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    Default Re: "The Tunnel of Love" My life on the Traveling Fairgrounds, by rockabilly.

    Quote Originally Posted by rockabilly View Post
    At the time I should have turned Mick down. As things turned out, I'm glad I didn't.

    So you don't see yourself playing in a band wearing dungarees?
    Haha, not really mate. It wasn’t a bad idea, he had contacts to do all the Scooter Rallies and Butlins but I can’t be arsed with all that anymore.

    Yeah, good that you did, all cool stories mate


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    Chapter Twenty Seven. “Ready, Willing and Mushroom Soup!”

    By the end of 1999, Southern Bound had become one of the most successful bands on the rockabilly scene. We’d been signed up by a major rockabilly label ‘Vampirella Records’. We went into the studio and recorded ‘Ready Willing and Able’. The Cd became a success. We sold quite a few copies.

    The Album was recorded in Leicester at the ‘Memphis’ recording studios. It had taken us a full day to record the Album. The morning session in the studio went well. The afternoon session went even better, thanks to a lunch time trip to the pub for some refreshment. We’d laid down all of the tracks and the lead vocals too. It was now time for me and Darren to add our backing vocals. This is where the beer had taken an influence on what happened next.

    The band had written a song called ‘Hot Rod Man’. The lyrics of the chorus would have Mick singing ‘He’s a hot rod man’ followed by me and Darren repeating the same lyrics as backing. Me and Darren thought it would be funny to alter the lyrics very slightly. It went something like this…

    Mick..”He’s a hot rod man…”
    Me and Darren “In his hot dog van…”

    Mick didn’t have a clue what we’d done!

    We did the same with our version the Elvis Presley classic… “King Creole”
    In our version, me and Darren had to do more backing vocals, “King Creole, King Creole…” Every now and again we sneaked in a “Kinky Hole”
    If you listen closely to the Cd you can just make out those bogus lyrics that we’d added!

    After we’d recorded the ‘Ready Willing and Able’ album, we had a couple of tours booked across Europe and Scandinavia.

    One of the first European gigs we did was over in Holland. It was a place called ‘Zealand’. It was in the middle of nowhere. It took us ages to find and get to the place, as there were no ‘Sat Navs’ back in those days.

    Eventually we arrived at the place cold and hungry. It turned out be an old wooden shack on the edge of a large wooded area. It resembled something more like a shack from the ‘Beverly Hill Billies’.

    On arrival we were greeted by what looked like a bunch of ‘Hells Angels’. They were a mean looking bunch too. Also, there were motor bikes parked all over place. It turns out it was the den of a Motorcycle gang/chapter called ‘The Wanderers’. The place was very lively, and the music was very loud too, even by our own standards… it was loud, very loud. Every member of that chapter seemed to resemble ‘Lemy’ from Motorhead. What the bloody hell were we doing here!?

    After we’d unloaded our gear from the van, one of the Wanderers offered us food and drink. We were cold and very hungry too. One of them came over to us and offered us some soup. We cupped our cold hands around the soup mugs and started sipping it. The soup was wonderful, the best I’d tasted in years. We were told it was mushroom soup. Indeed it was mushroom soup… Fucking ‘Magic Mushroom’ soup! We were getting as pissed as newts and we hadn’t even had a beer, or started the gig yet!
    It was time to go on stage. We were as high as kites! The good thing was …. So were they! It was a brilliant gig from what I can remember. We were dancing all over the place. I’d climbed on to the speakers and leapt off them, on to the crowded floor, then ran around the room banging my drum sticks on every available beer bottle. Stoned out of our minds we were.

    After the gig we were even more stoned, mainly due to the fumes from the ‘wacky backy’. These bikers knew how to drink too. We couldn’t beat them, so we had no choice but to join them. Not one band member went to bed sober that night.

