Stranger Than Fiction Rockabilly Rules Again

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 20 Apr 2015

"For young rockabilly beginners this is the ideal compilation to study the pioneers of groundbreaking music" ***** Dynamite Magazine

"A pretty comprehensive rockabilly rarities compilation" Ugly Things

"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: FVTD219UPC TEXT: 5055311002194

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Obscure 50s Gems Revived In The 70s

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 105-track 3CD Stranger Than Fiction, which is devoted to recordings revived in the 1970s on some of those specialist labels. CDs 1 and 2 spotlight releases on Rollin’ Rock and Record Mart respectively, while CD3 begins by investigating the sister labels Injun and Spade, before rounding up the best releases on other labels of the period. As well as reissuing many obscure rockabilly sides, these labels also made available previously unreleased recordings, demos and alternative takes by such legends as Pat Cupp, Alvis Wayne, Bob Luman, Ray Campi, Joe Poovey and Mac Curtis.

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 countdown to “Rocket Trip”, 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!



  1. Yah! I’m Movin’ (Jimmy Patton)
  2. Do Me No Wrong (Pat Cupp and His Flyin’ Saucers)
  3. Curfew Cops (Sonny Cole and The Rhythm Roamers)
  4. Long Gone Daddy (Pat Cupp and His Flyin’ Saucers)
  5. Robinson Crusoe Bop (Sonny Cole and The Rhythm Roamers)
  6. That Girl Of Mine (Pat Cupp and His Flyin’ Saucers)
  7. Let’s All Go Wild (Tonight) (Whitey Pullen)
  8. I Guess It’s Meant That Way (Pat Cupp and His Flyin’ Saucers)
  9. I Gottum (Alvis Wayne)
  10. Everybody’s Rockin’ (To The Rhythm and Blues) (Whitey Pullen
  11. Swing Bop Boogie (Alvis Wayne with Tony Wayne and His Rhythm Wranglers)
  12. Walk My Way Back Home (Whitey Pullen)
  13. Sleep, Rock-a-Roll Rock-a-Baby (Alvis Wayne with Tony Wayne and His Rhythm Wranglers)
  14. Don’t Be Unfair (Bob Taylor and The Counts)
  15. Stranger Than Fiction (Bob Luman)
  16. High Class Feelin’ (Lee Finn and His Rhythm Men)
  17. You Were The Cause Of It All (Bob Luman)
  18. Scrumptious Baby (Ray Campi and Fred Taylor)
  19. What’ll I Do (Mac Curtis)
  20. I Didn’t Mean To Be Mean (Ray Campi and Fred Taylor)
  21. Silence Baby (Groovy Joe Poovey)
  22. (All I Know Is The) Rodeo (Bill Chappell)
  23. Don’t Blame It On Me (Groovy Joe Poovey)
  24. That’s Allright (Bob Luman)
  25. Hey Baby (Harley Gabbard and Aubrey Holt with The Logan Valley Boys)
  26. In The Deep Dark Jungle (Bob Luman)
  27. Got The Best Of Me (Donnie Bowser)
  28. Jitterbugging Baby (David Ray)
  29. Come Back To Me (The Strikes)
  30. Jerry Arnold and The Rhythm Captains (High Classed Baby)
  31. I Don’t Dig It (Mike McAlister)
  32. Rockin’ And Reelin’ Country Style (Andy Starr)
  33. Wild, Wild Woman (Steve Wright and The Lin-Airs)
  34. Rockabilly Rhythm (Gene McKown with The Tune Twisters)
  35. Those Rock ’n’ Roll Blues (Don Ray and The Rodeo Ramblers)


