Quiffs At The Flicks

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 13 Oct 2014

"98 tracks over a a trio of discs is a serious horde...Still, this quantity does exude quality...really rather good." Vintage Rock

CAT No: FVTD208UPC TEXT: 5055311002088

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Big Screen British Rock’n’Roll

As its name suggests, Quiffs At The Flicks is a celebration of music from the rock’n’roll era, as included in feature films of the time. More than that, it is a celebration of specifically British feature films, so the music is predominantly home-grown rock & roll, skiffle and pop. But there is also space for a few US contributions, when a movie was fortunate enough to entice participants from across the Atlantic. Quiffs At the Flicks features music from 21 British movies which premiered between May 1957 and September 1962. No less than 98 tracks are included on this 3CD selection, compiled and annotated by early pop expert Lucky Parker. The 20pp booklet features colour illustrations including film posters and the sleeves of associated records.

Few if any of the films included are now regarded as cinematic landmarks, nor were they intended as such: in most cases they were conceived to exploit the music and other transient preoccupations of contemporary pop culture. But that is precisely why they now hold a fascination with people of a certain age and/or with an interest in late fifties and early sixties youth culture. Some films were clearly vehicles for a particular talent, like The Tommy Steele Story and The Young Ones, while others featured a patchwork of disparate pop stars.

Only the stoniest of hearts will not be warmed by the familiar roster of stars who inhabit these films, be it in lead roles or blink-and-you’ll-miss-them walk-on parts. They range from serious thespians to those much-loved players of character parts, and include Jackie Collins, Sid James, Anthony Quayle, Christopher Lee, Oliver Reed, Dirk Bogarde, David Hemmings, David McCallum (apparently These Dangerous Years was his feature film debut) and many more.

Noteworthy directors range from those based in exploitation – Michael Winner (Play It Cool), Gerald Thomas (The Duke Wore Jeans) – to those who would transcend the genre in favour of grander productions; Clive Donner (Some People), Val Guest (Expresso Bongo), Cy Endfield (Jet Storm) and Dick Lester (It’s Trad, Dad!) Nevertheless Quiffs At The Flicks documents their work together, allowing an insight into the early days of British film and its buoyant pop soundtracks. Contained within are performances by skiffle acts Lonnie Donegan, Les Hobeaux and the Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group featuring Nancy Whiskey, jazz and dance band musicians like Art Baxter, Tony Crombie and Don Lang who tried their hand at rock’n’roll, early British popular vocalists like Frankie Vaughan, Petula Clark and  Craig Douglas, first generation British rock’n’rollers Tommy Steele, Cliff Richard, Marty Wilde and Billy Fury, instrumental combos The Shadows (aka The Drifters), The John Barry Seven and The Eagles, early sixties stars like Adam Faith and Helen Shapiro and the truly unique Anthony Newley. Of the US musicians so idolised in the UK, Quiffs At The Flicks nods to Bobby Vee, Gene Vincent, Gary US Bonds, Chubby Checker and Del Shannon.



  1. Rock With The Caveman (Tommy Steele &The Steelmen)
  2. Rebel Rock (Tommy Steele & The Steelmen)
  3. Take Me Back, Baby (Tommy Steele & The Steelmen)
  4. Butterfingers (Tommy Steele & The Steelmen)
  5. You Gotta Go (Tommy Steele & The Steelmen)
  6. Will It Be You? (Tommy Steele & The Steelmen)
  7. Two Eyes (Tommy Steele & The Steelmen)
  8. Time To Kill (Tommy Steele & The Steelmen)
  9. Elevator Rock (Tommy Steele & The Steelmen)
  10. Doomsday Rock (Tommy Steele & The Steelmen)
  11. Freight Train (Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group feat. Nancy Whiskey)
  12. Singing The Blues (Tommy Steele & The Steelmen)
  13. These Dangerous Years (Frankie Vaughan)
  14. Art’s Theme (Art Baxter & His Rock ’n’ Roll Sinners)
  15. You Can’t Say I Love You To A Rock & Roll Tune (Joan Small)
  16. Rock You Sinners (Art Baxter & His Rock ’n’ Roll Sinners)
  17. Let’s You And I Rock (Tony Crombie & His Rockets)
  18. Six-Five Special (Don Lang & His Frantic Five)
  19. Sugartime (Jim Dale)
  20. The Train Kept A-Rollin’ (Jim Dale)
  21. Ever Since I Met Lucy (Jimmy Lloyd)
  22. Baby Lover (Petula Clark)
  23. Boy Meets Girl (Don Lang & His Frantic Five)
  24. You’ve Gotta Way (John Barry Seven)
  25. Every Which Way (John Barry Seven)
  26. La Dee Dah (Jackie Dennis)
  27. 6-5 Jive (The King Brothers)
  28. Jack O’ Diamonds (Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group)
  29. Dynamo (Les Hobeaux)
  30. Charm (Terry Dene)
  31. Candy Floss (Terry Dene)
  32. C’min And Be Loved (Terry Dene)
  33. Johnny-O (Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group feat. Nancy Whiskey)
  34. The Golden Age (Terry Dene)