    Our accommodation was directly above the stage in the actual shack. It was a shack too! If it had rained we’d have got soaked… as the roof was full of holes! By now it was 5am and we were ready for bed. The beds resembled wooden stretchers. A basic wooden plank with no mattress. I coped ok due to my Gaff Lad days on the fair. Mick and Darren found the beds uncomfortable. We were very tired and hung over too, so off to sleep we went… or so we thought. I could hear a scurrying sound. As I lay in my sleeping bag, I could see half a dozen or so rats running around. Fuck me… even we never had rats in the Kips on the fair!

    Eventually we got some sleep, only to be rudely woken up by some very loud heavy metal music. It was 9am in the morning and I had Motorhead banging in my fucking ear drums!
    After our night in Zealand, we headed off to some other remote place in Holland.

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    The Wanderers' shack!

    Mushroom Soup!


    Pi55ed as newts on Mushroom Soup!


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    Default Re: "The Tunnel of Love" My life on the Traveling Fairgrounds, by rockabilly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alf-engelos Mindminackers View Post
    "Getting crazy on the waltzers but it's the life that I choose, Sing about the sixblade, sing about the switchback and a torture tattoo......."







    Nice one Alfred I love it


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    Default Re: "The Tunnel of Love" My life on the Traveling Fairgrounds, by rockabilly.

    I have been to Zeeland, and it is exactly as you described.

    I spent quite a bit of time on a project in Terneuzen, which is the other side of the water, and over the odd weekend, Zeeland was suggested as a hiking destination. It was brilliant for that, but as you say, there isn’t much there!

    (This would have been mid-00s, so not that long after your visit)

    „I believe in socialism because it seems more humanitarian, rather than every man for himself and 'I'm alright jack' and all those arsehole businessmen with all the loot. I made up my mind from viewing society from that angle. That's where I'm from and there's where I've made my decisions from. That's why I believe in socialism“

    „Don't forget you're alive. 'Cause sometimes when you walk around the city and you're in a bad mood, you can think, hey, wait a minute, we're alive! We don't know what the next second will bring and what a fantastic thing this is. This can get easily forgotten in the routine of life, and that's something I'm trying to bring to my attention at all times. Don't forget you're alive. We're not dead, you know. This is the greatest thing.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    I have been to Zeeland, and it is exactly as you described.

    I spent quite a bit of time on a project in Terneuzen, which is the other side of the water, and over the odd weekend, Zeeland was suggested as a hiking destination. It was brilliant for that, but as you say, there isn’t much there!

    (This would have been mid-00s, so not that long after your visit)
    Nice one Chris.

    Did you try the mushroom soup?


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    Quote Originally Posted by rockabilly View Post
    Nice one Chris.

    Did you try the mushroom soup?
    Thankfully not. Plenty of good local beer, though.


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    Default Re: "The Tunnel of Love" My life on the Traveling Fairgrounds, by rockabilly.

    Interesting chapter Rocka, a lot of the old Rock crowd and Angels always loved a bit of good old Rock n Roll. Motörhead covered Louie Louie by Richard Berry and some of their music was basically ramped up rock n roll.

    Must have been mad playing on mushrooms, my worst gig ever was playing on an Ecstasy tablet, it was fucking horrible and I don’t know how I got through it. You look like you were having a good time though!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    Interesting chapter Rocka, a lot of the old Rock crowd and Angels always loved a bit of good old Rock n Roll. Motörhead covered Louie Louie by Richard Berry and some of their music was basically ramped up rock n roll.

    Must have been mad playing on mushrooms, my worst gig ever was playing on an Ecstasy tablet, it was fucking horrible and I don’t know how I got through it. You look like you were having a good time though!
    The mushrooms did make us high. If anything, I think they made us play at a much faster tempo. The photo of me wearing the shorts (Forest shorts), earlier I'd stripped off my jeans and threw them into the audience.

    You're right about the old angels liking good old rock 'n' roll. They went crazy for a bit of 'Jonny B Goode'. We must of played it for them three times!!!