  1. Dig Them Squeaky Shoes (Frank Starr and His Rock-Away Boys)
  2. The Fickle Chicken (The Atmospheres)
  3. Lonesome Feeling (David Ray)
  4. If You Can’t Rock Me (The Strikes)
  5. Telegraph (The Atmospheres)
  6. Lonesome Baby Blues (David Ray)
  7. Hang Loose (I’ve Gotta Rock) (Tommy Spurlin and The Southern Boys)
  8. Rockin’ With Rosie (Wally Deane and His Flips)
  9. My Baby Don’t Rock Me (Kent Westbury and The Chaperones)
  10. Oakie Boogie (Hank Swatley)
  11. Rocket Trip (Jackie Lowell with Duane Diamond and The Astronauts)
  12. She’s Mine (Johnnie Strickland)
  13. Down On The Farm (Al Downing with The Poe Cats)
  14. Made In The Shade (Gene Dunlap and The Jokers)
  15. Wash Machine Boogie (The Echo Valley Boys)
  16. Rockin’ Little Eskimo (Bobby Swanson and His Sonics)
  17. Bip Bop Boom (Mickey Hawks and His Night Raiders)
  18. Midnighter (The Champs)
  19. Teen Age Bug (Dwight Pullen)
  20. School Of Rock ’n’ Roll (Gene Summers and His Rebels)
  21. Hot Dog (Corky Jones)
  22. Rock Crazy Baby (Art Adams and The Rhythm Knights)
  23. Okie’s In The Pokie (Jimmy Patton)
  24. Riverside Jump (Jack Cochran)
  25. Boppin’ High School Baby (Don Willis)
  26. Blue Swingin’ Mama (Larry Dowd and The Rock-a-Tones)
  27. Dancing Doll (Art Adams and The Rhythm Knights)
  28. You Don’t Bug Me (No More) (Terry Daly and The Nu-Tones)
  29. Shadow Blues (John Hampton)
  30. Baby, Baby (Curtis Johnson and The Windjammers)
  31. Go Little Go Cat (Four Teens)
  32. Honey Don’t (Tyrone Schmidling)
  33. Just A Little Bit More (Frank Deaton and His Mad Lads)
  34. Midnight Sun Rock (Al Oster)
  35. Sweet Rockin’ Baby (Sonee West)


  1. Ten Long Fingers (Groove Joe Poovey)
  2. Till I Waltz Again With You (Bill Reeder)
  3. Move Around (Groove Joe Poovey)
  4. Boogie Woogie Country Girl (N.A. Stephenson and The Four Kings)
  5. Eager Boy (The Lonesome Drifter)
  6. One Monkey Can’t Stop The Show (Roy The Hound Hall)
  7. Mama Don’t Allow No Boppin’ (Vern Pullens)
  8. The Will Of Love (Tooter Boatman and The Chaparrals)
  9. A Woman Can Make You Blue (Royce Porter)
  10. (She’s My) Bop Crazy Baby (Vern Pullens)
  11. That Crazy Little House On The Hill (Gene La Marr and His Blue Flames)
  12. Lay Your Head On My Shoulder (Alvis Wayne)
  13. Go Ahead On (Tommy Cassel)
  14. Hey Caterpillar (Ray Campi with John and Henry)
  15. Rockin’ In The Graveyard (Jackie Morningstar)
  16. You Shake Me Up (Andy Anderson)
  17. Alrightee (The Teenos)
  18. Topsy Turvy (Benn Joe Zeppa)
  19. Crazy Legs (Gene Lewis with Roy Lanham’s Orchestra)
  20. I’ve Had It, I’m Through (Gene Davis)
  21. Let’s Paint The Town Red (Al Sweatt with Johnny Cale’s Valentines)
  22. Rock Run Blues (Leon and Carlos)
  23. Rock Everybody (Leon and Carlos)
  24. Rockin’ An’ A-Rollin’ (Curley Langley and His Western All Stars)
  25. No Use Knocking On My Door (Lanie Walker and His Black Mountain Boys)
  26. The Itch (Carl Cherry)
  27. River Rock (Don Hager and The Hot Tots)
  28. Goin’ Back To Dixie (Wayne Busby)
  29. Rock Bop (Jack Earls)
  30. Connie Lou (Ray Taylor and The Alabama Pals)
  31. Rock Rock (Johnny Powers with the band of Stan Getz and Tom Cats)
  32. Gotta Rock (Dale Davis with His Tomcats)
  33. I Knew (Hank LeGault)
  34. Going Out On The Town (Curtis Long and The Rhythm Boys)
  35. Shame (Hank LeGault)