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The Rockin' R's - Crazy Babydotdotdot
artworkAmong the lost tribes of early suburban rock 'n' roll were Peoria, Illinois' Rockin' R's. Their singles are augmented with rehearsals and TV performances. Cruddy sound with real rock 'n' roll.
Picks: Mustang, Heat, Nameless, Ron's Raunch, The Beat

Track by Track Review


Mustang dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Lot's of whoops and hollers punctuate this rhythmic riff rocker. hard driven, rodeo fun, and almost chunky.

Heat dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Rockin' R's cut many crude guitar instros, most of which were more chord progressions than songs. "Heat," while chunky, is just a rock and roll grind.

Nameless dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Rockin' R's cut many an instro, most of which were gutty and progression based, with little melodic content. This is among the chunkier of their tracks, with spunky jagged rhythm and a soft sax. Primitive, but enjoyable.

Ron's Raunch dotdotdot
Rock 'n' Roll (Instrumental)

"Ron's Raunch" is a raw sax honker that strolls on the wrong side of the tracks. Recorded live on the Paul Beard show on Peoria, Illinois TV.

The Beat dotdotdot
Fifties Instro (Instrumental)

For primitive rural American indie instros of the fifties, it's hard to beat the Rockin' R's. Still, this track is mostly a rhythm, and the fidelity of their work is not good. This does provide a glimpse into the realm of garage bands in the fifties in places like Idaho and North Dakota, and most notably the suburbs of Peoria, Illinois.