Title - 'Headcat 13'
Artist - Headcat 13
Proving the old adage about cats having nine lives, rockabilly guitarist and icon Danny B. Harvey has returned with a new descendent of the rockabilly project he started back with Lemmy of Motörhead and Slim Jim Phantom of The Stray Cats.
The Head Cat, as they dubbed themselves, released a studio album Fool’s Paradise in 2006 as well as a live album, Rock N’ Roll Riot On The Sunset Strip.
Years later, after the passing of Lemmy (who lived more lives than all these other cats combined), Harvey recruited 69 Eyes crooner Jyrki 69 for (what else) The 69 Cats.
And now, the man who filled Lemmy’s motorcycle boots in the legendary space rock band Hawkwind, Alan Davey, has teamed up with Harvey along with Frantic Flattops drummer Paul Vezelis for the newest litter, Headcat 13!
1. 'Let’s Go Crazy'
2. 'Wigglin’ And A Jigglin’'
3. 'Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonite'
4. 'That’s It That’s All'
5. 'Route 66'
6. 'Psycho Daisies'
7. 'Reckless, Wild And Crazy'
8. 'Don’t Look Back'
9. 'Have Love Will Travel'
10. 'Susie Q'
11. 'Come Out And Play'
12. 'Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On'
Following in the paw prints of the previous groups, this self-titled outing (released this past July 24th, 2020 via Cleopatra Records) offers some more fantastic covers of early rock classics such as 'Route 66' and 'Susie Q,' but the thing that confuses me is that if you look at the album cover, the last thing you would think this album was going to provide would be rockabilly!
I mean, there's a salivating, one-eyed, old lion/tiger on the front cover, hovering up above us in the clouds for pete's sake! Knowing nothing about this album going into its review (which I kinda like doing), I was blown away to discover it wasn't music akin to Tygers of Pan Tang!
Regardless, and amongst the slew of covers we also get some right royal gems in the form of some original songs, penned separately by Harvey and Davey, including the lead-off track 'Let’s Go Crazy.'
Oh, and for the record, the standout cut here for me is their totally on fire rendition of 'Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On,' which also features a special guest performance by Annie Marie Lewis, niece of The Killer himself Jerry Lee Lewis.
And if you love that track, and why wouldn't you, check out other work she's done with them, such as another of my now personal favorites (although it's not included here on this new album), The Killer's very own 1958-penned beauty, 'High School Confidential.'
Headcat 13 will be available on digital as well as CD in a special digipak and on a very limited edition vinyl!
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