Stranger Than Fiction Rockabilly Rules Again – 2LP

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 4 Disc
Release date: 18 May 2015

"For young rockabilly beginners this is the ideal compilation to study the pioneers of groundbreaking music. But even the old-timers might find pieces missing from their collection." ***** Dynamite Magazine

"Raw, dirty, explosive...hard hitting rockabilly in the best possible sound. Impressive." Glitterhouse

"A well put together and very interesting set...I wonder what this lot as singles would cost nowadays...Fantastic Voyage continues to buck the quick-buck trend" Blues & Rhythm


CAT No: FVDV219UPC TEXT: 5055311072197

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Like any underground musical movement, the so-called rockabilly revival which curiously blossomed in the UK and spread out to the rest of Europe during the 1970s was largely fed by bootlegs or, at least, reissues of dubious legality. However, among the first independent reissue labels to emerge on both sides of the Atlantic, in an effort to quench the growing thirst for obscure US rockabilly in the 1970s, was a handful of rock ’n’ roll collectors and record dealers who diligently sought out the original artists and label owners to create their own legitimate catalogues and identifiable brands which have, today, become collectable singles in their own right…forty years and more down the line!

With Europe in the grip of another rockabilly revival, rock ’n’ roll authority Dave Penny has compiled the 3CD Stranger Than Fiction, which is devoted to recordings revived in the 1970s on some of those specialist labels. For this special 2LP vinyl edition, complete with annotated insert, he has selected 36 highlights, with Sides 1 and 2 drawing on the Rollin’ Rock and Record Mart respectively, while Side 3 investigates the sister labels Injun and Spade, and Side 4 rounds up the best releases on other labels of the period.

Serving as the soundtrack to a series of articles Dave Penny has contributed to Now Dig This magazine, Stranger Than Fiction allows new fans to acquire these classics, and conjures up memories for those who filled the dancefloors of the UK rock ’n’ roll clubs in the 1970s: the tom-toms introducing “Robinson Crusoe Bop”, the manic cowbells heralding “Lay Your Head On My Shoulder” or Pat Cupp’s long drawled-out “Aaaaaaa’m aaaaa…long gon’ daddy”. The obsession for obscure 1950s Americana by a host of British teenagers born two decades too late may have seemed stranger than fiction, but it cast a spell that weaves its magic to this day!



Side Three – INJUN / SPADE





  1. Yah! I’m Movin’ (Jimmy Patton)
  2. Long Gone Daddy (Pat Cupp and His Flyin’ Saucers)
  3. Robinson Crusoe Bop (Sonny Cole and The Rhythm Roamers)
  4. I Gottum (Alvis Wayne)
  5. Walk My Way Back Home (Whitey Pullen)
  6. Don’t Be Unfair (Bob Taylor and The Counts)
  7. Stranger Than Fiction (Bob Luman)
  8. Silence Baby (Groovy Joe Poovey)
  9. Rockabilly Rhythm (Gene McKown with The Tune Twisters)


  1. Dig Them Squeaky Shoes (Frank Starr and His Rock-Away Boys)
  2. Hang Loose (I’ve Gotta Rock) (Tommy Spurlin and The Southern Boys)
  3. Wash Machine Boogie (The Echo Valley Boys)
  4. Midnighter (The Champs)
  5. Teen Age Bug (Dwight Pullen)
  6. Boppin’ High School Baby (Don Willis)
  7. Baby, Baby (Curtis Johnson and The Windjammers)
  8. Just A Little Bit More (Frank Deaton and His Mad Lads)
  9. Sweet Rockin’ Baby (Sonee West)


  1. Ten Long Fingers (Groove Joe Poovey)
  2. Eager Boy (The Lonesome Drifter)
  3. Mama Don’t Allow No Boppin’ (Vern Pullens)
  4. The Will Of Love (Tooter Boatman and The Chaparrals)
  5. A Woman Can Make You Blue (Royce Porter)
  6. That Crazy Little House On The Hill (Gene La Marr and His Blue Flames)
  7. Lay Your Head On My Shoulder (Alvis Wayne)
  8. Go Ahead On (Tommy Cassel)
  9. Hey Caterpillar (Ray Campi with John and Henry)


  1. Topsy Turvy (Benn Joe Zeppa)
  2. Let’s Paint The Town Red (Al Sweatt with Johnny Cale’s Valentines)
  3. Rock Everybody (Leon and Carlos)
  4. No Use Knocking On My Door (Lanie Walker and His Black Mountain Boys)
  5. River Rock (Don Hager and The Hot Tots)
  6. Goin’ Back To Dixie (Wayne Busby)
  7. Rock Rock (Johnny Powers with the band of Stan Getz and Tom Cats)
  8. Gotta Rock (Dale Davis with His Tomcats)
  9. I Knew (Hank LeGault)