RODDY RAY'DA & THE SURFIN' CAESARS ‎- Mouthful Of Chicken + Orgazmatazz

RODDY RAY'DA & THE SURFIN' CAESARS ‎ Mouthful Of Chicken +  Orgazmatazz CD 1993
Hotwired And Loaded / Midnight Moses / She's A Wanker / Bible On Fire / Bootleg Love / Gotta Hardon / Out Of It / Love Lies On The Wings Of A Butterfly / The Ballad Of Diablo Ruderfinger / Hammer That Motor* / Mountainman* / Galaxy Gals* / Eveready Man* / Hellcats Howl* / Over Under Sideways Down* / Evil Woman In A Mini Skirt* / Tequilla Wipeout* / Lost, Lonely & Vicious*.
*Bonus Tracks From The Vinyl Only "Orgazmatazz".
Produced by Phil Hall.
Roddy Ray'Da & The Surfin' Caesars: Roddy Ray'da: guitar / Jim Leone: bass / John McKay: drums / Nick "Lobstar" Potts: guitar, mellotron, harmonica / Bob Sattler: lead guitar / Chris Masuak: piano / Phil Hall: rhythm guitar, slide guitar.

Roddy Radalj’s influence on Australian punk rock is as significant as it is enigmatic. Born in country West Australia to immigrant parents, Radalj came of musical age in the potent and parochial Perth punk scene of the mid to late 1970s, alongside such punk rock legends as Kim Salmon, James Baker, Dave Faulkner and Boris Sudjovic.
Despite having a musical pedigree that reads like a first edition expose of Australian rock’n’roll – founding member of The Scientists, The Johnnys, Le Hoodoo Gurus and The Dubrovniks – Radalj’s position in Australian music history continues to be overshadowed by his propensity for leaving his bands just as they were on the brink of making the leap from cult interest to critical and commercial success.
Having left The Dubrovniks in the late 1980s, Radalj forged out on his own with some new rare-as-hen’s-teeth solo records, before returning to his native Western Australia in the mid 1990s. Radalj’s most recent album, "Guns, Girls and Guitars" (Timberyard Records) surprised many of his fans with its blend of surf, garage and eclectic European styles. But in many ways it was his quintessential record – for with Radalj, the only attribute that’s to be expected is the unexpected. Source

Born in Dubrovnik, Croatia, former Yugoslavia, Radalj got his start with Perth punk band The Exterminators who, via The Invaders, eventually became The Scientists in May 1978. Their earliest line-up were Kim Salmon (later a crucial member of the Beasts of Bourbon and The Surrealists) and ex-Victims drummer James Baker. Radalj stayed long enough in The Scientists to appear on their debut single, "Frantic Romantic", long regarded as one of the most collectable artefacts of the Australian punk rock era.
His next band Rockets issued one single, "Mean Mistress" before Roddy relocated to Sydney where, in January 1981, he joined Baker, Dave Faulkner (another Perth expatriate and ex-leader of the Victims) and Kimble Rendall (ex-XL Capris) as founders of Le Hoodoo Gurus. Their debut single, "Leilani" on the Phantom label (October, 1982) was an instant classic: it had three lead guitars and no bass. Just as the single appeared Radalj left the band (which became Hoodoo Gurus) to form irreverent cow-punk trio The Johnnys, nevertheless he had been a Guru long enough to have co-written with Faulkner several outstanding songs - "Leilani", "(Let's All) Turn On", "Arthur" and "Death Ship" - which appeared on the band's 1984 debut album, "Stoneage Romeos". Hoodoo Gurus iconic status on the Australian rock scene was acknowledged when they were inducted into the 2007 ARIA Hall of Fame.
Once again, Radalj only remained long enough with The Johnnys to appear on one single, "I Think You're Cute".

In 1985, Radalj together with James Baker (ex Hoodoo Gurus) released a single, a cover of The Troggs’ "I Can’t Control Myself" with an original, "Born to Be Punched" on the B-side. The single was credited to The James Baker Experience. In 1986 Radalj teamed up again with Baker (by then ex-Beasts of Bourbon), plus Boris Sujdovic (ex-Rockets, The Scientists, Beasts of Bourbon) and Peter Simpson (ex-Spectre's Revenge) as the Adorable Ones. Within a year the Adorable Ones had renamed themselves the Dubrovniks in honour of the fact that both Radalj and Sujdovic had been born in the historical Croatian city of Dubrovnik. The band's clattering yet accessible rock'n'roll appealed on record in the shape on two 1988 singles for the Citadel label, "Fireball of Love" and "My Coo Ca Choo" and contributed to their album Dubrovnik Blues before Radalj was involved in fisticuffs onstage at the Greek Theatre in Melbourne and he moved on again. His next sideline project, the Punjabbers, issued one single, "Rock'n'Roll Loveletters", on the original Timberyard label in 1988.

With backing from his own band, Roddy Ray'Da & the Surfin' Caesars (including Bill Gibson (ex-Eastern Dark), Gye Bennetts (ex-Tablewaiters) and Jim Leone and Paul Larsen from the Celibate Rifles), Radalj released his debut solo album in 1989. Produced by ex-Radio Birdman and Hitmen member Chris Masuak, "Lost Lonely and Vicious" was an immediate success on the Australian independent charts. As well as producing the single "Dynamite Party" the album included a rip-roarin’ cover of the Dictators’ "Master Race Rock". The second album, "Orgazmatazz", was brimming with dexterous trash rock and a healthy sense of the absurd, as epitomised by tracks such as "Hammer the Motor", "Hellcat's Howl", "Galaxy Girl" and "Evil Woman in a Mini Skirt". Guitarist John Freckleton replaced Bill Gibson for the "Orgazmatazz" line up.
Following one more album in 1993, "Mouthful of Chicken", Radalj returned to Perth in order to attend to family matters.

In 2005 he released "Guns Girls & Guitars" on the Timberyard Records label, the album was put together over a lengthy period, in four different studios, with the aid of fellow musicians Murry Cook, Matt Reddell, Mick Radalj, Simon Goodridge, Reg Zar, Lucy DeSoto, Rose Tattoo's Pete Wells, Chris Welsh, Bob Spencer and others. In late 2006 Radalj formed his latest band, The Smokin’ Eldorados, sharing guitar and vocal duties with Matthew de la Hunty (Tall Tales and True), and initially with drummer Reg Zar (The Elks, Bhundu Boys and with Jeff Martin from The Tea Party) and bassist James Rogers (The Fault, Harlequin League). Rogers being replaced with Laurie Sinagra (sound engineer, who has worked with Jebediah, Downsyde, Dom Mariani, Sodastream, Gyroscope and Turnstyle) and Zar with Tim Bates.
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Thanks To Mr D.!

4 commentaires:


RODDY RAY'DA & THE SURFIN' CAESARS ‎- Mouthful Of Chicken + Orgazmatazz CD

Rare cd ! Aussie rock !!!

themaker75 a dit…

Amazing you have kept this blog up for so many years and it's still great! I was traveling for a few years and I'm shocked when I come back this blog is still strong when so many have died.
A shame so many earlier posts are dead.

A.M. a dit…

Absolutely fabulous! Thank you, SOTD!

Anonyme a dit…

He recently got back with Salmon, Baker and Sujdovic for a few 'original' Scientists shows. Basically 35th anniversary shows in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. They played songs from the first album or so. It was a fun night out.