Dance Crazy / Hook Line And Sinker / Blue Murder / Animal Pleasure / Wow Wow Oui Oui / Design For Living / Underworld USA / Bleed Me / Courtesan / Centerfold / Saigon / Reggae Cop / Going Through The Motions / Girl That I Love (The Idols) / You (The Idols).

Hollywood / Overrated / Comeback / Better Still / Dragging In The Dirt / After Midnight / Overloaded / Countdown Love #1 / Heavy Heart / After A Fashion / Riding Shotgun / Backfires / Without Your Love / Countdown Love #2 / Too Right Wing (The Idols) / Bigger Splash (The Idols).

The London Cowboys: Steve Dior: vocals, guitar, harp / Barry Jones: vocals, guitar / Pete Wassif, Paul Wassif, Johnny Thunders, Sylvain Sylvain, Waddy Wachtel: guitar / Mike Monroe, Ronnie Asprey: saxophone / Rikki Sylvan, Jim Solar: keyboards / Chris Heilman, Sasha Kritsov, Glen Matlock, Pete Farndon, Arthur Kane, Tony James, Tony Levin , Steve Counsel: bass / Phil Rowland, Dan Gerous, Benny De Massa, Terry Chimes, Rick Morotta, MC Bones, Jerry Nolan: drums.

The London Cowboys' Relapse is a double-CD: one disc being the highlights of their releases, the other comprised of unreleased material. In both categories there are bonus tracks from The Idols.

The London Cowboys were based around Steve Dior & Barry Jones who in 1976 were an integral part of London’s fledgling punk scene. They had loosely rehearsed with Chrissie Hynde and Keith Levene and others until Barry started co-promoting the first 100 days of The Roxy Club, booking the bands and designing the flyers. His teenage pal Steve came down to see the Heartbreakers on a pre-opening gig and fell in with the band. When Jerry Nolan left the Heartbreakers in August ’77, he formed The Idols with Steve and Barry; they soon moved to New York where Arthur Kane completed the line-up.

The Idols recorded demos for Track Records in London and made waves in New York, releasing a single on Ork Records. When Sid Vicious came to NY, they were his first choice of backup band (documented in recordings and Steve’s notes in ‘Sid Lives’, FREUDCD095), but the planned recordings with Sid never got to happen. The Idols folded in 1979 when Jerry had work-permit problems getting back into the UK. Barry then got a job with Max’s Kansas City; Steve rehearsed with the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones & Paul Cook’s new band, The Professionals.

The London Cowboys first incarnation was in the early 80’s, Steve together with the Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock and singer Russell King, who issued a couple of successful singles in France. But when it came to an album, Steve fell out with King and brought back Jones and Nolan who both had returned to the UK, and took over vocals himself. The band continued for many years with Dior & Jones as the nucleus, with the Matlock/Nolan rhythm section substituted according to availability – Tony James, Pete Farndon and Terry Chimes amongst others filled those positions.

Later in the 80’s, the Cowboys’ brand of rock’n’roll found favour with record executives – Dolls-influenced bands had proved their dollar worth in the form of Guns & Roses and Billy Idol. MCA signed the London Cowboys with big plans that never materialised; then Chrysalis courted them. But no releases came out of that period, until now!
In late ’86 Jerry Nolan, Barry Jones and Glen Matlock teamed up again together with Johnny Thunders, for a tour of the world through 1987.

Johnny had earlier guested on a unreleased Cowboys session; after he died Steve teamed up with Sylvain Sylvain for a tribute song – both included here. Steve & Barry must be the only musicians who’ve played with both four members of the New York Dolls and four members of the Sex Pistols!
Barry now lives in LA. Steve Dior took a break from music for a while but is back with a new band, The Delinquents. Source

8 commentaires:

Anonyme a dit…

Merci mr rambler !!!!!

Jef megawatts


THE LONDON COWBOYS: "Relapse" 2 X cd

The London Cowboys were a sleazy rock'n'roll band who performed from 1980 to 1986. Formed by punk renegades Steve Dior (vocals) and Barry Jones, formerly of The Idols, the band released their debut album, "Animal Pleasure" in 1982. The title and the cover photo, taken from the film The Tattered Dress, set the tone for the record.
The band was somewhat of an enigma and although these two remained (pretty) constant and wrote the material they were joined by a constant succession of other artists in the revolving roster.These included Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols,Terry Chimes & Tony James, Phil Lewis and Gerry Laffy from Girl, Jerry Nolan from the New York Dolls, also Alan D'Alvarez (reportedly of Scotland yard's D10 section) and a dozen other less notable players.
They recorded several albums including "Animal Pleasure", "Tall in the Saddle", and "On stage" a live album. There was a fourth album 'in the can' recorded under the working title "Whip It Out" which, although never formally released, spawned the single "Dance Crazy/Bleed Me". This featured the last real incarnation of the band - Steve Dior, Barry Jones, Gerry Laffy, Alan D'Alvarez and Jerry Nolan. After the Cowboys Steve formed a band called Filthy Lucre which recorded an Album "Pop Spear" and appeared on the Johnny Thunders Tribute CD along with Jeff Dahl, Dogs, Cosa Nostra Band, Bebe Buell, Barry Jones, Jet Boys, Syl Sylvain. Steve Dior also played in The Delinquents. Glen Matlock reformed the Sex Pistols with John Lydon, Steve Jones and Paul Cook. Alan D'Alvarez briefly joined London pseudo punk rockers Better Than You before returning to obscurity. Barry is now living in LA. Wikipedia

Tom a dit…

Thanks for posting - always great stuff here

Anonyme a dit…

Ooooh, c'est bon, ça !!! Jetez-vous dessus si vous ne l'avez pas encore écouté : c'est du lourd !
Bravo Mr MR : kalitat !

DEE DEE a dit…


Chris Damned a dit…

Le genre de truc qui a du traverser tout le monde... Une fois remis des coups d'épée dans l'eau du punk rock et de ses salissures street punk, il fallait bien revenir vers une base solide... Le rock'n'roll éternel à la JT évidemment !
Merci pour eux !!

Anonyme a dit…

Chouette! un album mi-compile mi-raretés des London Cowboys !!!

Serait-il possible de reposter le "On Stage" des London Cowboys ?

Philippe Thivillier a dit…

Great band. Fantastic compilation.
A million thanks to SOTD.