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The Rockin' Rebels - Wild Weekenddotdotdot
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. This is a repro of their LP. Not as good a buy as the Ace CD.
Picks: Wild Weekend, Rockin' Crickets, Tequila, The Stripper, Ram-Bunk-Shush, Honky Tonk, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, Wild Rebel, Telstar, Hully Gully Rock, Sweet Little Sixteen, Rumble, Wild Weekend Cha Cha

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.

Tequila dotdotdot
Pre-Surf Rock (Instrumental)

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

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...

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

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

Honky Tonk dotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

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

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.

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.

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.

Hully Gully Rock dotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

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

Sweet Little Sixteen dotdot
Fifties Rock (Instrumental)

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

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.

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.