|Danny Wild, (Still) Wild In The Country
For those of you who remember those days of the late 70's rockabilly revival bands you will recall Danny Wild. Known for his unique talent of blending interesting and unusual lyrics with driving rock riffs, it's hard to forget the fact that Danny likes a good larf when he works. "Old Bill Boogie" was a B-side on the original "Mean Evil Daddy" single and really rocks it to the boys in blue, while keeping a nice level of humour in the lyrics. "200 Miles" is regularly covered by many of today's more prominent rockin' bands like the Doomsday Rockers.
With a pedigree which includes his involvement with blues outfit Moggie, the first line-up of Brewers Droop, subsequent work with Memphis Bend, Sunstroke and Shakin' Stevens, this cat has rocked. If any of you saw Carl Perkins on tour in '78 you would remember Danny as the supporting act for the great man when he performed at the Weymouth Pavilion. Having spent some years in semi-retirement, some touring with the Danny Wild Frantic Fifties show and many deputations, Danny is now back and rockin' with the music he loves to play - Rockabilly!
Just to please "yours truly", and maybe some other old-time Teds that might be still around, Pollytone has re-released Danny Wild & The Wildcats' original 1978 LP "Wild In The Country" on CD, with the additional bonus track "Old Bill Boogie". This last track is for you guys who still have the original album... now you have to buy the re-release too! Well, unless you also have the original 45 too of course LOL. To tell you the truth; I don't have either, so I'm glad Pete send me this promotional copy, because listening to "200 Miles" again after all these years really got the shivers up and down my spine. This is what the British revival was all about in the 70s! Or "That's Nice" and "Don't Be Square" and lotsa other boppin' tracks with that specific UK revival sound, that you would otherwise only find on the early albums of Sandy Ford's Flying Saucers. All 14 songs are originals, written by Danny Wild himself. So, what can I say? Thank you Danny and Pollytone for re-releasing this gem. Ain't it great that Danny is still on the road!
The Black Katz (currently with Danny)
On bass Is Doctor Bob Taylor. The Doc is the most recent member of the band but his experience and versatility are a vital part of the authentic sound that is Danny Wild rockabilly. The doctor of bass has performed with many local bands and, in addition to rockabilly, he is known to channel his talent into blues-rock and R&B, performing with such artistes as Ben E. King, The Fantastics and Dave Dee. Those of you who frequent the Berks/Bucks area will know the Doc for the charity concert he organises annually at the Swan in High Wycombe to raise funds for the South Bucks Day Hospice.
On Rhythm guitar is Rock-it-Robin Clark. If Rock-it didn't exist we reckon we'd have to invent him. The guy is a multi-talent - a walkin' one-man band. Not only does he play rhythm guitar, he also sings, plays the flute, the electronic sax, keyboards and percussion. Sometimes us other Katz wonder why we bother turning up! The Rock-it Man has been working with Danny for many years and is by far the longest standing member of the Katz. You would think with all that musicianship he would be content but not our Rock-it! He is also a qualified engineer and can often be found mixing it with other techies at gigs, asking such in-depth questions as "What's that do?".
On drums and percussion is Pete 'Panther' Last. The Panther has worked with Danny on several projects over the years, (but despite this he still wants to be one of the Black Katz - must be something to do with the nickname). Pete has been around on the music scene, both here and abroad for many years and was once the drummer with Sunrise - a rock 'n' roll trio from Dorset who became the support and backing band for the infamous Jumpin' Jimmy Thunder. Past triumphs and disasters have included a Dixieland jazz band, punk rock, heavy metal and soft rock covers bands together with several rock 'n' roll projects over the years.
Courtesy of Pete Last, firstname.lastname@example.org