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Guana Batz

The Guana Batz were part of a British wave of psychobilly that sprang up in the early '80s, around the same time that bands like the Cramps were gaining underground prominence in America, and more straightforward rockabilly revivalists like the Stray Cats and the Polecats were hitting the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The group was formed in the English town of Feltham, in Middlesex, in 1983, with a lineup featuring vocalist Pip Hancox, guitarist Stuart Osbourne, bassist Mick White (also of the similar Meteors), and drummer Dave Turner; White, an electric bassist, was soon replaced by stand-up acoustic player Sam Sardi. Playing hopped-up rockabilly with the speed and aggression of punk rock, the Guana Batz fit nicely into the British psychobilly scene epitomized by the Meteors, the Stingrays, the Caravans, and other bands who played at the good-naturedly rough Klub Foot in London. As such, the Batz landed a deal relatively quickly, releasing their debut EP, You're So Fine, on Big Beat Records by the end of 1983. An appearance on the Stompin' at the Klub Foot compilation netted them a better deal with ABC/ID, which released their full-length debut, Held Down...At Last! (aka Held Down to Vinyl...At Last!), in 1985. A follow-up, Loan Sharks, appeared a year later, and proved an even bigger underground hit (at least in the U.K.) than its predecessor. Live in London (recorded at the Klub Foot) followed in 1987, and Rough Edges continued the group's annual release schedule in 1988. Following that album, drummer Turner was replaced by Johnny Bowler, who debuted on 1990's Electra Glide in Blue (recorded for new label World Service). While the band continued to tour the U.K. and Europe (with new bassist Mark Pennington), their initial recording career ended there, and they disbanded during the '90s. Hancox and Bowler both moved to California, where they settled and started families. The Guana Batz reunited in late 1998, however, and recorded the all-covers album Undercover the following year. The compilation Can't Take the Pressure was released in 2000, with a competing best-of, The Very Best of the Guana Batz, appearing in 2001. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Very Best Of Guana Batz

1. Can't Take The Pressure

2. Lady Bacon

3. King Rat

4. Pile Driver Boogie

5. Radio Sweetheart

7. I'm On Fire

8. See Through

9. Streetwise

10. Open Your Mouth

11. Love Generator

12. You Can Run

13. Electraglide In Blue

14. Texas Eyes

15. Wondrous Place

16. The Cave (Live)

17. Lady Of The Night

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Track List: Undercover

1. You're My Baby

2. Please Give Me Something

3. Bust Out

4. My Way

5. Slippin' In

6. Radio Sweetheart

7. Shake Your Money Maker

8. Hippy Hippy Shake

9. No Particular Place To Go

10. I'm On Fire

11. Baby Blue Eyes

12. Batman

13. One Night

14. Bring My Cadillac Back

16. Wonderous Place

17. Lights Out

18. Johnny B. Goode

19. Joe 90

20. Train Kept A Rollin'

21. Devil's Guitar

22. Rockin' In The Graveyard

23. Rocky Road Blues

24. Dynamite

25. Rock This Town

26. Endless Sleep

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Track List: Held Down To... At Last

1. Down The Line

2. Got No Money

3. Can't Take The Pressure

4. Nightwatch

5. Lady Bacon

6. King Rat

7. You're My Baby

8. Nightmare Fantasy

9. Please Give Me Something

10. Bust Out

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real deal psychobilly none of these Pandora c*m eaters get it
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Klii
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It all sounds alike. Competent but very generic, like the music from low budget American Internationa l movies in the '60's.
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Batmobile and zombie ghost train are right along these guys..... F**kin awesome!!!
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I get crazy when I get efdup to these crazies... Ha..
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amazing live
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meangreenpun c h e r
Love them!
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New kind of music to me! not bad
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Awesome band ��
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there the best and pip is a crazy a**
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slap that bass!
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if you get a chance to see them play, do it.
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7rachel.curt i s 7
I like them! if you like the cramps and the Rev. this is up you alley
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They're all right - good in a mix of others :)
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These guys are pretty good!
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