Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 27

This week’s rockabilly rave-up comes from 1981, covered in Clash connections. That’s Pearl and Mick Jones in the picture above. Pearl Harbour had fronted what the Americans call a ‘new wave’ band (Pearl Harbour and The Explosions) who made a mediocre album. By 1980 she had fallen in with The Clash, and recorded a rockabilly inspired album called Don’t Follow Me… I’m Lost Too, much of which which sounds surprisingly good today, 29 years later. It bombed at the time. Pearl’s boyfriend Kosmo Vinyl (Clash tour manager and self styled ‘consiglieri’) and Pearl decided she and the album should stand on their two feet, and so there were few credits on the album’s sleeve despite it’s stellar line-up which would surely have gained it more attention. Produced by Blockhead and Clash touring keyboardist Mickey Gallagher, and with Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, and Topper Headon from The Clash and Wilco Johnson (ex-Dr Feelgood) amongst others playing the instruments. Pearl and Paul Simonon were married for much of the 80s, and she appeared on stage with The Clash. There’s youtube footage of her performing this song, Fujiyama Mama, with The Clash in Japan. Fujiyama Mama was a hit in the 50s for rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson, whose songs have popped up on Friday nights here before. Anyway, take it away Pearl…

02 Fujiyama Mama (Album Version).mp3

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