Classic Rock Corner

Lemmy & HeadCat Mates Walk The Rockabilly Walk

You could say that the members of roots-rock trio HeadCat got together to pay tribute to the King. But instead of the baby Jesus of Bethlehem, these three wise men -bassist/singer Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead), drummer Slim Jim Phantom (ex-Stray Cats), and guitarist/pianist Danny B. Harvey (ex-Lonesome Spurs, Rockats) - were honoring Elvis Presley of Memphis.

All three contributed tracks to the 2000 Elvis tribute record Swing Cats, and found themselves jamming on old tunes by the likes of Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, and Buddy Holly. The ad hoc group released the record Lemmy, Slim Jim, and Danny B the same year (later reissued as Fool's Paradise in 2006), have gigged through the years, and then released a live DVD in 2007.

By now christened HeadCat (an amalgamation of their other band names), the group has just released Walk the Walk...Talk the Talk (Niji Entertainment), 10 covers of songs by Cochran ("Something Else"), Berry ("Let it Rock"), The Beatles ("You Can't Do That"), Robert Johnson ("Crossroads"), Johnny Kidd and the Pirate ("Shakin' All Over"), Larry Williams ("Bad Boy") and two originals.

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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