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    Cool stuff Rocka. Johnny B Goode is one of my favourite tunes, love the Hendrix cover.

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    Default Re: "The Tunnel of Love" My life on the Traveling Fairgrounds, by rockabilly.

    Quote Originally Posted by OK SpidermAndy! View Post
    Cool stuff Rocka. Johnny B Goode is one of my favourite tunes, love the Hendrix cover.
    Cheers Andy... I like the Hendrix version too.


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    Default Re: "The Tunnel of Love" My life on the Traveling Fairgrounds, by rockabilly.

    So as an expert Rocka, how long would it take to die if you fell from the top of the parachute?


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    Default Re: "The Tunnel of Love" My life on the Traveling Fairgrounds, by rockabilly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hughton,we have a problem View Post
    So as an expert Rocka, how long would it take to die if you fell from the top of the parachute?
    I've never tried it.


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    Default Re: "The Tunnel of Love" My life on the Traveling Fairgrounds, by rockabilly.

    Quote Originally Posted by rockabilly View Post
    I've never tried it.



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    Really,the Speedway operator with his greased back hair, all the violence next to the big-wheel generator, a watching eye on an ascending skirt on the whirling waltzer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hughton,we have a problem View Post
    Really,the Speedway operator with his greased back hair, all the violence next to the big-wheel generator, a watching eye on an ascending skirt on the whirling waltzer.
    The last night of the fair
    By the big wheel generator
    A boy is stabbed
    His money is grabbed
    And the air hangs heavy like a dulling wine


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    I knew someone would get it

    Every I time I read rockas posts I have the opening riff running through my head

    And the kid off Kes for you


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hughton,we have a problem View Post
    Really,the Speedway operator with his greased back hair, all the violence next to the big-wheel generator, a watching eye on an ascending skirt on the whirling waltzer.
    I must admit this one went over my head.


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    Default Re: "The Tunnel of Love" My life on the Traveling Fairgrounds, by rockabilly.

    Quote Originally Posted by rockabilly View Post
    I must admit this one went over my head.
    I think you’ve been the victim of a wind up using lyrics from The Smiths, who, and forgive me if I’m wrong, aren’t really your cup of tea.


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    Default Re: "The Tunnel of Love" My life on the Traveling Fairgrounds, by rockabilly.

    I don’t know, I reckon younger Rockabilly and Morrissey shared the same barber?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    I don’t know, I reckon younger Rockabilly and Morrissey shared the same barber?
    Heaven knows I'm miserable now.


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    Default Re: "The Tunnel of Love" My life on the Traveling Fairgrounds, by rockabilly.

    Kind of relevant, The Stray Cats were on greatest hits radio today and there was a bit of backstory afterwards. Apparently no US labels would touch them so they came over to the U.K. to ‘make it’. Made friends with Elvis Costello and a few other bands then finally got on TOTPS. That same night Motörhead were on the show, after the show Brian Setzer sat with Lemmy in a bar drinking whisky until the early hours.

    Enjoyed the story after reading about the Hells Angels gig and confirms the crossover and respect


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    Default Re: "The Tunnel of Love" My life on the Traveling Fairgrounds, by rockabilly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    Kind of relevant, The Stray Cats were on greatest hits radio today and there was a bit of backstory afterwards. Apparently no US labels would touch them so they came over to the U.K. to ‘make it’. Made friends with Elvis Costello and a few other bands then finally got on TOTPS. That same night Motörhead were on the show, after the show Brian Setzer sat with Lemmy in a bar drinking whisky until the early hours.

    Enjoyed the story after reading about the Hells Angels gig and confirms the crossover and respect
    Nice one Bryn, thanks for sharing this, much appreciated

    Great story there about Setzer and Lemmy.

    I knew that Dave Edmunds also did a lot to promote the Stray Cats whilst in the UK.


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    Default Re: "The Tunnel of Love" My life on the Traveling Fairgrounds, by rockabilly.

    I there any of your music on youtube etc Rocka?


 

 

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