  1. Hair-Down-Hoe-Down (Tommy Steele)
  2. Happy Guitar (Tommy Steele & The Steelmen)
  3. The Heart Of A Man (Frankie Vaughan)
  4. Walkin’ Tall (Frankie Vaughan)
  5. My Boy Flat Top (Frankie Vaughan)
  6. Idle Rock-A-Boogie (Anthony Newley)
  7. Sat’day Night Rock-A-Boogie (Anthony Newley)
  8. I’ve Waited So Long (Anthony Newley)
  9. Idle On Parade (Anthony Newley)
  10. Chinchilla (The Drifters)
  11. No Turning Back (Cliff Richard and The Drifters)
  12. Living Doll (movie version) (Cliff Richard and The Drifters)
  13. Mad About You (Cliff Richard and The Drifters)
  14. Living Doll (single version) (Cliff Richard and The Drifters) (BONUS)
  15. Jet Stream (Marty Wilde)
  16. Bongo Blues (The Shadows)
  17. Love (Cliff Richard and The Shadows)
  18. A Voice In The Wilderness (Cliff Richard and The Shadows)
  19. I Did What You Told Me (Adam Faith)
  20. Lindon Home Rock (John Barry Seven)
  21. The Beat Girl Song (Adam Faith)
  22. Made You (Adam Faith)
  23. It’s Legal (Shirley Anne Field)
  24. Beat Girl (main title) (John Barry Seven)
  25. Long Stringy Baby (Jimmy Crawford)
  26. Peace Pipe (The Shadows)
  27. We Say Yeah (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)
  28. The Savage (The Shadows)
  29. The Young Ones (movie version) (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)
  30. Lessons In Love (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)
  31. When The Girl In Your Arms Is The Girl In Your Heart (Cliff Richard)
  32. Got A Funny Feeling (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)
  33. The Young Ones (single version) (Cliff Richard & The Shadows) (BONUS)


  1. Play It Cool (Billy Fury)
  2. You’re Swell (Billy Fury)
  3. Once Upon A Dream (Billy Fury)
  4. Let’s Paint The Town (Billy Fury)
  5. It’s Gonna Take Magic (Shane Fenton & The Fentones)
  6. Why Little Girl (Shane Fenton & The Fentones)
  7. Take It Easy (Jimmy Crawford)
  8. Cry My Heart Out (Helen Shapiro)
  9. Twist Kid (Billy Fury)
  10. At A Time Like This (Bobby Vee)
  11. I Don’t Care (Helen Shapiro)
  12. A Change Of Heart (Craig Douglas)
  13. Another You (Craig Douglas)
  14. Johnny’s Tune (The Eagles)
  15. Yes You Did (Valerie Mountain)
  16. Too Late (Valerie Mountain)
  17. Bristol Express (The Eagles)
  18. Some People (Valerie Mountain)
  19. Mix Me A Person (Adam Faith)
  20. Lonely City (John Leyton)
  21. Another Tear Falls (Gene McDaniels)
  22. Let’s Talk About Love (Helen Shapiro)
  23. Ring-A-Ding (Craig Douglas)
  24. Spaceship To Mars (Gene Vincent)
  25. Rainbows (Craig Douglas)
  26. The Lose-Your-Inhibitions Twist (Chubby Checker)
  27. Sometime Yesterday (Helen Shapiro)
  28. Double Trouble (The Brook Brothers) (BONUS)
  29. Seven Day Weekend (Gary U.S. Bonds) (BONUS)
  30. You Never Talked About Me (Del Shannon) (BONUS)
  31. What Am I To Do (The Paris Sisters) (BONUS)