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The Rockin' Rebels - Tom Shannon Presents...dotdotdot
The Rockin' Rebels were Buffalo's most famous act in the early sixties, as instros go anyway. Their sound was a pre-surf R&B based sax-guitar sound. Some of their tracks were hot, others were down right tame. s CD collects a whole slab of their tracks, including their entire LP plus singles, and other rare items.
Picks: Wild Weekend, Rockin' Crickets, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, Another Wild Weekend (Loaded Dice), Rumble, Hully Gully Rock, Flibbity Jibbity (Boss Action), Honky Tonk, Happy Popcorn, Monday Morning, Sweet Little Sixteen, Buffalo Blues, Tequila, Wild Rebel, The Third Man Theme, Wild Weekend Cha Cha, Ram-Bunk-Shush, Telstar, Donkey Walk, The Stripper, Coconuts, Loaded Dice (Another Wild Weekend), Happy Popcorn, Anyway You Want Me, Theme From The Rebel

Track by Track Review

Wild Weekend dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is the one. This is the song everyone thinks of with this band. It was cut originally as a theme for the Tom Shannon Show on Buffalo, New York's legendary WKBW, from whence came free form progenitors Tom Donahue, Bob Mitchell, and Peter Trip. This is growly, dark, evil, chunky, melodic, and features near-surf rhythm guitar behind a raw R&B sax. A great and necessary track.

Rockin' Crickets dotdotdot
Pre-Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This track has been done a few times by others. This take features great behind the bridge through an echoplex guitar work, and that raw sax sound that is their trademark. Simple and unpretentious pre-surf fun.

Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On dotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

A sax lead instro version of the Jerry Lee Lewis standard. It's energetic, but unremarkable.

Another Wild Weekend (Loaded Dice) dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A Perez Prado "Patricia"-like bit of fluff.

Rumble dotdotdot
Pre-Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Vibrato lead guitar, ominous slowness, and a decent delivery, more like the Viscounts than Link Wray. Not special, but definitely worth a spin. Dramatic and big.

Hully Gully Rock dotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

"Fanny Mae" goes instro, with a no-melody riff lead.

Flibbity Jibbity (Boss Action) dotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Lightweight, keyboard driven, R&B fluff. Nothing boss about it, and no action to be discerned.

Honky Tonk dotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

A pedestrian cover of Bill Dogget's great R&B standard.

Happy Popcorn dotdot
Rock Fluff (Instrumental)

Take the Marathons' "Peanut Butter," add Billy Joe & the Checkmates' "Percolator," and some brooding sax, and you get this fun but unremarkable track.

Monday Morning dotdotdot
Pre-Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Similar to "Wild Weekend,' but slower, less powerful, but still interesting. The sax is less dominant.

Sweet Little Sixteen dotdot
Fifties Rock (Instrumental)

I'm sure Chuck didn't intend this. It's just a pedestrian fifties instro.

Buffalo Blues dotdotdot
Fifties Mean (Instrumental)

"the Way I Walk Is Just The I Walk" sorta backtrack and growling sax. Mean R&B growler. Cool fifties grind.

Tequila dotdotdot
Pre-Surf Rock (Instrumental)

A nice treatment of the Chuck Rio classic. Slightly different than the pack, and infectious too.

Wild Rebel dotdotdot
Pre-Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"You Can't Sit Down" and a surf backtrack and a growly sax. Not very melodic, but interesting anyway.

The Third Man Theme dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

Holy cow, how MOR can we get?

Wild Weekend Cha Cha dotdotdotdot
Pre-Surf Cha Cha (Instrumental)

I've always liked this variation the best. It's funny how much difference a cha cha near ska backtrack can make to a song. It's not as powerful as the original, but it's so cool.

Ram-Bunk-Shush dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

The R&B standard is done with little feeling or panache.

Telstar dotdot
Supermarket Rock (Instrumental)

Yeah, right. Think for a minute what lounge singers do to rock hits. That what the sax player does to this usually intense and powerful song. It is a totally unique arrangement, but then it's only fit for the supermarket.

Donkey Walk dotdot
Novelty Rock (Instrumental)

As the sax cries "E-Or," the band plays a nothing backtrack. It's a novelty song.

The Stripper dotdot
Lounge Rock (Instrumental)

How can you take a wailing Vegas strip anthem and make it fit for the aisles at K-mart? Simple, play it like you don't want to wake anybody up, and backtrack it with jazzy chords a,d shimmer. Jeepers, what a loungie load...

Coconuts dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Pretty standard R&B Champs-like instro fair.

Loaded Dice (Another Wild Weekend) dotdotdot
Club Rock (Instrumental)

Yet another variation on the theme, even more laid back this time. Smokie club stuff here.

Happy Popcorn dotdot
Rock Fluff (Instrumental)

Take the Marathons' "Peanut Butter," add Billy Joe & the Checkmates' "Percolator," and some brooding sax, and you get this fun but unremarkable track.

Anyway You Want Me dotdot
Prom Rock (Instrumental)

Slow dance prom rock fluff for the last dance. Who will remember?

Theme From The Rebel dotdotdot
Pre-Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Johnny Yuma was a rebel. This was his TV theme. No, not this version, that's where the song comes from. Odd guitar sound, but a lot more edgy than any of their other stuff. Cool.