That Stuff Rubbed Off On Me

George requested Carl Perkins following the Perkins-Craig face off on Monday. I haven’t posted any rockabilly since my Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night series came to a close in March 2015. It began to feel like homework and a chore, two hundred and ten posts in, so it stopped. So this is a rockabilly reprise for a Thursday in March…

In 1956 Carl Perkins released Her Love Rubbed Off, a song that makes maximum use of Carl’s southern gargle, a psyched out guitar part and slap back echo. The lyric celebrates getting it on in a pretty frank style for 1956.

‘Well, I was so alone in the city park
I met my baby standing in the dark
Took my lovin’ baby by the hand
I let her know that I’m her lovin’ man

That love rubbed off on me
That baby wouldn’t let me be
That baby took me by the hand
That love, I made her understand
That love, I hollered no, no, no
That baby wouldn’t let me go, oh, oh’

Her Love Rubbed Off

In 1990 The Cramps twisted it further around, Lux and Ivy adding volume and distortion to Carl’s already pretty hot under the collar song. You just can’t beat The Cramps.

Her Love Rubbed Off  Correct link now.

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Echo And Delay

A short film for Father’s Day with our patron Andrew Weatherall talking about record collecting, rockabilly and dub, echo, delay, space and transcendence.

And here’s a Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry production from the heart of the 1970s, The Black Notes.

African Style

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The Friday night series that (just about) refuses to die. Imelda May has a song about Johnny. Johnny got a boom boom. Have a good Friday night- the bar is open if you want a drink.

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‘Hey rockabilly, dance your shoes away!’

The magnificently named Aubrey Cagle with a simple 50s shuffle and instruction for your Friday evening.

Rock-a-Billy Boy

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Charlie Feathers is one of the rockabilly greats. This song from the late 50s sounds like it was recorded in a garden shed but the singing rings out loud and clear. Like The Loft and Travis years after him, it’s not really a song about the rain but about a girl who done gone and left.

Rain Keeps On Falling

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I’ll try to squeeze one more drop of rockabilly out for your Friday night. Derrell Felts and The Confederates, extolling the value of having a playmate (thinly veiled sexual metaphor perhaps). In under rocking three minutes. Released on Dixie records. Southern boys.

Playmates

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A charming MTV feature from the 80s on the then rockabilly revival with interviews from The Stray Cats, The Blasters and The Rockats and a not-at-all-basic guise to rockabilly. For added 80s-ness it’s been uploaded from VHS, complete with tracking lines and squiggles. And MTV was a music channel back then- imagine that!
It has been a very long week, more like a fortnight really, and quite intense. Get a round in someone- I’ll get the next one.