I bought this album on CD in 2000 and it’s still one of my top 5 favorites — and it still gets played at least once a week around my house! Arguably one of the best psychobilly/rockabilly/garage compilations ever made, Rockabilly Psychosis and the Garage Disease was first released in 1984 by Big Beat Records UK, a subsidiary of Ace Records.*
Many of these tracks made their way onto my “sexy/sleazy” playlist, and I give credit to whoever put together this collection for first introducing me to Tav Falco & the Panther Burns and The Sting-Rays. This album is not only an amazing collection of great songs, but you might discover a band or a track that you’ve never heard before either!
Some of the highlights:
• The guitar licks and dirty sounds of the first 20 seconds of Link Wray’s Hidden Charms: “Your lips are sweet, as honey cream…”
• Tav Falco’s voice on Dateless Night
• The simple combination of drums (played with brushes?), bass and guitar on The Sting-Ray’s Catman, with wild screams over the top!
• The original Surfin’ Bird by the Trashmen (1963), a combination of two R&B hits by The Rivingtons: Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow and The Bird’s the Word (thanks, Wikipedia!)
• Featuring The Cramps with Jimmy Dickinson, ’nuff said!
* I found this fact online, please correct me if anyone has more info!
Here’s the track listing (copied from Amazon, though you can find this album for sale at lots of shops, online or in a record shop near you!):
1. Surfin’ Bird – The Trashmen
2. Psycho – The Sonics
3. The Crusher – The Novas
4. Scream! – Ralph Nielsen & The Chancellors
5. Paralysed – Legendary Stardust Cowboy
6. She Said – Hasil Adkins
7. Hidden Charms – Link Wray
8. My Daddy Is A Vampire – The Meteors
9. Red Headed Woman – Jimmy Dickinson & The Cramps
10. Run Chicken – The Milkshakes
11. Radioactive Kid – The Meteors
12. Dateless Night – Tav Falco & Panther Burns
13. Jack On Fire – The Gun Club
14. Folsom Prison Blues – The Geezers
15. Catman – The Sting-Rays
16. Just Love Me – The Guana Batz
— Miss Psychobilly Bass