From The Archives: Big Bad Johns – I Will Be Good Album Review (1999)

bbjSlick swing /rockabilly action coupled with a feisty punk attitude – the Big Bad Johns are indeed the real mccoy. Let me tell you why this album was one of the releases of late ’98. If Bill Haley was the cat who gave rock n roll the green light, then the Big Bad Johns fittingly carry the torch into the year 2000. BBJ take a piece from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s rock n roll revolutions and have created ‘I Will Be Good’. From the decadent rockabilly anthem ‘Hot Rods To Hell’, to the down n dirty blues menace of ‘Piece Of Cake’, the appeal is indeed broad. The big swing of ‘This Kinda Party’ perfectly highlights the gravel throat of Howlin’ Ron Wolf. The punk boogie grind of ‘Where’s Waldo’ (a tribute to Walter Lure ?) fucking slays and is my personal fave, although the reflective ‘Deal With Me’ runs a close second. Brother, take me back to Max’s and pour me a tequila !! Cop the tip, Feralette Records don’t release dud acts, and with this release they have again come up trumps. Well recommended. 

(Review by Col Gray. Archive Source: Cat Scratch Fever/Vicious Kitten Records Newsletter Issue 1: May 1999)

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