essential to keeping the music progressing
rather than slavishly trying to recreate a ‘trad’ style and sound such
synthesised goings-on really are something to consign to history. So
while some tracks, particularly their Top of the Pops balloons and dry
ice versions of /Tobacco Road/ and /Radar Love/, are stamped
‘EIGHTIES!!!’ by far the greater number of songs still stomp and stare
sultrily with enough class ‘n’ sass to shine so you could comb your hair
in the bonnet of their classic chassis. From the oddly LA-bound Sunset
Boulevard via the local corner shop cruise of /Get It While You Can/,
which could easily have had large, lacquered hair of a different style,
and the seismically soup-ed up /My Baby Is A Hot Rod/ – both of which
show they could run as wild as the more determinedly delinquent
psychobilly bands of the day - to the jazzy bop of /The Face /and /The
Girl Invisible/, both suitably visual songs that spring to life like a
storyboard stomping itself on the circuit boards of your stereo this is
a great collection to drape round your ears, and not merely for
nostalgists but anyone wanting to be fitted for some well-cut rockin’
with a difference.

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