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STRIPPING IT DOWN TO THE RAW LIQUOR THE JIM JONES REVUE In Conversation With VIC TEMPLAR


The Jim Jones Revue play a brand of flat-out rock’n’roll rarely heard these days. Their influences are thinly disguised; Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jackie Brenston and Ike’s ‘Rocket 88’, yet the delivery is unmistakably English. Their live show recreates the frenzy conjured by a young Noddy Holder on Slade’s breakthrough ‘Get Down & Get With It’. They look great, have the right


hair, and boogie with a highly energised sweat-drenched swagger. “People ‘get it’ straight away; the


girls dance and the guys go ‘yes’! It’s undiluted; the original recipe.” Vocalist Jones, late of Thee Hypnotics and Black Moses continues, “we wanted to strip it down to the raw liquor. Purist rock’n’roll hasn’t got the


Dr Strangely Strange will be performing the entire 1969 album Kip Of The Serenes live at The Gaff Club, Holloway Road, N7 on Saturday 21st February. The line up will be original members Tim Booth (vocalsl/guitar), Ivan Pawle (vocalsl/guitar) and Tim Goulding


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attack that punk had and punk misses the beauty of the song. We wanted to combine the two. I had to learn to scream in tune!” London-based, the band formed


around 18 months ago with five guys who’d seen each other at various gigs over the years. Guitarist Rupert Orton recalls, “Jim and I were talking about how we felt when we first heard rock’n’roll. That raw excitement. No-one was making us feel like that now.”


Now it seems, they can’t work out


how they’d never amalgamated before. Although pianist Elliott Mortimer seems to be “‘the man who fell to earth’ – he was around but had never done anything, hadn’t played in any bands.” Son of an Acker Bilk sideman, it is his pounding of the 88s that


(vocals/keyboards/whistle) plus “new boy” Joe Thoma (fiddlel/mandolin) who has only been with them since ’80. Advance tickets are £14 frpom the Hux Records website www.huxrecords.com or phone 0151 336 6199 from 10.00- 22.00 UK time Monday to Friday.


sets The JJR apart. The piano gives roll to the guitar’s rock, and for me is the driving instrument of the genre. The debut album, reviewed in the


last issue is a splendid racket. “We hadn’t got any money. We’re not signed, we wanted to do it ourselves, so we just got a small room and stuck four mics in it”. The punk rock ethos? “Yeah”. The band have just laid waste to


Germany and the album seems to be going well. “We just pressed a thousand here, and a thousand for Germany. We’ll see how it goes and just keep pressing more if we need ’em”.


Punk rock’n’roll indeed. www.myspace.com/thejimjonesrevue


One of our fave Swedish acts Deadman are set to tour the USA in Feb. For more details see www.myspace. com/deadmansweden


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