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The Meteors

Combining a revved-up variant on the classic rockabilly sound with a tongue-in-cheek obsession with horror movies and cartoonish violence, the Meteors were the U.K.'s leading psychobilly outfit, and often proudly declared that they were the only true exponents of the style (though history records that the Cramps were serving up their own ghoulish mix of rockabilly and horror first). The Meteors were the brainchild of guitarist and vocalist Paul Fenech, who first made a name for himself in the late '70s as a member of the British rockabilly group the Southern Boys. After a spell, Fenech and Southern Boys upright bassist Nigel Lewis teamed up to form a two-man rockabilly combo, Rock Therapy; drummer Mark Robertson was added to the lineup in 1980, and the group adopted a new name, Raw Deal.

While Raw Deal was beginning to attract attention among rockabilly fans and had landed spots on compilation albums, Fenech decided to give the group a new image. They adopted a punk-inspired look, added a mock-sinister undertow to their music, and adopted lyrics inspired by horror films such as The Hills Have Eyes and Blue Sunshine. Needing a new name to go with their new image, they began calling themselves the Meteors. In 1981, the group released its first album, In Heaven, issued as part of an ill-fated deal with Island Records, but the band's real breakthrough came with 1983's Wreckin' Crew, which featured a hit single cover of "Johnny Remember Me." By this time, Lewis and Robertson were both out of the band, replaced with Mick White and Steve "Ginger' Meadham taking over on bass and drums, respectively; frequent personnel turnovers would be regular part of the Meteors' story from this point forward, with Fenech the sole constant though literally dozens of lineups.

The band remained a popular attraction in the United Kingdom and Europe, touring frequently and releasing recordings at a steady pace through the 1980s and '90s, though it gained only a cult following in the United States. In the fall of 2000, Fenech announced that the Meteors would be giving up live performances following a swing through Germany, but to the relief of fans, he reconsidered and a few years later yet another lineup of the group was touring regularly and hard at work on new recordings. ~ Mark Deming
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Love The Meteors!
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I saw the Meteors in Atlanta - saw the Cramps play a double bill with Rev Horton Heat in Atlanta too for a halloween show back in the early ninties - for me no ones better than the Meteors for psycho
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did someone really comment when you're (ready) to take the Meteors to the next level. Y'all are in luck, I'm for hire dude are you really that clueless? hahaha
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FTW WWWC OTMAPP
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OTMAPP!!
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Otmapp
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The meteors are the s**t!they rock it!Now the Cramps were the s**t!saw them live a few times and hands down the OG live act!
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The meteors are way better then the cramps
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The Meteors are good, are they better then the Cramps ....i'd say no .... but its all personal preference
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Better than the cramps by far. No comparison.
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World wide wrecking crew!!!!!
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bruceobennet t
Thease cats rock ya dig me daddy-0
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My name is Jimmy Decker, I'm from Las Vegas, Nevada USA. I play upright bass, lemme know when you're to take the Meteors to the next level. Y'all are in luck, cuz I'm for hire. For more info email me at jamesdeckerv e g a s @ y a h o o . c o m . By The Way, you're welcome.
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jamesaitken1
most deep, miss you Johnny...... . . . . . . . . . .
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The Meteors f**kin rock!!
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no upright bass?! demented are go! blows their dicks off.
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So this is where Zombie for your love came from? Still Kim Lenz puts on a good show: http://www.y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = I M 8 m m S 5 E f i M
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OG Psychos...
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the u.k. variant of the cramps. good but not the same.
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one of the best psycho bands ever!
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hondaron6
The up rise of the psychobilly in the world. Its a great thing!!!
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j.adams000
cramps did it best! USA! USA! USA!
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vocals will have to grow on me, but definitely dig the music! psycho all the way!
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the best psychobilly hands down!!
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This is one of the best bands live. Check them out next time they're out.
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I dig the s**t out of this band :)
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devkerr2
otmapp, enough said.
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Two ludes would bring them back to normal - it's country music on a black beauty.
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ecseidel
They started it...
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been obsessed for quite some time now (:
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their lyrics are good as fuk
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flynnbm4
Love Meteors and Levi and the Rockats. Brit rockabilly keepin on.
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Meteors are always worth listening to,
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fencerjared
yeah, too bad their new lineup sucks balls and the one time i was able to see them live they ran from the stage 20 minutes early with their tails tucked between their legs like f**king british dogs.
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Real rock & roll.....
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OTMAPP
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mistermugger
hail the meteors, f**k the new breed..tiger army and their fans can suck a dick
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True psychobilly

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