THE REVILLOS Rev-Up! LP/CD 1980/2001
Secret Of The Shadow / Rev Up / The Rock-A-Boom / Voodoo / Bobby Come Back To Me / Scuba Boy Bop / Yeah Yeah / Hungry For Love / Juke Box Sound / On The Beach / Cool Jerk / Hippy Hippy Sheik / Motorbike Beat / Where's The Boy For Me?* / Scuba Scuba* / Voodoo 2* / The Fiend* / No Such Luck*.
The Revillos: Eugene Reynolds & Fay Fife: vocals, Farfisa & clavioline / Rocky Rhythm: beat kit / Kid Krupa: guitar / The Revettes (Babs & Cherie): backing vocals / William Mysterious: bass / Hi-Fi Harris: lead & rhythm guitar + Dr. D. K. Smythe (tracks: 8), Eugene Reynolds (tracks: 11, 17, 18), Felix (tracks: 6, 13), William Mysterious (tracks: 1 to 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14 to 16): bass.
The Rezillos are a punk/new wave band formed in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1976. Although emerging at the same time as other bands in the punk rock movement, the Rezillos did not share the nihilism or social commentary of their contemporaries, but instead took a more light-hearted approach to their songs, preferring to describe themselves at the time as "a New Wave beat group". Their songs are heavily influenced by 1950s rock and roll, 1960s English beat music and garage rock, early 1970s glam rock, and recurring lyrical themes of science fiction and B movies, influences that mirrored those of US bands the Cramps and the B-52s who were starting out at the same time. The Rezillos' biggest hit in their home country was the UK Top 20 single "Top of the Pops" in 1978, but they are best known outside the UK for their cover version of "Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight", which featured on the soundtrack to Jackass: The Movie in 2002. Since the Rezillos recorded it, the song has been covered by other punk bands, including Youth Brigade and Murphy's Law.
Released in July 1978, the Rezillos' only studio album "Can't Stand the Rezillo"s is now considered a classic album of the first wave of British punk, but the group split up four months after its release, following internal arguments about their future direction. After the Rezillos split the band's guitarist and principal songwriter Jo Callis briefly joined a couple of unsuccessful Edinburgh post-punk groups, before being invited to join The Human League. He went on to co-write some of The Human League's best known songs during their most successful period, including their biggest worldwide hit, "Don't You Want Me". The Rezillos' vocalists Eugene Reynolds and Fay Fife formed the Revillos, a group with an ever-changing line-up that continued where the Rezillos left off. The Revillos split up in 1985, briefly reforming in 1994 for a tour of Japan, and again in 1996 for a UK tour. In 2001 the Rezillos reformed after being invited to play at Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations, and have continued to play live ever since, as well as releasing new singles occasionally. Wikipedia
Emerging more than a year after Fay Fife and Eugene Reynolds broke a nation's heart by dismantling the Rezillos, the Revillos' Rev Up debut set the stage, immediately, for a mission that was going to take the last band's sound into an entirely new universe -- one that had, sad to say, already been visited by the B-52's' and the Cramps' recent doings, but which was nevertheless ripe for serious exploration.
A dramatic hybrid of day-glo rockabilly, B-movie glitter, and post-punk trash, Rev Up is a howling good time, a blur of wacked intentions and wired energies that settle for a moment on one, two, a dozen classic boogies, but never hang around for long, because there's always another planet to build a drive-in on.
And so, "Secret of the Shadow" blurs into the title track; "The Rock-A-Boom" leaks into "Voodoo"; and the semi-classic single "Motorbike Beat" incinerates everything in sight. Allmusic.com
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